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How to improve your photos with iPhoto iOS

Make your photos look amazing with iPhoto’s advanced editing tools

There are thousands of photo-editing apps available on iPhone and iPad, but if you’re looking for a great user experience with plenty of power behind it, iPhoto is definitely the place to go. Unlike the Mac version, iPhoto on iOS offers a range of pro-level editing options, including brushes and editable effects that you can apply to your photo with a few taps.

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But it also makes everyday image correction and quick fixes much easier as well. Giving you simple sliders and on-photo controls, the app lets you correct poor colour and exposure levels in your photos with a couple of taps, so you can be sure your images look great every time.

Step-by-step: Improve your images with Brushes


1 Choose a photo

First, pick a photo that needs fixing. Not every shot will need to be touched up, so lessen your workflow by only choosing the images that really need their colour improved.

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2 Adjust Exposure

Tap the Exposure button in the bottom-left of the screen to open up the Exposure control panel. You’ll see a slider appears at the bottom of the screen – these are your controls.

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3 Sliders

Drag the sun in the centre of the bar to adjust the brightness of the image. The half-circles control the contrast of your shot, and the bars change the highlights and shadows.

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4 Touch controls

Alternatively, you can tap and hold on the image itself to bring up the controls. You can drag your finger up, down, left or right to adjust the same settings manually.

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5 Colours

When you’re happy with the exposure, tap the Colours button in the bottom-left. Your Exposure settings are saved automatically, and the Colours controls will appear.

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6 White Balance

On the right-hand side you’ll find White Balance controls. Tap it to see a range of preset options that you can test with a tap to improve the colours immediately.

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7 Face Balance

If you want more specific control, tap the Face Balance or Custom Balance button on the right of the bar. Use the loupe to pick a white point on the image and tap to set it.

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8 Colour sliders

You can now use the colour sliders at the bottom of the screen to play with the greenery, blue skies and warms of the photo, as well as adjust the saturation of the image.

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9 Tap and hold

Again, if you want to control these on the image itself you can do it by tapping and holding on the blue or green areas of your image and sliding up or down to adjust the setting.

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In-depth: Brushes

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