Before we jump into workflow, download the training files and then lets get to know iPhoto a little better.
Hold down the option key as you launch iPhoto '11 (older versions have the same tools but are slightly different). A dialog box will appear that will let you choose an existing library or create a new one. Create a new library and call it iPhoto Test Library and hit Continue. Now lets take a look at the four major sections of the interface:
The source list
A panel on the left where all your photos can be organized.
- Library: It organizes your photos into four categories.
- Events: Groups of photos imported together. These are usually labeled by date, device or an uploaded folder bcan be renamed.
- Photos: Contains all of your photos organized by events.
- Faces: iPhoto can scan your photos on import and look for faces that match those you have already identified and labeled.
- Places: If your photo contains GPS data, iPhoto will read it and organize your photos by location
- Recent: Tracks all the photos you recently worked with, including events, imports and flagged items. It also houses your trash bin. When you delete an item it is transferred here. The trash has to be emptied for the photos to be deleted permanently.
- Albums: Add folders and smart folder to organize and manage your collection.
- Web: Syncs your albums to Mobile Me or your Facebook account (but not a page).
Main viewing area
The center area lets you interact with your photos in multiple ways.
Groups of buttons at the bottom of the window provide shortcuts to various tools. The group on the left helps you find and focus on the photos you want. The group on the right gives you tools to manage and edit your photos.
When you double-click on a photo in the main viewing area or click on an editing tool in the tool bar, a panel appears on the right so you can make changes.