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Get comfortable with viewing, editing, enhancing, printing, sharing, and creating photo projects using your digital photos and the popular iPhoto ’11 software on your Mac. Don’t just read about it: see it and hear it with step-by-step video tutorials and valuable audio sidebars delivered through the Free Web Edition that comes with every USING book. For the price of the book, you get online access anywhere with a web connection–no books to carry, content updated as iPhoto ‘11 changes, and the benefit of video and audio learning. Way more than just a book, this is all the help you’ll ever need…where you want, when you want!

learn fast, learn easy, using web, video, and audio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789747945
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 3/2/2011
  • Series: Using Series
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason R. Rich ( is the best-selling author of more than 45books covering a wide range of topics. He also contributes articles on a regular basis to numerous national magazines, major daily newspapers, and popular websites, including the New York Daily News newspaper,, and Virgin Atlantic’s

Some of Jason’s recently published books include How to Do Everything DigitalPhotography (McGraw-Hill), Blogging for Fame and Fortune (Entrepreneur Press),Design and Launch an Online e-Commerce Business in a Week (Entrepreneur Press),and How to Do Everything Blackberry PlayBook (McGraw-Hill).

Jason’s photographic work ( often appears in conjunction with his articles and in his books, which include more than a dozen full-length travel guides.

Jason has a passion for travel photography and of photographing animals; however, he continues to help professional models and actors create and expand their portfolios, and get signed with major agencies in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Miami.

Throughout the year, Jason teaches photography workshops and classes through various adult education programs, aboard cruise ships, and at resorts. He lives in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

You can follow Jason on Twitter (

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

How This Book Is Organized 3

Using This Book 4

Special Features 5

About the Using Web Edition 5

Part I: Introduction to iPhoto ‘11

1 What iPhoto ’11 Is and What It Does 8

What iPhoto ’11 Can Do for You 8

The Main Functions of iPhoto ’11 10

Viewing Your Images 10

Organizing All Your Digital Photos 13

Searching For and Locating Your Images 18

Editing Your Photos to Achieve Professional-Looking Results 19

Enhancing Your Images to Make Them Stand Out 21

Printing Your Digital Photos in Many Different Sizes 21

Sharing Your Photos with Friends, Family, and Coworkers with Ease 23

Securely Archiving Your Images 24

Creating Photo Projects Such as Greeting Cards and Photo Books 25

iPhoto ’11 Works Seamlessly with Other Mac Software 26

Taking Advantage of as Much or as Little as You Need 27

2 Upgrading to iPhoto ’11: What’s New and Noteworthy 28

It’s Time for an Upgrade 28

Welcome to iPhoto ’11 30

Overview of iPhoto ‘11’s New Features and Functions 32

Full-Screen Viewing Mode 32

Sharing Photos on Facebook Has Never Been Easier 34

Sharing Photos with Individuals via Email 35

Creating Professional-Looking Slideshows 36

Traditional Photo Albums Are a Thing of the Past; Photo Books Are the Wave of the Future 37

Customized Photo Greeting Cards Replace the Need for Generic Store-Bought Cards 38

