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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 this chapter, we're going to be talking about paper output, prints, greeting cards, calendars, that sort of thing. And this is an area we're having these two applications, both iPhoto and Aperture come in very handy. For example, if you're printing to your Inkjet printer, then Aperture is very hard to beat. It has some great tools; I'm going to do a dedicated movie on looking at these tools and all the things that you can do in here.
You have a lot of control and you can make some excellent prints using Aperture. Now, you can make good prints using iPhoto also but it's more simplified process. However, speaking of iPhoto, let's hop over there for a second. We can do a lot of other things in here. Now, we can make prints also. Don't get me wrong. We can go over here and we can go to Print and you have a very nice print dialog box, very comfortable, very easy to use.
And if you're just doing some quick prints, it's fantastic. But I think where iPhoto gets more interesting--let's go over here--is when you get into the Create area. Right down here, we have Create and here we can make cards, calendars, you can make books in Aperture also and we're actually going to compare the difference. It's a little bit easier to make books in iPhoto but you can do more with books in Aperture. So, that's one of those distinctive areas.
In terms of cards and calendars, these are iPhoto only things and that's very interesting. This is where the unified library is such a bonus because even if you're primarily an Aperture user but you want to take some of your images and make a letterpress card, then you can just open the library in iPhoto and do that. So, that's what we're going to cover in this chapter. It's a lot of fun and I'm so happy to have both of these applications available to me.
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