iOS Tip: Basic Photo Editing In iOS 5

Posted in How To on 24/11/2011 by Mark Greentree


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How To: Basic Photo Editing In iOS 5

New features made available to users of iOS 5 is the ability to perform basic photo editing processes which include Rotate, Enhance, Red-Eye, and Crop directly within your camera roll.

Simply navigate to your Camera Roll from within the Camera app or enter via the Photos app.

You will then notice in the top right hand corner there is a button which says ‘Edit’. Simply tap this and you will be presented with the below options at the bottom of the screen.

In this example I will be using the iPad but the iPhone version operates the same way. The only difference is no text accompanies the editing options in the iPhone edition.

Rotate will simply change the orientation of your photograph in a anti-clockwise direction.

Enhance will perform a digital enhancement to your photograph. Please take care with this option as sometimes the result can damage the photograph.

Red-Eye allows you to select a persons eye in the photograph which has been effected by the flash and appears red. By taping on the eye the red-eye reduction process will commence. As with enhance this sometimes has mixed results.

Crop will allow users to either manually drag a selection window to the desired size or select a preset constraint which allows scaling of the crop area to be original, square, 3 x 2, 3 x 5, 4 x 3, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, or 16 x 9.

At all times throughout these processes you have the option to Undo, Revert to Original or proceed with saving, applying, or cropping.

When done with your editing simply press the ‘Save’ button. There is also the option to Cancel if you wish to not make the change.

One of the best things about this editing process is it is non destructive. Even after you have saved several changes you can still tap on ‘Revert To Original’ and your original photography will be presented thereby cancelling all other saved changes or enhancements.



Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of Everyday Mac Support. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is the lead host of Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.