iPhoto (2): Editing and Exporting Images
Retouch also has an adjustable cursor. Initially, when dragging this over a blemish, the area is totally white (which may cause some concern), but this disappears and the area is filled in with the correct colour. If an error is made the process can easily be reversed.
As before, there is a panel of eight effects (such as "Sepia") to make overall changes to an image.
The final panel, Adjust, is where most changes have been made. Exposure is now at the top along with Contrast (there is no brightness). Below are two new controls: Highlights and Shadows.
Significant changes to image light effects can be made. Saturation, Temperature and Tint are retained. Sharpness is coupled with a new control: Reduce Noise.
Export itself has many more ways to produce images for further use. As before Quicktime creates slideshows from a selection. The web page now includes a small frame round a thumbnail image plus a neat menubar above each of the main images. This export produces a main html file and four folders: images, pages, resources and thumbnails. The new resources folder contains the artifacts for the web pages, such as those tidy menubars.
Photographs may be exported in different file types (Original, TIFF, JPG), at different qualities (maximum, high, medium and low) and at different sizes. It is also a simple task to create a file name and then have several images exported sequentially, or use other data entered into iPhoto (album, title, filename).
The Calendar export also allows selection from a number of styles for a small calendar. With a bit of cut and paste it is possible to produce a larger version (e.g A3), but it would be useful if Apple would increase the templates to allow this in iPhoto.
Similarly, the card is created from one of 56 templates (either portrait or landscape) and in the absence of an online print service, a PDF taken to a print shop such as the one in Siam Discovery Centre will produce a fine card.
As with most aplications the preferences can be used to fine tune the operations of iPhoto, to change the behaviour and allow certain additional functions, such as sharing on a network or handling of image types.
While not in the same class as Aperture or Adobe Lightroom, iPhoto allows excellent organisation of photographs and has increased its capacity to make effective improvements to images for users of digital cameras. In many cases it is all one would need.
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