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Monday, March 12, 2012

How to edit photos with iPhoto for iOS on your iPad 2/iPhone4/iPhone 4S and the new iPad

iPhoto for iOS
It has seemed to be a regular for Apple to announce new updates for its software programs along with its hardware update announcements. On the March 7th event, Apple released the new iPad (3rd generation). But the new iPad is not the only big deals that were released during the event, Apple also released a new program, iPhoto for iOS. Unlike a video editor which edits videos for you, the iPhoto for iOS is a professional image editing tool for your new iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, which could let you browse, edit, and share your photos on your iPad or iPhone freely. You can purchase iPhoto for iOS in the App Store at $4.99, and you will need to be running iOS 5.1 on your iOS device(s) for iPhoto to install. With the size of the app coming in at 106MB, you will need to be connected to Wi-Fi to download the app on your device.

Getting started: After downloading and installing the app, your photos will be presented to you in albums, with four tabs along the top to narrow down the photos you want to view, respectively: Albums, Photos, Events, and Journals.
iPhoto for iOS interface
The Albums tab groups your photos by status, whether they have been edited within the app, beamed to you from another iOS device, stored in Photo Stream, or on your camera roll. The Photos tab will display the photos currently stored on your device; you won't see your Photo Stream photos stored here. The Events tab will display your photos sorted by event, which is set up by syncing photos through iTunes or with the iPad Camera Connection Kit. The Journals tab will display the photo journals you create within the iPhoto for iOS app.

Viewing photos: Tap on the photo or album you would like to view. On the left side you will see thumbnail previews of the rest of the album you are currently viewing. You can adjust the size as well as relocate the column of thumbnails by touching the top of the bar and dragging it.
If you want to view more than one photo at a time, you can use a flicking motion to move it out of the thumbnail area and into the main section of iPhoto. You can also double-tap any photo's thumbnail, and iPhoto will automatically display all similar photos to you. This will come in handy if you have taken multiple photos of the same thing and want to quickly decide which one to keep.

Editing: The editing tools are along the bottom of your screen. In the lower-left corner of the screen you will find the tools that allow you to crop and straighten, adjust exposure, color, use brushes, and add effects to your photo.
If any of these tools intimidate you, the auto-enhance button looks like a magic wand in the middle of the toolbar. Located next to the auto-enhance button are the rotate, flag, favorite, and delete buttons. If you are not familiar with the specific work each tool does, you can tap on the question mark at the top.

Well, after you edit your photos with iPhoto for iOS on your iPad or iPhone, you can choose to share with your friends or not. You are given a healthy dose of options of what to do with your photos. Creating a journal will allow you to upload the Journal and share it with your friends, or you can Beam a photo from one iOS device to another iOS device running iPhoto on the same Wi-Fi network. You can also upload photos to a specific album on Facebook, print, or e-mail multiple photos. Unfortunately, the iOS limit of five photos per e-mail is still in place.

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