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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.
I'm going to show you how to create a new library in both applications, both iPhoto and Aperture. That way, you can just enter any way that you like. We'll start with iPhoto and we have iPhoto open right now. I'm going to go up to File, and then I'm going to go to Switch to Library. Now, that's not super intuitive, but this is how you create a new library while you have iPhoto already open. You go to Switch to Library. I'll click on that and you'll see right down here, we have the Create New button.
I'm going to click on Create New, and we're going to go inside our Exercise Files here and we'll go inside our libraries right here. I could just give it, iPhoto library New. Now, we're not going to keep this library, I'm just basically showing you how to create it. So, just click the Save button right there. Now, it's going to ask us, do we want to switch from our current iPhoto library to the one we just created. Yes, let's do that and it will relaunch just like that.
We are now in the new library. Okay. So, that's one way to do it in iPhoto. There is a second way. I'm going to quit iPhoto. Now, by holding down the Option key instead of iPhoto just launching, it brings up this menu that you saw before and it allows me to create a new library at launch, let me go inside our Exercise Files here and we'll call this New 2. Now, I'm going to get rid of these afterwards.
Again, we're just showing you how to do this. I'm not going to hang on to all these empty libraries. That just wouldn't be very smart. Off we go. Here it is. Now, we are in our new library. Now, it works very similarly in Aperture. Let's take a look at that. So, we'll go ahead and quit iPhoto. Let's go to Aperture. Guess what? I'm going to hold down the Option key and we get a different looking menu, but you know what, same sort of thing.
Now, one thing I want to point out right here, see how Aperture acknowledges our iPhoto libraries. It means that we can open those, right here if we wanted to. Here's the new one that we created and then here's New 2. They're here. Aperture sees them. Now, we're going to create a new Aperture library by doing Create New. Go inside our Exercise Files. We'll call it Aperture Library New. You're sensing the pattern here, right? Create. While we're inside of Aperture, we can also create a new library.
We go to File, Switch to Library, that's the only part that's not quite so intuitive here. Go to Other/New. We get the familiar dialogue box. Create New. Navigate and we'll call this New 2. Create, and off we go, all righty? Now, let me quit Aperture.
Let's go into our Pictures folder. Here's our Exercise Files and look at what we've done. We've just added all sorts of stuff. Now, we don't need this stuff right now, but you can see that we have created these new libraries in Aperture using the two different methods I showed you and we also have iPhoto Library New and iPhoto Library New 2. We don't need them, so I'm just going to go ahead and highlight them. I'm going to right click, we'll just move into the trash.
We're going to go ahead and put our folder back together, the way the Exercise Files were shipped just like that. But now, even though this looks the same, you have the knowledge of how to create new libraries, two different ways, for both iPhoto and Aperture.
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