Macworld Masterclass: Get the look with iPhoto Effects

Macworld Masterclass: Get the look with iPhoto Effects

Apply subtle colour shifts or go all-out with hipsterish filters in the Effects palette

by |

  • Intro 1
  • Step 1: Blowing hot and cold 2
  • Step 2: A shady world 3
  • Step 3: Shades of grey 4
  • Step 4: Selected highlights 5
  • Step 5: Beyond retro 6
  • Step 6: The arty bits 7
Next Prev

Step 1 of 7: Intro

You could say the Effects palette is iPhoto’s equivalent of the dressing-up box: a cursory rummage reveals options for creating arty black-and-white looks, those Lomography-inspired hipster-ish styles that are so popular with Instagram aficionados, or adorable toytown-seeming tilt-shift effects. You can also mimic the effect of analogue photography by adding grain, or take things truly retro with vignettes.

But Effects isn’t all about mimicking the photographic tropes of bygone eras: there are also options that offer real potential for transforming run-of-the-mill photographs into something far more striking through subtle colour modifications. And the results you’ll find here will give anything you can find in the Color Balance palette a run for its money.

And while the options don’t approach the sophistication of what you can achieve with Photoshop, there’s enough choice here to give even quite demanding amateur photographers the power to jazz up their photos. Best of all, Effects are incredibly simple and quick to apply.

More iPhoto tutorials

As recently featured in iPad & iPhone User, we have a series of seven tutorials covering different aspects of iPhoto for the iPhone and iPad. This superb app will make editing your photos a dream.

1. Master Crop and Rotate

2. Alter your photos exposure

3. Manipulate colour balance

4. Retouch images

5. Get the look with iPhoto effects

6. Get your photos organised

7. Share your masterpieces with the world

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 45 mins

What you need:

iOS 5.1 or later
iPhoto (£2.99)

Next Prev

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Blowing hot and cold

Even a simple shift in the tonal palette of your photos can radically change the feel of an image: the Warm & Cool swatch is your destination for experimenting with this. Dragging your finger left and right along the swatch changes shifts the photo’s tonal range.

Next Prev

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: A shady world

The Duotone option strips out the colour range from your image, replacing it with shades of a particular colour. Think sepia, but in purple, green or beige. Pressing the colour wheel icon brings in subtle colours from your image – this works best on photos with a wide range of colours.

Next Prev

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Shades of grey

You might think there’s only one type of black and white, but you’d be wrong. The Black & White palette offers an impressive selection of options at various exposures, while the buttons to the right add old-school vignette effects, a film-grain effect for ‘classic photo’ points, and a sepia effect.

Next Prev

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Selected highlights

The Aura palette takes the brightest colours in the palette and allows you to dial them right up – or turn them all the way down, while easing the rest of the image towards monochrome. On the right type of picture this is brilliant for creating moody, unusual results.

Next Prev

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Beyond retro

Next comes the Vintage swatch. iPhoto offers a small palette of convincing retro film effects, with none of the naff fake scratches you get on some of the retro iPhone photography apps. These range from the subtle to the garish, and work best on photos with wide colour ranges.

Next Prev

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: The arty bits

The easiest way to explain the Artistic panel might be that it gets steadily more abstract as you move to the right, ranging from small colour adjustments to all-out paint effects that mimic oil paint or watercolour media – although the latter is more pop-art than dainty watercolour painting.

Next Prev

Market Place

everythingtablet

Everything Tablet brings you the latest casing and accessories helping you to personalise, protect and get the most out of your tablet. Working at the intersection of fashion and function we create products for trend-setters and tech-heads alike!.

 
Zip Cloud

Zip Cloud automatically backs up your Files, Folders and all your Important Documents. Nominated for MacWorldUK Best Professional Software, coupled with Award winning iPhone and iPad apps, Zip Cloud really is the number 1 choice in Cloud Storage Today. Try Unlimited Cloud Storage Today for FREE!.

 
TemplateCloud

TemplateCloud.com is the design marketplace for graphic designers. You create designs, and use our software to build them into online editable templates. We sell your designs in different countries via different websites. Each time a customer uses your design, we pay you a royalty; the price is set by you.

Amsys

Amsys is recognised as the technical leader in Apple and has developed bespoke technical products and solutions to deliver class leading support to its business clients. Amsys clients can select from consultancy, integration, break-fix, recruitment, training and app development. Amsys make Apple products work for business.

About NAD

NAD Electronics has always stood out by doing things differently. Our relentless pursuit of great sound has earned us a ‘giant killer’ reputation. Every product is designed with heart and soul you can hear, emphasizing quality over quantity. We focus on the inside where it counts—and where you can hear the results.

Sphero is a completely new type of gaming system.

It's the world's first robotic ball that you control from your smartphone or tablet. You can drive Sphero, play tabletop and multiplayer games, use Sphero as a handheld controller for on-screen gameplay, and even explore augmented reality. Now with 20+ apps!

MeteoGroup

WeatherPro - the award winning weather app! Developed by professional meteorologists and providing weather forecasts for over 2 million locations with real-time, high resolution radar and satellite images, ski weather, water temperatures and more, WeatherPro is the most accurate and comprehensive weather app on the market.

Beat the Credit Crunch - Lease your Mac from Hardsoft

Hardsoft are the only 'one stop' solution for the supply and finance of I.T. to businesses throughout the UK via our regional branch offices. We are uniquely both equipment Apple Approved Reseller and licensed Credit Brokers and have tailored a solution which includes a full 3 year warranty and an equipment upgrade every 18 months.

Synology

Synology is dedicated to taking full advantage of the latest technologies to bring businesses and home users reliable and affordable ways to centralise data storage, simplify data backup, share and sync files across different platforms, and access data on-the-go. Synology delivers products with forward-thinking features and the high quality technical support.

row.get(

Amazon 3D smartphone release date, price and spec: The hologram phone?

row.get(

iPhone 5s review: why the iPhone 5s is still the best phone you can buy in 2014

row.get(

Passwords don't work: here's four ways to fix them

row.get(

The art of rebranding: Creative agency The Neighbourhood explains how & why it rebranded

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message