Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Using basic adjustments and Enhance, part of Learning Photos for OS X.
- I'm going to show you the basic image editing adjustments in Photos for OS X, and they're actually quite good. Let's start with this fellow right up here, this chap. I'm going to double-click on him, open him up, and we'll go to edit in the upper right-hand corner. We're looking at the JPEG. I want to work on the RAW. The RAW has more data in it and I think it'll make for better edits. I'm going to go up to image, use RAW as original, and you notice right away it changes, and I think changes for the better right away.
We have a couple of ways to go. Let's see what enhance does. Enhance is sort of the auto "let's take a look "and see what Photos thinks of this particular picture." I'll click on it and it makes a little change. Not a big deal. I can hold down the "m" key to look at the master and we'll see that enhance isn't doing a whole lot here. I think this image has more potential. I want some real drama here, so I'm going to revert to original and I'm going to go down to adjust.
We have light, color, and black and white. Those are the basic ones that you start out with. In the next movie, I'm going to show you some of the more advanced tools, but right now, let's just stick with the basics. Now each of the basics has an auto button. If I mouse over it, it appears, so let's click on the auto button for light. It brightens it up a bit. Let's click on the auto button for color. We get a little activity there. Now you notice once we've applied an adjustment, we get the little blue check mark so that we know we've done something there.
We haven't done anything to black and white and there's no blue check mark. That's interesting, but that's still not what I want. I want drama, so now we can go down to the next level and we have the smart sliders here. I'm just gonna click and I'm gonna slide. We'll adjust the light a little bit so I'll bring the light down just a bit, bringing the color up. Now these are very sophisticated sliders here. They're doing all sorts of things at once.
That's a lot more of what I was talking about. Let's hit the "m" key now, the master key. See? That's what we started with. That's what we have now, just using those basic sliders. That's all there is to it. You can start with the enhance button, if you want. If it gives you what you want, stop right there. If you want a little bit more, then go down here to adjust and you have light and color, and you can start with the auto on each of those, see what happens there.
It's probably going to be pretty close to what happens with enhance, though. And then, if you want to take it even further, use the smart sliders, click and drag until you get the look that you want. Now we're going to click done and now we'll go back to our thumbnails. Boy, it kind of jumps of the page, doesn't it?
The course begins with an overview of what Photos is and does, and then provides advice for converting iPhoto and Aperture libraries and adding images to the Photos library directly from a camera. Derrick then details the powerful image editing and sharing options, and shows how to build photo-based projects such as slideshows, greeting cards, books, calendars, and prints directly from Photos.
- Migrating from iPhoto and Aperture to Photos
- Adding pictures to the Photos library
- Creating albums and Smart Albums
- Cropping and editing photos
- Converting a color photo to black and white
- Copying and pasting adjustments
- Sharing photos
- Creating slideshows, prints, and greeting cards
- Exporting photos