Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing a photo within a card, part of Creating Cards, Calendars, and Books with Photos for OS X.
- Once you put images into a layout, it's not uncommon to want to tweak things. Maybe it's refining the crop of the photo, or making a slight adjustment to the image to really affect the layout overall. Let's do that in this case. With the front of the card selected, zoom in a little bit and I can close the options dialog here for a second. What I want to do is reposition this particular photo. If I double-click on it, you see it brings up photo options, and I can drag this to move it around a little bit, showing more of the bottom of the image to see the flowing water, or more of the top of the river.
Additionally, you can adjust the zoom and crop, but I like this photo. I think in this case I'd like to see a little more of the top of the river, and have the bottom of the rock just slightly cropped, that looks good. While we're at it, we can also choose to add any additional filters here to the image by clicking to add these presets. Now I'm going to leave those off for right now, but note you can actually choose any of these different options for a quick one-click look. I think I like the way the photo was developed, however.
Let's click on the right-hand photo and use the zoom and crop slider to punch in just a little bit to see the kids' faces. You might notice as you're initially zooming that the quality of the picture temporarily drops, but that's because it's reading in the full-res file. I like that there, let's just move this out of the way to check the composition and that looks pretty good there. I like the parallel of the curve of the road and the curve of the river. I think it looks good. While there's different presets here that I could apply, I'm gonna click "edit photo" to make some quick adjustments.
And you'll notice that it takes me back, into this case, the raw file. This picture looks pretty good, but I'm just gonna make a quick exposure adjustment. I can drag the light slider over to the right to open that up a little bit, or even just drag to lift the exposure, and then, looking at it here, we were in the shade, so we've already split the highlights and shadows. So I think I'm gonna back off the brightness just slightly, and play with that black point, that looks pretty good. And let's just introduce a small more amount of definition.
I can toggle that on and off, and you can see that that's really popping the blacks quite nicely, I like that, and let's cut down on the noise a little bit with the photo, because it was taken in the shade. Alright, that looks good, and I'll click "done," and you see that the image updates, and I like that look, it's looking a lot better. Let's just reposition that slightly and zoom back out just a little bit, and that feels good. Alright, let's switch to the back of the card, and I'll press "command-plus" to zoom in. Well, I like this one, but the vignette just doesn't work any more.
So if I select that image here, I can click "edit photo" and go back into my adjust controls and come down to the vignette, and I'm just gonna take that off. We'll pull that off altogether, or uncheck the box. Looks good, and let's just bring up a little bit more. I want to slightly increase the saturation, and lift the shadows just a little bit, and drop the overall exposure. Alright, looks good? Click "done" and you see the photo updates.
I'm gonna punch that in just a little bit and drag up to see a little more of my daughter, and we have a nice portrait there of the two grandkids with their grandparents. No photos on this particular layout for the inside, and the images on the front and the back are to my liking. So we're ready to move forward.
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- Editing text
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