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Chapter 4. Editing Photos > To enhance a photo

To enhance a photo

1.
In edit mode, click the Enhance button.

iPhoto adjusts several aspects of your photo, including color levels, color saturation, and brightness and contrast.

2.
Press and release to toggle between the “before” (Figure 4.20) and “after” (Figure 4.21) views of your photo.

Figure 4.20. The original photo. It's too dark.


Figure 4.21. The photo after clicking Enhance. It's better, but still too dark.


3.
If you like what Enhance has done to your photo, continue working. If not, choose Undo Enhance Photo from the Edit menu.

✓ Tips

  • Don't assume Enhance will always improve your photo. It's worth trying, but only you can decide if its results are better or worse than the original.

  • If the photo is way too dark or way too bright, Enhance isn't likely to work as well as using the Adjust tools manually (Figure 4.22). The differences among these screenshots may be more obvious in the electronic version of this book.

    Figure 4.22. The photo after I fixed it manually using the Adjust controls. Not perfect, but the best yet.

  • Enhance seems to key off the main color in the image when tweaking color saturation, which can lead to unwanted effects.

  • The order in which you perform edits can make a difference. For instance, if you plan to crop a photo, try Enhance before you crop, and if you don't like the results, undo the enhance, crop, and try Enhance again to see if you get different results.


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