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Hands On With iPhoto For iPad [Video]

by on March 10th, 2012

Besides the announcement of the new iPad, my favourite moment of Wednesday’s Apple event was the unveiling of iPhoto for the iPad and iPhone.

But this isn’t your typical iPhoto program. Apple has redesigned it from the ground up for your iOS devices. Because of this it might be a little intimidating at first glance. But once you get into it, it’s really simple to use.

Oh, and if you’re still having problems, there’s the handy question mark button that brings up a ton of helpful information on what everything does.

iPhoto has all your basic edits from cropping, rotating images, brightness/contrast and even effects. Because it’s designed by Apple, it has a very Apple and iOS feel. What I mean by this, is when you’re changing saturation or skin tones for example, you can do so with the sliders at the bottom – but Apple takes it a step further. You can adjust it by sliding your finger left, right, up and down on the picture as well.

Where this app really shines, and what I really love about it are the brushes. You can fix blemishes, add saturation, lighten and more all by using your finger. You simply select what edit you want, then paint over the portion of your photo you want fixed. It makes the adjustments in real time.

This is such a handy editing function. Say you’ve added saturation earlier, but you notice certain areas look bad because of it. You can click on the desaturate brush and go over the areas where there’s just too much saturation.

Or say you have a picture with a perfectly exposed background, but your foreground is dark. Pick the lighten brush and paint over the foreground. It fixes the picture up nicely without changing your background.

Here’s my hands on video with iPhoto on my iPad. I show you just how easy it is to use, and just how powerful of application it is.

But photo editing isn’t all iPhoto does. As I just showed you, you can make what Apple calls Journals.

It’s a fun way to make a collage of your pictures to show them off to your friends and family.You drop the pictures onto the background, and from there you can move them around, add captions and even add some cool widgets including weather, date and map.

Apple has really raised the bar for photo editing apps. iPhoto offers a lot of what most people want in a photo editing application. Does it have everything? No, but it has a lot.

A lot of people will want to know how it stacks up against Photoshop Touch. It does so very well. In fact in many instances it outshines Adobe’s offering especially when it comes to feel and workflow.

Where Adobe Photoshop Touch still outshines is layers. Layers really gives you that professional editing function to be able to selection certain regions to work on, or even remove portions of a picture and add them to another.

But not everyone needs that type of editing power. I think they’ll be much happier with iPhoto for iOS.

Just a reminder, to use iPhoto for iOS, you need your iPad or iPhone running at least firmware 5.1

So have you tried iPhoto out? What do you think? Leave a comment below.

 

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  • Ryleylamarsh

    Apparently create or manage albums events. FAIL IMO.

  • alamarco

    Thanks for the review. You definitely sold me on this app. Was going to avoid it, but not any more. The brush feature seems really nice. :)

  • chas_m

    Sadly, the 2010 (first-gen) iPad is excluded from running iPhoto due to the lack of a built-in camera. This seems a silly reason, as I clearly can load pictures onto it and edit them if the app ran. I suspect this is a bug, or a clever way of saying either “your machine isn’t powerful enough for this app” or “come on, buy a new iPad, you know you want to …” :)

  • Greed

    whats sad is a 500$ device doesn’t come with $5 iPhoto app or iMovie, these are extra.