iPhoto Tutorial 

Open iPhoto:

-Click the iPhoto icon in the Dock at the bottom of the screen. OR double click the system hard drive. Click “Applications.” Then double click “iPhoto.”

Importing photos from a camera:

-Make sure iPhoto is open and running

-Connect the camera to the computer using a USB cord and turn the camera on.

-iPhoto usually will switch into Import mode when it detects the camera. If not, click the “Import” button at the bottom, center of the screen.  Information about the camera and the pictures will be displayed at the bottom left side of the screen.

-Click “Import” at the bottom right hand of the screen. At the bottom center of the screen there will be a small thumbnail version of each image and it will show how many images remain to be imported

Importing a photo from e-mail:

-In e-mail double click the photo attachment and save the attachment onto desktop as a file

-Click the photo file and hold down the mouse button

-Drag the file to the left side of the iPhoto window where the albums are listed and release the mouse button.  The photo will import.

-The file was copied and now is stored in the iPhoto Library. The file can be deleted from the Desktop by clicking the file and pressing “Delete” on the keyboard.

Naming the Photos:

-Click the photo to be named

-Click the "i" in a circle at the bottom left of the screen. The photo information will appear. Click on the title of the photo.

-Delete the existing name and type a name for the photo and press enter.

Assigning Comments to a Photo:

-Click the desired picture

-If the comments section is not displayed click the “i” button to display it. Click on "Comments."

-Type the desired comments. Click outside of the comments box but inside the information box.

Viewing Rolls of Film (Photos imported at the same time):

-Click “Photo Library” in the left column of the screen

-Click the arrow to the left of the roles name to expand the roll of film, click the arrow again to hide the photos

-All the roles of film in the Photo Library can be expanded or collapsed by holding down the “Option” key while clicking the arrow

Name a Roll of Film:

-Click “Photo Library” in the upper left of the screen.

-In the library that appears at the right, click the name of the roll that needs to be named.

-On the bottom left of the screen, click in the “Title” box.

-Delete the old name and type in the new one and press enter.

Moving Photos Between Rolls:

-Select a picture to be moved by clicking it. To select more than one picture at a time, hold down the “Apple” key while clicking the desired pictures.

-Click any selected picture and hold down the mouse button. Drag the picture to the left column over the name of the role that it is being placed in. When the desired name is outlined in black release the mouse button.

Merging Two Rolls:

-Select a roll by clicking the roll’s name in the left column and holding down the mouse button.

-Drag the roll of film over the name of the destination roll. When the destination roll is outlined in black, release the mouse button. 

-If the roll displays in the wrong place, choose “Undo Add to Roll” from the Edit menu and try again.

Creating an Album:

-Select “New Album” from the File menu or press the “Apple” key and “N”

-Type a name for the new album

-Click “OK”

-To add a photo to the album, click on the photo and hold down the mouse button.  Drag the photo over the name of the album in the left column.  When there is a black outline around the name of the desired album, release the mouse button. 

-To add several photos to the new album at once, hold down the “Apple” key while clicking the desired photos.  Then click any selected photo and hold down the mouse button.  Drag the photo over the name of the destination album.  When the desired album name has a black outline around it, release the mouse button.  This will add all of the selected photos to the album.

Creating a “Smart” Album (only available on iPhoto 4 +):

-A smart album means that certain criteria are set and then the album is made automatically, rather than adding photos one at a time.  This is a great way to round up photos with similar dates etc. 

-Choose “New Smart Album” from the File menu OR press “Option” “Apple Key” and “N”

-Type a name for the new album. Specify what photos to add by clicking the blue drop down arrows and then clicking the desired criteria. Use the box at the far right to help make specifications. Click the plus sign at the right to add criterion.

-Click “OK”

Changing a “Smart” Album:

-Select the desired album by clicking it in the left column of the screen. Choose “Edit Smart Album” from the File menu.

-Make changes ass desired. To add more criteria for the Smart Album click the plus arrow to the right of any existing criterion. To get rid of existing criteria, click the negative sign (-) to the right of the existing criteria to be deleted

-Click “OK”

Viewing a Quick Slide Show:

-Select the album to view by clicking its name in the left column OR choose desired photos by holding the “Apple” key and clicking the photos

-Click the “Slideshow” button. Click the play button at the bottom left to watch the slideshow on the whole screen. To watch the slideshow in the window, click "Preview."

