Viewing Individual Photos Using iPhoto
From the Albums, Photos, or Events screens, tap on any image thumbnail to view that image and start working with it using the photo editing and enhancement tools built into iPhoto. Displayed along the left margin of the Editing screen (shown in Figure 3) are thumbnails representing the other images in that Album or Event. To make these thumbnails disappear in order to free up screen real estate, tap on the full-screen viewing mode icon that’s displayed along the top of the screen. The icon for this feature is comprised of nine small squares.
Figure 3 The main Editing screen of iPhone allows you to view images, one at a time, and then edit them.
Along the top of iPhoto’s Editing screen are a series of command icon and menu options. The main area of the Editing screen is where you’ll view one image at a time. At anytime, tap the question mark icon to get on-screen help using the applicable features or functions within iPhoto.
As you’re viewing a photo, if you don’t like the results of an action, tap the Undo icon to remove the last edit, or hold down the Undo icon to redo that action. At anytime, you can compare the edited version of a photo you’re working on to the original version of the image by tapping on the Show Original icon (displayed to the left of the Edit icon, near the top-right corner of the screen).
Also, as you’re editing a photo, you can zoom in on a specific area of the image using a reverse-pinch motion with your thumb and index finger, or double-tap on the area of the photo that you want to zoom in on. Tap the “i” icon to view details pertaining to that image, including its resolution and file size. If you opt to share your images online using Facebook or Flickr, you can also tap the “i” icon to add comments to each online version of the image.
Whenever you’re viewing a selected image, by tapping on the Edit icon that’s displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen, you can access an extensive collection of photo editing and enhancement tools, each of which is represented by an icon that’s displayed along the bottom of the screen (shown in Figure 4).
Figure 4 Tap the Edit icon to access a vast collection of easy-to-use editing and photo enhancement tools that allow you to transform an image in minutes.
Starting near the bottom-left corner of the screen when in Edit mode, there’s the cropping tool. Use it to cut out portions of an image around its edges and reframe the subject within an image. To the right of the cropping tool is the Contrast tool. Tap on it to reveal a contrast slider at the bottom of the screen. Use your finger to move the slider right or left to adjust the contrast of a photo.
To tinker with a photo’s coloring, tap on the color palette icon that’s displayed to the right of the Contrast tool. Doing this displays four separate color saturation-related sliders, plus a white balance adjustment tool. The white balance tool allows you to adjust a photo’s white balance based on a variety of possible lighting conditions.
The paintbrush-shaped icon that’s displayed to the right of the color saturation tool icon reveals a series of paintbrushes (shown in Figure 5), each of which has a separate tool or effect associated with it. There’s also the Magic Wand that auto-enhances an image by determining what’s wrong with it from a lighting, contract, clarity, and color standpoint, for example, and automatically fixes it.
Figure 5 Tap on the paintbrush-shaped icon to reveal a collection of color-related editing tools.
The red-eye brush is used to quickly fix red eye in a photo. Or, use the Saturate, Desaturate, Lighted, Darken, Sharpen or Soften brushes to fix or enhance specific areas of a photo using your finger on the touch screen.
The Effects icon (displayed to the right of the paintbrush icon) gives you instant access to a handful of special effects sorted by categories, such as Artistic, Vintage, Aura, Black & White, Duotone, and Warm & Cool. Tap on any of the effects bars (shown in Figure 6) to reveal a collection of special effects that you can add to an entire photo with a single tap on the screen. You can easily mix and match special effects to create a truly artistic or visually stunning image.
Figure 6 Add one-tap special effects to an entire image, or incorporate special effects into just a portion of an image.
Located near the bottom-center of the Editing screen are five additional command icons that give you easy access to a handful of other photo enhancement and editing tools. Tap on the magic wand icon to auto-enhance an entire image with a single tap, or tap on the Rotate icon to rotate an image clockwise by 90-degrees. You can tap this icon multiple times, as needed.
Another way to rotate an image is to use your thumb and index finger on the touch screen to perform a circular gesture. It’s also possible to flag an image by tapping on the Flag icon. This makes it easier to later find an image you particularly like, especially if you’ve shot several similar images. You can also group together flagged images for viewing, printing, editing, or sharing, for example.
One other way you can gather your favorite images for easy viewing, sharing, and editing, for example, is to separate them by tapping on the Favorite icon (which looks like an award ribbon) for each of them. This stores those images within a separate Event. You can also hide photos, which keeps them saved on your iPhoto or iPad, but removes them from the thumbnail screens, for example, as you’re viewing your images. Hiding an image is different than deleting it.
Of course, once you add any editing or special effect to a photo, it can be undone with a single tap of the Undo icon. You can also tap on the gear-shaped icon that’s displayed near the lower-right corner of the screen, and tap on the Remove Effect or Erase tab. However, if you come up with a series of editing tools and effects you like, and you want to apply them in exactly the same way to multiple images, this can be done easily using the Copy Exposure, Color, and Effect command, followed by the Paste Exposure, Color, and Effect command.
When you’re done editing a single image, tap the Edit icon again to automatically save your changes and view the image in its newly edited form. While in single image viewing mode, swipe your finger from right to left, or left to right, to scroll through the images stored within the same Album or Event folder.