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Learn iPhoto Week: Master iPhoto 11’s Preferences

In the second tutorial of Learn iPhoto Week, we'll take you through a whole selection of iPhoto 11's preferences that most people don’t even know exist.

iPhoto tutorial - Preferences

iPhoto tutorial - preferences - 5-minute beginner's tutorial
iPhoto tutorial - Preferences
We’re sure that a lot of you use iPhoto to catalogue your shots, tag your friends and print and share your photos.
It’s a fantastic part of the Mac experience. However, you may have never opened up the Preferences panel, meaning there are options you never knew existed. Organising photos by location is great with Places, but what if you want to add location data to your photos when you publish them? The Events section looks great, and thanks to the roll-over feature you can view your shots without opening the entire Event, but what if you want to add a reflection to the menu? What about editing the background colour? All of these options and more are available through the Preferences menu that can be found under the iPhoto Menubar selection. It’s time to really get to grips with Apple’s photo software…

iPhoto tutorial - Preferences - Step-By-Step

iPhoto tutorial - Preferences - Step 1

Step 1: General Settings

Here you can find things like changing the default Rotate direction, changing what happens when you connect a camera, and deciding which application to use when emailing shots, but this is just the start.

iPhoto tutorial - Preferences - Step 2

Step 2: Appearance is everything

This panel allows you to change all sorts of things about the look of iPhoto. If you have an older machine it may slow things down, but you can totally alter the look of your iPhoto window through this menu.

This tutorial is the second in our Learn iPhoto Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn iPhoto Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to iPhoto on Mac or iOS. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearniPhotoWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.