In past entries we have discussed a few
tips for taking advantage of Apple’s neat iPhoto application
. However, this photo manager/basic editor is packed with several features that are not always known to us Mac users.
In this entry, we explore a couple of them that might come in handy in some particular situations. First, we learn how to create your own web galleries using iPhoto, which can be used for sharing or for hosting it on your own site. Then, we explore the steps to create a calendar using you iPhoto library.
Let’s get started.
Create a Web Photo Gallery
Step 1: Group any photos you would like to turn into a gallery on iPhoto and then select them. Once you do, on the iPhoto menu bar go to File and then select Export…
Step 2: Use the dialog box that shows up to tweak your gallery before exporting. First, at the top of it, change your gallery’s name and the number of rows and columns that your gallery will have. Then, choose the kind of template that you would prefer to use (Framed is the best option if you ask me) and also select the background and font colors of your soon-to-be gallery.
Step 3: The bottom section of the dialog box allows you to customize the size of your gallery’s thumbnails and the maximum size of your images. Both of these settings are extremely helpful, especially if your website’s audience still uses old computers to view it.
Additionally, you can also check the check boxes for any other piece of information that you would like displayed on your gallery photos.
Step 4: Once your gallery is ready, click on the Export button, create a new folder to keep your gallery files (helps keep them organized), and click on OK.
Your gallery is now ready for uploading to your website, and you can even preview it on any browser. Even if you don’t have a website and want to utilize this method for sharing the gallery with someone, you could always put this folder in, let’s say, your Dropbox and then create a public link for sharing.
Create Your Own Calendar (and Also Have it Printed and Shipped!)
Step 1: Like when creating your own gallery (shown above), first group and select the photos that you will use for your calendar. Then, at the bottom left of the window, click on Create and then select Calendar.
Step 2: Apple will send a printed physical copy of your calendar to any destination of your choice and bill to your Apple account, so you first need to select your billing address region. Then, on the next screen, select from among the available templates the one you prefer for your calendar.
When you are done, click on Create.
Step 3: On the next dialog box, you will be able to adjust a series of your calendar’s settings, including its number of months, if you want it to show your national holidays, your contacts’ birthdays and more.
Step 4: Once you click the OK button, you will see all the pages of your calendar. Clicking on any of them will allow you to edit its contents, including the selected photo and its size, and you could even add a note to any day.
Step 5: Additionally, you can use the bottom right buttons to change the entire layout of your calendar or to select other photos and such.
Once you are done, click on Create Calendar and you will be taken to the checkout page to make your purchase.
There you have them. iPhoto is definitely more than a photo manager and basic photo editor, and with these short tutorials, you can take full advantage of some of its most useful, but not-that-known options. Enjoy!
Last updated on 03 February, 2022
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