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Handy Tips in iPhoto for iPad

You can tell that Apple worked hard to bring iPhoto to the iPad. It is $4.99, which is designed from the ground up, and is a joy to use. Now that it’s vacation time for a lot of families, we though it’d be great to run through some handy tips that might help you if you’re just starting out using the iPhoto for iPad.

Use the Face Balance setting

Under the Color area (the pallet icon), you can choose to adjust the white balance to favor skin tones by using the Face Balance setting. Pressing this puts a loupe on the screen that you’ll position over a face and it’ll adjust the white balance of the rest of the image. If you do use a post-processing app, it works similarly to the white balance picker in those apps. Your results will vary depending on how well shot and lit the image is; sometimes the effect is subtle.

Correct Color

Color correction is a quick way to make good images great. Select a photo, then tap the palette icon in the lower left of the screen. Touch the area in the image you want to adjust, and iPhoto will auto-magically know if you’re touching blue sky, skin tones, or green scenerey, and adjust accordingly. When the adjustment handles appear, you’ll be able to drag your finger left or right to adjust that specific color in the image. Touch anywhere else in the image and you’ll be able to drag your finger up or down to saturate or desaturate the color in the whole photo. Look below the photo to adjust colors with the four sliders along the bottom of the screen to adjust the saturation, blue skies, greenery, or skin tones for the whole photo.

Crop Photos

Cropping photos well is a basic yet underutilized editing technique that most photographers do first. In iPhoto, tap the photo you’d like to crop and tap, well, the Crop button in the lower left of the screen. Touch the image, then, to crop it. you can twist your fingers to rotate the photo, tap and drag the crop handle by its edges, or just pinch in or out to adjust the photo size relative to the frame around it. You can also tap the gear icon to choose a preset image ratio (like 4 X 3 or 5 X 7).

Save to Camera Roll

Once you’ve edited a photo and decide you really like it, save it to your Camera Roll (once again using the Share menu). Your Camera Roll is the image database for your iPad that allows other applications to access those pictures. If you save important shots to Camera Roll right away, they will be available to you in Keynote, Pages, etc. You’ll be glad you did this when you’re jamming to finish a presentation.

Create Journal

The more interesting and innovative ways to share your photos from the iPad is with the Journal option. This is like a digital scrapbook that you can hand as a slideshow to a friend on your iPad, send to iTunes, or share out as a web page via iCloud. To create a new Journal, select the photos you want to put into the journal with a tap/hold to select multiple photos. Then tap on the Share icon in the upper right. Tap on Journal, and iPhoto will give you the option to use the ones you’ve chosen, choose more, and then, once you tap through, the chance to name your Journal and chose a theme. The themes are basically the material that shown behind the photos in the Journal, like Cotton or Denim. You can add these to an already created Journal at this time as well by tapping on the Journal/New field. Once you tap Create Journal, then Show, you’ll have the chance to move the photos around, tapping on each one to resize, and adding captions. It’s all very slick. When finished, tap the Share button in the upper right and you can export it as an iCloud web page, a Slideshow, or an iTunes movie.

If you have any iPhoto for iPad tips that you use frequently, please feel free to add them to the comments.