Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Creating a custom template


Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

with Derrick Story

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In one of the earlier movies, I mentioned that the book-making tool is really a layout program hidden inside of Aperture, and that is so true, and I'm going to prove that to you right now through the ability to make custom templates. You can make custom templates for just about anything you want, any layout project, posters, and fliers. In this case, I'm going to show you a custom layout template for a fine art note card. The end product is a 5 x 7 note card that goes in a very nice envelope, printed yourself on very nice paper, and people love these things.
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  1. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the system requirements
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding key Aperture terms
      6m 5s
    3. Touring the interface
      4m 43s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing the top toolbar
      2m 5s
    6. Setting up two monitors
      2m 44s
    7. Configuring for faces and places
      5m 37s
    8. Understanding RAW files
      5m 5s
    9. Following the recommended Aperture workflow
      3m 23s
    10. Running Aperture Library First Aid
      1m 53s
  3. 45m 49s
    1. Preparing for import
      7m 38s
    2. Using managed libraries or the referenced file approach
      8m 7s
    3. Creating metadata presets
      5m 23s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      1m 44s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 48s
    6. Using the RAW+JPEG option
      3m 36s
    7. Importing movies from your digital camera
      3m 10s
    8. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 29s
    9. Importing images from an iPhone
      3m 48s
    10. Importing live images from an iPad or an iPhone
      3m 6s
  4. 39m 22s
    1. Working in Projects view
      6m 33s
    2. Working in Photos view
      3m 22s
    3. Viewing in full-screen mode
      5m 25s
    4. Zooming to actual size
      1m 23s
    5. Using the Loupe for a closer look
      3m 24s
    6. Showing focus points
      1m 28s
    7. Using Quick Preview
      1m 22s
    8. Proofing profiles and on-screen proofing
      2m 58s
    9. Customizing metadata overlays
      5m 26s
    10. Managing previews
      5m 34s
    11. Learning the heads-up displays
      2m 27s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Creating projects and albums
      3m 22s
    2. Rating images by stars and color
      9m 52s
    3. Flagging images
      2m 0s
    4. Organizing a series with stacks
      5m 47s
    5. Grouping images with Smart Albums
      3m 20s
  6. 17m 22s
    1. Understanding the Aperture 3 library
      2m 45s
    2. Switching between Aperture 3 libraries
      2m 21s
    3. Exporting single or multiple projects as libraries
      3m 0s
    4. Merging multiple libraries into one
      3m 53s
    5. Splitting libraries
      3m 5s
    6. Sharing libraries
      2m 18s
  7. 58m 21s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 47s
    2. Working with the Adjustments pane
      6m 28s
    3. Updating RAW processing from previous versions of Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Reading a histogram
      2m 8s
    5. Adjusting white balance
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting exposures
      4m 37s
    7. Enhancing photos
      3m 24s
    8. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 34s
    9. Customizing auto adjustments for levels and curves
      1m 50s
    10. Adjusting tonality with the Levels tool
      5m 45s
    11. Adjusting colors
      5m 5s
    12. Converting color pictures to black and white
      4m 14s
    13. Sharpening edges
      5m 54s
    14. Using the Vignette effect
      3m 9s
  8. 41m 13s
    1. Cropping images
      4m 39s
    2. Retouching blemishes
      7m 39s
    3. Fixing spots
      3m 2s
    4. Using Straighten Crop and Flip
      2m 19s
    5. Fixing a chromatic aberration
      2m 9s
    6. Reducing visual noise
      3m 5s
    7. Making adjustments with the Curves tool
      8m 53s
    8. Rotating images
      1m 22s
    9. Removing the Vignette effect
