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.
Time required: 45 mins
What you need:
iOS 5.1 or later