Apple Preview is the OS X program used for opening and editing PDFs, images, and other graphical content on your Mac computer. In this 2-hour tutorial Francesco Schiavon shows you how to get the most out of Preview!
Francesco Schiavon is a recognized expert in the topic of digital media deployment for web and optical disc. A dedicated educator, Francesco has spent the last decade teaching in some of Canada's leading multimedia schools.
In your day to day work with your Mac computer, you're going to open and edit a lot of PDFs, JPGs, PNGs, and other graphics files. Preview is the software application you'll use to accomplish these tasks, and many more.
This tutorial begins with a detailed overview of the tools you'll use to edit and modify images and other files in Preview. You'll learn how to use the Move and Select tools, the Text tools, the Lasso, and the Instant Alpha tools.
Next, you'll move on to discover how easy it is to annotate text and PDF files with preview. You'll learn how to use the Strike Through and Highlight tools, and also the Underline tool. Preview also provides a Side Bar you can use to navigate through your annotations, and you'll learn all the tricks you need to get the most out of this time-saving feature.
With a solid text treatment under your belt, you'll next learn how to edit images by rotating, cropping, and color shifting graphics files. You'll even discover how easy it is to resample images, and transcode from one image format to another.
PDFs are a big part of Preview, and you don't need Adobe Acrobat Reader to edit these files - Preview provides a perfect alternative! You'll learn how to create multi-page PDFs, add images to PDF files, and even how to password protect a PDF so other people can't edit or change files for certain security purposes.
This is a comprehensive tutorial, but you don't have to watch the entire show. Use the detailed menus and keyword search functions to quickly find topics of interest ... that's the essence of NonLinear Educating!
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Dan wrote on July 30, 2014
I can't believe how deep this course is. I didn't thought preview was that powerful and complete. Great work done by Francesco!
Dell Little wrote on July 7, 2013
though this version is older than the current version, I learned how to do things on my mac my more simply than I've been doing them. Plus new things that I didn't even realize that I had available.
C1ph3rd wrote on May 17, 2013
This dives into all of the capabilities of Preview, which are likely more than you think, even 3D support.
Fab G wrote on April 27, 2013
Wow! What a course! I thought, before taking this course, knowing perfectly this app. Well, that wasn't!
Michael Rettig wrote on October 17, 2011
Simply excellent! I never took the time to investigate Preview before, and when I saw that You had a tutorial I jumped right on it. Found the tutorial very well done and informative. Thanks & keep up the good work.
Cor wrote on July 27, 2011
Good tutorial (as always by Francesco). I used to use Preview, just as it's name says as a tool for Previewing. Learned that the program is very versatile and powerful. I had the impression that the tutorial used is an old version of Preview or maybe the German version has some other implementations but that was not really disturbing
sir joe wrote on April 14, 2011
many thanks for this detailed tutorial. I'm not giving it full marks because I found it a bit slow at times, but I think I really learned a lot.
Like many others, I guess, I always forget to check the toolbars to find what a specific program can do, so I used to load my photos on iPhoto just to be able to edit them or make slideshows. Well, now I know I don't need to do that anymore :-)