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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.
Now that we have our slideshows the way that we want, we can export them and show them with the world. I'm going to show you the Export dialogs for both iPhoto and Aperture. We're in iPhoto right now and this is actually an instance where iPhoto has a bit of a leg up on Aperture. When you first click Export you get this nice little chart here. By picking the different presets it will show you which devices that the slideshow will play nicely on, which I think is pretty handy.
This is very nice and most of the time this is all you need. Where iPhoto actually excels a bit is with the Custom Export button, you can click on that here and this way we're going to send it to our Desktop and we're going to save it as MPEG-4. Look what happens under the Options button, I get a number of options here that I can choose from to configure my export more to my liking.
Now, if you don't do this all the time this is probably not a big deal for you because you'll probably be happy with the presets that we have. But if you like to have control and if you know what these settings are, this is pretty handy to be able to configure your export to the specifications that you have in mind. So, you could open your Aperture slideshow that you created in Aperture back in iPhoto, click OK here. So, we can't edit it, but we can export it and use the Custom Export settings here.
Something to keep in mind and I'll show you how this plays out in Aperture. Here we are in Aperture. Now, our Export button is right up here in the upper right corner, click on that and we get this sort of dialog box from the get go, we'll send it to the Desktop so you can export for iPod Touch. We don't get the cool little visual graph, you know I miss that, I like that. But you do have presets for YouTube and you can see what it's going to do for those Apple TV, iPad.
We do have a Custom selection here, but in Custom we don't get all of the goodies that we get in iPhoto. You can choose MPEG-4, you can set the Frame Rate, you can set the Width and Height, and you can set the Quality, but that's about it. So, here is a case where exporting out of iPhoto gives you a few more goodies than Aperture and that's why we do these titles so that you can pick the right tool for what you're doing.
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