      2m 0s
    10. Using the Color Monochrome and Sepia tools
      4m 27s
    11. Considering the Sharpen tool
      1m 38s
  9. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing brushes
      2m 53s
    2. Using quick brushes
      7m 7s
    3. Using adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    4. Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes
      5m 10s
    5. Creating multiple bricks for a single adjustment
      3m 25s
    6. Applying presets
      5m 46s
    7. Modifying presets
      2m 39s
    8. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      1m 51s
    9. Roundtripping to Photoshop
      3m 49s
    10. Using the edit plug-ins
      2m 52s
    11. Customizing the Adjustments pane
      1m 30s
    12. Batch processing with Lift and Stamp
      3m 9s
  10. 20m 41s
    1. Setting up face recognition
      4m 37s
    2. Searching for faces
      3m 43s
    3. Working with images that have existing tags in places
      3m 18s
    4. Adding geo tags using places in Aperture
      4m 28s
    5. Searching by place
      4m 35s
  11. 15m 42s
    1. Applying keywords
      4m 52s
    2. Creating unique captions quickly
      3m 17s
    3. Batch changing
      7m 33s
  12. 7m 0s
    1. Using the Search box
      4m 24s
    2. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      2m 36s
  13. 12m 48s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      9m 10s
    2. Using the export plug-ins
      3m 38s
  14. 6m 44s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 23s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      2m 18s
    3. Restoring from a vault
      2m 3s
  15. 29m 52s
    1. Viewing your images via a quick slideshow
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up complex slideshows
      8m 19s
    3. Customizing individual slides
      8m 6s
    4. Adding video to your slideshows
      4m 13s
    5. Pulling a still frame from a movie
      1m 37s
    6. Exporting slideshows
      3m 43s
  16. 21m 39s
    1. Preparing your book project
      7m 9s
    2. Adjusting your book
      4m 54s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 2s
    4. Outputting your book
      2m 34s
  17. 22m 21s
    1. Emailing a photo from Aperture
      3m 27s
    2. Seeing your Aperture library from other applications
      1m 59s
    3. Building a web page
      4m 57s
    4. Publishing a web gallery
      3m 22s
    5. Publishing images to Flickr
      5m 58s
    6. Publishing images to Facebook
      2m 38s
  18. 10m 58s
    1. Printing a single image
      6m 32s
    2. Printing multiple images
      3m 4s
    3. Ordering prints from within Aperture
      1m 22s
  19. 36m 8s
    1. Taking advantage of Retina display Macs
      1m 56s
    2. Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of the advanced white balance adjustment
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding the changes in the revised Shadows and Highlights tool
      5m 23s
    5. Using Professional Auto Enhance as a starting point for image editing
      3m 24s
    6. Creating your own Auto Enhance presets
      2m 6s
    7. Using iPhoto effects in Aperture
      1m 34s
    8. Increasing performance with Fast Browsing combined with Quick Preview
      3m 40s
    9. Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
      3m 52s
    10. Deleting images from your Photo Stream
      2m 2s
    11. Deleting images from the iPhone, reordering projects, and setting the desktop photo
      2m 33s
    12. Transferring photos into Aperture from the iPad and the iPhone
      2m 31s
  20. 1m 35s
    1. Looking ahead
      1m 35s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing images from a digital camera or hard drive
  • Adding metadata to photos including captions and copyright
  • Organizing photos using face recognition
  • Running Aperture Library First Aid
  • Retouching with Quick Brushes
  • Importing live images from an iPad or iPhone
  • Round-tripping between Aperture and Photoshop
  • Adding geo tags to mark photo locations
  • Managing movies
  • Creating a custom photo book
  • Publishing a web gallery
  • Uploading images to Flickr and Facebook
  • Archiving and restoring photo libraries
  • Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
Derrick Story

