The current version of iPhoto has an impressive array of tools to help you arrive at the perfect image. The Adjust feature of the Edit pane lets you tweak a selection of parameters including Exposure, Contrast and Saturation, not to mention Temperature, Tint and Definition. It’s the Effects tab, however, that lets you instantly transform your shots into something rather special at the mere click of a button.
Editing in iPhoto is non-destructive, meaning that you can always revert to your image’s original, unedited state. This gives you the freedom to play around with various settings and try out different combinations and degrees of each effect. There are eight different types of effect available in iPhoto’s Edit palette, but for the purposes of this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to apply a combination of Vignette and Edge Blur to give your photos an antique look.
Step 1: Select images
Open up your iPhoto app and select the photos you want to add to your new album. Selected photos will have a yellow border.
Step 2: Create album
To create an album containing the selected images, click the Create button on the right-hand side of the lower toolbar and select Album from the menu.
Step 3: Name album
An untitled album appears in the sidebar. Type a name for your new album and hit Return. Double- click the first shot you want to apply the effect to.
Step 4: Enter Edit mode
Click the Edit button in the bottom-right of the lower toolbar, then click the Effects option at the top of the panel that opens up.
Step 5: Select effect
Select Vignette from the palette of effects. This applies a dark, oval-shaped border to your photo, reminiscent of antique prints from the Twenties.
Step 6: Set Vignette depth
Hover over the number 1 displayed in the effect’s box. Two small arrows will appear. You can click on these to increase or decrease the depth of the effect.
Step 7: Apply Edge Blur
As its name suggests, Edge Blur applies a circular blurring effect to the edges of the image. This pulls the viewer’s focus to the centre of the photo.
Step 8: Set blur depth
Set the depth of the Edge Blur effect in the same way as you did in step 6 for the Vignette depth. Experiment with the effect to get the right results.