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Zooming in for detail

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Oftentimes, when making an adjustment, you'll want to zoom the image. This is because if you're doing anything less than 100% magnification, it could be very difficult to see the problems, particularly when it comes to noise, or grain removal, or sharpening. With the photo selected, you can go ahead and start to zoom. Now, there are several ways of doing this. Using the slider at the bottom allows me to pull in very tight. At this case, I am extremely enlarged, so the image is going to look pixilated.

Zooming in for detail

Oftentimes, when making an adjustment, you'll want to zoom the image. This is because if you're doing anything less than 100% magnification, it could be very difficult to see the problems, particularly when it comes to noise, or grain removal, or sharpening. With the photo selected, you can go ahead and start to zoom. Now, there are several ways of doing this. Using the slider at the bottom allows me to pull in very tight. At this case, I am extremely enlarged, so the image is going to look pixilated.

However, as I pull around in here, I can really start to see the texture in that flower for the fabric, and this helps me make decisions about how much I would sharpen the image. One of the things I'd like to point out is that it's very easy to zoom in to a specific area. If you mouse over that area, and press the 1 key, it will zoom to 100% magnification where your mouse cursor is. Remember, iPhoto may need to load in image details, so you'll see a momentary pause as it refreshes the screen.

To zoom back out, just press 0. If you'd like to see 200% magnification for an area, mouse over, and press the number 2 on your keyboard. That will take you to 200% magnification. While you're zoomed in, you can click and drag with the hand tool there to see parts of the image. If you do go to 200% magnification, you will notice that things look a little pixilated, and that's because you've blown the image up beyond the minimum quality. To zoom back out, just press 0.

One additional option is to use the trackpad, or the magic trackpad with your Mac. By pinching and zooming, much like you would on an iPad, you can go ahead and zoom in. Pinch outward to zoom in, pinch your fingers together to zoom out, and this makes it very easy to see details of your image. Again, where the mouse pointer is will help control which area it zooms in on. And as you see, this is a very responsive way to move in and out of areas of your image.

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Enhancing Photos with iPhoto

46 video lessons · 3570 viewers

Richard Harrington
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  1. 1m 54s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      31s
    3. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 10m 19s
    1. Working in Full-Screen mode
      1m 26s
    2. Entering Edit mode
      56s
    3. Switching images
      1m 28s
    4. Checking the info on an image
      2m 14s
    5. Zooming in for detail
      2m 14s
    6. Using the navigation window
      53s
    7. Seeing the before and after state
      1m 8s
  3. 12m 6s
    1. Straightening crooked photos
      2m 22s
    2. Rotating an image
      1m 16s
    3. Removing red-eye
      2m 14s
    4. Cropping for better composition
      1m 39s
    5. Cropping a photo to a specific size
      2m 35s
    6. Cropping multiple sizes
      2m 0s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Understanding the histogram
      3m 13s
    2. Making a Levels adjustment
      2m 15s
    3. Fixing an underexposed photo
      2m 36s
    4. Fixing an overexposed photo
      2m 42s
    5. Improving contrast
      2m 36s
    6. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 41s
    1. Improve a washed-out photo with saturation
      1m 30s
    2. Increasing saturation while protecting skin tones
      1m 58s
    3. Boosting an image to quickly fix saturation
      1m 51s
    4. White balancing a photo
      2m 24s
    5. Removing a color cast manually
      2m 35s
    6. Stylizing an image with effects
      2m 23s
  6. 14m 28s
    1. Converting to black and white
      2m 21s
    2. Refining a black-and-white effect with temperature
      2m 21s
    3. Creating high-impact black-and-white photos
      3m 5s
    4. Creating sepia-tone effects
      2m 29s
    5. Double-processing for duotone effects
      4m 12s
  7. 13m 45s
    1. Using the Retouch brush
      1m 55s
    2. Removing noise
      2m 10s
    3. Sharpening a soft photo
      1m 52s
    4. Adding punch with definition
      2m 5s
    5. Defocusing a photo
      2m 15s
    6. Controlling the focal point with vignette effects
      1m 26s
    7. Adding borders with iBorderFX
      2m 2s
  8. 8m 27s
    1. Duplicating an image
      47s
    2. Reverting to an original
      1m 49s
    3. Deleting an image
      3m 4s
    4. Copying and pasting adjustments
      44s
    5. Preserving maximum quality when exporting
      2m 3s
  9. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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