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Basic Picture Tricks for the iPad mini

You can take advantage of the photos on the iPad mini in a few ways. In each case, you tap the picture and make sure the picture controls are displayed. Then tap the Action icon, at the bottom left, to display the choices.

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Here's a rundown of each choice:

  • AirDrop: AirDrop is a neat wireless method for sharing photos, videos, or other files with folks who happen to be nearby and also have a relatively recent iOS 7-capable device (their own iPad mini, fourth generation or later iPad, iPhone 5 or later, and the most recent iPod touch).

    Tap a photo to select it and then tap the icon representing the device owned by the person with whom you are trying to share the image. That person will receive an invitation to accept the photograph or reject it. If the photo is accepted, the picture lands on the person's Camera Roll almost immediately.

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    Turn on AirDrop in Control Center and choose whether to make your tablet discoverable to everyone or only to your contacts who are in the vicinity.

  • Message: You can also send a picture through the Messages app. Tap the Message option, and the picture is embedded in your outgoing message; you merely need to enter the phone number or name of the person to whom you're sending the picture. If that person is also using an iOS 5 or later device, the photo will be sent as an iMessage.

  • Mail: Some photos are so precious that you just have to share them with family members and friends. When you tap Mail, the picture is automatically embedded in the body of an outgoing e-mail message. Use the virtual keyboard to enter the e-mail addresses, subject line, and any comments you want to add — you know, something profound, such as “Isn't this a great-looking photo?”

    After tapping Send to whisk picture and accompanying message on their way, you have the option to reduce the image size (small, medium, or large) or keep the actual size.

    Consider the trade-offs: A smaller-sized image may get through any limits imposed by your or the recipient's Internet provider or company. But if you can get the largest image through, you will give the recipient the full picture (forgive the pun) in all its glory.

  • iCloud: You can post pics to Apple's online cloud locker.

  • Twitter: Lots of people send pictures with their tweets these days. The iPad makes it breeze. Tap Tweet and your picture is embedded in an outgoing tweet. Just add your words, sticking to Twitter's character limit of 140, and tap Post.

  • Facebook: And lots of people share photos on the world's largest social network. After your Facebook account is configured, you too can post there from your iPad.

  • Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo: If you've enabled a Chinese keyboard, you'll see options for China's own social networks.

  • Flickr: The Yahoo!-owned service is another popular photo-sharing destination.

  • Copy: Tap to paste the image in an e-mail or elsewhere.

  • Slideshow: As mentioned, this is your starting point for a slideshow, complete with an optional musical soundtrack.

  • AirPlay: Own an Apple TV set-top box? You can use AirPlay to stream photos from the phone to the TV.

  • Save to Camera Roll: If you didn't shoot the image in question on your iPad but want to add it to the device's Camera Roll, tap the Save to Camera Roll option.

  • Assign to Contact: If you assign a picture to someone in your Contacts list, the picture you assign pops up whenever you receive a call from that person (on say your iPhone) or receive a text. Tap Assign to Contact. Your list of contacts appears on the screen. Scroll through the list to find the person who matches the picture of the moment.

    You can drag and resize the picture to get it just right. Then tap Set Photo.

    You can also assign a photo to a contact by starting out in Contacts. To change the picture you assigned to a person, tap his or her name in the Contacts list, tap Edit, and then tap the person's picture or the circle without a picture that carries the label Add Photo.

    From there, you can take another photo with one of the iPad's digital cameras, select another photo from one of your albums, or edit the photo you're already using (by resizing and dragging it to a new position). Of course, you are removing the photo you no longer want.

  • Use as Wallpaper: Even with dramatic new dynamic designs, the background images on the iPad that Apple supplies can't measure up to your own pictures of your spouse, your kids, or your pet, perhaps? When you tap the Use as Wallpaper button, you see what the present image looks like as the iPad's background picture.

    In addition, you're given the opportunity to move the picture around and resize it, through the now-familiar action of dragging or pinching against the screen with your fingers. You can even see how the picture looks against the time and date that appear on the Lock screen.

    When you're satisfied with what the wallpaper looks like, tap the appropriate Set button. Options appear that let you use the photo as wallpaper for the Lock screen, the Home screen, or both. Per usual, you also have the option to tap Cancel.

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  • Print: In the 21st century, people are accustomed to viewing pictures on computer screens, digital frames, smartphones, and tablets. In the previous century, most viewed prints. But something is still special about printing pictures to give away, carry around, or place in an old-fashioned photo frame or album.

    If you have an AirPrint-capable printer, tap Print to print the photo and the iPad tries to find the printer. When it does, you can choose how many copies of the print you wish to duplicate. If your printer has a tray for photo paper in addition to plain paper, the printer may automatically switch to that tray when you try to print a picture.

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