Learn how to crop, rotate and choose an aspect ratio…

Sometimes it’s difficult to take the perfect photo without something (or someone) appearing in the frame. There might be tree branch that can’t be avoided, or a distant building that’s ruining the image – the list is endless.

Thankfully, iPhoto makes it easy to crop out unwanted elements and rotate photos to properly align the horizon. It also offers a number of aspect ratios, so you can give your photo a widescreen movie appearance, or crop a wide shot into a portrait view. These tools are both easy to use and entirely intuitive.

 

1. Crop a photo

Open a photo, then tap the Crop tool, which is located in the bottom left corner of the screen. Tap the Edit button if you can’t see it.

1 Crop a photo
1 Crop a photo

2. Change the borders

You can drag the borders of the crop window with your finger to change the frame size. You can also slide the image around using your finger.

2. Change the borders
2. Change the borders

3. Zoom

To zoom the image, simply pinch two fingers then move them together or apart to zoom the image in and out.

3. Zoom
3. Zoom

4. Aspect ratios

To pick from a range of aspect rations, tap the Settings button, then choose a ratio by tapping on it. If using an iPhone, tap the ratio then the Done button to confirm.

4. Aspect ratios
4. Aspect ratios

5. Rotate an image

You can drag the dial wheel at the bottom of the screen to rotate an image. Alternatively, pinch two fingers on the screen then rotate them left or right.

5. Rotate an image
5. Rotate an image

6. Straighten the horizon

After tapping the Crop button, iPhoto will automatically analyze the image. If it detects an horizon, it will display a line across the image with an arrow to one side. Tap the arrow to immediately rotate the image to straighten the horizon. To display the auto-straightening guide again, tap the Settings button, then choose Reset Crop & Straighten.

6. Straighten the horizon
6. Straighten the horizon
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