3 Loading Your Digital Images into iPhoto ‘11 41

Loading Images Directly from Your Digital Camera 41

Importing Images That iPhoto ’11 Detects 42

Wirelessly Transferring Images Between Your Camera and Mac 45

Importing Images from a Memory Card Reader Using a USB Connection 45

Adding Images into iPhoto ’11 from Your Computer’s Hard Drive 46

Importing Photos Received via Email into iPhoto ’11 48

Importing Digital Photos from Your iPhone or iPad 51

Importing Digital Photos from Your iPhone or iPad 51

Transferring Images from MobileMe to iPhoto ’11 52

Using a Scanner to Transfer Hard-Copy Prints into iPhoto ’11 53

Importing Photos from the Web into iPhoto ’11 54

Changing Image Filenames After They’re Loaded into iPhoto ‘11 55

The Next Step... 58

4 Organizing Your Photos 59

iPhoto ‘11’s Source List 59

The Library 61

Events 61

Photos 63

Faces 67

Places 71

The Inside Scoop on Albums 75

Creating a New Album 75

Adding Images to an Album 75

Working with Smart Albums 77

What Else You’ll Find Under the Source List 80

Recent 80

Accessing Photos That iPhoto ’11 Transferred to the Web 82

Deleting Images 83

Part II: Improving Your Picture-Taking Skills Using Any Digital Camera

5 Taking Professional-Quality Photos 85

A Good Photographer Is Always Prepared 85

Taking Advantage of Your Camera’s Auto Shooting Modes 88

Choosing the Right Shooting Mode for the Situation 89

Dealing with Shutter Lag 90

The Basics of Photo Composition 91

Using the “Rule of Thirds” When Shooting and Framing Your Shots 93

Prefocusing on Your Subjects 96

Choosing the Best Subjects, Foreground, and Background When Taking Pictures 97

How Light Impacts Your Photos 99

Positioning Your Subject Based on the Sun’s Position 101

Planning Your Shots 101

Posed Photos 101

Candid Photos 103

Taking Advantage of Your Camera’s Zoom 104

6 Overcoming Common Mistakes and Mishaps 106

Setting the Right Shooting Mode 106

Avoiding Common Shooting Mistakes and Mishaps 109

Blurry Images 109

Camera Autofocuses on the Wrong Objects 110

Color Problems Within Images 112

Glare and Shadows 115

Shooting Through Glass or in Front of It 116

Red-Eye 118

Specks or Dots Appear in Your Photos 120

Part III: Using iPhoto ‘11 to Edit and Enhance Your Digital Images

7 Using iPhoto ’11’s Simple Photo Editing Features 123

Finding Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Your Photos 123

Exploring iPhoto 11’s Edit Screen 125

Using Full-Screen Mode When Editing 126

Improving Your Onscreen View with the Zoom Feature 127

Using iPhoto 11’s Edit Window 130

Using the Quick Fixes Editing Tools 131

Using the Six Quick Fixes Editing Features 131

Rotate 132

Enhance 132

Fix Red-Eye 133

Straighten 134

Crop 136

Retouch 142

8 Adding Effects to Your Images 145

Discovering the Edit Window’s Effects Options 145

Lightening or Darkening an Image 147

Adjusting the Contrast in Your Photos 149

Tinkering with a Photo’s Coloring 149

Easily Adding Special Effects to Your Pictures 151

Adding Special Effects to Your Photos 152

Transforming a Color Image into B&W 152

Making a Photo Look Old Using the Sepia Effect 153

Instantly Aging an Image with the Antique Effect 154

Adding a Matte or Vignette to the Photo 156

Drawing Focus to Your Subjects by Blurring the Image’s Edges 158

Fading or Boosting the Colors in Your Photos 158

Removing Special Effects You’ve Added 160

9 Advanced Photo Editing with iPhoto ‘11 161

Discovering the Edit Window’s Adjust Options 162

Understanding How the Levels Histogram Works 163

Manually Fixing Your Photos Using the Adjust Sliders 167

Using iPhoto ‘11’s Shadows Tool and Other Editing Tools to Quickly Fix an Underexposed Image 167

