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From your Facebook Wall to your coffee table to your best friend’s inbox (or mailbox). Do more with your photos than you ever thought possible. And do it all in one place. iPhoto
Faces to see. The Faces feature helps you sort your photo library by the people in your pictures. It automatically detects and even recognizes 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 organizes 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 perpetual shutterbug 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 “Riley’s graduation,” so it’s easy to find everything. Thanks to iCloud, iPhoto can even import your Photo Stream images for you and organize them as Events.
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 colors in your photos pop — 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 color 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
Email good enough to frame. Your photos look fantastic. So should the email you share them in. iPhoto ’11 turns emailed photos into something much more fun and creative than mere attachments. Everything happens right in iPhoto; you don’t even have to open Mail. Start by choosing an Apple-designed theme like Announcement, Cardstock, or Collage. Then just select your photos and watch as iPhoto places them in the template automatically. Swap the position of one image with another. Pan and zoom for just the right focus. Change the size and style of your text. Even attach high-resolution versions of your photos. iPhoto automatically formats your message, so it’s always the perfect size.
Facebook friendlier. iPhoto is an even bigger fan of Facebook now. Not only can you use iPhoto to change your Facebook profile picture, but you can choose to upload photos directly to your Wall or to an existing album. If your photos have names you’ve added using Faces, iPhoto converts them to Facebook name tags. iPhoto even displays your Facebook photo albums — whether they were published with iPhoto or another application. What’s more, when your friends leave comments on your photos, you’ll see them in iPhoto.
Flickr with a click. Sharing on Flickr is just as easy: Click the Flickr button and post images directly to your photostream. When you share your photos on Flickr, the locations you added using Places appear on Flickr photo maps.
Take some photos to go. Want to keep your photos with you? Use iTunes to wirelessly sync specific Events, Albums, or even Faces to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Or you can have the photos you import from your camera or SD card to your library added to your Photo Stream in iCloud automatically. Then you can enjoy and share them on any of your iOS devices.
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 centers and frames shots with people in them. So the focus of your slideshow is 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.
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