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Customizing individual slides


Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

with Derrick Story

Video: Customizing individual slides

Let's keep working on the slideshow. We've set up the overall settings. Now let's work on some of the individual aspects of the show. The first thing I want to show you actually before I get to the slides themselves, because we have a few things to do there, is I want to show you the audio that we've added. If you go down here, and if you click on the little audio button here, we actually get a pop-up menu where we get to adjust the Volume and the Fade In and the Fade Out and reduce the Volume of the main track to a certain percentage when this track comes up.
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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

Customizing individual slides

Let's keep working on the slideshow. We've set up the overall settings. Now let's work on some of the individual aspects of the show. The first thing I want to show you actually before I get to the slides themselves, because we have a few things to do there, is I want to show you the audio that we've added. If you go down here, and if you click on the little audio button here, we actually get a pop-up menu where we get to adjust the Volume and the Fade In and the Fade Out and reduce the Volume of the main track to a certain percentage when this track comes up.

Let's say that we have a video with audio that's playing, and we're adding the soundtrack. When the soundtrack comes in, then maybe we want to fade back that audio that comes with the video. That's pretty good stuff. That's right here in this tool. So, that's all under Audio Adjustments right there, and you get to it by clicking on the little speaker icon. Now let's get to the individual slides themselves. Here is a nice thing that Aperture has always been able to do. As we look at this slide, and we look at this slide, they are different. This one has been image-adjusted.

We added this one at the last minute, and it hasn't, really. That's not a problem. Right here in the slideshow, all we have to do is double-click on the slide, go over to Adjustments, go over here to Levels, make a quick Levels adjustment. Double-click again. It brings us back into the slideshow, and look at that. We're all ready to go, just like that. So, you can make tweaks to slides to bring them more in line with the slides that's next to them, and that happens with a slideshow. You know they look fine maybe individually, and then you put them next to two other slides, and you go, "Oh I want it to be little warmer or a little cooler," or something like that.

Just double-click on the thumbnail, and you can make that adjustment. Now, let's go up here to Selected Slides, and we can make adjustments here also. We have the Photo effects. I must admit, I don't use these, but they are here: Black & White, Sepia, and Antique. If was going to do a Photo effect, in all honesty, I would use my Adjustments pane here, but they are here. Now, we can override the default that we set up earlier for an individual slides. So, if you want to play it longer, or shorter, you set that up right here, and you can obviously set the duration.

You can also change the Background for the individual slide, and you can add a Border for a specific slide, or Inset it. And again, if we want to add a Ken Burns to a specific slide, it is hidden under Crop here. Plus we have our usual Fill Frame, and Fit in Frame controls. Right now, we're in Fill Frame. So, let's say that I want to do a Crop on an image. Let's pick this guy right here. We'll work on him. So, I'll do Crop. I'm going to go to Ken Burns Effect and then hit Edit.

And you get two things here. You get the Start, which is in the green, which is where we're going to start. And then you get the where we're going to end up. So, let's say that we're going to start something like this, but on our End up, on this guy here, we want to do like kind of a zoom in, just on their faces, something like this. Now again, resolution comes in the play here. If this is a low res slide, as you zoom in on this Ken Burns Effect, it's going to look not so good.

So, you can always update your preview, as we talked about when we were doing previews. There we go. So, there. Now I am going to go ahead and hit Done, and then you can take a look on how that's going to work. (Music Playing) So, wow! That music was a little loud right there. I'm going to go back over here to my Audio thing, and I'm just going to bring that Volume way down, at least for right now, because I value my hearing. All right! Now, let's come back to here.

So, let's check our Edit to make sure everything is the way that we wanted. Yes, we are good. Now, I'm just going to click on this button to play that individual slide to see how my Ken Burns Effect looks. Nice, very nice. So, you can add that effect to individual slides, and you can change the Transition for individual slides also. So, this slide could have the Dissolve, which is our default. But the next slide, if you wanted to, could have a different transition. You just click on that, and then maybe you go to - we'll do a Push, something like that.

So, you can have individual transitions for the slides, and you can also have text. So, we're just going to click on that slide. We click on the Text box itself. We're going to say Custom Text. You have all of these little Metadata things, but I usually end up wanting to say something, Custom. Right here, the color is set. A lot of times white will be the best Text. You can also move the Text around.

So, I'm going to change the size here, and I'm just going to write The End, just like that. Click outside of it, and you go, "Oh, you know. I want it a little bit bigger." Not a problem. Just click on this, and now we'll make the size bigger. Oh, it's so easy. It's so Apple, isn't it? Oh then I want to move it just right here, and you just can keep playing to your heart's content.

I think we're all set now, so let's just go ahead and play our slideshow. We have had fun making some individual adjustments here. So, now I want to see it fullscreen. Let's let it roll. (Music playing) Pretty good. Pretty good.

I think we're really only missing one thing. I'd like to have a title slide at the beginning. Now, you recall I turned off the have the title over the face here, but wait. There is more. Let's go to the Gear menu, and let's Insert a Blank Slide With Text. Okay. I'm just going to drag that all the way to the beginning here, and as you can guess, we can type Great Outdoors. There we go, very nice.

We have all our adjustments that I showed you before, so we can make it bigger, make it smaller, change the color, do all that sort of stuff, and we can also change the position of this, right? We can move it around. As you move away from the center, you get the little center line as you come back, so you can keep things all nice and lined up. And then you can also set for how long on this slide. So you maybe don't want it for three seconds. Maybe you just want it for two seconds. All right! I think we have improved our show.

That was the thing that was sort of missing. Let's just make sure everything works great. Hit the Play button. Now, we have a nice slide upfront, music fades in. We have our little guys here, cute little fairy creatures, great outdoors, handsome buck, does, wild mustard field, and the end of the show. And as you see, you can just keep going, and going, and going with this, but I think already you have enough to keep you busy for a few minutes.

Just keep an eye on the time, because you could look up, and it can be easily two in the morning.

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