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Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)
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Adjusting colors


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Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

with Derrick Story

Video: Adjusting colors

Once you have your tonal adjustments and your overall white balance adjustments under Control, then you can start looking at specific colors in the shot itself and see if you want to make any changes there. We're going to play a little bit with the color in this shot. I'm going to play a little bit with the color of this wood and maybe the greens here. This is another brick here in the Color Brick that also has brushing tools, and the one that the brushing tool has really lent itself toward.
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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the system requirements
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding key Aperture terms
      6m 5s
    3. Touring the interface
      4m 43s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing the top toolbar
      2m 5s
    6. Setting up two monitors
      2m 44s
    7. Configuring for faces and places
      5m 37s
    8. Understanding RAW files
      5m 5s
    9. Following the recommended Aperture workflow
      3m 23s
    10. Running Aperture Library First Aid
      1m 53s
  3. 45m 49s
    1. Preparing for import
      7m 38s
    2. Using managed libraries or the referenced file approach
      8m 7s
    3. Creating metadata presets
      5m 23s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      1m 44s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 48s
    6. Using the RAW+JPEG option
      3m 36s
    7. Importing movies from your digital camera
      3m 10s
    8. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 29s
    9. Importing images from an iPhone
      3m 48s
    10. Importing live images from an iPad or an iPhone
      3m 6s
  4. 39m 22s
    1. Working in Projects view
      6m 33s
    2. Working in Photos view
      3m 22s
    3. Viewing in full-screen mode
      5m 25s
    4. Zooming to actual size
      1m 23s
    5. Using the Loupe for a closer look
      3m 24s
    6. Showing focus points
      1m 28s
    7. Using Quick Preview
      1m 22s
    8. Proofing profiles and on-screen proofing
      2m 58s
    9. Customizing metadata overlays
      5m 26s
    10. Managing previews
      5m 34s
    11. Learning the heads-up displays
      2m 27s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Creating projects and albums
      3m 22s
    2. Rating images by stars and color
      9m 52s
    3. Flagging images
      2m 0s
    4. Organizing a series with stacks
      5m 47s
    5. Grouping images with Smart Albums
      3m 20s
  6. 17m 22s
    1. Understanding the Aperture 3 library
      2m 45s
    2. Switching between Aperture 3 libraries
      2m 21s
    3. Exporting single or multiple projects as libraries
      3m 0s
    4. Merging multiple libraries into one
      3m 53s
    5. Splitting libraries
      3m 5s
    6. Sharing libraries
      2m 18s
  7. 58m 21s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 47s
    2. Working with the Adjustments pane
      6m 28s
    3. Updating RAW processing from previous versions of Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Reading a histogram
      2m 8s
    5. Adjusting white balance
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting exposures
      4m 37s
    7. Enhancing photos
      3m 24s
    8. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 34s
    9. Customizing auto adjustments for levels and curves
      1m 50s
    10. Adjusting tonality with the Levels tool
      5m 45s
    11. Adjusting colors
      5m 5s
    12. Converting color pictures to black and white
      4m 14s
    13. Sharpening edges
      5m 54s
    14. Using the Vignette effect
      3m 9s
  8. 41m 13s
    1. Cropping images
      4m 39s
    2. Retouching blemishes
      7m 39s
    3. Fixing spots
      3m 2s
    4. Using Straighten Crop and Flip
      2m 19s
    5. Fixing a chromatic aberration
      2m 9s
    6. Reducing visual noise
      3m 5s
    7. Making adjustments with the Curves tool
      8m 53s
    8. Rotating images
      1m 22s
    9. Removing the Vignette effect
      2m 0s
    10. Using the Color Monochrome and Sepia tools
      4m 27s
    11. Considering the Sharpen tool
      1m 38s
  9. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing brushes
      2m 53s
    2. Using quick brushes
      7m 7s
    3. Using adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    4. Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes
      5m 10s
    5. Creating multiple bricks for a single adjustment
      3m 25s
    6. Applying presets
      5m 46s
    7. Modifying presets
      2m 39s
    8. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      1m 51s
    9. Roundtripping to Photoshop
      3m 49s
    10. Using the edit plug-ins
      2m 52s
    11. Customizing the Adjustments pane
      1m 30s
    12. Batch processing with Lift and Stamp
      3m 9s
  10. 20m 41s
    1. Setting up face recognition
      4m 37s
    2. Searching for faces
      3m 43s
    3. Working with images that have existing tags in places
      3m 18s
    4. Adding geo tags using places in Aperture
      4m 28s
    5. Searching by place
      4m 35s
  11. 15m 42s
    1. Applying keywords
      4m 52s
    2. Creating unique captions quickly
      3m 17s
    3. Batch changing
      7m 33s
  12. 7m 0s
    1. Using the Search box
      4m 24s
    2. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      2m 36s
  13. 12m 48s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      9m 10s
    2. Using the export plug-ins
      3m 38s
  14. 6m 44s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 23s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      2m 18s
    3. Restoring from a vault
      2m 3s
  15. 29m 52s
    1. Viewing your images via a quick slideshow
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up complex slideshows
      8m 19s
    3. Customizing individual slides
      8m 6s
    4. Adding video to your slideshows
      4m 13s
    5. Pulling a still frame from a movie
      1m 37s
    6. Exporting slideshows
      3m 43s
  16. 21m 39s
    1. Preparing your book project
      7m 9s
    2. Adjusting your book
      4m 54s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 2s
    4. Outputting your book
      2m 34s
  17. 22m 21s
    1. Emailing a photo from Aperture
      3m 27s
    2. Seeing your Aperture library from other applications
      1m 59s
    3. Building a web page
      4m 57s
    4. Publishing a web gallery
      3m 22s
    5. Publishing images to Flickr
      5m 58s
    6. Publishing images to Facebook
      2m 38s
  18. 10m 58s
    1. Printing a single image
      6m 32s
    2. Printing multiple images
      3m 4s
    3. Ordering prints from within Aperture
      1m 22s
  19. 36m 8s
    1. Taking advantage of Retina display Macs
      1m 56s
    2. Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of the advanced white balance adjustment
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding the changes in the revised Shadows and Highlights tool
      5m 23s
    5. Using Professional Auto Enhance as a starting point for image editing
      3m 24s
    6. Creating your own Auto Enhance presets
      2m 6s
    7. Using iPhoto effects in Aperture
      1m 34s
    8. Increasing performance with Fast Browsing combined with Quick Preview
      3m 40s
    9. Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
      3m 52s
    10. Deleting images from your Photo Stream
      2m 2s
    11. Deleting images from the iPhone, reordering projects, and setting the desktop photo
      2m 33s
    12. Transferring photos into Aperture from the iPad and the iPhone
      2m 31s
  20. 1m 35s
    1. Looking ahead
      1m 35s

