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Whatever the lighting conditions are when you take your photos, you can regain some of the detail lost in the darkness in iLife by using the Adjust pane and then adjusting the Exposure, Contrast, and Saturation sliders in iPhoto. These sliders show the effects of changes immediately.

To adjust these settings for a photo, follow these steps:

  1. Browse your iPhoto library and select the thumbnail for the image, and then click the Edit tool on the toolbar.

    The selected image fills the Viewer pane and the Quick Fixes pane appears.

  2. Click the Adjust tab to show the Adjust pane.

    The Adjust pane appears to the right of the Viewer pane.

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  3. Drag the sliders left or right to make changes.

    You can bring out details in photos taken in poor lighting conditions by adjusting the Exposure and Contrast sliders. The sliders allow you to make incremental adjustments — drag each slider gradually until you create the effect you want, or click anywhere along the slider bar to jump directly to a setting.

  4. If you don’t like the last change you made, you can click the Revert to Previous button at the bottom of the Adjust pane to reset the sliders to their previous settings.

    You can also continue to undo changes by clicking the Undo button next to the Revert to Previous button or choosing Edit→Undo.

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