-Click anywhere on the screen to stop the slide show

Customize a Slide Show (only available on iPhoto 4 +):

-Select an album by clicking it in the left column OR select individual pictures in the library or in a specific album by holding down the “Apple” key while clicking on the pictures.

-Click the “Play” button at the bottom left of the screen. Click the Settings tab at the top.

-Click the blue arrows next to “Transition.” Click on the desired transition type. The transition will be displayed for preview in the screen at the right. Move the blue arrow below “Speed” to adjust the picture’s transition speed. Click the up or down arrows next to “Play each slide for:” to choose how long each photo is displayed. To choose desired options such as “Repeat slideshow” click the box to the left of the option to put a checkmark in the box. To remove a checkmark and thus an option, click on the box to the left of the option name.

-Click “present slides in random order” to displays photos in random order rather than the order they appear in iPhoto. Click “Repeat slide show” to repeat the slideshow until the “Esc” key or the mouse button is pressed. Click “Scale photos to fit screen” to make each picture adjust so that the screen is completely filled with no black edges. However, be aware that vertically oriented shots and photos that have been cropped may display strangely if this option is selected. 

-Click display titles, display my ratings, or display slideshow controls to view information about each photo while the slide show is playing.  This can be a useful tool in doing some housekeeping while the slideshow plays.  Slideshow controls will also be displayed if the mouse is moved while the slide show is playing.  These controls can be used to rotate, rate, and delete the currently displayed photo.  Clicking the trash icon in the control panel while the slide show is playing will remove the photo from the slideshow and the album the slideshow is made from. However, it will not remove it from the iPhoto library.

-Click the “Music” tab at the top of the screen

-For a silent slide show click on the box next to “Play music during slideshow” to remove the checkmark. Click and drag the blue oval at the right up and down to scroll through the different playlists in iTunes. To assign an entire Playlist to a slide show, click the Playlist name. To play one song, click on the name of the playlist that it is in and then click on the name of the song. To hear a song, double click the name of the song. To search for a song by its title, click in the box to the left of "Q." Then type the name of the song.

-Click the “Play” button at the bottom right.

Note: To view a Slide Show on a TV, connect the TV to the computer using an S-video jack

Slide Show Tips:

-To assign a default song to a specific album, open iTunes. Position the iTunes and iPhoto windows so the list of songs in iTunes and the album list in iPhoto can be seen at the same time. Click the desired song and hold down the mouse button. Drag the song to an album. When the album name is outlined in black, release the mouse button. If this is done for the Photo Library, iPhoto will ask to set that song as the default slide show music. Click “OK” and all future albums created will automatically have that song assigned to them initially.

-Create special effects by having a photo start in black and white and then dissolve into a color version.  Select a photo by clicking it, choose duplicate from the iPhoto menu OR press the “Apple” key and “D.”  Then click the first photo.  Click the Edit button in the bottom center of the screen.  Click “B & W” in the bottom center of the screen.

-During a slide show use the spacebar to pause the slide show. The music will continue to play but the images won’t change. Press the spacebar again to restart the slideshow. Press the up or down arrow keys to adjust the speed of the slide show. Press the left or right arrow keys to manually move through the slide show. Press 0 (zero) through 5 to rate a displayed photo during a slideshow. Press the “Apple” key and “R” to rotate a displayed photo clockwise.  Press “Option” “Apple” key and “R” to rotate the displayed photo counterclockwise. Press Esc OR click the mouse button to stop the slideshow. All changes done to a slideshow while it is being viewed will be saved for that slideshow.

Editing Tips:

-Select a photo by clicking it. Then click Edit in the bottom center of the screen. Or, instead of doing this, just double click the photo to be edited.

-Click the left and right arrows at the right of the screen to go to different pictures to be edited OR use the right and left arrows on the keyboard.

Cropping Photos Free Hand:

-Select a photo by clicking it. Then click “Edit” in the bottom center of the screen. Or double click the photo to be edited.

-To crop unwanted parts of a photo, hold down the mouse button. Drag a box around the portion of the picture to be saved. Release the mouse button. To move the box which contains the area to be saved, Click the box and hold down the mouse button. Drag the box to the desired location and release the mouse button. To extend the area to be saved, move the mouse to a corner of the box. Click that area and hold down the mouse button. Drag the box to the desired size and release the mouse button. If cropping does not turn out as desired, click anywhere outside of the box to start over.

