Chapter 8. Editing Your Shots
You can't paint in additional elements, mask out unwanted backgrounds, or apply 50 different special effects filters in iPhoto, as you can with editing programs like Photoshop and GraphicConverter. Nonetheless, iPhoto is designed to handle basic photo fix-up tasks in two categories: one-click fixes and advanced fine-tuning.
8.1. One-Click Fixes
These are the original iPhoto editing tools, the ones that were present in the previous version and are nearly idiot-proof:
8.2. Advanced Fine-Tuning
iPhoto 5 introduces a new floating panel for power users who used to go galloping off to Photoshop every time they needed greater control over photo editing. It includes sliders for these parameters:
For anything beyond these touch-up tasks , you need to manipulate your photos in a more powerful editing programwhich you can easily do within iPhoto, as explained later in this chapter.
8.3. Using the Editing Tools
All iPhoto editing is performed in a special editing mode, in which the photo appears at nearly full-screen size , and tool icons appear along the bottom (Figure 8-1). You enter Edit mode either by double-clicking a photo's thumbnail (the quick way) or by highlighting the thumbnail and then clicking the Edit icon at the bottom of the screen (the long way).
As you may recall, however, iPhoto can take you to either of two alternate Edit worlds . First, there's the one where the photo appears right in the iPhoto window. Second, there's the one where the photo opens up in a separate window of its own.
A reminder: You specify which arrangement you prefer in the iPhoto Preferences dialog box. Then again, you can decide on an individual basis, too. To do so, Controlclick a thumbnail or a photo in its own window, then from the shortcut menu, choose "Editor "Edit in separate window,"depending on your preference. (If you've bought a two-button mouse for your Mac, just right-click instead.)
If you've opted to open the photo within iPhoto's window, by the way, you'll see a parade of other photo thumbnails at the top of the window. Feel free to edit any other photo by clicking its little postage -stamp icon up there (or by clicking the big Previous/Next arrows at the bottom of the window).
Or, if you'd rather hide the thumbnail browser to reclaim the space it's using, choose View Thumbnails (Option- -T) so that the checkmark disappears.
Note: If you're used to the way previous versions of iPhoto handled photo editing, here are three important differences. First, the editing tools always appear in the same place (the bottom of the window), regardless of whether you're editing a picture right in the iPhoto or in its own separate window. Second, you can no longer edit the toolbar; the same set of tools always appears in the same order.Finally, Apple eliminated the mode buttons in iPhoto 5 (Organize, Share, Edit, and so on). As a result, when you're finished editing a photo, either click the Done button (or close the window, if you're editing in a separate window) to return to the normal thumbnails view, or switch to another photo using the arrow buttons or the thumbnail browser at top.