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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.
Well, I want to keep working with this photo that we've done a little retouching on and so forth, and there are few things that I'd like to change. I used Vignette adjustment on this image, which I thought was very effective. But the one thing that it did was that it darkened this corner where the light is coming in a little bit more than I want. So, I don't want to remove that Vignette in these other areas, but I would like to make a little change there. And then as I look at her hair, I'd like this hair here to have just a little bit more contrast be a little bit darker.
We're really talking about maybe two levels adjustments, and you can have, in Aperture 3, multiple adjustments for the same adjustment, if you know what I mean. Maybe you don't. Well, let me show you exactly what I mean. I'm going to go ahead and hit the F key here, and then I'm going to hit the H key. So, the first thing I want to do is just do a Levels adjustment up here, and I want to lighten this area up a bit. So, I'm going to open my Levels Brick. Now I'm not going to do the adjustment just yet because what I want to do is enable our brush because I just want to work in a specific area.
So, I'm going to choose Brush Levels In, and then I'm going to - I want to brighten things up a little bit. So, I'm going to make my Levels adjustment, and now I'm going to increase my Brush Size, and I'm going to turn off Detect Edges. We don't need that. All I just want to do is just brighten up this corner just a bit. There we go. That's nice - just a little bit. That's all I wanted to do. There's that one adjustment, but now I want to do a different Levels adjustment on her hair. I want to darken that.
So, I'm going to go back to Levels, I'm going to go to my Gear menu, and I'm going to say Add New Levels adjustment. And I get a second brick. Look at that! Isn't that fun? So, now I'm going to choose a Brush. I am going to Brush Levels in, and on this one, I want to darken things a little bit. So, I'm going to move that so that we can darken a bit. I'm going to make my Brush Size smaller. I'll just do that right here. We don't need very much Softness on this.
I'm going to make it a little bit smaller, and now I just want to add just a little bit of contrast there. Her hair just kind of got a little light and just kind of come down there just like that. Now I would clean that up if I was doing this final adjustment here. I just want you to have an idea. So, there we've added a Levels adjustment to her hair. That's this one right down here. And we can turn that off and on just by clicking that brick there.
And I did a separate Levels adjustment up here, and I can turn that off and on right here. So, you can have multiple bricks for the same adjustment. It's very handy when you're trying to fine-tune specific areas of a photo. You get to that by going to the Gear menu and just saying Add a New Levels adjustment. If you decide that you don't like that particular adjustment, then you can remove it by choosing Remove this adjustment.
This works for Levels, for Curves, for just about everything that's here in the Adjustments pane. Again, more control over the editing of your image.
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