Manually Fixing the Exposure of Your Photos 168

Adjusting the Contrast in Your Images 168

Fine-Tuning an Image’s Saturation 169

Altering the Definition of an Image 169

Using the Highlights Slider to Improve a Photo’s Clarity 170

Using the Shadows Tool to Brighten an Image 170

Eliminating Blurriness with the Sharpness Tool 170

Using De-Noise to Clean Up an Image’s Clarity 170

Adjusting a Photo’s Temperature and Tint with the Sliders 171

Using the Eye-Dropper Tool to Fix Temperature and Tint 172

10 Exporting Your Images 174

Your Exporting Options 176

Exporting Individual Photos 177

Exporting Entire Events 179

Exporting to a Web Page 180

Exporting to QuickTime 184

Exporting a Slideshow 186

What You Need to Know Before You Export 187

Choosing the Right File Format 188

Selecting the Appropriate Image Quality 189

Understanding That File Size Does Matter 189

Keeping Your Filenames Straight 190

iPhoto ‘11’s Export Window 191

Exporting Multiple Photos 192

Part IV: Printing Your Photos Using iPhoto ‘11

11 Printing Photos Using Your Own Home Photo Printer 195

What You Should Know About Photo Printers 195

What to Consider Before Buying a Photo Printer 196

Choosing the Right Photo Paper to Meet Your Needs 197

Using iPhoto ‘11’s Print Function 199

Creating a Contact Sheet 202

Customizing Your Print Job 203

The Print Command Icons and What They Do 203

12 Creating Prints Using a Professional Photo Lab 211

Using the Order Prints Feature in iPhoto ’11 211

Ordering Prints in iPhoto ‘11 215

Setting Up Your Apple ID Account 216

Exporting Your Images and Uploading Them to Another Online-Based Photo Lab 216

Taking Your Digital Images to a One-Hour Photo Processor 217

Taking Your Digital Images to a Professional Photo Lab 218

13 Creating Photo Projects and Photo Gifts 220

Creating Photo Projects Using iPhoto ‘11 220

Publishing Full-Color, Professionally Bound Photo Books 222

Creating Your Own Custom-Imprinted Greeting or Holiday Cards 232

Keeping Track of Important Dates with a Picture Calendar Featuring Your Images 236

Creating Photo Projects and Photo Gifts Outside iPhoto ’11 239

Part V: Sharing Your Photos Using iPhoto ‘11

14 Emailing or Publishing Your Photos Online 242

Sharing Photos via the Web 242

Sending Emails from iPhoto ‘11 243

Sending an Email in iPhoto ‘11 247

Publishing Photos on 247

Sharing Photos on Facebook 250

Uploading Your Photos to Facebook 251

Managing Your Photos, Tags, and Comments on Facebook Using iPhoto ’11 254

15 Creating and Sharing Slideshows 257

Creating a Slideshow That Tells a Story 257

Incorporating Titles and Text into Your Slides 260

Giving Your Slideshow Pizzazz Using a Theme 261

Using Animated Transitions and Special Effects 265

Adding Music to Your Presentation 266

Sharing Your Slideshow 268

Using Your Other Slideshow Options 269

16 Using Apple’s MobileMe with iPhoto ‘11 270

An Introduction to MobileMe 270

What’s an Online Photo Gallery? 271

Creating a MobileMe Online Photo Gallery from iPhoto ’11 272

Creating an Online Gallery Using MobileMe 277

17 More Ways to Share Your Photos 279

Creating a Web Page with iWeb 279

Customizing Your Mac’s Desktop Wallpaper and Screen Saver 282

Transferring Photos to Your iPhone, iPod, or iPad 284

Transferring Photos from iPhoto ’11 to Your Apple Mobile Device 286

Part VI: Backing Up and Archiving Your Images

18 Burning Photos to CD or DVD from iPhoto ‘11 289

Burning Photos to DVD Using iPhoto ‘11’s Share Using iDVD Command 290

Copying Photos to CD or DVD Using the Burn Command 291

Burning Photos to a CD or DVD That Can Be Read by Any Computer 293

19 Photo Backup Solutions 294

Apple’s Time Machine 295

Backing Up Images to CDs or DVDs 296

Using Online Photo Services 296

Using Remote Data Backup Services 298

Choosing the Perfect Backup Solution 299

What to Do When Disaster Strikes 299

What to Do If Your Camera’s Memory Card Malfunctions 300

Part VII: Appendixes

A Digital Photography Websites 302

Digital Photography Information, News, and Product Reviews 302

Digital Camera Manufacturers 302

Online Photo Services for Sharing Images, Creating Prints, and More 303

Specialized Photography Websites 304

B iPhoto ’11 Keyboard Shortcuts 306

Index 311

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