Enhance your photography with just a finger-swipe using the intuitive selection of editing brushes offered in iPhoto
iPhoto for iOS provides a whole toolbox for editing and enhancing your favourite photos on your iPad. Some of these are one-click wonders that apply themselves to the whole image, some attempt to pick out elements automatically with varying degrees of success and some allow you full control over how your image is edited and the end-result.
The latter description applies to the selection of editing brushes the app has to offer. These can do anything from darkening or sharpening to saturating and unsaturating your image, and it’s all controlled by the movement of your finger. When you select a brush, dragging your finger across the photo you’re working on will apply an effect to the area you’ve just dragged over.
While this may seem like risky business and slightly clumsy, particularly if elements of your photo are fairly intricate, it’s actually a lot more intuitive and much easier than you’d think. If you’re the kind of person who could never colour within the lines as a kid (there are more of us than you might think), the Detect Edges button will help you when you’re trying to desaturate a background but not a subject (as we are here), for example. There’s also a handy eraser to remove any mistakes with the same level of precision.
With that in mind, grab your iPad and follow our guide to get started with iPhotos range of effects brushes.
STEP By STEP: Edit Your Images With iPhoto’s Effects Brushes
1. STARTING OFF
Fire up the iPhoto app, select an image from your library that you want to edit then tap the Edit button in the top-right comer of the screen to bring up the editing tools.
2. BRING UP BRUSHES
From the row of icons in the bottom-left, tap on the brushes (second from the right), wait for them to load up. then pick the Desaturate brush from the selection that appears at the bottom.
3. APPLY THE EFFECT
To apply the effect to your image, simply drag your finger over the area you want to work on. Remember to tap the Detect Edges option in the bottom-right if you need a little help.
4. MADE A MISTAKE?
Tap the eraser in the bottom-right corner of the screen if your brush strokes aren’t quite doing the trick and you want to undo your last process. It works just like a real rubber.
5. BRUSH SETTINGS
Tapping on the cog icon in the bottom-right corner calls the Brushes settings including quick-fix effects, intensity settings and an all-over erase. You can also show your brush strokes.
6. CHECK THE CHANGES
If you want to see how your edits look compared to the original image, tap on the icon next to the Edit button in the top-right of the screen to call up the unedited photo.