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Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)
8h 19m Beginner Oct 03, 2012

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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.

This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Importing images from a digital camera or hard drive
  • Adding metadata to photos including captions and copyright
  • Organizing photos using face recognition
  • Running Aperture Library First Aid
  • Retouching with Quick Brushes
  • Importing live images from an iPad or iPhone
  • Round-tripping between Aperture and Photoshop
  • Adding geo tags to mark photo locations
  • Managing movies
  • Creating a custom photo book
  • Publishing a web gallery
  • Uploading images to Flickr and Facebook
  • Archiving and restoring photo libraries
  • Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management Printing Photos Raw Processing Retouching Sharing Photos
Software:
Aperture
Author:
Derrick Story

Adjusting colors

Once you have your tonal adjustments and your overall white balance adjustments under Control, then you can start looking at specific colors in the shot itself and see if you want to make any changes there. We're going to play a little bit with the color in this shot. I'm going to play a little bit with the color of this wood and maybe the greens here. This is another brick here in the Color Brick that also has brushing tools, and the one that the brushing tool has really lent itself toward.

So, we'll make sure that we revisit this brick when we talk about brushing. But for now, we're going to make more or less global adjustments. In other words, we'll work on specific colors across the board. So, how does this work? Well in the Color Brick, you have Hue, Saturation and Luminance, and then you also have Range. Well, the first three are related in the sense that the Hue is the actual color quality of a particular color. For instance, you could say that this red down here maybe has a little bit of bluish hue also, and so that you can move that one way or the other, which we're going to do.

Then Saturation, of course, is the intensity of that Hue. How much of that hue is in there? Then the Luminance is the brightness of that particular color. That's dark and light. Now the way that Range works is that let's say we sample this color right here, this bark. If you have the Range set to wide, then all the colors that are sort of related on both sides of that color will be affected. If you have the Range set narrow, then our changes will mainly be limited just to that kind of specific color itself that we sampled.

So, if you want some spillover, so to speak, on your adjustments, then you would have your Range slider set this way. Then we have a Dropper tool that allows us to sample particular colors. Now in the beginning, when we first had the Color Brick in Aperture, we basically just had these basic colors, and we would choose the one that came closest to what we wanted to do. So, for instance, if we wanted to work on this bark, we would choose the red here and start sliding away.

Hopefully, it would make the changes that we wanted. Now we can set the red, go to the Dropper tool, and actually sample some of that because obviously, there are some red and some oranges. There are all sorts of things in here. Actually, the icon here changed to something more orangish. So, it wasn't really a red anyway. It was more of an orange. So, if I want to adjust the hue, now that I sampled that, now that I've clicked on it, I just move the Hue slider. I can make it more yellowish- greeny, or I can make it purply-magenta.

I'm going to go just a little bit this way. I'm not going to mess with the Hue too much, because that's not really what I'm after. What I really want to do is increase the Saturation of that. By moving the slider, you'll see that the Saturation changes on the wood here and it changes on the related colors, but not really affecting the rest of the photo. If I feel like I'm getting a little too much spillover, I might have a chance of narrowing that by taking the Range and moving it back, and that does have some effect on this up here.

So, for this particular adjustment, I'm going to narrow the Range a little bit, because I want it primarily to happen on the wood. So, we'll increase saturation a little bit more. Then if I want to make it darker or lighter, of course, I can move the Luminance slider. I think right in there is about what I want. We can always check our work by clicking and un-clicking the box. So, we have made a change to the wood. Let's go ahead and work on the greens a little bit also. I'll click on the green here.

I'm going to go ahead and sample some of this. Again, our greens also have a lot of yellow in them. By the way, when you do want to adjust foliage, a lot of times, yellow is the thing that will have the biggest effect on it. So, we can play with the Hue a little bit. I want it a little greenier and a little less yellow. So, I'm actually going to change the Hue a bit this way. I'm going to increase that Saturation just a bit. I want to lighten it up just a hair, maybe so it's something like that.

Now I could make it very dark too if I wanted something more dramatic. Actually, we'll go somewhere in there. I think the Range is fine. It's pretty much adjusting what I want. So, these are somewhat subtle changes, but it's nice to be able to work just on particular areas of the photograph. As you see when we uncheck the Color Box, it does make a difference. You could go for a more exaggerated difference if you wanted. But a lot of times the best adjustments are the ones that are more fine-tuning as opposed to really being heavy-handed with the sliders.

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