Editing Images in Keynote '09

February 23, 2009

Editing images, photos or jpegs in Apple’s Keynote ’09 presentation software is an easy process, which no longer requires you to crop the photo or image in iPhoto. This is thanks to a new feature called “Mask.”

Simply place your photo on a Keynote slide, then click the Mask button, located slightly to the right of center in your browser. A square portion of your image will be zeroed in on, while the rest shades out. If you want to make the square portion smaller or bigger, you simply click on the edge of the image and drag it inward or outward until the mask is the size you want.

A mask slider will appear below the image, which allows you to zoom in or out on the image. If zooming in on the image moves the critical piece out of center, you can easily move the portion you want showing until it’s in the window.

Once you are done editing your photo, click “edit mask” again. The Mask portion of the image disappears, leaving you with a perfectly cropped image.

If you want to retouch your photo, there are several ways to do so. One is by doing it in iPhoto. For those who are willing to pay for a photo retouching software, Adobe Photoshop is considered the industry standard.

Another free alternative retouching tool is GIMP, which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, which is similar to the MS Paint program PC users may be familiar with.


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