Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up overall preferences, part of iPhoto '08 Essential Training.
Before we upload any photos into our application we should take a moment and just browse through the Preferences. I'm not going to go over every detail in the Preferences, but I do want to give you a feel for what's in there. Start by going up to iPhoto and Clicking on Preferences, you will notice that you have six tabs, the General tab, Appearance, Events, Sharing, Web gallery and Advanced. I'm going to point out a few highlights here in each of these tabs. In the General tab the first thing that I want to mention is that Edits photo or Magnifies photo on a Double-Click. Magnifies photo is a new feature in iPhoto '08 and I think it's a very handy one because when you Double-Click on a thumbnail, it just shows you a bigger version of it. In previous versions of iPhoto, Double-Clicking on a photo would put in Edit note and then you would have to do something. Now you can just look at a larger version of it. One little tip that no matter which one of these you choose if you hold down the Option key before you Double-Click it will toggle to the other one on the fly.
Very nice, and that's true also for rotating photos that are either angled to the left or to the right, hold down the Option key and then it will turn it the other direction. Now we are going to hop over to appearance. And the first thing that I want to show you is the Background selection. Now this Background option here, going from white to black, that is for the Photos view, not the Events view. Events view is new. Photos view we have for a while. This slider here will control the backdrop for those thumbnails White and Black. I'm going to go over to Events now, speaking of Events. This is a new feature in iPhoto '08 and it's a terrific one. Again you have the option by Double-Clicking on an Event which of course is a collection of photos taken within the specific period of time. And we'll talk a lot about Events in future movies but right now just know that when you Click the icon for an Event you can either see that icon itself magnified, or any of the photos in that stream, or you can actually show all the thumbnails in that Event. And this is what this control does here, and again of course you could always change your mind later on regardless of which one you choose. Also I want quickly note that showing scrolling information some people find it helpful. Personally I find it slightly annoying and what happens is that when you scroll through a bunch of photos it will show you the date of those photos. I don't need to see that. I want to look at the pictures themselves regardless of whether you like it or not here is we turn it off and on. I'll talk a lot more about how to Autosplit Events in the actual Events movie but right now just know this is where you can change those parameters. We'll leave it at one Event per day. Now over in Sharing, one of the things that you need to understand is that when you check this box right here, share my photos, that if your computer is on a network such as at work, everything in your iPhoto library will be exposed to everyone else on the network who has iPhoto. I recommend leaving this box unchecked. If you do want to show your photos on a network then go down here and Click Require password and of course the minute you share your photos this box will became enabled and at least apply a password to your shared photos so that anyone who logs onto the network with iPhoto can't go through your entire iPhoto library to see how your vacation went. Over here at Web gallery, again this is a new feature in iPhoto '08, it's a great feature but you do need a .Mac account. I'll go into more detail about how to set up your . Mac account and use Web Gallery in those movies, but right now you know right here, is where you set up your Web gallery. You have a few parameters in terms of how it's updated and of course you can give your Web gallery a Title. And finally under the Advanced tab you have a couple important options right here, one is do you want all of your photos to be managed within an iPhoto library in your pictures folder or would you like them to be outside of your iPhoto library and have iPhoto point to them? I recommend for most users to have iPhoto manage your pictures for you and then you will have that box checked right there in order to do that. And at the same time you might as well hang on to the ColorSync profile that your camera has applied to the photos when iPhoto passes those pictures on to other output devices, and check that box right here. If you get into RAW photography and we'll talk more about RAW in upcoming movies. There are few nice parameters here, but for now we'll just leave those unchecked. So those are the general choices that you have in Preferences. I recommend that when you first fire up iPhoto that you go through them, set up your basic parameters knowing that you can change them any time you want later on. I'm going to close the box right now. We are now prepared to bring some photos into our application and we'll do that in upcoming movies.
- Understanding the iPhoto '08 interface changes
- Organizing photos and events
- Tagging and searching with metadata
- Adding effects and retouching photos
- Adjusting levels, exposure, sharpness, etc.
- Creating and managing web photo galleries
- Printing quality photos