From your Facebook Wall to your coffee table to your best friend’s inbox (or letter box). Do more with your photos than you ever thought possible. And do it all in one place. iPhoto.
Organise your photos by who, where and when.
iPhoto gives you three incredibly easy ways to organise and manage the thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of photos on your Mac. They’re called Faces, Places and Events, and what they do for your photo library is practically magic.
Faces to see.
The Faces feature helps you sort your photo library by the people in your pictures. It automatically detects and even recognises faces in your photos. iPhoto uses face detection to identify faces of people in your photos and face recognition to match faces that look like the same person. That makes it easy for you to add names to your photos. And it helps you find the people you’re looking for. Clicking the Faces view shows you a corkboard featuring a snapshot for each person you’ve named. iPhoto suggests a set of possible matches you can confirm with a click. Use the new Find Faces view to quickly find other people in your photos who haven’t been named yet. After you’ve put names to faces and faces to names, sync them to your iPad or iPhone and take them with you.
Places to go.
Never again stare blankly at your photos pondering, “Now where was this taken?” Places in iPhoto allows you to search and sort photos by location, using data from any GPS-enabled camera or iPhone. Don’t have a GPS-enabled camera or iPhone? You can still use Places by adding your own location information: just start typing and iPhoto instantly gives you a list of locations to choose from — including points of interest like the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building. iPhoto also uses reverse geocoding to convert a photo’s location data, such as its latitude and longitude coordinates, to friendly place names. Want to add places to lots of photos? Select an Event, an album or a group of photos shot in the same place, and iPhoto can add your location information to all of them at once.
Events to remember.
iPhoto automatically organises your photos by Event, so you don’t confuse that shot of your best friend celebrating her birthday with the one of her celebrating New Year’s. When you connect your camera or insert your SD card, iPhoto groups your images according to the day they were taken. That’s a comfort to both the enthusiastic amateur and the chronic procrastinator. If you like, you can turn multiple Events into one large Event. Just drag one Event onto another to merge them. And you can label each Event with a meaningful name, like “Mark’s recital” or “Kathy’s graduation”, so it’s easy to find everything.
Find and organise photos of people in your iPhoto library using Faces.
Turn so-so snapshots into great photos.
iPhoto features image editing and enhancement tools that rival those in expensive photo software. The difference? iPhoto tools are easier to master, and most take only a few clicks to use.
Make each photo its absolute best.
iPhoto gives you everything you need to fix your photos. Remove red-eye with a click. Adjust exposure, brightness and contrast. Crop to frame your subject. If you don’t know where to begin, click the Enhance tool and watch iPhoto automatically fix underexposed or dull photos. From there, you can try a few more tricks.
If you want to make the colours in your photos stand out — without affecting skin tones — adjust the Saturation slider. To improve clarity and enhance detail, experiment with the Definition slider. To make spots and blemishes instantly disappear, use the Retouch brush. With iPhoto, you don’t need to be a professional to make your photos look that way.
Experiment with effects.
Have as much fun tweaking your photos as you do taking them. With iPhoto effects, you can convert colour photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, add a vignette border and more. Experiment without fear: a click of the “None” thumbnail removes effects and returns your photo to its original state. In fact, any edit you make in iPhoto is reversible, so you don’t have to worry about losing your originals.
Give your photos that little extra something by applying effects.
Make slideshows that amaze and entertain.
iPhoto slideshows bring your photos to life. With animated themes, multi-photo layouts and automatic face detection, these slideshows don’t just move, they’re moving.
Enjoy a few choice memories.
iPhoto slideshows are so cinematic, they’ll take you back to the very moment each photo was snapped. Choose from a dozen animated themes that each do something spectacular. The Places theme, for instance, uses the location of your photos to create a map where you jump from one location to the next through the lens of your camera. iPhoto slideshow themes include professionally designed layouts, titles and transitions that make a perfect backdrop for your photos. Face detection in iPhoto automatically centres and frames shots with people in them. So the focus of your slideshow is always where it should be.
Click a theme to play a full-screen slideshow — accompanied by any song from your iTunes library. Fast-forward or rewind your slideshow using the filmstrip. Reorder photos, set the length of time individual photos remain onscreen or, with some themes, choose different transitions. When you’re happy with your slideshow, export it as a QuickTime movie that’s sharable on the web and playable on any Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Build a slideshow worthy of its own star-studded premiere.