The basics of using iPhoto for iPad and iPhone

iPhoto overview

Learn about its limitations and strengths…

iPhoto is quite possibly the most advanced app available for both iPad and iPhone. It’s packed with professional-quality editing tools that can transform even the most boring image. Best of all, these tools are easy to learn and use.

iPhoto also includes some incredibly powerful, context-sensitive tools. That means you can tap on the sky in an image, then slide your finger left or right to boost or lower the vividness of the sky. This tool extends to skin tones, foliage and overall color.

But before we discover how the app works, there are some basics you need to know:

  • iPhoto doesn’t save edited images to the Camera Roll. Instead, edited images remain within iPhoto. So you’ll need to share or export an image before it can be viewed outside of the app.
  • iPhoto can’t organize or delete the photos saved on your device. Instead, it can only hide images, tag them and favorite them.
  • You can’t paint or draw with iPhoto. This is an app designed for editing and sharing your photos.
  • Unless imported using Apple’s Camera Connection Kit, images taken with a DSLR will be reduced in size to around 3-megapixels; so professional photographers will need to purchase the Connection Kit from an Apple Store before using the app.
  • iPhoto doesn’t support layers, so it’s not possible to layer visual effects or parts of an image.

With those out of the way, let’s take a look at how the interface appears on both the iPad and iPhone.

Click here for an overview of the editing interface on iPad.

Click here for an overview of the editing interface on iPhone.