Category Archives: iPhoto

Skimming Thumbnails in iPhoto 09

iPhoto 09 has some very different features.  For those new to iPhoto 09 and especially those new to iPhoto in general, navigating around your photos can be daunting.  It’s like being in a dream where you know you are supposed to go somewhere or do something but you have absolutely no clue what to do.

Well, here’s what you do.  Open iPhoto and select Events in the left-hand navigation panel.

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Then, slowly move your mouse over the pictures of an event thumbnail.  It will automatically scroll through all of the photos that you have in that event.

Click here to see what this navigation will look like. (You don’t see my cursor arrow, but I am slowly dragging it across the thumbnail of the Seattle 2003 event.)

Another way to navigate the thumbnails in an event is to use your right- and left- arrows on your keyboard.  Simply point your mouse over the thumbnail picture.  Then, press the right-arrow key. Every time you press the key, you will see a different picture in your event.

I feel I have a little more control when I use the arrow keys instead of dragging my mouse across the thumbnail.  It’s easier to pause on the exact picture I want.

Rotating Photos in iPhoto

Sometimes when you take pictures with your digital camera, you turn your camera sideways to get a better vertical shot.  But then when you import your photos into iPhoto, the photo is horizontal.  And you want it displayed vertical.  Like the picture of the darling baby in the photo below.

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But then you notice that the Rotate button in iPhoto rotates the picture the opposite way than what you want.  One way to solve that problem is to hold down the Option key on your keyboard.  When you do this, you notice that the Rotate button switches the arrow to rotate in the opposite direction.  You can then click on the Rotate button to rotate the picture in the desired direction.

Watch the little movie below to see how the arrow changes.  (You won’t be able to see me holding down the Option key on my keyboard but know that when you see the arrow change directions on the screen that is what my finger just did.)

Watch the short clip here.

You might find that the great  majority of the time you need to rotate in the opposite direction than what the Rotation arrow is.  If so, you can make a change in the preferences.  In the text menu at the top of the iPhoto screen, click on iPhoto and drag down to Prefercnces.  In the Preferences window, click on the General tab.  Then, click the Rotate radio button that you want.  See the picture below.