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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.
Now that we have our book project underway, I want to show you a few tricks for managing your book and customizing it. We're going to start out by doing a little text editing. So, I'm going to go to one of the text pages here, and remember, we have Edit Layout and Edit Content. When we click on Edit Content and I click in a text box, I can actually edit that text. So, I can add text or change the greeking that's there. If I go to Edit Layout, then when I click in that area, I actually have a layout box that I can move around.
So, I can change the area that the text appears. So, that's Edit Content and Edit Layout. If I want to add another text box to the area, we narrow this here, and then I want to add another text box. So, I go up to the little Plus up here, and I can Add Text Box, and then I'll just reshape this right here. We can move it around. We can take it to where we want to do it, and then we can work on that text also.
So, right up here the Plus is where we can add a text box. We can also, while we're in Layout mode, we can add another Photo Box. So, go right here, and I can change its shape like this. We're still in Edit Layout. Then if I want to place a picture there, all I have to do is just drag my picture right there. If I double-click on that picture, I get the little scaling things so I can make an adjustment to it. Then I can move it around also.
All of that is up here under the Plus menu. Speaking of pictures, let's talk a little bit more about them. We'll move down our thumbnails here. Let's say that I add a picture to this page right here. You'll notice that this shot has a 1 on it. That means it's already been used once. We added it to that Photo Box. If I want to see all the images that haven't been added to the book yet, I click over here, and this just shows me the unused ones.
Now this may not seem like a big deal right now as you're watching this particular demo, but if you have a large book, then this could be a big deal. So, this will help you decide what has been used and what hasn't been used. Now I can use it more than once. I can drag it up here, and now Aperture tells me that I've used this photo twice. Speaking of photos, let's go to this page right here. This is part of the layout template. If I decide that I want a different look right here, I don't want two photos side-by-side.
I just have to go to this little arrow right here, and I can pick the shot that I want. So, let's say I just want a nice large landscape shot. Beautiful! Then now I have something that's appropriate for this guy right here. When we work on images in our book here, we have a couple of options. For instance, if I double-click on this, I can bring the Image Scale up a little bit. That's sort of nice. If I want to actually do some image editing on the shot itself, it's very much like the slideshows where I just double-click on it.
It brings me to this view. I go to Adjustments. Maybe I want to enhance the Vibrancy a little bit. So, I just make that enhancement right here, bump the Definition a bit. Oh yes, that's what I was looking for. Then I just double-click again, and I'm back in my book interface. We're not done yet. I have a few more tricks. If I wanted to add a page in the middle of the book, I just click on a page. I go to this Plus symbol down here.
So, we got Plus symbols all over the place, but this is for adding a page. So, I just Add a New Page. Then of course, I can make the page be any of the templates that are available to me: Text, Blank, 2-up Portrait, whatever works, Full bleed, and then I can go to my images, and then I can add an image, very easy - very nice to do. Now if you have multiple items on a page, I want to make you aware of these two buttons here.
These are the move forward and move back buttons. So, you would click on the item, let's say the photo box or the text box that you wanted to bring forward or send back, and then click on this button, and then that controls what you can actually manipulate. So, those are a few goodies to really help you move along in your book design. Obviously, we could spend a lot of time playing here; I have, hours and hours and hours. So, take these basic tools and do some experimentation and see what you can design with your images.
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