Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Repair brush, part of iPhoto for iOS Essential Training.
In the previous chapter we looked at the editing tools that affect your entire image as a whole. The crop tool, the exposure tool, color and effects. They all change your entire image. The one tool in this set we didn't look at yet, is brushes. Brushes contains a collection of tools that are used to fix or enhance specific portions of your images without changing the rest of the image in any way. When I tap Brushes, I can choose from eight different tools. Let's start with the repair brush. The repair brush is used to touch up or remove unwanted items in your photos.
It can be used to remove a pimple or a freckle from someone's face, or to clean a chocolate stain off a kid's T-shirt, or to take a small cloud out of the sky. The level of success you get with the brush depends on things like the lighting conditions. How solid a background the unwanted object is sitting on, and the size of the object. The repair tool is for fixing small problems and it isn't really good for getting rid of a large object. You can take a small smudge of jelly off of someones face, but you can't do anything with it if their entire face is covered. The way the repair tool works is by blending together the colors near the area you brush over.
Basically it blends everything together so significant color differences aren't so significant looking. So for example, I have here a photo of some partially eaten breakfast. There's some crumbs around the plate over here and there's some paprika sprinkled on the eggs. Let's say I want to get rid of those crumbs over on the right. With the repair brush selected all I have to do is use my finger and brush over those crumbs. And, just like that, it's gone. Now, I still see some tiny crumbs around the edges I want to get rid of. Because there's no way to change the size of my fingertips to be more precise, I'll instead pinch out to zoom in on that area. And now I can brush over some of these crumbs to get rid of them.
Now, in reality, I don't think you'll be getting rid of many crumbs in photos, but I didn't want to blow up a giant photo of a pimple for this example. But getting rid of small blemishes would work the same way. Try to zoom in to brush over just the area you want to get rid of. That way iPhoto knows exactly which portion to get rid of, and it can use the closest nearby colors to fill in that area. And again, the key is to try and repair areas over a single or consistent background color. If I try to remove some of these paprika sprinkles here, where there's a shadow being thrown on the plate's edge, it doesn't really work that well. I can see the soft blotch where I applied that brush. Let's undo that. Now, I could try zooming in again.
And, by the way, use two fingers to drag the image around when zoomed in. Otherwise, with a single finger, you'll end up using the selected brush tool. But this will still work better if I stay within the shadow area. So, now if I compare this with the original. I can see the changes I've made with the repair brush. Now in addition to the Undo button, if you want to remove the changes you've made, tap the Options button, and you can choose Clear Repair Strokes. That's useful if you just want to start from scratch again. The other option here was Erase All Strokes, which will erase any strokes you've made with any of the brushes. But there you have the repair brush tool.
In this course, lynda.com senior staff author Garrick Chow details the features and capabilities of iPhone for iOS, sharing tips for enhancing and sharing photos along the way. Learn how to examine photos, mark the keepers and delete the duds, improve the overall look of your photos with its arsenal of editing tools, fix problems like red eye and dark areas, and share images with friends and family. Garrick will even show you how to order a printed photo book straight from Apple.
NOTE: With the release of iOS 8, Apple has discontinued iPhoto for iOS. Therefore, iPhoto will not launch in iOS 8, and any existing iPhoto data will be migrated into the Photos app when upgrading to iOS 8. For more information on the migration process, see this documentation.
- Flagging, favoriting, and tagging photos
- Cropping and straightening
- Adjusting exposure, color, and white balance
- Fixing red eyes
- Repairing specific areas of an image
- Mailing and texting photos
- Sending photos to other apps
- Assembling and sharing slideshows
- Ordering prints