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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.
I'd like to spend a few minutes with another pop-up menu here in our Adjustments pane, the Presets pop-up menu. This is wonderful because Aperture gives you some very nice presets, and then you can create your own and save them and even share them with other people. So, for instance, looking at the shot right here, if I wanted to apply some Black & White presets, I could just go to Presets > Black & White, and I have the Red Filter. Now, these are back from the days when we shot film and we put these different filters over our images.
But now we can just mouse over these labels here, and we can actually see the effect of the preset applied. If I decided that I wanted to use one of these, I would just click on it, and then that preset would be applied. So, I just applied the Infrared Preset, which looks okay, but I sort of have a different view of infrared. So, maybe I want to create my own infrared look and then save that as a preset. So, I am going to go ahead and undo that Infrared Preset that Aperture applied and just, in the Adjustments menu, create my own.
So, the first thing that I am going to do is I am going to enable the Black & White brick. So, we will just go right down here, and this is one of my formulas for presets. I am going to show it to your right now. If you like the way this looks, you can actually use it. So, Blue will go to -20, so we'll just take it right about there. Green will go to +80. So, we'll up the green, right in that ballpark. Now, we'll go to the Color brick.
For green, we are going to move our Saturation and Luminance all the way over, just like this. We are going to do the same thing for blue, and we are going to do the same thing for Yellow, and look at that. So, now the reason why I like this a little bit better is because, in infrared, a lot of times the foliage will turn light, and I think I get a little better rendering of this here. And I am actually going to play with the Range on the yellow and kind of open that up a little bit more.
Then I think the last thing that I'll do is I am going to go to White Balance. Sometimes, I just play with this slider here just to see the effect. I think I like it right about there. And maybe we'll up the Contrast just a bit and the Enhance. I like my infrared look here a little bit better than the preset that came with Aperture - not a problem at all. I just go to Presets, now I go Save As Preset.
It brings up the Preset heads-up display, or the dialog box here. I am going to call it Infrared - Derrick, hit Return. Now, I saved that Preset. I am just going to click OK. Now, that Preset shows up right here in my Preset pop-up menu. So, I can go to another image. I am going to hit the V key and back out here.
Let's see how this one looks in Black & White. I am going to go ahead, and I am going to make a new version. We'll make it from Master. Here we go right there. There is our new version. I am going to hit the V key. Now, I am going to go up to Presets, and I am going to apply My Preset. Now, I have my version of infrared. If I think something is a little too strong, for instance, I think that blue probably is a little heavy-handed, I can just go ahead and modify that preset for that particular photo.
Let's bring that back a little bit. I think we are in good shape and maybe on this one, see what happens if we play with the White Balance just hair, something like that. I used the preset as a starting point, and then I went ahead and played with it a little bit more from there. I'll hit the V key, and we'll back right back out. I'll go back up to my preset right here, and I am going to hit the V key to bring that back up.
You can also share your presets with other people. So, when you have something that you like, we can go back to Edit Presets. Click on this, the one that I want to share right there. Go down to the Gear menu, and I can Export it. I just say where I want it to go. I give it a name. I hit Export, and it becomes a little stand-alone file. I can send that file to another Aperture user. I can just attach it to an e-mail.
All they have to do then is have Aperture running. When they get the file, they just double-click on it, and that file will automatically install in their Aperture Library. And then they can use my Derrick's Infrared Preset and apply it to their images. So, Presets are nice way to go ahead and save a group of settings that you have and Aperture will remember everything that you did. Then even after you apply the preset, you can go ahead and fine-tune your image using the regular Adjustment bricks in the Adjustment panel.
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