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Choosing between power and simplicity isn't an either-or proposition. The latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture now share a common photo library format, which means you can store all your photos in one central library, and then switch between the two apps as needed: use iPhoto for its simplicity and great sharing options, and Aperture for its powerful organization, image editing, and publishing features.
In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Derrick Story shows key strategies for employing both iPhoto and Aperture in a digital photography workflow. The course begins with a look at the unified photo library format and managing your library with both applications.
Next, the course examines the professional-level image editing features in Aperture and details strategies for sharing photos through slideshows and print projects, guiding you to the best application for the job at hand. It concludes with lessons on exporting photos using Aperture, managing an iCloud Photo Stream, and backing up your library.
I have a confession to make and that I really like making slideshows in Aperture. There are enough controls here. I can do what I want, but yet, it's not too complicated, sort of strikes the happy balance. Let's take a look at what those controls are. Over here on the right side, we have our Default Settings. So, things that I do here will apply to the whole slideshow, and you have a number of options here including Text. And then, I can work on selected slides also.
Now, one thing I want to show you, you can apply the Ken Burns Effect to select the slides and you have a lot of control over that. There's a little bit of a trick to it. So, you go over here to Crop, you go to Ken Burns Effect, and then you click on the Edit button and this allows you to set the start and finish points for your effect. So, that's where that's located, it's right there, and then you click Done when you're done and you can turn it off and on with this checkbox. So, that's kind of fun and that's in the Selected Slides tab.
So, we get the two little icons down here, so this is slides, and then we have our music right here, and you have the usual Sample Music, Theme Music, and you can pull from your iTunes Library. All you do is just drag the track right down here and you have a couple of different ways you can do that. You can position it where you want it to start, which is a very nice touch. One of the things I like a lot. Or you can just have it engulf the whole slideshow itself. Just drag it so that it covers the whole thing in green.
Now, when you do that, you have some additional options when you go to the Gear menu here. You can fit the slides to the main audio track and you can even align the slides to the beats. So, if you have a hard time getting the rhythm of your slides and matching up with the music, this is a great way to do that. Now, I'm going to delete the audio track for just a second and we're going to pull it back the other way, the music track. We're going to do this here. Now, we've positioned it and we have different options, but one of the things that you can do is adjust the audio and you have a heads up menu that allows you to Fade In, Fade Out, and play with the volume.
So, that is another nice touch that you have here in the Aperture version of the slideshow. When you get everything the way that you want, you can click on the Play button to view it within the interface here or the Play button that allows you to take over the whole screen with your presentation. If it looks the way that you like, then you go up here to Export. I'm going to talk more about export in an upcoming movie where you can make the decisions for how you want to share your slideshow.
And if you want to learn more about authoring slideshows, we have Aperture Essential Training here in the lynda.com Online Training Library.
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