Creating a custom template

In one of the earlier movies, I mentioned that the book-making tool is really a layout program hidden inside of Aperture, and that is so true, and I'm going to prove that to you right now through the ability to make custom templates. You can make custom templates for just about anything you want, any layout project, posters, and fliers. In this case, I'm going to show you a custom layout template for a fine art note card. The end product is a 5 x 7 note card that goes in a very nice envelope, printed yourself on very nice paper, and people love these things.

They're absolutely gorgeous. You can set up a template right here in your Aperture Library and go back to it anytime you want and just drop photos on there. So, let me show you how to do that. First, I'll give you tour of what we have here. Here we have the photo itself. This would be the front of the card. It would fold right here. Then we have type up here. You notice the type is upside down so that when we fold the card, everything looks perfect. This is a sheet of paper that is 7 x 10 inches, 7 X 10 here.

You can buy this paper that goes to your Inkjet printer. It's even scored. You can get envelopes for it. I get my paper from a company called Red River Paper. They have, I think right now, four different styles of this type of paper, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Now when you want to make a new note card, just go back to any of our albums, and let's say I want to make a note card with this guy here. All I have to do is drag him down to my Notecard project.

Go back to Notecard, looks like I dragged more than I bargained for there. I had more than just one guy selected, and it makes no difference, because it doesn't hurt anything. I go to blank template right there. I just simply drag him right there. I can double-click, and I can do some image scaling if I want. Once I scale, I can move around within there and then click outside. On the text, all I have to do is type the text.

Now you notice that I had rotated the text. I'm working off a master right now. So, when I un-type off of it, it goes back upside down. Let's zoom in to 100%. We'll just go 100% right here. Now watch what happens. I have this set up so that the angle is upside down. Actually, we'll go to Edit Layout. Right here is where I set the Angle, so you can change the angle by clicking on that. I just created a new text box, as we did before. But what's so clever about Aperture is that when I go to Edit Content now, it turns around so I can do my typing and not have to cock my head upside down.

Then when I click out of it, it goes back to upside down. I mean this is really fun stuff. So, quickly, let me show you how I set this up. We'll go back to our project, we'll pick this shot right here, and we're going to pretend like we're creating a book. But this is going to be note cards. So, we're going to call this Notecard 2. When we go to Book Type, instead of choosing one of the templates, we're just kind of go to Custom. Now you notice that I have a Notecard Template set up here already.

That's what I was showing you. Here are the specs. If you wanted to create your own, you would just go to New Theme, call it Notecard Temp 2. Set the Page Size, in our case, 7 inches wide by 10 inches tall, because that is the size of the paper that we use. You set your Spacing right here. All this can be changed on the fly. Then you click OK.

Now we have a new Notecard Template. So, now we choose that theme and here we go. So, now we have the pages the right size. You'll get all sorts of extra pages. A lot of times what I do, at least early on, is as I just go ahead and get rid of it when I click on the first one. Click on the last one here. Now we're going to get a warning when I do this. But we're not sending this to the Apple. This is something that we're going to print ourselves. The softcover here, you can't usually get rid of.

That will be grayed out. So, you just sort of have to live with that there. Then you go ahead and design your custom template. We have it the right size and everything. We're going to Edit Layout. The first thing that we'll do is we'll add a Photo Box. Then we just position the box. I won't get too crazy on this here, because we have the other one to go to. Then I'm going to add a Text Box. We'll just move that up here.

Once you move it around, you can resize it a bit. Then the way that you get it upside down is you make sure that it's selected. You just change the Angle here to 180, and I hit Tab. Now the type will be upside down, and you're pretty much ready to go. I did a few other little goodies, like I added a small border to my image. Then all you have to do is just drag your image right here and you go, "I want the order be a different color." That's not a problem.

We could make it a nice blue. There we go. Type you type in there. Make sure you do Edit Content. I'm just typing my name. There we go. We'll go up to 100%. See what we did. It straightens out here, right there, just make it a little bit bigger. There we go. Now we can see what we're doing. Then you go, "Oh, I want to reposition a little bit." So, you go to Edit Layout.

Then you can just move it back. Then we'll zoom back out. Voila. There you go. If you like your template, once you get it all set up, then you can save this as a master template. Just go to Save Page > As New Document Master. Then that way, when you go here, there is your master right there, and then you can just keep adding pictures and keep adding pictures. So, I know that this was a specialized project where we create a note card, but believe me, you can use this for just about any layout project you want, and you have your whole Aperture photo library available to you.

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