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Aperture 3.3 and iCloud play great together. And I am going to show you how to control your Photo Stream and yet take advantage of the ability to share images among all of your devices, iPad, iPhone, and Macs. Now we have to start at the System Preferences, not for Aperture, but for your system itself. So I am going to go up here to the Apple and go to System Preferences, and we're going to go to iCloud right here.
And you have to make sure that you're signed in to your iCloud account. Now, if you have a current Mac, if you have a current iPhone, current iPad, you have access to iCloud. All you have to do is sign in with your information here, and that is step one. Now the second step is to go to the Preferences in Aperture and go to Photo Stream. Photo Stream is part of iCloud, it is the photo part of iCloud.
And you have to enable Photo Stream, which you do by checking this box right here. Now you'll notice in my setup, I have not checked these other two boxes, because if you do, then automatic things start to happen, see this Automatic and Automatic? And generally speaking, when you're taking photos with your iPhone, you're doing stuff with your iPad, you're experimenting, you're having fun, you're having a great time, you might not want all of that stuff going into your Aperture library, and you might not want every little thing that you do in Aperture to go into your Photo Stream.
You can do that manually, and I'm going to show you how to do that which I think is a better way to go. So go ahead and enable Photo Stream, but leave these two boxes unchecked. Once you do that, Photo Stream will show up over here in the Library pane, and these are images from my own Photo Stream. This is very scary for me right now, if you can see all the goofy stuff I do when I am not taking serious photos. So let's say that I wanted to work on one of these photos, say that this is a screenshot right here actually from my iPad.
Let's say I want to work on this in Aperture, so I would just go to Adjustments, and whoa! Wait a second here. It says you have to import the photo, enable to work on it. That's true, because the way that we have it set up right now, we can see the images from our Photo Stream, but they're still living on the Photo Stream. I chose not to bring them all in the Aperture. Instead, what I do is I bring in the ones that I want. That is the controlling part of controlling Photo Stream.
So what I'm going to do is set up, and I've already done this here is set up a project just for my Photo Stream stuff. So it's empty right now, all I have to do is go back to the shot that I want to play with, this one right here. I am just going to drag it into Photo Stream Import. Now it has been copied into my Aperture library. Not all of the other goofy Photo Stream shots that I have just the one that I want to work on. Now I can double-click on it, now I can go to Adjustments, and now I can do whatever I want with this image. It is in an official part of my Aperture library.
So again, the way that I recommend working with Photo Stream is to bring some control to it. You want to have access to it, which we have here, but you don't want everything you do to flow into Aperture, uncheck those other two boxes, bring in what you want just drag and drop into a project, and you'll be good to go, and I think you'll really like this photo part of iCloud.
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