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Using iPhoto '11


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Introduction 1How This Book Is Organized 3Using This Book 4Special Features 5About the Using Web Edition 5Part I: Introduction to iPhoto `111 What iPhoto '11 Is and What It Does 8What iPhoto '11 Can Do for You 8The Main Functions of iPhoto '11 10Viewing Your Images 10Organizing All Your Digital Photos 13Searching For and Locating Your Images 18Editing Your Photos to Achieve Professional-Looking Results 19Enhancing Your Images to Make Them Stand Out 21Printing Your Digital Photos in Many Different Sizes 21Sharing Your Photos with Friends, Family, and Coworkers with Ease 23Securely Archiving Your Images 24Creating Photo Projects Such as Greeting Cards and Photo Books 25iPhoto '11 Works Seamlessly with Other Mac Software 26Taking Advantage of as Much or as Little as You Need 272 Upgrading to iPhoto '11: What's New and Noteworthy 28It's Time for an Upgrade 28Welcome to iPhoto '11 30Overview of iPhoto `11's New Features and Functions 32Full-Screen Viewing Mode 32Sharing Photos on Facebook Has Never Been Easier 34Sharing Photos with Individuals via Email 35Creating Professional-Looking Slideshows 36Traditional Photo Albums Are a Thing of the Past; Photo Books Are the Wave of the Future 37Customized Photo Greeting Cards Replace the Need for Generic Store-Bought Cards 383 Loading Your Digital Images into iPhoto `11 41Loading Images Directly from Your Digital Camera 41Importing Images That iPhoto '11 Detects 42Wirelessly Transferring Images Between Your Camera and Mac 45Importing Images from a Memory Card Reader Using a USB Connection 45Adding Images into iPhoto '11 from Your Computer's Hard Drive 46Importing Photos Received via Email into iPhoto '11 48Importing Digital Photos from Your iPhone or iPad 51Importing Digital Photos from Your iPhone or iPad 51Transferring Images from MobileMe to iPhoto '11 52Using a Scanner to Transfer Hard-Copy Prints into iPhoto '11 53Importing Photos from the Web into iPhoto '11 54Changing Image Filenames After They're Loaded into iPhoto `11 55The Next Step... 584 Organizing Your Photos 59iPhoto `11's Source List 59The Library 61Events 61Photos 63Faces 67Places 71The Inside Scoop on Albums 75Creating a New Album 75Adding Images to an Album 75Working with Smart Albums 77What Else You'll Find Under the Source List 80Recent 80Accessing Photos That iPhoto '11 Transferred to the Web 82Deleting Images 83Part II: Improving Your Picture-Taking Skills Using Any Digital Camera5 Taking Professional-Quality Photos 85A Good Photographer Is Always Prepared 85Taking Advantage of Your Camera's Auto Shooting Modes 88Choosing the Right Shooting Mode for the Situation 89Dealing with Shutter Lag 90The Basics of Photo Composition 91Using the "Rule of Thirds" When Shooting and Framing Your Shots 93Prefocusing on Your Subjects 96Choosing the Best Subjects, Foreground, and Background When Taking Pictures 97How Light Impacts Your Photos 99Positioning Your Subject Based on the Sun's Position 101Planning Your Shots 101Posed Photos 101Candid Photos 103Taking Advantage of Your Camera's Zoom 1046 Overcoming Common Mistakes and Mishaps 106Setting the Right Shooting Mode 106Avoiding Common Shooting Mistakes and Mishaps 109Blurry Images 109Camera Autofocuses on the Wrong Objects 110Color Problems Within Images 112Glare and Shadows 115Shooting Through Glass or in Front of It 116Red-Eye 118Specks or Dots Appear in Your Photos 120Part III: Using iPhoto `11 to Edit and Enhance Your Digital Images7 Using iPhoto '11's Simple Photo Editing Features 123Finding Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Your Photos 123Exploring iPhoto 11's Edit Screen 125Using Full-Screen Mode When Editing 126Improving Your Onscreen View with the Zoom Feature 127Using iPhoto 11's Edit Window 130Using the Quick Fixes Editing Tools 131Using the Six Quick Fixes Editing Features 131Rotate 132Enhance 132Fix Red-Eye 133Straighten 134Crop 136Retouch 1428 Adding Effects to Your Images 145Discovering the Edit Window's Effects Options 145Lightening or Darkening an Image 147Adjusting the Contrast in Your Photos 149Tinkering with a Photo's Coloring 149Easily Adding Special Effects to Your Pictures 151Adding Special Effects to Your Photos 152Transforming a Color Image into B&W 152Making a Photo Look Old Using the Sepia Effect 153Instantly Aging an Image with the Antique Effect 154Adding a Matte or Vignette to the Photo 156Drawing Focus to Your Subjects by Blurring the Image's Edges 158Fading or Boosting the Colors in Your Photos 158Removing Special Effects You've Added 1609 Advanced Photo Editing with iPhoto `11 161Discovering the Edit Window's Adjust Options 162Understanding How the Levels Histogram Works 163Manually Fixing Your Photos Using the Adjust Sliders 167Using iPhoto `11's Shadows Tool and Other Editing Tools to Quickly Fix an Underexposed Image 167Manually Fixing the Exposure of Your Photos 168Adjusting the Contrast in Your Images 168Fine-Tuning an Image's Saturation 169Altering the Definition of an Image 169Using the Highlights Slider to Improve a Photo's