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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.
A really fun thing to do in iPhoto is create cards under the Create icon right over here. And we have a couple different types we can make. This is like having our own little print shop right here on our Mac. So, I'm going to choose Card from Create and it actually brings us into a whole different interface here. There are three types of cards that we can make. We can make a letterpress cards and those are the ones that are embossed and Apple actually includes a cool little movie right here, you see this icon right here where you can learn about the letterpress process and I encourage you to watch it.
Its fun and aluminating all at the same time and those rarely go hand-in-hand. And then, you can create the typical folded card, and you have many categories to choose from. For instance, you can do whimsical here and it will show you a different template and then you can modify these templates. You can play with them and just kind of get a feel in a nice, realtime preview of how these things are going to look, and you can also create flat cards which are just one sided card.
So, you have the image on side and then you have the type on the other. So, let's just say we're going to go with the folded card at the moment. Once you find the basic style that you want and you get the price right over here and some of the basic information about it. Then you go into Create. Now, you can do a little bit more work. For instance, if you click on the image itself, you can do a little bit of image sizing, if you want to fine tune that image.
You have some Layout options where you can make some changes to the layout. You have type Options also. So for instance, if we wanted to work on this type right here, I'll just click on it. I'll just give it a name right there, but I have a different type of faces to choose from and ways to format it. And then, it shows the photos that are in the project here and I can add more photos to the project also.
Speaking of the project by the way, look over here and you see that this is an actual project and the advantage of having this as a project is that you can come back and work on it again and again, if they save the work that you've done as a project. Now, you can only work on this project inside of iPhoto. You can't work inside of Aperture because it doesn't have the tools to do that. So, this is one of those cases where you might want to open your Aperture library up in iPhoto to make some cards.
Now, when you're ready to go, just come down here to Buy Card. Oh, this little warning here, this is about this text right here. This is a default text; this will be blank if I don't type anything in there. Now, here is where you purchase your card and the card comes with an envelope, $1.49 with envelope for your own custom card. Pretty nice, shipping price is $2.49. It's actually more than the card itself. So, this is a case where you might want to order your cards in batches and not just one at a time.
We'll go ahead and cancel here and I want to show you just one other little thing about making cards here in iPhoto. If I hit the Command+P, I actually can bring up the Print dialog box and I can make a PDF or I can send this job to my Inkjet printer. Just something to keep in mind, that you can order the cards online. But if you need a quick turn around and you have some good paper and you have a good printer, you can do that yourself.
So, that's an overview of the cards functionality in iPhoto and it might be worth opening up your Aperture library here every now and then and making something pretty.
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