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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.
Here's an area where we get in to quite a difference between iPhoto and Aperture, and that is image editing. And we're going to take a look at these tools in both applications. Right now, we're in iPhoto. And in iPhoto, the way you enable editing mode is with this button down here in the lower right corner, the Edit button. So, you just click on the image that you want to edit. Click on Edit and you have three tabs; Quick Fixes, Effects, and Adjust.
Now, Quick Fixes have those basic sorts of quick fixes that you would expect there and overall enhance button, straightening, and cropping. Effects, you have some goodies, vignetting, matte these fun filters. But you also have the Lighten, Darken, Warmer, Cooler buttons, which we're going to use in the next movie four our five-step editing process. And then, if you want to get a little bit more sophisticated, you actually have sliders with levels and definition and so forth.
We will touch on those also. So, a very basic approach but you do have a lot of tools here and you can correct most of your images. Now, by way of comparison, let's take a look at the Aperture interface. So, I'm going to go ahead and quit iPhoto. Again, one of the advantages of the unified library. So, here's our shot right here, the Sunflower shot. And over here, we have the Adjustments panel in the inspector.
So again, Library, Info, and Adjustments right here. And you'll see that in Adjustments, everything is pretty much sliders. We do have one Auto Enhance button. They only have our slider adjustments here. We call these bricks in this area and you can add more adjustments. So, it isn't just this. We have these to start with, but all of these are available also and you can turn them off and on just by clicking on them and then that brick will be added to your panel here.
We'll turn that off for the moment. You have a histogram here at the top. And you have a lot of controls within the bricks themselves. I'll click on the Gear menu and you see you have brushing tools. You can add a secondary bricks of the same one so that you can do two different types of enhance adjustments. So, a lot of sophistication here and sometimes, it may feel a little overwhelming. So, what I'm going to do is show you a five-step image edit workflow for this shot in iPhoto and a seven step workflow process in Aperture to get you comfortable with these tools without overwhelming you.
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