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Almost every photo can benefit from some enhancement, from exposure adjustments to cropping. In this course, author Rich Harrington shows how to improve photos using iPhoto. The course describes how to crop and straighten photos; remove red eye; improve exposure, color, and contrast; and refine images by retouching blemishes, removing noise, and adding special effects like vignettes.
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Sometimes your images will have minor blemishes, and you can gently retouch them inside of iPhoto. In the case of this picture here, we have some blemishes on the neck. Let's go ahead, and press 2 to zoom in. You can see those a bit there. I'll press 1 to pull back out a bit. There's nothing wrong here; she really does have veins, but the thing is, they're just a tad distracting. So, over in the Quick Fixes area, I could take the Retouch brush. Now, I want to adjust the Size, in this case, so the brush isn't too big.
And by painting over that vein, when I let go, it will heal, and hide those veins. There we go! Using the navigator, I can move around a bit. And this is a great way to take out wrinkles, creases, or unwanted blemishes. Now, you don't want to overdo it, and you have to be careful where you click. We have a few veins here in the eyebrow.
And notice, in that case, it looks worse. So sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. If you get too big of a problem there, go with a smaller brush, and do shorter strokes. By doing fewer strokes, with shorter length, you're more likely to avoid unwanted problems. So, by doing a few small strokes there, that looks better, and I'm able to take out some of the blemishes. Now, I'm not going to remove freckles, because they should stay. But you could see here, we have a little bit of a scratch, or some aphasia; that's sometimes caused, in this case, by being out of the sun, and just having a little bit of moisture on the skin.
Being able to gently touch up some of those blemishes can be a nice way to remove small distractions from a photo. And there you go. It's all done.
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