April 26, 2018

iPhoto Course (2): Using Basic Editing Tools in iPhoto

Aside from providing its users the convenience of organizing their photos, iPhoto ’11 also doubles as a timesaving application for editing images. In one time or another, some of us have experienced that only after we’re done importing photos to iPhoto when we notice that there are certain flaws or defect such as dark photos due to poor lighting or skewed photos which could have been a result of an off-centered shot.

The great thing about iPhoto ’11 is that it lets users make a quick enhancement to their photos prior to using or sharing them by means of its basic editing tools. While they are called basic editing tools it does not mean that iPhoto  lacks the flare to spruce up your photos, in fact, these tools are unbelievably powerful yet so uncomplicated to put into practice.

With that, we’d like to give you a brief backgrounder on how to utilize each of iPhoto ’11’s fundamental image enhancing features.

In iPhoto ’11, there are six basic quick fixes that you can use to improve your photos and we will tackle them one at a time.

Let’s begin by launching iPhoto, the edit button can be found on the lower left of the application window. You must first select an image to work on for the editing module to launch. Make sure that you are at the “Quick Fixes” tab of the editing pane.

1. Rotate – Most cameras nowadays have the ability to “auto-rotate” images when imported to iPhoto, in case your camera isn’t one of those or if you need to change the orientation of your image, the rotate function works in a jiffy.

Just click on the rotate button and the image will turn counterclockwise at 90 degree angle on each click.

To change the default direction, you need to modify this in iPhoto’s Preferences.

When you are using a Macbook, rotating can be done with the 2-finger gesture command.

2. Enhance – is used for improving the color, lighting and tone of images. A simple click on the “enhance” button, you will see how your photo has drastically looked more pleasing.

For a more detailed refinement, while editing the photo, select the “Adjust” tab and the image elements will be displayed where you can manually adjust or change each item.

You can easily undo or revert the photo to its original state by hitting the corresponding button.

3. Fix Red-Eye – in your images at a click of a button. The Red-Eyes in photos usually appear when a flash is used and most people are clueless on how to resolve this problem. With iPhoto, you can kiss the dreaded Red-Eye goodbye.

This fix works two ways:

Automatically – by checking the the Auto-fix red-eye box; or

Manually – by matching the size of the the mouse pointer with the pupil and then clicking right on the target area. In some cases when the subject is on an angular shot, you need to adjust the size for both eyes. Click done when you are finished.

4. Straighten – We all have our share of lopsided or what we usually call crooked photos and sometimes we do not pay enough attention to these defects. In some important instances, however, like when making a product presentation or print campaigns, having a well aligned photo is a must.

To edit an image, hit the straighten button, you’ll see that the angle is set in the middle at 0 degrees.


On the photo, an imaginary grid will appear as your guide for aligning the image. All you have to do is drag the slider either to the left or right as needed. Save your image by clicking done.

5. Crop – can be very useful for trimming out your photos for may purposes like removing unsightly background or giving focus to a certain object.

Using the Crop tool, move the corner/s of the images and click apply as soon as it displays your desired result. The grid is beneficial to those who are familiar with the photography principle called “the rule of thirds”.


Another amazing provision in this feature is that it allows users to customize the size the of the image in accordance to its intended use like for example iPhone, DVD, or Postcard.

Simply select from the listed pre-set sizes as you click on “Constrain”.

6. Retouch – your photos to take out or clean off blemishes, stains and other imperfections.

In the Retouch mode, click on the specific spot you want to fix.

You can adjust the coverage of the cursor by dragging the slider to the desired size.

TIP: (This magic works while you are in the Edit mode) If you are editing a delicate photo and you need to have a more detailed view, simply place the cursor to the particular area on the image and press 1 to zoom in the image to 100% or press 2 for 200%. To revert to normal view, press 0.



Under the effects tab, aside from having the power to define the tone of your image, there are 9 other special options you can apply.

You can use one or combine them according to your preference. The use or intensity of the effects can be done by toggling ON or clicking on left/right inside the icon.

There you go, now you have multiple ways to make your photos paint a thousand words!

You can get iPhoto’11 at the App Store:

iPhoto - Apple

About Monja

Monja is a Multimediadesigner and Mac enthusiast since she discovered the beauty of Mac Computers - she never looked back to her Windows Laptop.

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