How to Make your Photos Look Amazing with iPhoto

There are thousands of photo-editing apps available on iPhone and iPad, but if you’re looking for a great user experience with plenty of power behind it, iPhoto is definitely the place to go. Unlike the Mac version, iPhoto on iOS offers a range of pro-level editing options, including brushes and editable effects that you can apply to your photo with a few taps. But it also makes everyday image correction and quick fixes much easier as well.

Giving you simple sliders and on-photo controls, the app lets you correct poor colour and exposure levels in your photos with a couple of taps, so you can be sure your images look great every time.

How to improve your images with Brushes

1. Choose a photo
First, pick a photo that needs fixing. Not every shot will need to be touched up, so lessen your workflow by only choosing the images that really need their colour improved.

2. Adjust Exposure
Tap the Exposure button in the bottom-left of the screen to open up the Exposurecontrol panel. You’ll see a slider appears at the bottom of the screen – these are your controls.

3. Sliders
Drag the sun in the centre of the bar to adjust the brightness of the image. The half-circles control the contrast of your shot, and the bars change the highlights and shadows.

4. Touch controls
Alternatively, you can tap and hold on the image itself to bring up the controls. You can drag your finger up, down, left or right to adjust the same settings manually.

5. Colours
When you’re happy with the exposure, tap the Colours button in the bottom-left. Your Exposure settings are saved automatically, and the Colours controls will appear.

6. White Balance
On the right-hand side you’ll find White Balance controls. Tap it to see a range of preset options that you can test with a tap to improve the colours immediately.


7. Face Balance
If you want more specific control, tap the Face Balance or Custom Balance button on the right of the bar. Use the loupe to pick a white point on the image and tap to set it.

8. Colour sliders
You can now use the colour sliders at the bottom of the screen to play with the greenery, blue skies and warms of the photo, as well as adjust the saturation of the image.

9. Tap and hold
Again, if you want to control these on the image itself you can do it by tapping and holding on the blue or green areas of your image and sliding up or down to adjust the setting.

Brushing on improvements: Add image improvements to specific areas of your photo

How to improve your images with Brushes iPhoto

Show brush strokes

Tap the ellipses icon (three dots) in the bottom-right and you can choose to show the strokes you’ve painted on. This will help you see the parts of the image you’ve missed and fill in any gaps. In the same menu you can also change the strength of the effect you are brushing on or quickly apply the setting to the entire photo with a tap.

Detect Edges

If you want to apply an effect to a very specific area of the shot, tap the Detect Edgesicon to switch the feature on. iPhoto will stop applying the effect when it detects a hard edge.

Erase brush strokes

If you make a mistake, simply tap the eraser icon in the bottom right and you can rub out what you’ve done. Alternatively, tap the Undo button in the top bar to go back one step.


Tap the Brush name at the bottom of the screen to open the pop-up menu listing all the available brushes. Lighten, darken and saturation will be the main focus when improving colours.

Brush options

There are no controls for brush size within iPhoto. Instead, if you want to be more accurate then you can simply pinch to make the image bigger. The brush will stay the same size for better accuracy.


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