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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.
In the last movie, I talked about using Edge Sharpen for our sunflower shot, instead of the regular sharpening filter. And I want to talk just a bit more about that. Now, in Aperture, we do have a regular sharpen filter, but I don't care for it much. I don't think it's very sophisticated and I don't think it gives the best results. The other filter that we have that I really like, is the Edge Sharpen Filter, and that's what we used in our sunflower shot.
The Edge Sharpen Filter only works on the edges of the image and it doesn't add noise to the continuous tone areas. This is exactly what we want. So, if you have a lot of blue sky and you have a car in the foreground, you want to sharpen the car but you don't want to add noise to the blue sky. And that's exactly how Edge Sharpen operates and plus it does it in multiple passes. So, it gives you a really nice, clean sharpen. The point of this is that if you have both Aperture and iPhoto and you need to do some sharpening on an image, I recommend that you do what we've done here which is, you go to your library, you open it in Aperture.
I right-clicked on it here. Open With>Aperture and then use the Edge Sharpen Tool in Aperture to sharpen your image. Then you can go back to iPhoto if you want to do your other image editing. Edge Sharpen in Aperture is far superior to the regular sharpening filters in either iPhoto or Aperture.
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