Enhance Images with iPhoto on iPad

7/23/2012 11:37:05 AM

Editing your photos on the move just got a whole lot easier with this brand-new photo app from Apple

What you’ll need

iOS 5.1 or later

iPhoto app

We used

The new iPad

You could try

iPhone 4 or later

iCloud account

Apple Camera Connection Kit

What you’ll learn

Editing techniques



At the bottom left are your options for editing your snap. You can apply as many or as few as you like


If you get a bit lost in the interface you can tap the help button up at the top of the screen


Down the side of the screen you will see all your photos. You can scroll through them by swiping up or down

Photo info

You can view the information about your photo by tapping the I button at the top


The sharing options are available in the top left, which include the excellent, Journal and Beam features

Auto enhance

When not in edit mode you can see all these options along the bottom, including the Auto Enhance button to correct colours automatically

When Apple announced the new iPad, it wasn’t the only big news of the day. Alongside the amazing new device, the company also revealed that it would be bringing its photo-editing software, iPhoto, to the touch-screen tablet. A version of the app is already available if you own a Mac laptop or desktop computer, but the new version takes the editing abilities of this program and brings them to the iPad and iPhone.

There are plenty of apps that let you change settings such as exposure, brightness and contrast, but the app makes the whole process incredibly easy thanks to Apple’s use of multi-touch gestures. If, for example, you want to alter the blue-ness of the sky, it’s possible to simply tap and hold on the sky itself and swipe to the left or right to alter the intensity of the colour.

The app also includes a range of sharing options, including Journals and Beam, which allows you to send your edited photos to other iPhones and iPads over Wi-Fi. These offer you the ability to add all the potos in an Album or Event to a grid of shots which you can then share with friends online. The grid is uploaded to the iCloud website, and you can view your shots in full size from their internet browser.

The best thing is that all your edits are nondestructive, meaning that if you don’t like your changes, you can return to the original shot at any time.

Description: Before and after

Before and after

Improve shots with Brushes

Step 1

First, open up iPhoto and tap on Photos from the list of options along the top of the menu. Form here you can view all the photos on your device, and when you find the one you want to edit, tap it to open it up.

Description: Step 1

Step 1

Step 2

Tap the Edit button in the top right-hand corner of the app, and a bar will appear at the bottom. In the bottom left there are five options; tap the fourth one in from the left, which looks like a series of brushes.

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Step 2

Step 3

Choose the Lighten option. Rub your finger on the area of the photo you want to lighten and you will instantly see the change. You’ll see a small toolbox icon appear on the thumbnail to show your shot has been edited.

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Step 3

Step 4

If you want to be more accurate, place two fingers on the screen and pinch them apart to zoom in. the brush maintains its size, so by zooming in you can cover a much smaller and more exact area.

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Step 4

Step 5

To check your strokes, tap the cog in the bottom-right corner and flick the Show Strokes switch to On. This will shot the strokes you have made, making it easier to fill in any gaps or edges you have left while brushing.

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Step 5

3 of the best features for editing shots in iPhoto

Exposure and contrast

You can alter brightness, contrast and exposure by touching anywhere on the image and dragging your finger back and forth.

Exposure and contrast


Open the Effects option and you can add filters such as Sepia or Vignette to your photo, giving it a really fantastic new look.

Description: Effects


White balance

You can alter the hues of individual colours by opening the Balance menu and touching on a colour you want to alter.

Description: White balance

White balance

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