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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.
I want to give you a quick overview of the slideshow functionality in both iPhoto and Aperture. They are both quite good as you can imagine. One is a little simpler than the other and that would be iPhoto. The way that you make a slideshow in iPhoto -- we're not going to walk through all the stuff, but I want to give you a feel for it. I'm going to hit Command+A to select all of the slides. You go down to the Create button and there are slideshow right at the bottom there and it puts you right in slideshow mode right here.
Now, you can play it right now. We could hit the Play button and off we go and you could be done and actually it would look quite good. Here is your Play button right here, but you do have some options. And those options are located right down here. You have themes to choose from, you can add music, and you have settings for the entire slideshow and for individual slides.
So, very straightforward, very clean, very easy to use, and you know what? Very effective also, so that's the slideshow view here in iPhoto. Let's hop over to Aperture and let me give you a peak at that. So, go ahead and quit iPhoto here and I'm going to right-click on this library. We're going to open with Aperture. Now it's telling us, it's giving us a warning about the slideshow that we created in iPhoto. And one of the rules for this game is that slideshows that you create in iPhoto's stay in iPhoto.
In terms of editing, you can play them in either and slideshows that you create in Aperture such as this one here, they stay in Aperture in terms of editing. But you can view them in iPhoto. They like to remind you that you can turn off the warning. I leave it on because it helps me know where the content was originated. Now here, we have a little different interface but a lot of the same settings. For the slideshow itself, here is your default settings. Very similar to what we saw in iPhoto, just presented a little differently.
And you can work on selected slides. Then, you go down here, and you have your music and you can add music from your iTunes library and there's theme and sample music included. And then over here, you have some extra controls. And I think this is where you start to see the difference between Aperture and iPhoto in terms of how you can manage text slides that you can fit slides to the main audio track. You can align slides to the beats.
We can adjust audio if we click on the audio track here and go here. You have specific audio adjustments to fade in and out. You can have multiple audio tracks instead of just one. So, you get a little bit more oomph, a little bit more film making ability in Aperture. Both are great. I'm going to walk you through in the next couple of movies A little bit more detail about each of them so that you can pick the right application for the type of slideshow that you want to make.
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