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Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization


Using iPhoto and Aperture Together

with Derrick Story

Video: Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization

Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Derrick Story as part of the Using iPhoto and Aperture Together
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  1. 2m 5s
    1. Welcome
    2. How to take this course
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 16m 4s
    1. Sharing libraries
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a new library and determining its location
      4m 2s
    3. Specifying which application opens the library by default
      3m 22s
    4. Moving and renaming the library
      2m 16s
    5. Managing multiple libraries
      4m 39s
  3. 13m 18s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture importing tools
      1m 28s
    2. Simplified importing with iPhoto
      2m 8s
    3. Advanced importing with Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Importing into iPhoto libraries with Aperture
      3m 47s
  4. 16m 40s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization
      5m 13s
    2. Exploring the iPhoto Library pane
      3m 3s
    3. Reviewing the Aperture Library Inspector
      3m 22s
    4. Hiding photos in one app so they don't appear in the other
      3m 33s
    5. Understanding how Smart Albums behave differently in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 29s
  5. 23m 34s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture editing tools
      2m 49s
    2. The five-step image edit in iPhoto
      4m 34s
    3. The seven-step image edit in Aperture
      7m 36s
    4. Choosing the right app for sharpening
      1m 40s
    5. Converting to black and white in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 19s
    6. Applying effects in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 36s
  6. 13m 42s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture slideshow tools
      3m 18s
    2. Choosing iPhoto for quick slideshow authoring
      2m 54s
    3. Choosing Aperture for advanced slideshow authoring
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing an existing iPhoto slideshow with Aperture tools
      1m 28s
    5. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture for exporting slideshows
      2m 53s
  7. 11m 20s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture exporting tools
      2m 33s
    2. Using iPhoto for simple file export
      2m 34s
    3. Using Aperture for advanced file export
      3m 10s
    4. Cleaning up your iPhoto library in Aperture
      3m 3s
  8. 20m 4s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture sharing tools
      2m 8s
    2. Integrating Photo Stream into your photo workflow
      2m 6s
    3. Deciding which application manages your Photo Stream
      2m 23s
    4. Using Photo Stream as part of an archiving strategy
      2m 7s
    5. Sharing your images with others using Photo Stream
      2m 49s
    6. Sharing images on Facebook with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 40s
    7. Publishing images to Flickr with iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 12s
    8. Emailing photos with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 39s
  9. 31m 21s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture printing tools
      2m 4s
    2. Creating letterpress, folded, and flat cards in iPhoto
      4m 15s
    3. Using iPhoto for simple book authoring
      4m 32s
    4. Using Aperture for advanced book authoring
      5m 52s
    5. Creating a calendar in iPhoto
      2m 48s
    6. Ordering prints in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 20s
    7. Making an inkjet print in iPhoto
      3m 49s
    8. Making a basic print in Aperture
      3m 47s
    9. Making a custom print in Aperture
      2m 54s
  10. 8m 5s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture archiving tools
      1m 15s
    2. Options for backing up your iPhoto library
      1m 46s
    3. Options for backing up your Aperture library
      3m 1s
    4. Using Aperture to back up your iPhoto library
      2m 3s
  11. 51s
    1. Next steps

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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.

Topics include:
  • Sharing libraries
  • Importing and exporting photos
  • Organizing your library
  • Editing images
  • Building slideshows
  • Creating prints, cards, books, and calendars
  • Archiving and back up your library
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Derrick Story

Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization

We're going to take a look at how Aperture and iPhoto organize their libraries. And the main reason for doing this is so that you'll feel confident opening your library in either application and you won't get lost. So, right now we're in iPhoto and we have a library open. And I've just created some elements here. I have an event called, Carpinteria. And I created a few albums Starfish, Tide, and I created a smart album also; a smart album that displays images that are rated with 3 Stars or More and I created a little slideshow.

So, we have a slideshow here also that we can play. The main reason why I'm showing you these elements is, these are the basic elements that most of us use to organize and let's say that you want to take your iPhoto library and you want to open in Aperture to do some Apertures work. How will that translate? Well, let me show you. So, the first thing I have to do, of course, is I have to quit iPhoto because a library cannot be open in two applications at the same time and now, I'm going to go here and I'm going to use the Open With.

I did a Ctrl+Click and instead of iPhoto, I'm going to open that same library in Aperture. And here, we are now in the Aperture interface with the same amount of content. So now, we have the same library open in Aperture and we've actually superimposed the iPhoto organization here on the screen so you can actually see how they compare and they're very similar.

They've done a good job of retaining the basic organizational elements here. Now, one difference is that, what is PROJECTS in Aperture is EVENTS in iPhoto, but we have our ALBUMS, here. We have our smart album and we have our movie. So, the biggest difference really is the difference in name between EVENTS and PROJECTS. They are essentially the same thing and they've just translate different in the two applications.

For instance, though, ALBUMS, now if I click on ALBUMS, we have the same images in our albums that we had when this was open and created in iPhoto. Now, when I click on Movie, we're going to get a message here. This original slideshow was created in iPhoto; Aperture can open the slideshow, but it's going to give you a message here. And basically, what it's telling us is that, if I do any editing to the Slideshow in Aperture, then that's it.

It becomes an Aperture slideshow. I can't go back and edit it again in iPhoto. So, if I want to retain the ability to edit my slideshow that was originally created in iPhoto, don't edit it in Aperture, but I can watch it in Aperture. So, it's just one of those little quirks that you have to keep in mind. But other than that, if I wanted to play the slideshow right now, I could and watch it and it would play back just fine. So, let's switch gears here and let's look at a Library that was created in an Aperture, how it translates in iPhoto and you'll see that it's almost the same.

So, we'll quit Aperture right now. Let's just go to our regular Aperture Library. Just double-click on that we'll get our family portraits. Again, we have a Project instead of an Event. This time I added a folder, which is a nice organizational element that we have in Aperture, and I put a couple albums in there and we're just going to change our view here on these albums. So, we have a couple of different albums here inside this folder and then I have an album outside of the folder.

I created a smart album that is tagging flagged images, and I have a slideshow, okay. So, let's quit Aperture and let's see how all of this looks in iPhoto. So now, I'm going to Ctrl+ Click or right click on this. I'm going to open this in iPhoto. So now, we're opening an Aperture Library in iPhoto. Right away, we get the message; The slideshow was edited in Aperture so they are letting us know about that; here's our events, right.

It was a project before, now it's event. But look, the folder came over; the albums inside the folder came over, the smart album came over, and the slideshow came over. So, the organization really does translate as you move from one application to the other. The biggest difference really is that PROJECTS in Aperture are called EVENTS in iPhoto.

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