-Click the "Crop" button. To undo the crop, click "Undo Crop Photo" from the Edit menu if the trash hasn't been emptied.

Cropping Photos to a Specific Size:

-Select a photo by clicking it. Then click “Edit” in the bottom center of the screen OR double click the photo to be edited.

-Click the arrows above “Constrain” in the bottom left of the screen. Then click the desired size of the cropped photo. If there is a checkmark to the left of “Constrain as Portrait” the photo will print vertically. If there is no checkmark the photo will print horizontally. To toggle this option, click “Constrain as Portrait.”

-The picture will appear lighter in color. The box that is a little darker is the portion that represents the selected cropping size. The box represents the part of the picture to be saved. To move this box click on it and drag it to the desired location. Then release the mouse button.

-Click "Crop."

Getting the Red Eye Out:

-Select a photo by clicking it. Then click “Edit” in the bottom center of the screen. Or double click the photo to be edited.

-Make sure the “Constrain” box says “None” in it. If it doesn't, click the arrows above “Constrain” and then click “None.”

-Click "Red Eye." The mouse is turned into a cross hair when over the photo. Place the cross hair over the individual's eyes and click the mouse.

-When finished, click "Red Eye" to exit this function.

Enhancing Photos:

-Select a photo by clicking it. Then click “Edit” in the bottom center of the screen. Or double click the photo to be edited.

-Click the “Enhance” button at the bottom of the screen.

-To see what the image looked like before it was enhanced, hold down the “Control” key.

Removing Flaws:

-Select a photo by clicking it. Then click “Edit” in the bottom center of the screen. Or double click the photo to be edited.

-Click the “Retouch” button at the bottom of the screen. Move the mouse so that the crosshair pointer is over the flaw. Click and hold the mouse button. Drag away from the flaw in a short stroke and release the mouse button. Repeat this until the flaw is sufficiently gone.

-To see the photo before it was retouched, hold down the “Control” key. To undo individual mouse clicks choose “Undo Retouch” from the Edit menu. To undo ALL retouching at once, choose “Revert to Original” from the iPhotos menu. However, be aware that if this is done any other editing including cropping will also be lost.

-When finished click "Retouch" to exit this function.

Printing a Single Photo:

-Select a photo by clicking it. Then click “Edit” in the bottom center of the screen. Or, just double click the photo to be printed.

-Crop the photo so that its measurements are within the confines of the paper being used (See “Cropping Photos to a Specific Size”) If you want to retain a version of the photo that is not cropped for printing, make a duplicate of the photo by clicking the photo and pressing the “Apple” key and “D.”

-Make sure that the photo to be printed is in the “Edit” mode. The “Edit” tab under the displayed picture should be highlighted in blue, if not click it.

-If using a paper size other than letter, choose “Page Setup” from the File menu. Click the blue arrows to the right of “Paper Size” and click the appropriate size of paper. Click “OK.”

-Choose “Print” from the File menu. Make sure the correct printer name is displayed in the “Printer” box. If not, click the blue arrows beside “Printer” and then click the appropriate printer’s name.

-Choose the type of paper being used by clicking the blue arrows beside “Preset” and then click the name of the type of paper

-Adjust the margins (border of the picture) by clicking and dragging the blue arrow beside “Margins” to the desired location. Select zero (0) to have no margin around the photo.  However, the printer used must be able to support borderless printing and a borderless paper-size must be selected.

-To see a preview of the photo to be printed, click “Preview” in the bottom left of the screen

-Click “Print”

Printing Multiple Photos:

-Crop each individual photo to be printed so that it fits the paper being used.  (See “Cropping Photos to a Specific Size”) To retain a version of the photo that is not cropped for printing, make a duplicate of the photo by clicking the photo and pressing the “Apple” key and “D.”

-Hold down the “Apple” key while clicking the pictures to be printed. Click the “Organize” tab in the lower center of the screen.

-If the paper size is not letter, choose “Page Setup” from the File menu. Click the blue arrows to the right of “Paper Size” and click the name of the appropriate size of paper. Then click “OK.”

-Choose “Print” from the File menu. Make sure the printer name is displayed in the “Printer” box. If not, click the blue arrows beside “Printer” and then click the name of the printer.

