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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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When it comes to processing my images, I love the full screen mode of iPhoto. It makes it easy to focus my attention on what I'm doing, and it also creates a great backdrop for making color and exposure adjustments. When you're in iPhoto, it should look like this. If you don't see Full Screen Mode. For example, your user interface looks like this, just click the double arrow in the upper right corner. Now, if you're using an older version of iPhoto, you may not have this feature, but that's okay; you can still use all of the techniques we explore.
Your user interface may just look a little different. I'll go ahead into full screen mode. Now, this minimizes the menus and the sidebar for the project, and if you ever need them back, you can mouse over the top, and you'll see that the menu bar appears. For purposes of our hands on practice, I'm going into Albums, and I have an album called Enhancing Photos with iPhoto. These are the images I'm going to work with. Again, if you're not in full screen mode, you can navigate in the sidebar to Enhancing Photos with iPhoto.
One of the main benefits of full screen mode is when you open an image, there's a lot more room for that image itself. In fact, if you're not doing anything, the image goes full screen, and this lets you really evaluate the quality of the image, and decide what you want to do. When you start to mouse over, then the other user interface elements appear, but this minimalist approach makes it a lot easier to work with your imagery.
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