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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.
We're going to talk a little bit about adding Keywords. My preferred method, if you watched my Import movies, is that to add basic keywords when you're doing importing, because if you do that, then at least if all those fails, you have some Keywords in there. So, if you haven't seen that movie yet, I suggest you go look at the importing movies, because I show you the technique for doing that, and it's helpful. That's where these Keywords came from right here.
But now let's say that I wanted to refine my keywording a little bit and add some more specific Keywords. Well, we can certainly do that. And probably one of the easier ways is just to go up to the Window and go to Show Keywords HUD. And here, we get this lovely little heads-up display. The first thing I usually do is just do a quick search to make sure that the Keywords I'm looking for isn't in there already. I want to add tent, and tent isn't in there.
So, I go, "Okay, that's just fine." So, I'm going to go ahead and add that keyword. Just add a top-level keyword and just write tent and hit Return. Now when I do my search on tent, of course, I will have tent. All I have to do now, once I've created that keyword, is just select the images that I want. And I'm just holding down the Command key, so I can select those images. Then I just drag tent right on them.
That's all there really is to it. Now each of those images has tent added to it. So, that's an easy way to refine your keywording. If you want to add another level of detail, obviously, we couldn't do that on Import because I imported all of these shots at once. So, tent would only apply to a few of them. So, this is like the second round of keywording. Now I want to show you another way that I like to keyword using the Lift & Stamp tool.
We've used the Lift & Stamp tool for image adjustments, but it also works quite nice for keywording. Now we're in the Caption & Keywording view right here. What I want to do is like, for instance, on these shots here, none of them say mustard. It'd be nice to have mustard as one of the Keywords here. It says iPhoto Original, by the way, because we brought these shots in from iPhoto, and Aperture will automatically add that Keyword phrase when you do that.
But I'm just going to do a comma. I'm just going to add mustard here and hit Tab to enter it. Now I'm going to use the Lift & Stamp tool. With this image selected, just go here to Lift & Stamp. You'll notice that I have a couple of Keywords right here: iPhoto and Original and mustard. And I just want to add mustard to these other shots. I don't want to add anything else. If I've done image edits or anything we'll have all sorts of stuff here. Just click the box that you want.
I'm going to actually take out iPhoto Original, because that is already in these other shots. So, I can just highlight that in the Lift & Stamp dialog and hit the Delete key, and it goes away. So, now all I have to do is just select the other images that I want, and actually we should select that one too, and then just Stamp them and then just like that - mustard will be added to all of these shots in the Keyword.
So, two ways to add Keywords - obviously, Keywords are helpful for when you want to do searching. I mean that's where they really come in. We don't spend all this time doing extra work if there isn't a benefit. And so when go into our search thing here, keywording is absolutely one of the easy ways to search. All of our existing Keywords will be in there, so all I'd have to do is check mustard, and all of my mustard images will show up.
So, that is the benefit of doing this extra work. Again, that was just right here in the Filter, and then if you decide that you don't want to search just do that and off you go. So, Keywording, it doesn't have to be hard. I recommended that you do it in two spots. Do the general keywording on import, and then if you want to go through and refine a little bit, either use a Keywording HUD right here or use Lift & Stamp down here.
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