Best Tips & Tricks to Become the Power User of iPhoto’ 11

iPhoto, the shining star of iLife, is a fantastic photo application comes pre-installed on the Mac OS X. iPhoto makes it easier to keep track of precious memories, organizing and editing them, turning them into different projects like slideshow, photo-books, photo-calendar, photo-cards and sharing them through Facebook, twitter, etc. Regardless of your mac user status, you will need some time to get used to iPhoto. Here are 25 useful tips and tricks which will help you to become the ultimate power user of iPhoto.

1. Full Screen Image Editing

Use this feature to edit images in full screen mode. You can do this in three ways:

  • Option 1: Select a photo to edit. In the Menu Bar select View > Full Screen and your photo will grow full screen. Press the Escape key to return to normal mode.
  • Option 2: Select a photo to edit. Right-click and select "Edit Using Full Screen".
  • Option 3: You can set iPhoto automatically to open all photos you want to edit in Full Screen mode. To do this, in the Menu Bar select iPhoto > Preferences (or press Command + comma). Select the General tab and select “Using Full Screen” from the Edit Photo drop-down menu.

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2. Use Smart Albums to Keep iPhoto Videos & Photos Apart

When you import videos to iPhoto, the videos will get dumped in with all the photos. Thankfully, you can use Smart Album to separate out the videos. Here's how:

Launch iPhoto and go to File > New > Smart Album. Then a window will show up, in which you can set up the rules by which iPhoto will sort your stuff. Here you can just set the rule as "Photo is Movie" to collect all videos in one album.

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3. Create and Use Multiple Libraries

This feature will be helpful when you are dealing with a large number of photos. This handy feature can also help you to separate family photos and the photos you take for work.

To create a new library, while opening iPhoto hold down the Option key. A new dialog will pop up asking if you want to choose another library, create a new library, or choose another library (including the default) that iPhoto already knows. Click Create New and specify a name and save location in the box that drops down. iPhoto will now load and display the new library. To switch libraries, hold down the Option key on startup and click the Other Library button, navigate to the other library, and then select Open.

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4. Organize Your iPhoto Library

When you first open iPhoto you can see the different ways to organize your photos at very top left. You can organize your photos by events, by faces, by dates, by names even by places you visit.

You can also organize your photo using a combination of Flags and Keywords, which will help you to find the exact photo from a lot of photos. To add a keyword, select a photo, or photos, in iPhoto, and then click on any of the keywords. You can also add your own keywords.

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5. Photo Stream

Photo Stream is a part of iCloud that sync all your photos together. That means if you take a photo with your iPhone or iPad it will automatically sync with your Computer. All you need to do is turn it on. To turn on Photo Stream you need to sign in to iCloud.

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6. Copy Pictures from iPhoto to Another Folder

If you want to access an original picture from iPhoto, you can copy them to your desktop or anywhere else by selecting the one you want and dragging & dropping them onto any folder.

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7. Set an Image as Desktop Background

You can set an image from your iPhoto library as your desktop wallpaper. To do so, select it and go to Share>Set Desktop

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8. Print Your Images with different Borders, Backgrounds and Layouts

You can print your photo or photos easily with iPhoto. Select the photo you want to print. Then go to upper left corner File>Print. You will get options as standard, contact sheet, single border, single mat, double mat. Choose the one that satisfy your need and click print.

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9. Make a Slideshow of Your Best Photos:

You can make a slideshow of your photos very easily with iPhoto. To do so, simply open iPhoto, and highlight a group of photos you’d like to create a slideshow. Then click on the add button and select slideshow from the next drop down menu. Then select new slideshow. iPhoto will arrange photos in a linear basis. Then add theme and grab music from iTunes library to your slideshow to make it stunning and give a title to it. You can also add some transition effect to individual photo. Once did editing, click the Preview button to see your slideshow within the iPhoto window, or Play to see it full screen. You can also select Export to send it as a video file in a variety of formats.

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10. Deleting & Permanently Removing Photos in iPhoto

iPhoto has its very own trash. Photos that you delete from iPhoto go to this trash, and unless it is empty, they continue to reside on your hard disk. Emptying the system trash also has no effect on this. To empty iPhoto trash, all you need to do is Control+Click the Trash icon in the iPhoto sidebar, or use the Empty Trash button in the top right corner, and all images will permanently remove. Like the system Trash, you can’t selectively remove these images.

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11. Stop iPhoto from Launching when Camera is Connected

iPhoto supports importing and organizing photos from your camera, and it opens each time you connect your camera. If you want to disable this feature, go to iPhoto’s preferences, and from the Connecting camera opens dropdown, select No application.

