Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic photo editing, part of iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 9.
- The Photos App has received a significant upgrade in the editing department. With some new and enhanced features, that make it much more useful than in previous versions of iOS. In this chapter, we'll take a look at the many ways that you can use it to improve and enhance your photos. To open the editing features just choose an image that you want to work with and then tap Edit in the upper right. The first three movies in this chapter were recorded using iOS 8 on an iPhone 6. But the editing interface of the Photos App is nearly identical to the current version in iOS 9.
In this view, the only change is that the icon for the Crop tool is slightly different. In the upper right of the editing screen you'll see a little Magic wand icon. This is the automatic enhanced feature. This is essentially the same as it was in previous versions of iOS. Enhancement that it applies is typically pretty subtle and it usually entails a boost of contrast and maybe a little bit of a saturation boost. Depending on the image that you use it on you may not notice much difference.
The wand icon turns blue to indicate that an enhancement has been applied and you can tap it again to turn it off. So in this image here, it maybe hard to see but the sky gets a little bit more intense blue when I tap that little magic wand enhancement. I'm going to turn that off. The crop button down here in the lower left provides access to basic rotation, an automatic straightening feature, manual rotation adjustments, manual cropping or cropping using a variety of Aspect Ratio Presets.
When you enter the Crop tool the first thing that you may notice on some images is an Automatic Leveling Correction that'll be applied if the image has a slightly crooked horizon. And we didn't see that on this image here because it looks like I got the horizon pretty straight when I photographed it. If you do want to manually straighten the horizon or correct for a crooked image or perhaps you want to introduce a crooked look to an image for an artistic effect, just rotate on the straightening dial down here and you can get that set up the way you want.
If you tap the rotation button here in the lower left you can rotate the image in 90° increments. Dragging on the corners of a Crop box will adjust the crop of the image. So I'll just drag on the corner here to come in on that. And then dragging on the image itself allows you to reposition the image within the Crop box that you've chosen. And it recalculates the screen view and fills the screen with that. If you tap the Crop Preset button down here on the lower right, you have access to common Crop Aspect Ratios.
So for instance, I can choose square here. I want to post that to Instagram or I can crop it to a 5:4 Aspect Ratio which is maybe the same as an 8x10. Now if I want to reset here I can tap the Reset button and it'll take me back to the way it was when I entered the Crop tools. But if I have applied a crop, and let's just apply another one here real quick. I can tap the Done button to apply that crop and exit out of that.
Now one thing to notice about the edits that you apply here in the Photos App is that they are non-destructive. So if I tap Edit again, I can come back into the editing screen. And notice how I have an option to Revert. So I'm going to tap Revert and it'll allow me to revert back to my original photo. So I'll tap Revert to Original and it undoes the crop that I just applied. Let's go back in to Edit and explore a couple of other things. The icon of the three circles down here are certain filtered looks that you can apply.
And you see a row of thumbnails there along the bottom. And you can just choose these different looks, Monochromatic, Noir is a stark real dramatic black and white, Chrome, Process Transfer or Instant. So just have a preset looks if you want to get back to the original image just come back all the way over to the left and tap on None and that'll get you back there. And in this case I'm just going to tap Cancel to exit back out to my Camera Roll.
So far we've explored some really basic editing capabilities in the Photos App. But there are several other cool new features. And we'll take a look at those in the next movie.
- Adjusting exposure and focus in the Camera app
- Using the self-timer and burst modes
- Shooting slow-motion and time-lapse videos
- Flagging favorites
- Making smart adjustments to light and color
- Trimming video
- Sharing from Photos
- Sharing with iCloud
- Syncing photos with iTunes and My Photo Stream
- Using the iCloud Photo Library