iOS Tip 99 - Photos Editing

Access Specific Editing Tools in Photos

Though not an official iOS tip, so many of us use iPad or iPhone for photo taking and then import and edit on a Mac I thought this "tip" would be very helpful.

The editing view in Photos (on your Mac) presents several tools: Enhance, Rotate, Crop, Filters, Adjust, and Retouch. Of these, the Adjust tool gives you the most specific controls for changing lighting and color. Initially, though, the Adjust tools include just single sliders for Light, Color, and Black & White. You can Bring up editing tools that are normally hidden.

To access controls that are more specific, click the down-pointing arrow that appears when you move the mouse pointer over the top-right edge of a slider. That action exposes the components of each adjustment, such as Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, and more.

Even more adjustments are available if you know where to find them. Click the Add button to reveal a pop-up menu of other controls, such as Vignette, White Balance, Histogram, and Levels.

Where's My iPhoto

BEFORE you upgrade your computer operating system to 10.10.3 - update your iPhoto to 9.6.1. iPhoto 9.6 or earlier is not compatible with the current version of Yosemite (10.10.3). After updating to the current version of Yosemite you’ll see Photos (not iPhoto) on your dock. Photos is Apples new photo applications and is replacing iPhoto; when you launch Photos you’ll be prompted to migrate your iPhoto library to the new Photos.

The migration might take a while, depending on the number of pictures you have. Photos will migrate all your pictures, albums, slideshows etc. The only concern you might have is available space on your hard drive as after the migration you’ll have both an iPhoto and Photo library. Once the migration is complete you can delete the iPhoto library - freeing up the space.

Buy Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course

This course will help you decide whether to transition to Photos right away, walks you through importing photo libraries from iPhoto and Aperture, explains the Photos interface and how you can organize your images, gets you going with the editing tools, and assists you with copying photos to iOS devices and Apple TVs. It also shows you how to create books, cards, calendars, and slideshows.

Particularly helpful is the explanation of how Photos works with iCloud, including using iCloud Photo Library to create a centralized photo library for all your devices and sharing photos with friends and family via iCloud Photo Sharing. While we now think it’s safe to turn on iCloud Photo Library, beware that it may overwhelm your Internet connection.