The Mac|Life 101 series is where you can come to learn new and simple ways to do things with Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems. Whether you’re new to the platform, or just want to learn a new technique, then Mac 101 is for you.
If you are new to the Mac, then image editing may be a bit confusing for you. In OS X, Preview is the ultimate image editing and viewing application. It can open almost any image file, including PDFs; and, the app includes some pretty nifty markup, editing, and viewing tools. In this tip, we'll show you how to put these features to use.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on everything, and thanks to the proliferation of free podcasts, everyone can have an audience as well. Podcasts are one of the fastest-growing forms of media, with some of the more popular shows earning many hundreds of thousands of listens each week. Starting your own broadcast is easier than ever -- even if you don't have a studio to record at. With nothing more than your iOS device, the eight apps we've collected, and a bit of free time, you too can join the ranks of Podcasters. Now all you need is someone that will listen.
So, for the sake of this tutorial we’re going to assume you already know how to lay down a funky drum beat, plug in a real guitar or keyboard, and make up your own killer riffs and solos using the Smart and Touch Instruments. Of course, recording is only one part of the process-- the next step is to get it all sounding great and wrap your head around the way GarageBand organizes your songs into Sections.
There are countless different ways of converting color images into black and white, but Photoshop’s Channel Mixer is one of the most popular because it can change the tonal relationships between colors, making some come out darker in the black and white conversion, and some lighter.
Once you’ve created a short film and put all your hard work into it, you need to build anticipation for your family blockbuster. After all, it’s a well-established tradition to create one (or more) trailers to lead the way for your film… although no one’s ever truly explained why they’re called trailers—aren’t trailers supposed to trail, not lead?
When you cut a clip and insert another in iMovie, its audio is cut at the same time. But if you watch any movie, you’ll notice that this isn’t what usually happens: a scene between two people takes place, the action cuts between a shot of one to another before the first person has finished speaking, yet you can still hear them.
Look at any movie or television show, from any period, and you’ll see that the editing never stays on the same shot for too long. In fact, you may feel that some do overstay their welcome and you get impatient for the camera to move on to something else. Changing shots doesn’t mean changing scenes: when done right, cutting to different angles keeps the story interesting and the pace flowing. It also makes it easier to use a better take, or to cut to the scenery that is being described in the current shot, while still hearing the narrator talk about the location.
iOS 5 now has a nifty new feature that lets even the most amateur of photo editors turn their mediocre shots into photographic masterpieces. You can now touch up your photos on-the-go, right from the Photos application, and shoot, edit, and share your photos with ease, all without the use of other apps. (Unless, of course, you want to turn your photos into hipster-ific vintage photos. iOS can't really help you with that.)
Well, it was bound to happen eventually, but it’s surprising to see an app like Final Cut Pro X aimed at professional users get lampooned. But that’s exactly what talk show host Conan O’Brien did on his TBS show Thursday night, less than three days after the software was released to the Mac App Store.