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12. Opening Your iPhoto Library in Finder

This feature helps to troubleshoot if anything goes wrong in iPhoto library. You might not want to touch anything here if you were not skilled enough as any changes made cannot be downloaded if deleted tem accidentally. To open the iPhoto library in Finder, go to the pictures folder, and you will see iPhoto library there. Right-click it, and from the context menu, select View “Package Contents” to enter the very forbidden iPhoto library. The “Masters”folder stores all original images. They are sorted into sub-folders by day, month and year.

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13. Move Library to a Different Location or External Drive

Relocating the iPhoto library become very easy in iPhoto’ 11. You just need to drag the library you want to move and drop it to your desired folder or external drive. Before doing so, make sure that you close iPhoto first.iPhoto will automatically register the change the next time you launch it.

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14. Compress & Resize an Image

iPhoto can’t process actual RAW images and replace them with the original one. But it is possible to export any image and compress and resize them. Go to File > Export, save the image in JPEG format and select a compression level from the JPEG Quality dropdown. From the Size dropdown, select custom and define the width or height of the image and click Export. The image will be compressed and resized. Later you can import an image to iPhoto and delete the larger one.

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15. Use Time Machine to Bring Back Deleted Photos

You can bring back deleted photos, albums, events and more from iPhoto if you have time machine enabled.To look for deleted items in iPhoto, simply open the iPhoto application and launch Time Machine from the menu bar or dock. When you do, iPhoto will open up in the Time Machine interface, letting you search for deleted items. Click an item and select Restore to restore it to your current iPhoto library.

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16. Merge Events

Event photos can be split up during the import because if the metadata. To merge two or more events you need to hold down shift and select the events that go together, then right-click and select "Merge Events." You can also do this by dragging one album into the other.

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17. Change Key Photo in Album

You can change the photo that represents an event in the Events listing. This photo is called the key photo, and you can change this by selecting a photo right-clicking on a photo and selecting Make Key Photo when inside of an Event.

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18. Confirm Multiple Faces at Once

Faces are a very useful way to organize every photo of a particular person in your iPhoto library, but it is much more painful to select every single Face one by one. We can select multiple Faces by navigating to the person in Faces you want to confirm, then in the area labeled “Person may also be the photos below,” drag a box around the photos you want to confirm. Then, select the Confirm Name button in the bottom toolbar.

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19. Add Location Information Manually

You can add location information manually by three ways: by album/event, by photo, or by multiple photos. When you mouse over the lower-right corner of the event, album, or photo you’ll notice a small "i." Clicking this will result in a pop-up panel that will allow you to specify metadata information like location. Type in a city in the location field and iPhoto will search to find your location. After adding location information, select Done to save. You can select multiple photos, albums or events to change the location.

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20. Edit Images Side-by-side

It is possible to edit multiple images side-by-side. This feature is helpful for applying an effect to similar photos. To do so, simply select two or more photos in an album and then select the edit button in the bottom toolbar.

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21. Step Through Effects

iPhoto provides several effects that can spice up your editing.. These effects include Black and White, Antique, Edge Blurs and others. You can apply the effects by selecting the Effects button at the bottom of the edit panel. You can add multiple effects by selecting multiple effects. You can also change the effect intensity.

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22. Hide Photos

You can hide certain photos you don’t want to show anyone. To hide a photo or group of photos, select them in your library and right-click to select "Hide Photo".

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23. Share on Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe

iPhoto lets you share your photos with MobileMe, Facebook, or Flickr. To share your album with Facebook, select an album, event, or a group of pictures, and then select Facebook to the right of the bottom toolbar. If you already sign in into Facebook, a window will prompt to let you select your sharing options.

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24. Set up an External Photo Editor

Sometimes iPhoto might not meet the need of a powerful editing tools. This feature helps you to edit your photos in another editing tools like Adobe Photoshop or other editing tools.

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To do this, head to iPhoto > Preferences (or press Command + comma). In the General Tab, under Edit Photo, there are three options: Edit in Main Window, Edit Using Full Screen, and Edit in Another Application. We’ll choose Edit in Application. A dialog window will pop up to prompt you for the application of your choice; navigate to the application and select Open.

25. Copy/Paste Locations Among Multiple Photos

You can simply copy one photo’s location information and paste it to other photo or photos. To do so, simply copy (Command + C) any photo having location. Then select multiple photos that belongs to the same location and do right click>Paste location.

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