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Chapter 4. Editing Photos > Entering Edit Mode

Entering Edit Mode

Since you can edit a photo in the display pane, in a separate window, or even in another application, it’s not surprising that you can enter edit mode in several ways.

To choose how to edit photos:

1.
From the iPhoto application menu, choose Preferences ().

iPhoto opens the Preferences window (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1. In the Preferences window, select how you want iPhoto to react when you double-click a photo.


2.
Under “Double-click,” select whether you want iPhoto to open photos for editing in the display pane (Opens in Edit view), in a separate window, or in another editing program.

3.
To use another program, click the Select button, and choose a program in the Open dialog (Figure 4.2).

Figure 4.2. To use another program for editing, select “Opens in other” in the iPhoto Preferences window, click Select, and find your desired program.


4.
Close the Preferences window.

Ways to enter edit mode:

  • Select a photo in any mode, and click the Edit button under the display pane (Figure 4.3).

    Figure 4.3. To switch into edit mode, click the Edit button underneath the display pane.

    iPhoto switches to edit mode with the selected image in the display pane.

  • Double-click a photo in any mode.

    iPhoto switches to edit mode and displays the photo according to the setting in the Preferences window.

  • -double-click a photo in any mode to open the photo in either the display pane or a separate window, whichever is not the default in iPhoto’s Preferences window.

  • -click a photo in organize mode, and choose one of the editing commands from the contextual menu that appears. (Figure 4.4).

    Figure 4.4. Control-click a photo in organize mode and choose one of the editing commands from the contextual menu. This is a particularly good way to edit in an external application on an occasional basis.

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