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iLife '04: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Customizing the Shoebox

iPhoto starts out looking just the way you see it in Figure 7-4, with each of your pictures displayed as a small thumbnail against a plain white background. This view makes it easy to browse through photos and work with iPhoto’s various tools. But hey, this is your digital shoebox. With a little tweaking and fine-tuning, you can completely customize the way iPhoto displays your photos.

Start with a visit to iPhoto Preferences and click the Appearance button.

Here’s the same Photo Library with two very different customized views.Top: In the first example, the thumbnails are set to a very small size, with drop shadows, against a white background. The Source list, Information panel, and Comments are displayed.Bottom: The second view features large thumbnails, with borders, against a dark gray background. The Source list is hidden, but the titles for each photo are displayed.

Figure 7-20. Here’s the same Photo Library with two very different customized views.Top: In the first example, the thumbnails are set to a very small size, with drop shadows, against a white background. The Source list, Information panel, and Comments are displayed.Bottom: The second view features large thumbnails, with borders, against a dark gray background. The Source list is hidden, but the titles for each photo are displayed.

Tip

You can open the iPhoto Preferences window at any time by pressing

Here’s the same Photo Library with two very different customized views.Top: In the first example, the thumbnails are set to a very small size, with drop shadows, against a white background. The Source list, Information panel, and Comments are displayed.Bottom: The second view features large thumbnails, with borders, against a dark gray background. The Source list is hidden, but the titles for each photo are displayed.

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Changing the View

The controls in the Appearance panel of the Preferences window lets you change the overall look of your Photo Library (see Figure 7-20). Here are your options:

  • Add or remove a border or shadow. The factory setting, Drop Shadow, puts a soft black shadow behind each thumbnail in ...

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