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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6 Apps
Use this super-secret method to access some super-secret advanced editing modes in iPhoto6:
  1. Enter edit mode for any image.
  2. Select the Retouch or Red Eye tool.
  3. Press Caps Lock, Control, and 9 at the same time, then release them.
  4. Press Tab. If you activated the Red Eye tool, the small cross hairs will be replaced with a large oval. If you were using the Retouch tool, your cursor is now a small dotted circle with "0.50 { }" below it.
  5. For either tool, press the "[" and "]" keys to alter the size of the area the brush covers.
[robg adds: In testing this hint, I found a couple of other tidbits. First, the Retouch tool has a Lighten mode -- activate it by hitting Tab a second time. Second, when you're in the Retouch mode, you can use the "{" and "}" keys (as noted by the cryptic label) to change the intensity of the retouch effect. Crank it to 1, and it's very strong; at .10, it's barely noticeable. Here's what each of the edit cursors looks like:


(I also recorded a short movie showing each cursor being resized.)

If you edit in a separate window, then this mode will be reset each time you enter edit mode. If you edit in the same window, though, it will remain enabled until you quit iPhoto. I found it easiest to press and hold Control, then add Caps Lock (hold it down), and then press and release 9. After that, Tab should cycle the tool. Make sure you have one of the two edit tools selected first, or nothing will happen.]
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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: jokke on May 08, '06 10:57:32AM

Great find!

I wonder what kind of keyboard-mashing finger-twisting caused this :) It's not the usual too-fast-for-the-computer kind of find

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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: skochak on May 09, '06 11:16:34PM

Yeah.. awesome hint!!



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: adrianm on May 08, '06 11:14:59AM

I found this hack stayed in place until I restarted iPhoto. I didn't need to do the ctrl+caps+kp9 each time.

Nice hint - I like this quirky things.... good for "did you know that.." conversations in the pub :-)



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: robg on May 08, '06 11:17:15AM

Strange -- it definitely vanishes each time I exit Edit mode on my G5...

-rob.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: nathalex on May 08, '06 11:32:48AM

The advanced mode still works after I quit the edition mode.

But I do not find the equivalent of the "[" key with French azerty keyboard.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: mlopes on May 09, '06 02:56:17AM

In portuguese keyboard the [ is alt-8 and the ] is alt-9 though it's not marked on the keyboard, maybe in the french layout the keys are the same!



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: adrianm on May 08, '06 04:06:03PM

I see that others mention non-US locales.... I'm running English (UK) English. Maybe that might make a difference?



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: robg on May 08, '06 02:04:42PM

I figured it out (and modified the original hint). If you edit in a separate window, then the advanced mode will be disabled each time you edit an image.

But if you edit in the main window, then it does indeed persist between edits.

-rob.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: jettyboy on May 20, '06 11:07:00AM

Has anyone been able to find a way to have these available all the time without going through the steps each time? Could an Apple Script or Automater be used? Thanks for any info. JB



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Two Questions
Authored by: pediddle on May 08, '06 11:44:04AM

(1) How in the world do you go about finding a trick like this? A contact on the iPhoto team? Reverse engineering the binary?

(2) These features seem very useful. Although the interface is a little clumsy (and maybe this answers my own question), why wouldn't Apple provide these features for everyone?



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Two Questions
Authored by: CharlieRock on May 09, '06 11:28:21AM

1. I got really frustrated with the oversized retouch tool so I searched for "resize iphoto retouch tool" in the apple forums.

2. I have no clue.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: romanmehnert on May 08, '06 12:17:58PM

In the german version I have just to hit the Tab-Button to enter the anvanced editing mode. But I found no way for alter the size and/or intensity of the tools.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: jwbales on May 08, '06 12:38:22PM

Cool hint. I'm hope that this will eventually make it into an actual release.

I have found a repeatable bug though. Once in the "super-secret advanced editing mode" if you type <shift>-<tab> twice iPhoto will crash. Perhaps this and other bugs have thus far prevented a final release of this functionality.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: shadownight on May 08, '06 02:19:03PM

Yep, on a French keyboard, just pressing Tab bring up these tools. CTRL-Caps lock-9 don't have any effect. Unfortunately, I don't know how to change the size and intensity of the tools since on a French keyboard, there are no dedicated [ and ] and { and } keys. Any ideas?



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: praseodym on May 08, '06 02:22:41PM

How do the french write code then? {} are widely used in programming languages. Maybe some alt-combination (check keyboard viewer).



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: thereitis on May 08, '06 03:36:50PM

Please RE-READ!

If you write code how do you do that if you don't understand what you read?

He said "dedicated"! On the french keyboard you need to use the modifiers to access { and [...

Capicce?



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: Patrick Berry on May 08, '06 06:41:03PM

I have an Australian keyboard and you just have to press the tab key to get to the advanced tools. Control, caps lock and keyboard 9 don't do anything. Also the [ and ] keys alter the size of the tool.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: junge on May 09, '06 05:46:18AM

On my Powerbook with a Danish keyboard, TAB is also the happy-key that makes things happen. CTRL-CAPS-kp9 produces absolutely nothing.
My iPhoto is version 6.0.2.

I switch my keyboard layout to "U.S." to be able to adjust the size and intensity of the secret tools.

(International users will know how to switch keyboard layouts, but just in case: System Preferences -> International -> Input Menu -> Select layouts. For fast switching turn on "Show input menu in menu bar".)

-Michael



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: sd on May 09, '06 01:40:45PM

in advanced 'red-eye' tool, shift clicking will be produce a lighter effect.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: starwxrwx on May 10, '06 12:28:42AM

Is the red-eye fix still green?

I hated that they changed from black - a green pupil looks good for people with blue eyes, but on brown eyed people they look freaky.



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: elemere on Jun 29, '06 09:07:50AM

Just got my MAC OSX and having a massive blue dot when I tried to use red eye was driving me absolutely nuts. They say MAC is intuitive..so why would they make it a top secret how to reduce the size of the red eye? GRRR! Anyway, thanks very much for that. You saved me hours more frustration!



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: patfauquet on Nov 18, '06 04:44:28PM

I just replaced my G4 AL PowerBook with a Core 2 Duo Mac Book Pro. Now these advanced iPhoto tools are no longer working. Has anyone been able to get them to work?



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Use advanced Red-Eye and Retouch tools in iPhoto6
Authored by: DShel on Dec 12, '06 09:34:45PM

I also have a MBP C2D and had problems. I was able to enter the advanced editing by selecting an editing tool, turning on caps lock (let go), then pressing ctrl and 9. Resize the pointer with '[' and ']'.



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What about iPhoto '09?
Authored by: Krioni on Mar 26, '09 12:00:14PM

I've noticed that, while iPhoto '09 has incorporated some of these advanced features, it still leaves something to be desired. The fact that the red-eye tool is only 100% black and with sharp edges is disappointing. I'm hoping there is an advanced mode in it that allows fuzzy edges and other shades of color that won't make people look like dolls with button eyes.

Anyone found this?

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