-Choose the type of paper by clicking the blue arrows beside “Preset” and then clicking the name of the appropriate type of paper

-Adjust the margins (borders of the pictures) by clicking and dragging the blue arrow beside “Margins” to the desired location. Select zero (0) to have no margin around the photos.  However, the printer used must be able to support borderless printing and a borderless paper-size must be selected.

-To see a preview of all photos printed, click “Preview” in the bottom left of the screen

-Click “Print”

Burning Photos to CD’s and DVD’s:

-Select photos by holding the “Apple” key while clicking the photos. Click the “Burn” button in the bottom right of the screen. iPhoto will ask that a blank CD be inserted. Insert a blank CD and click “OK.”

-Information about the pending burn will be displayed in the information area.  Add or delete photos from the selection and the information area will update accordingly. Type a name for the disc in the “Name” box.

-Click the “Burn” button again. A dialog box will be displayed, click “Burn”

-When iPhoto has finished burning the photos onto the CD, the CD can be ejected

Working with Burned CDs:

-Insert the burned CD into the computer. If the CD was burned in iPhoto, the CD’s name will appear in the column at the left of the screen.

-Click the CD’s name to display the pictures on the disc. If the CD contains multiple albums, a yellow triangle will appear next to the CD’s name.  To view the names of all the albums on the disc, click the triangle. To display the photos that are in an album, click the album’s name.

-At this time the pictures are not saved in iPhoto, they are only saved on the CD. It is possible to display slide shows of the photos on the disk, however the photos cannot be cropped, retouched, or edited in any way. To edit a photo, click it and hold down the mouse key. Drag the photo into the library and release the mouse button. Click Library.  Double Click the photo and edit it as desired.

Copying an Album from a Burned CD into iPhoto:

-Insert the burned disc. Click the name of the disc in the left column of the screen to display the photos. If there are multiple albums on the disc, click the yellow arrow to the left of the disc name to display all the album names. To display the pictures in an album, click the name of the album.

-To select only some pictures to be copied from the burned CD to iPhoto, hold down the “Apple” key while clicking the desired photos. To slect all of the pictures to be copied from the burned CD to iPhoto click one photo, then press the “Apple” key and “A.” 

-Click any selected photo and hold down the mouse button.  Drag the photos into a blank area in the column at the left of the screen.  Release the mouse button.

-A new album will be created. To rename the album, click the album name and type the new name.

Exporting Photos as Movies (a portable slide show):

-Select a set of images by holding the “Apple” Key while clicking the pictures OR select an album by clicking its name in the left column

-Choose “Export” from the File menu. Click the “QucikTime” tab at the top of the window

-Enter dimensions for the movie, the preset values generally work well but to disperse a movie over the internet the settings 320 by 240 work best. In the “Display image for” box, type the desired duration for each photo to be displayed.

-Select a background color (displayed before and after each picture and also behind pictures that don’t fit the screen) for the movie by making sure the circle to the left of “Color” has a black dot in it, if not click the circle. Click the box with a color displayed in it and hold down the mouse key. Click the desired background color.

-The current song assigned to the library or selected album will play during the movie, to turn this off click the box to the left of “Add currently selected music to movie”

-Click “Export” at the bottom right of the window. Type in a name for the movie.

Moving Photos into Documents:

-Open the document where the photo is going. Position the document window so that it can be seen at the same time as iPhoto.

-In iPhoto, click the desired photo and hold down the mouse button. Drag the picture into the destination document and release the mouse button. Or, to make a copy of the picture that will remain in the Library, drag the picture to the desktop and release the mouse button. Then click the Photo file and hold down the mouse button. Drag the photo to the destination document and release the mouse button.

iPhoto tips:

-If a photo is in many albums and it needs to be edited only in one album leaving the original version unchanged, click the photo to select it. Choose “Duplicate” from the Photo menu OR press “Apple” key and “D.” Then edit the duplicate photo as desired.

-To duplicate an album, click the name of the album in the left hand column. Choose “Duplicate” from the iPhoto menu or press “Apple” key and “D.” Edit the duplicate album as desired.

-Stay out of the library as much as possible. Adding, deleting, renaming, or modifying photos in the Library can cause a loss of photos. It is better to work with photos in their album. iPhoto will automatically update the Library when a photo is edited in an album if the photo is the original. However, if the photo being edited is a duplicate, the library will not update the editing of the photo.

-Try to do cropping in the camera’s viewfinder as much as possible verses cropping in iPhoto. The photos will retain a better quality.