It’s really exciting to experience the new iPhoto, especially the process of teaching iPhoto on recognizing faces. Indeed, it’s rather difficult to get correct suggestion from iPhoto with limited number of photos (with human face) imported but to me, the process is the fun part.
Skipping the discussion on how to perform face recognition (which can be learnt from MacWorld Demo), this article will focus on discussing the magic of option key:
- edit photo directly from iPhoto,
- change rotating orientation,
- batch rejection of photo suggestions, and
- switch between many iPhoto libraries.
Let’s proceed further…
Edit Photo Directly from iPhoto
In some cases, photo enhancement may need to be performed either within iPhoto itself or using external application. Regardless of the editor used, you can always option-doubleClick on a photo to enter edit mode.
Shown Above. Editing Photo in Full Screen Mode
In case that you haven’t set your preferred photo editor, you can follow these steps:
- Open iPhoto
- Go to iPhoto → Preferences…
- Under General section, search for drop down menu Edit photo
- Choose your photo editor (only one external app can be selected here)
Shown Above. Change iPhoto’s Editor App
Change Rotating Orientation
Photo can always be rotated by pressing Rotate button located at the bottom toolbar. By default, the rotating orientation is set to counter-clockwise. By triggering option key, you can see that the arrow icon change its orientation.
Shown Above. Arrow Icon (Third from Left)
It’s quite entertaining to see the dancing arrow by pressing-releasing option key.
Batch Rejection of Photo Suggestions
While normally creating region with mouse-hold is a great help in confirming batch of photos, pressing option-drawRegion helps in rejecting them.
Shown Above. Batch Rejection of Photos
Though this seems like a joke, but you will find it useful when you tried to filter out your face from mountains of other suggestions.
Switch between Many iPhoto Libraries
Using iPhoto ’09, your photo collections are not only limited to one iPhoto library, but now you can have couple of libraries. The trick is simple, when you want to launch iPhoto, hold down option key.
Upon option-launching, a pane will pop-up, asking you to choose other iPhoto library (you can also create new library here).
Shown Above. Choose Other iPhoto Library
I am not sure whether this trick works with iPhoto ’08.