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Dec 24, 2012

iPhoto for iOS: How to quickly colour correct your images

by Freddie Harrison

Find out how to fix your photos using your iPad or iPhone as we take a look at the powerful new colour correction tools provided in the iPhoto for iOS.

iPhoto - iPad - Colour Correct Images - SidebariPhoto iPad - Colour Correct Images - FeaturedThere have been a few apps on the iPad that have offered colour correction options in the past, and many of them have been really successful. In fact, a few of them have maintained a permanent space on our iPad home screens since their launch, but we think that’s all going to change after a little time with the newly released iPhoto for iOS.

The app does all the basic colour correction that you would expect, but takes it to the next level with an astounding level of user interaction. Rather than simply using sliders to adjust settings, you use your finger on the image itself to change things like the Contrast and Exposure.

However, what’s even better is the fact that changes you make to your photos are non-destructive. This means that if you completely change the look of your snap and decide you want to undo the last three things you did, you can. You can always revert right back to the original snap with just a couple of taps, and a small button in the menubar offers the chance to compare the original and the edited photo instantly.

iPhoto - iPad - Colour Correct Images - Step-by-Step

iPhoto - iPad - Colour Correct Images - Step 1

Step 1: Crop and straighten

Firstly, tap the Crop button in the bottom-left. A wheel will appear at the bottom that you can drag to alter the image’s angle. You can resize by dragging the corners.

iPhoto - iPad - Colour Correct Images - Step 2

Step 2: Standards

If you want to print the image out, you can tap the cog in the bottom-right and choose from the list of most- commonly used preset sizes and dimensions.

iPhoto - iPad - Colour Correct Images - Step 3

Step 3: Multi-touch

Tap on the Exposure button. You can tap and hold to bring up these sliders. Contrast is controlled with horizontal swipes and Brightness with vertical ones.

iPhoto iPad - Colour Correct Images - Step 4

Step 4: Sliders

Alternatively, you can use the sliders to alter the settings. Dragging the outer blocks will alter Exposure, and the inner options control Contrast and Brightness.

iPhoto - iPad - Colour Correct Images - Step 5

Step 5: Zooming

If you decide you want a much closer crop, you can do that using two fingers. Tap the Crop button, then pinch on the screen to zoom. Let go to crop.

iPhoto - iPad - Colour Correct Images - Step 6

Step 6: Undo all

The beauty of iPhoto is that it’s non-destructive. Even weeks later, you can tap the cog in the lower-right corner and simply restore the image to its original state.

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iPhoto - iPad - Colour Correct Images - Annotated

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