iPhoto – Basics -> Advanced

h on the computer. You need to use photo editing software to increase the brightness of outdoor scenes, correct your smile or cut out redundant people and objects in photos taken at the beach. With iPhoto, you can do that easily without Photoshop (this “heavy” image editing software from Adobe has too many options that you may not know how to use).

Most images are edited in the same basic steps: adjust brightness, correct color, use special brushes to create effects such as removing red-eye and sharpening on images. . These operations are not very difficult, but you need to do them fluently. Often simpler looks better, and if you over-process brightness and color saturation, the edited image can look even worse than the original.

Every Mac comes with iPhoto software. It is one of the most used applications in the iLife suite, and it is said to be more powerful than any Windows image editing program.

The latest version is now iPhoto ’11. In addition, Apple has just released a version specifically for iOS devices for $ 4.99 (~ VND 100,000), but only compatible with iPad 2 and iPad 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S.

The main change in the interface of the new version of iPhoto is to allow viewing in full screen mode, with email and Facebook integration. In addition, there is a new slideshow slideshow effect.

After importing photos into iPhoto’s library, you can do a lot of things like create albums, pin images to a map, select faces from photos, and can even collect and display all the images with faces certain people (this is great for organizing your family photos into separate folders).

iPhoto’s editing tools aren’t just meant for fixing photography mistakes. This software also has a Re-touch tool to hide stains or details that you don’t want in the image. iPhoto can perform these tasks like a professional image editing program that you can easily use if you like. If you need a lot of editing, you can set up iPhoto to make it faster and easier to use.

The editing tools included in iPhoto are quick editing tools (Quick Fixes), where the basic tools include rotate (Rotate), adjust the brightness (Enhance), red-eye removal (Fix Red-Eye), horizontal adjustment (Straighten), truncate (Crop) and “tweak” (Retouch). In addition, there are more advanced tools including animator (Effects) and modify (Adjust). With these tools, your photo editing job will be easier to do.

Notes before editing photos with iPhoto

1. The first step

iPhoto isn’t the only photo editing option. If you specialize in Photoshop, you can set Photoshop to start instead of iPhoto every time you choose to edit an image. In section Preferencesto the card Advanced and choose a default image editor application.

2. New Editor Options

The editing tools have changed slightly in iPhoto ’11. Instead of being in a floating pane, these tools are now part of the interface. Please select a photo and press the . button Edit located at the bottom of the iPhoto interface. Frames Edit will appear, showing the tags Quick Fixes (quick tweak), Effects (effect) and Adjust (adjusted).

3. View Full Screen

The best way to edit images is to use full screen mode to see more image details. Press the button Fullscreen in the lower left corner of the interface to enter this mode. In Fullscreen mode, there won’t be a few menu options, but you can easily make them appear.

Basic tools for editing and beautifying images

1. Rotate the image

If you have a portrait shot but haven’t auto-rotated it yet, use the . button Rotate in the frame Quick Fixes. The photo will rotate 90 degrees. By default, this tool rotates the image anti-clockwise, but you can change the rotation in Preferences > Generalor hold the . button Option before clicking Rotate.

2. Increase exposure

If a photo isn’t exposed enough, iPhoto has a tool Enhance. If the tool does not work, you can press Command+Z to invert the tool back – usually the results are pretty amazing. The photo on the left is a slightly darkened shot, and the photo on the right has been overexposed.

3. Red-eye removal

Removing red-eye is a common image retouching job. Just press the button Fix Red-Eye and remember to tick the option Auto-fix red-eye. Or you can click the pupil with the cursor. Change the size of the circle where iPhoto will remove the red-eye using the slider.

4. Horizontal alignment

Hand shake photos are easy to detect, especially photos with a tilted horizon. Please select tool Straighten and move the slider. The grid will help you straighten the image. You can adjust each increase or decrease by 1.2 degrees.

5. Take pictures

To retouch an image, you first select the tool Retouch and drag the slider until the brush size is larger than the stains you want to remove. Lightly tap the photo to remove stains or drag to remove scratches and tears. To view the original image, you can hold down the . key Shift.

6. Handling when wrong operation

You can undo by pressing Command+Z. You can also return to the original image even after you exit the mode Edit By choosing Revert To Original from the menu Photos. iPhoto is a non-destructive image editor, which means your original photos are always preserved.

Some other advanced tools

Most digital cameras today have multiple shooting modes such as Portrait (Portrait) or Landscape (Landscape), whereby the camera processes the color of the captured image to enhance the beauty of the subject. Portrait mode increases the depth of color to make the colors of the clothes pop, but does not increase the warm colors that make the skin yellow. In contrast, Landscape mode makes blues and greens look more natural.

If you shoot in RAW format, the colors of the image will be quite faithful to the original scene, but you can increase the depth of RAW format images in iPhoto to create more vibrant and attractive colors.

Your camera also has a white balance setting (White Balance) helps to dramatically change the colors in the scene. This is important because for digital cameras, indoor light is a warm color (orange), while outdoor light is a cool color (blue). The White Balance setting will be based on neutral gray, then the machine will “cool” or “warm up” the shot to remove orange or blue colors, and create more natural-looking colors. Sometimes the settings are not correct, so the following techniques in iPhoto can be used to increase the color saturation.

1. Quick Fix Tool

The fastest way to increase color is to press the . button Edit and select the card Quick Fixes. Press the button Enhance, iPhoto will analyze the color and tone of the photo and make automatic adjustments. Contrast for tones and color depth will also be increased.

2. Special effects

To manually increase the color, select the card Effects. Press Saturate to increase the color in the image. Press Shift to switch between the original image and the incremented image. You can also increase the tone with the option Contrastoften used Revert to return to the original.

3. Enhancement

You can use the color palette in the card Effects to increase color saturation and contrast. Select Boost so that the gaps will be darker and the colors will be darker. You can use the arrow keys of the Boost icon to increase the tuning. Select None to undo.

If your camera’s White Balance setting is incorrect, your photos may appear chromatic. For example, when an image is turned blue, to increase the color temperature of the image, in the Effects tap the icon Warmer to reduce blueness and create a more “healthy” range of colors. Conversely, in case the photo has too many hot colors, you can choose Cooler to “cool” the image again.

4. Adjustment

To increase color gradation at a higher level, select the card Adjust and use the sliders to make highlights brighter and dark areas darker. To define and increase chroma, drag the slider Saturation to the right. If there are people in the picture, check the box Avoid saturating skin tones box to avoid an increase in skin tone.

5. Color temperature

If the original image has a slightly warm color (orange), you can drag the slider Temperature in the card Adjust above to the left, to about 4611 to make the color cooler. This is a creative use for color balance, but there are many photos that need to be retouched to get more natural looking colors, and there are many ways to do it.

For precise control of the color temperature, tap the tab Adjust; To increase the temperature for cool-colored photos, drag the slider Temperature turn right. You can use the tool Eyedropper and click on the area to be whitened. iPhoto will help increase or decrease the color temperature of the stained area.

Finally, after making a few simple photo edits, you can now proudly show off to your friends or share on social media your favorite photo albums taken and edited by yourself for everyone to enjoy. enjoy.


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