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iPhoto 1.1 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide

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Taking digital pictures is easy enough. But organizing the hundreds of oddly named image files that wind up on your hard drive so that you can easily share your photos with friends--well, that can be quite a different story. Unless, of course, you have iPhoto, Apple's free digital photography program, and best-selling author Adam Engst's iPhoto 1.1 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide to get you up to speed on how to use it.

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Overview

Taking digital pictures is easy enough. But organizing the hundreds of oddly named image files that wind up on your hard drive so that you can easily share your photos with friends--well, that can be quite a different story. Unless, of course, you have iPhoto, Apple's free digital photography program, and best-selling author Adam Engst's iPhoto 1.1 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide to get you up to speed on how to use it.

While most consumer photography programs help you edit your digital photos and turn them into projects, iPhoto focuses on organizing those photos and sharing them with others. Using a step-by-step approach that emphasizes tasks over lengthy explication, iPhoto 1.1 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide will have you importing, organizing, editing, and sharing your photo collections in no time. With a single click, you'll be able to order prints online, publish your photos to a Web page, or order a linen-bound book of your photographs. As with all VQS books, there are plenty of screen shots and graphics to illustrate key concepts, as well as tips to explain aspects of the program that aren't obvious form the interface or online help. Best of all, iPhoto 1.1 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide includes a trouble-shooting chapter that can save you hours of grief should something happen to an irreplaceable photo.

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iPhoto 1.1 brings Apple’s classic elegance and simplicity to editing, saving, organizing, sharing, and enjoying your digital photos. And if you own a recent Mac running OS X 10.1 or higher, you either already own iPhoto or you can download it for free at apple.com. (Tip: If you own 1.0, it’s definitely worth your time to go get the updated version.)

But, simple as iPhoto is, you’ll still want some guidance to make the most of this program. Unfortunately, iPhoto comes with only the barest online help -- and no printed manual. Adam C. Engst and Peachpit have remedied that, with iPhoto for Mac OS X 1.1: Visual QuickStart Guide.

This slim volume covers just about everything you can do with iPhoto, from capturing your photos to ordering prints, and beyond. Engst walks you through all five of iPhoto’s “modes”: import mode, organize mode, edit mode, book mode, and share mode.

You’ll start with a thorough review of bringing your images into iPhoto -- including some handy tips (iPhoto 1.1.1 lets you move your iPhoto Library folder to a different location, and access it via an alias. That makes it easier to share your photos with other users, or other Macs across a network).

Next, you’ll walk through iPhoto’s formidable organizational capabilities. Engst shows how to create, duplicate, rename, rearrange, and add photos to albums; arrange photos within an album; and assign titles or comments to individual photos. You’ll even learn how to assign keywords that will make it easier to search for individual photos years from now.

Engst then moves on to iPhoto’s editing tools. These aren’t the program’s strongest feature; you might want to supplement iPhoto with, say, Adobe Photoshop Elements (iPhoto will gladly coexist with third-party editors).

But the editing features you’re most likely to need most often are here: zooming, rotating, and cropping; converting from color to B&W; adjusting brightness or contrast; and reducing red-eye in portraits. (Unfortunately, “iPhoto’s approach to reducing red-eye tends to make people look as though they have black eyes.”)

The book then moves from iPhoto’s weakest features to its strongest: its support for creating “books” of customized and annotated photo albums that can be professionally printed and bound. With their linen covers and heavy glossy paper, these are unforgettable keepsakes.

There’s a full chapter on sharing your photos -- everything from custom slide shows complete with music, to emailing your photos, to ordering high-quality prints, to publishing your photos on your web site, to exporting to QuickTime movies.

While iPhoto’s pretty darned reliable, there’s a full chapter on troubleshooting. You’ll learn what to do if iPhoto crashes on launch (it might be a corrupted file in your iPhoto Library folder; Engst walks you through fixing that). If you ever get a dialog box indicating that the photos you’re importing are damaged, Engst offers a laundry list of suggestions (chances are the problem isn’t a damaged photo).

Think your iPhoto Kodak prints are too dark? Could be that Kodak’s tweaked its equipment for PC monitors, which use a slightly darker gamma (iPhoto won’t color correct, but you can get a better sense of what your prints will look like by temporarily adjusting your display preferences to match those of PCs). Finally, pointing out that iPhoto “isn’t a speed demon in the best of times,” Engst offers a checklist of things you can try to speed things up, at least a little.

Simple, friendly, and useful, like iPhoto itself, this book neatly bundles all the iPhoto help you’ll ever need. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321121653
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 6/13/2002
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Importing Photos 1
Ch. 2 Organizing Photos 9
Ch. 3 Editing Photos 33
Ch. 4 Creating Books 53
Ch. 5 Sharing Photos 77
Ch. 6 Troubleshooting 109
Index 125
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