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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09 Apps
One of the new features in iPhoto '09 is its ability to recognize people's faces. To get started, go into an Event, pick a photo and click the purple 'Name' button in the lower-left corner. It will draw a white box around anything it finds that looks like a person's face. If it does not know who that person is, it displays 'unknown face', and you can type in the person's name underneath. Use tab and return to switch between photos and enter names, and the arrow keys to go to the next photo.

After you've tagged a bunch of pictures, you can view the list of all of the faces of people you know by clicking "Faces" over on the left-hand side. They appear in a grid, looking like a bunch of Polaroids all 'tacked up' on a corkboard.

However, iPhoto '09 will show you the first photo of each person you identified... even if they were way off in the distance, or blurry. Needless to say, this is NOT necessarily the best picture you have of them!

Fortunately, you can double-click one of the polaroids on the 'corkboard' to view a custom album of all photos that have that person identified in them. If you highlight one of the bigger/better/clearer photos, just pick 'make key photo' from the Event menu to make that the photo displayed for that person on the 'corkboard' display of all Faces.

[robg adds: As revealed by Phil Schiller during the Macworld Expo keynote, there's another little trick to use when browsing faces -- just hold down the Option key while looking at a face on the corkboard, and you'll see the 'zoomed out' version of each photo as you move your mouse across each collection of faces. It'd be nice if there were a way to set the key photo from this view, but if there is, I haven't found it yet.]
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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: xcalibre on Jan 30, '09 07:55:03AM

You can do it by clicking in the little "i" in the bottom right of the polaroid pic, then skim through the pics and click on one to "pick" it.



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: sugarquay on Jan 30, '09 07:58:01AM

Even simpler - skimming thru the photos in "cork board" view, just press the space bar when you see the photo you want to set as the key one.



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: pmod on Jan 30, '09 07:59:13AM

You can set the 'key' picture for Faces just like you do for Events, with the space-bar!

As you mouse over and the pictures change, come to a stop on one you like and then hit the space-bar to set it as the key picture.



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: AdrianB on Jan 30, '09 09:00:44AM

I was about to say the same, the spacebar is the obvious (if you worked with Events) and by far easiest way.



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: Styx on Jan 30, '09 09:08:32AM

This works and has been my preferred method

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Styx



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Hear, hear!
Authored by: SeanAhern on Jan 30, '09 09:15:03AM

This comment should be a "hint" on its own.



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: sjmills on Feb 06, '09 10:57:49AM

I expected to see the Make Key Photo contextual menu item when viewing the photo on the corkboard. That's where it should be, just like it is when viewing a photo in an event from the Events view. Using the space bar is not obvious in 10.5 because that now means QuickLook, as it does elsewhere in iPhoto. In essence, it's a pretty stupid choice for setting the key photo from the corkboard.



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: iRideSnow on Jan 30, '09 08:37:26AM

This is a hint? Standard use of the program leads the user to this feature.



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: sapridyne on Jan 30, '09 10:38:46AM

Totally agree. It's like saying

"Hey, I just figured out how to make a new Sticky! Just go to the File menu and select "New Note". For advanced users, if you want to use a keystroke, trying using Command+N."

This site used to be consistently informative... now it's a waste of time.



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Still Valuable
Authored by: drmacnut on Jan 30, '09 12:54:48PM

@sapridyne

This site is still useful in many ways, so you shouldn't be so harsh.

I agree that basic "hints" which merely come from someone not knowing how to use the app are not very beneficial; however, at what point does one draw the line? There are some obscure ways that programmers enable functions which seem quite clear to them as they create their apps, but to end users might be well hidden and not quite so obvious. Thanks to MacOSXHints and other places like it, we can sift through great archives of "hints" to improve our own workflows.

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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jan 30, '09 01:55:17PM

That's kinda like saying "Seventh-grade math used to be so informative; now it's a waste of time," and then supposing that we should stop teaching it.



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: jiclark on Jan 31, '09 08:17:56AM
This site used to be consistently informative... now it's a waste of time.

Come on now. What a ridiculous comment! You and the other posters above are correct that this is a marginal "hint". However, super-users such as yourself need to remember that this site gives benefit to thousands of users much less powerful than you.

How about trying to be just a little bit more tolerant, and simply moving on if a particular hint doesn't offer you anything you don't already know?



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: TvE on Feb 08, '09 03:53:09AM

jiclark - I fully agree with your comment.

Back in 2001 I had never used *nix before and this site gave me a lot of help and insight to that new world.

cp, mv & friends was nonsense for me at that time - while I today find myself solving problems very efficiently by EG. writing small shellscripts and using the Terminal almost as efficient as I used the Finder in the 7.6 days…



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: d4corp on Feb 02, '09 01:12:07AM

Just cycle through the photos with the mouse over the stack, and hit the space bar for the one you want as a key photo.

From the official Faces video tutorial



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: dereed999 on Feb 02, '09 06:08:08AM

Beyond the "skim & space bar" approach, if you have double clicked on a face (so you are seeing all the faces of that person) you can drag and drop the photo you want as the key photo on to the existing key photo (which is centered at the top of the window).



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Fix your Faces gallery in iPhoto '09
Authored by: tatilsever on Feb 02, '09 09:59:43AM

I like this one much better than the space bar method. I cannot remember shortcuts unless I use them very often, so thanks...



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