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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
So, we're going to talk a little bit about Black & White right now. A lot of times I like to do black and whites of portraits and landscapes, in part just to see how they look, but sometimes I like the Black & White version better than the Color. I've played with this image a little bit. I have a color version that I like, but I want to see how it's going to work in Black & White. So, what I'm going to do, my workflow here is fairly simple. I'm going to right-click on the image and get our contextual menu, and I'm going to duplicate the version, so that we have two versions now.
To check what we've done, we'll go right here. There is our original. It's actually calling it Version 3. It's doing that to torment me, really what I want to do that was change that to Black & White. Okay. So, we have 764 Black & White right here, and then we just have our regular 764 right here, and then this is a different shot. So, we're all set. So, even though I've called it Black & White, it's not Black & White yet.
That's the next thing we're going to do. So, I'm going to go over to Adjustments, then I'm also going to hit the V key here and to bring that up, I hit the V key twice. Now, Black & White, by default, won't be in our Adjustments pane, but the way that we added is we just go to the Adjustments pop-up menu, and Black & White is in this menu here. So, all you have to do is go down to Black & White right here. Click on that.
Now we've added that brick to this pane. That brick will be here every time we come back to this image, but it won't be part of the default set. Now if you want to make it part of the default set, if you do a lot of Black & White work, you can just go to the Gear menu, and you can say Add to default set, and it will always be there, going forward. But we're not going to do that right now. So, here we go. We have an automatic conversion to Black & White, and we have three sliders: red, green and blue.
You can play with these sliders a little bit to adjust the effect of the Black & White. So, for instance, I'm going to use the red slider to sort of lighten up some of those tones a bit. The green, I usually don't do a whole lot with the green, and this is going to be the case once again. And then the Blue slider does affect the sky. So, I'm going to bring that down just a little bit and add a little drama. Now I'm also going to show you a little tip here. You can fine-tune your Black & White Adjustments by going back and enabling White Balance.
I'm using the Temperature slider and watch what happens. See how I get to do some fine-tuning on my Black & White conversion with the Temperature slider, because this is still an RGB image. It's still a red, green, blue image. So, there we go. Now I have something that I like, at least on first brush. I'm going to hit the V key again. Now, I have my Black & White version and my Color version right there side by side.
If I want, I can even highlight them both and include them in the stack. That way I can have the Black & White version on top if I want, or if I want I can go back to Stacks, and I can make the Color version the Pick, knowing that when I open up the Stack I have the Black & White underneath it. Now, Aperture 3 has added more Black & White goodness, and we're going to talk about that when we get to Presets. But I'll just give you a little bit of a preview right now that under Presets you'll also see Black & White, and it actually has the actual Black & White filters.
Those of you that did Black & White photography in the film days will recognize this. I will show you more about that when we talk about Presets. For now, you have the Black & White brick right here in Aperture, and it is a pretty good way to go.
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