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Tutorial – Add Missing Faces in iPhoto

iPhoto is great but it’s not perfect. It may not be able to recognise every face in your collection, so it pays to know how to add a missing face the manual way

IntroiPhoto is great but it’s not perfect. It may not be able to recognise every face in your collection, so it pays to know how to add a missing face the manual way

So you love the new iPhoto and are thrilled with its neat new feature Faces, but hate it when it misses certain images out from your portrait collection. These inconsistencies can be very annoying, especially if you are tracking down an image. You have it in your mind’s eye, but then you dip into Faces to find it it’s not there. iPhoto is priceless in our eyes, but we know it’s not perfect. Every now and then it just needs a little help. The reason why some faces aren’t recognised and grouped with others could be because the portrait is obscured with a hat or shades, or because it’s a side-on view, or perhaps there are technical issues like the face being out of focus. So, what can we do? Well, we can input the faces ourselves the good old-fashioned DIY way. Follow our quick four-step workshop to find out how.

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Step 1: Find a face
Isolate an image and hit the Name icon. If there is no name box around the subject, click Add Missing Face. Pull the box into position around the facial area, resizing it to fit, and finalise this by hitting Done.

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Step 2: Give it a name
Next type in the name of the person and hit Return. You may find that as you type iPhoto will suggest other names that begin with the letters you are typing. This will speed things along.

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Step 3: Faces collection
Look to the Source List and hit the Faces folder. On this corkboard all your Faces will lie in wait. Source your newly added face and hit it to see other images of the same person.

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Step 4: Add more information
Why not take this one step further and add the new Faces photo to Places? Spin the image around by actioning the ‘i’ button and enter the relevant event, date and location details. Once complete choose Done.

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