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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 am going to talk a little bit about Batch Change, which is a selection up here under Metadata. And the Batch Change is right here. You can tell from the three little dots that if I click on this I am going to get another dialog box where I can do three major things. One is if you have incorrectly set your time stamp, and this usually happens when you travel from one time zone to another and forget to update your camera, you can fix that here.
You can also change the Version Name of a group of shots here. You can also do a Metadata change using any of the Metadata fields that are available in Aperture. I want to show you how to set this one up first, because this is the most complicated of the three things, and then we'll come back to these two things. So, here we go. Let's say that I want to have a batch change for Copyright Notice only. The first thing that I have to do, which I've already done, is in my list of Metadata views here - that's where we are - I actually create a new Metadata view.
And I did that already by going to Edit and then say New View, right here, and then picking what I wanted, in this case Copyright, give the view a name and click OK. That is how I ended up with this new view to my list right here. This is important because you can create new Metadata views for just about anything that's going on. There are all sorts of options here in Aperture 4, looking at Metadata different ways.
So, you can create a Metadata view for just about anything that you would need. In this case, I just want to have a nice, clean one for Copyright Only. Then what I do is then I want to create a Preset. I can use this Preset for batch changing. So, I just go to a picture that has the right information. In this case, I want to create a Preset for (c) 2010 Derrick story. So, once I do that, then I go to my little Gear menu here and create a new Preset from this version.
What this will do, this gives me a Preset that I can use for Batch Change. So, I am going to click on that, and it brings me up to my Metadata Preset dialog. I am going to give it a name, Copyright 2010. You'll notice, as I scroll down here, there only be one field used, the field that I have already selected. However, if I wanted to, I could add more information here, but I don't want to. I just want this one thing.
We are in good shape here, so I am just going to click OK. So, I have now created a new Metadata Preset. So, if I wanted to change, let's take a look here. I wanted do a batch change, and I selected a bunch of photos here. These are all 2009. Let's say that I wanted to change the Copyright to 2010, for whatever reason that would be. I would select all the images. I am holding down the Shift key, right now.
Then I'm going to go up to my Metadata menu, and I am going to go down to Batch Change. And I am going to choose, from my list of views here, the new one that I created, Copyright 2010. I can either Append these fields here, or I can Replace them. If I Append them, the information from this Preset will be added to what's already there. In this case, I want to just Replace it outright. I want to change these from Copyright 2009 to Copyright 2010.
I'll click OK and just like that, the batch change has happened. Now, all of these images have been changed to Copyright 2010, just like that. So, that is a way where you can really control Batch Change, because you have all of the fields that are available to you and all of these Metadata Presets and views available for batch changing. So, that was the hard one. Now, I'll just show you the easy one. We'll go back here to a different view.
We'll go to our General view. Let's say that I just happen to get the time stamp wrong on these shots. We'll pick a bunch of shots. Oh! Let's pick these guys here. So, let's say on these guys I just happen to get the time stamp wrong. I changed my location and didn't update my menu on my camera. I've selected my images. We'll go up to Metadata. We'll go to Batch Change. Now, we are going to Adjust the Time Zone. So, let's say that the camera's time zone was accidentally set to East Coast.
I was actually doing these shoots in the West Coast. That's all I have to do is just pick what the actual time zone was and then what the mis-entered time zone was. Then I just have to click OK, and the time zone will automatically be updated for all of these images, just like that. So, that is very easy. Now, the last thing that I want to show you is what if we wanted to actually change the Version Name? So, let's say for these guys here, instead of the Yosemite Valley shots, let's say I wanted to change it to buck.
Select all those shots, go back to Metadata, go down here to Batch Change. Now, we are going to change the version. Here is the Current Version Name. I want to change it to a custom name with Master file. Oh, wait. That isn't in my list. Well, we can fix that right on the fly. I go to Edit. Look at this. We get to do anything that we want. I want a new one called Custom Name with Master.
I like having that master file number in there, always have. So, here is Custom Name. We don't want a Index on that. We are going to get rid of that. I just hit the Delete key. What I want is just the Master File Name. So, now we are going to have a custom field that we can fill in, with the Master File Name, and I just click OK. And now, we have that available here in our list. So, you saw how he did that. I just went down to Edit and created that. Now, I am going to give this Buck.
Now, I have Buck and then the master, the Master Number here, which I like. It's going to be applied to all of these, so the previous was Yosemite Valley. Now it's going to be Buck. Click on that and look at that. All of our images have been renamed. So, Batch Change allows us to do a lot of really nice stuff, very quickly. It's actually more powerful than a lot of people think because we have control over all of these Presets too.
So, Time Zone, Version name, and then just about anything else in the Aperture Metadata Library.
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