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Picture Tricks for Your iPad

You can take advantage of the photos on the iPad in a few neat ways. In each case, you tap the picture and make sure that the picture controls are displayed. Then tap the Action buttonin the upper-right corner. (It looks like an arrow trying to escape from a rectangle.)

Here’s what each choice does:

  • Email Photo: Some photos are so precious that you just have to share them with family members and friends. When you tap Email Photo, 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, like “Isn’t this a great-looking photo?”

  • Message: When e-mail just won’t do, this option lets you send the photo in an iMessage. The caveat, of course, is that the recipient has to have an i-device with iOS 5 or higher or a Mac with Mountain Lion (when available).

  • Assign to Contact: You can assign a picture to someone in your contacts list. To make it happen, tap Assign to Contact. Your list of contacts appears on the screen. Scroll up or down 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. Here’s a sneak peek at that chapter: From Contacts, choose the person, tap Edit, and then tap Add Photo. At that point, you can select an existing portrait from one of your on-board picture albums.

    To change the picture you assigned to a person, tap her name in the contacts list, tap Edit, and then tap the person’s thumbnail picture, which also carries the label Edit. From there, you can select another photo from one of your albums, edit the photo you’re already using (by resizing and dragging it to a new position), or delete the photo you no longer want.

  • Use as Wallpaper: When you tap the Use as Wallpaper button, you see what the present image looks like as the iPad background picture. You can move and resize the picture through the now-familiar action of dragging or pinching across the screen with your fingers.

    When you’re satisfied with the wallpaper preview, tap the Set Home Screen button to make it your new Home background or tap Set Lock Screen to have the image appear when the iPad is locked. Or, you can tap Set Both to make that image your Home and Locked wallpaper screens. Per usual, you also have the option to tap Cancel.

  • Tweet: Tap this button to tweet this picture to your Twitter followers.

  • Print: Through AirPrint, you can print photos from an iPad onto a compatible printer. Tap Print from the menu. The iPad tries to find the printer. You can select the number of copies. 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.

  • Copy Photo: Tap this button when you want to copy a photo and paste it elsewhere.

    Alternatively, you can also press and hold your finger against a photo until a Copy button appears. Tap that button, and you can paste the image into an e-mail, for example, by preparing a message, holding your finger against the screen until a Paste button appears, and then pressing the button to paste it into the body of the message.

In addition to the photo tricks that come ready to use on your iPad, check out the App Store. Hundreds of photography-related applications, some free, are available. These range from Photobucket for iPad, which is free, to Adobe Photoshop Touch, which brings layers, filters, and other photographic tools to the tablet.

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