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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.
Both iPhoto and Aperture give you ways to get your images out of the applications and in their variety of sizes. However, they do, do that differently. In iPhoto, for example, you choose an image and you go up to File, go to Export and you get a very basic dialog box. By the way, make sure that you have the File Export tab selected in this dialog, because you also have Export Options for Web Page and Slideshows.
In this case we want File Export for our images. It has different file formats to choose from. If you choosing JPEG you have some basic Quality settings, you have some basic Size settings and you have a few options for File Name and that's about it. You click Export and off to the races it goes, probably to your Desktop. Now, let's compare this with Aperture, so I'll go ahead and quit iPhoto.
Now, one of the first things I want to point out, in Aperture you can right-click or Ctrl+Click on the image to get the contextual menu that has Export options in it. So, you don't have to go up to File, although we can certainly do that and I'll do that right now. Go to File>Export. And we have a few options here, Version, Original, or just the Metadata. Most of the time you'll be choosing a Version because you want a version of that image; a different size a different format, that sort of thing.
So, version is going to be your most common choice. And then once you're here, you have some presents. But again, in the Aperture spirit of doing things you go to the bottom and you have an Edit selection and you can create your own preset. And we'll talk a little bit more about that in upcoming movie, I just want you to see it. And then you have some options for setting up Subfolders, renaming things like that. So, I'll go ahead and Cancel.
So, as you can see, you do have more flexibility in Aperture. And if you have specific requirements for exporting your images that are in iPhoto right now, you may want to look at opening that library in Aperture and using these tools. If you want easy export then you can just go ahead and export out of iPhoto. Let's take a look at the next couple movies to see more detail about that.
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