Clarity 170Using the Shadows Tool to Brighten an Image 170Eliminating Blurriness with the Sharpness Tool 170Using De-Noise to Clean Up an Image's Clarity 170Adjusting a Photo's Temperature and Tint with the Sliders 171Using the Eye-Dropper Tool to Fix Temperature and Tint 17210 Exporting Your Images 174Your Exporting Options 176Exporting Individual Photos 177Exporting Entire Events 179Exporting to a Web Page 180Exporting to QuickTime 184Exporting a Slideshow 186What You Need to Know Before You Export 187Choosing the Right File Format 188Selecting the Appropriate Image Quality 189Understanding That File Size Does Matter 189Keeping Your Filenames Straight 190iPhoto `11's Export Window 191Exporting Multiple Photos 192Part IV: Printing Your Photos Using iPhoto `1111 Printing Photos Using Your Own Home Photo Printer 195What You Should Know About Photo Printers 195What to Consider Before Buying a Photo Printer 196Choosing the Right Photo Paper to Meet Your Needs 197Using iPhoto `11's Print Function 199Creating a Contact Sheet 202Customizing Your Print Job 203The Print Command Icons and What They Do 20312 Creating Prints Using a Professional Photo Lab 211Using the Order Prints Feature in iPhoto '11 211Ordering Prints in iPhoto `11 215Setting Up Your Apple ID Account 216Exporting Your Images and Uploading Them to Another Online-Based Photo Lab 216Taking Your Digital Images to a One-Hour Photo Processor 217Taking Your Digital Images to a Professional Photo Lab 21813 Creating Photo Projects and Photo Gifts 220Creating Photo Projects Using iPhoto `11 220Publishing Full-Color, Professionally Bound Photo Books 222Creating Your Own Custom-Imprinted Greeting or Holiday Cards 232Keeping Track of Important Dates with a Picture Calendar Featuring Your Images 236Creating Photo Projects and Photo Gifts Outside iPhoto '11 239Part V: Sharing Your Photos Using iPhoto `1114 Emailing or Publishing Your Photos Online 242Sharing Photos via the Web 242Sending Emails from iPhoto `11 243Sending an Email in iPhoto `11 247Publishing Photos on 247Sharing Photos on Facebook 250Uploading Your Photos to Facebook 251Managing Your Photos, Tags, and Comments on Facebook Using iPhoto '11 25415 Creating and Sharing Slideshows 257Creating a Slideshow That Tells a Story 257Incorporating Titles and Text into Your Slides 260Giving Your Slideshow Pizzazz Using a Theme 261Using Animated Transitions and Special Effects 265Adding Music to Your Presentation 266Sharing Your Slideshow 268Using Your Other Slideshow Options 26916 Using Apple's MobileMe with iPhoto `11 270An Introduction to MobileMe 270What's an Online Photo Gallery? 271Creating a MobileMe Online Photo Gallery from iPhoto '11 272Creating an Online Gallery Using MobileMe 27717 More Waysto Share Your Photos 279Creating a Web Page with iWeb 279Customizing Your Mac's Desktop Wallpaper and Screen Saver 282Transferring Photos to Your iPhone, iPod, or iPad 284Transferring Photos from iPhoto '11 to Your Apple Mobile Device 286Part VI: Backing Up and Archiving Your Images18 Burning Photos to CD or DVD from iPhoto `11 289Burning Photos to DVD Using iPhoto `11's Share Using iDVD Command 290Copying Photos to CD or DVD Using the Burn Command 291Burning Photos to a CD or DVD That Can Be Read by Any Computer 29319 Photo Backup Solutions 294Apple's Time Machine 295Backing Up Images to CDs or DVDs 296Using Online Photo Services 296Using Remote Data Backup Services 298Choosing the Perfect Backup Solution 299What to Do When Disaster Strikes 299What to Do If Your Camera's Memory Card Malfunctions 300Part VII: AppendixesA Digital Photography Websites 302Digital Photography Information, News, and Product Reviews 302Digital Camera Manufacturers 302Online Photo Services for Sharing Images, Creating Prints, and More 303Specialized Photography Websites 304B iPhoto '11 Keyboard Shortcuts 306Index 311

About the Author

Jason R. Rich ( is the best-selling author of more than 45books covering a wide range of topics. He also contributes articles on a regular basis to numerous national magazines, major daily newspapers, and popular websites, including the New York Daily News newspaper,, and Virgin Atlantic's Some of Jason's recently published books include How to Do Everything DigitalPhotography (McGraw-Hill), Blogging for Fame and Fortune (Entrepreneur Press),Design and Launch an Online e-Commerce Business in a Week (Entrepreneur Press),and How to Do Everything Blackberry PlayBook (McGraw-Hill). Jason's photographic work ( often appears in conjunction with his articles and in his books, which include more than a dozen full-length travel guides. Jason has a passion for travel photography and of photographing animals; however, he continues to help professional models and actors create and expand their portfolios, and get signed with major agencies in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Miami. Throughout the year, Jason teaches photography workshops and classes through various adult education programs, aboard cruise ships, and at resorts. He lives in Foxboro, Massachusetts. You can follow Jason on Twitter (

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