This post is about how to use iPhoto 11.
I just started to use it more since I discovered it had more features that resembled the Canon editing tool that came with my camera.
So I went through the basics of figuring out the user interface first and that is what this video is about.
It takes you through the four areas that you use when working with different features of the tool.
Take it in and see how this works for you.
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Hey Claude Pelanne here, Affiliate Starting Line. Welcome. This is going to be a series of videos on the photo utility on the Mac, called IPhoto. It’s a program right here, you find it on the bottom here on the dock, and it comes standard on all Macintosh’s, and all you got to do is click it, and it opens up.
Now it’s a photo management utility, so the main screen actually looks like this, and I just want to point out basic areas that you want to be aware of when it opens up. When you open up, and you look at the main screen you’ve got four different areas that you want to look for.
One there’s the Nav bar right up here at the top. So that has dropdowns that tell you about the program, the preferences, everything you would expect in the IPhoto drop down file. Also has what you would expect, you can create albums, new folders, these are, you can create books, cards, calendars, slideshows, and actually package them for a price, those are paid services. Import to a library, switch library, et cetera. Edit has all the edit functions, copy, paste, select, et cetera. You’ll see that when you start editing, find, font, spelling. Photo’s, you can rotate photos, hide them, flag them, if their important, all that kind of stuff. Events, events are the downloads.
When you download, and you import from a camera it will create an event, which is really a download, and it organizes them by default, by date, and then you can go in, and rename and title them. Photostream, you can share to Photostream, email, Facebook, Flickr, et cetera . You can set your views, titles, keywords, etcetera we’ll get to that, and these are some basic Nav bar dropdown.
Left hand side here is very important, because this is where you’ll be working. Under the library, you’re going to get the downloads you have, in this case I have 150 events, or 150 downloads.
I have 2740 pictures and those 150 downloads, so it separates them either by date of event, and titles and just lists all the photos. I can go into faces, and identify who’s in the picture. I can go to places, and identify where the pictures were taken. And then under recent you get the recent pictures you’ve been looking at, what you’ve uploaded in the last 12 months, your last import, your photo stream, which is what you have up in the cloud, your flagged photos, if you’re printing a picture and it’s waiting to be printed, and then your trash.
On the web, I have a connection to Facebook, you can connect to Facebook, Flickr, and I guess different types of services, I’m connected to Facebook alone right now.
Devices, I have my iPhone hooked up, and so this will appear. If you don’t have any devices hooked up that will not be in the sidebar.
Albums you’ve created. Albums out of all the pictures you have.
Projects, these are where you want to create a book, a slideshow, et cetera, your projects are listed under here. So that’s the sidebar, the left-hand sidebar.
Below here on the bottom, there’s another Nav sidebar, or function bar, I’ll call it. Here you can zoom in, and zoom out the size of the photos you want, how they appear in the main pane. You can go to a slideshow, I don’t want to do that. Then right here, you have a bunch of functions. Now these are very helpful and important.
The information function allows you to take a picture, if you want to select a picture and you can name it if I haven’t titled it, you know, you can title it. You can identify the face, you can put keywords if you want to do that to identify what’s in the picture, and then you can assign a place to it where the picture was taken, etcetera. So you can really kind of put the meta tags together on this picture. You can edit the picture. If I wanted to rotate it, enhance it, fix red-eye, do it automatically, straighten it, crop it, retouch it, you can do that. In terms of effects, I can come in here and lighten, make it more contrast, I can adjust this is what I find very helpful, different levels here, the exposure, the contrast. This is what you really end up playing with more, the saturation, take it down, and so on. So you can see what here under the edit.
To create, you can create a book, a card, a calendar, a slideshow, this is the first of the paid services I talked about before. I can add this picture to a album, to a photo stream, to a slide share, whatever I’m creating, and then I can also go share it on Flickr, on Facebook, by email, photo stream, and order prints.
So that’s what the functions here in the lower Nav bar do when you get into the right-hand side bar. And that is a basic overview of iPhoto. And it’s a very versatile product. Once you get the knack of what you can do in here, it’s a lot of fun, and if you have a Mac, it comes loaded with it automatically. So when you want to load in pictures, in my case I just connected my iPhone, what it will do, is it will show this screen. You have import selected, or you can import all the photos. I already imported these 18, it loaded them into an event, and then that was it, it was all done.
You can connect another camera, you can upload from other places on the web, et cetera, so there you are, iPhoto. This is a quick overview, and now we’re going to go in and take a look at these different functions, and actually edit some pictures in later videos. That’s it. Hope this video has been helpful. This is Claude Pelanne at affiliate Starting Line. Stay with it, stay well. Talk soon.