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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.
Earlier I talked about the metadata overlays, which are very nice. How to turn them off and on, for instance, here in the browser view by hitting the Y key, or by switching the views because you have two of them that you can switch between by doing Shift+Y and that allows you to switch between them. So that's very handy, but you can also customize the information that's in these overlays. I want to show you that right now. So I'm going to go up to the View menu and I'm going to go down here to Metadata Display and go down to Customize. Here we go.
In our pop-up menu here, we have the Viewer and our two views are Basic and Expanded. Our Grid, the List View and then we have tooltips too, which is fun. I'm going to show you that also. So here we are in the Basic View for the Viewer. Let's say I just wanted to add a piece of information to this overlay. For instance, I wanted to add pixel size. So I just click Pixel Size right here. Now on the right-hand side, I can actually even move to where that is listed.
You can drag these around and control the display order. Then down here at the bottom, we can show the metadata below the image. Right now, we're just going to leave it where it is. So we've added Pixel Size. I'm going to click OK. Now we have Pixel Size in our Basic View. Very cool! I go to Shift+Y, and we've got the big thing. Then I go to Shift+Y again, and we're back to our Basic View. So this gives us a lot of control over what information is listed.
We can do the same thing of course for our thumbnail. So we'll go back to View, go to Metadata Display, go to Customize once again. This time we're going to work on the Grid Basic View. If I wanted to add a Pixel Size there, I can also do that. It's right there. We'll just leave it at the end. We'll not show metadata below the image. I'll click OK. Now we'll go back Grid View. I'm going to hit the V key to bring us back to the Grid View.
There is our information right there. You got, oh, don't really like that so much, not a problem. You go back to View, go back to Display, go back to Customize, make sure that you're in the right mode here, and then you turn that off. You click OK and it goes away, so pretty nice stuff. Now I want to show you another thing that I like, which is also the tooltips. So I'm going to turn off our Metadata Overlay. I'm going to hit the Y key, but now I'm going to hit the T key.
Now when I wave the mouse over the image, look at this. I get the tooltips. We can also control the information that's in this view. Now this is very handy. I don't leave it on all the time, but I do turn it on when I just want a quick snapshot of the metadata of the image, because you can use it in all the different modes. For instance, if I go into Thumbnail mode here, it also works there. So if I just want to see this different data that's associated with these, then I can do that by hitting the T key.
When I'm tired of it, I hit the T key again to make it go away. So I want to add a piece of information for my movies and we have one movie right here. We hit the T key and you notice that when I go over it, I don't have as much information obviously because there isn't as much information associated with the movie as there is a RAW file. However, the one thing I would like is the duration to show up here in this view. Let me hit the T key again to turn it off. I think I can do that.
So I'm going to go up to the View menu, I'm going to go to my Metadata Display. Wander on down to Customize. This time we're going to go to Metadata Tooltips. Now this is the stuff that's showing right now, but we have these different menus that we can expand. I want to go to Audio/Video. I want to show the Frames Per Second on my video. So I'm just going to click that box right there.
I'll go ahead and leave it at the bottom. I'm fine with that. Metadata ToolTips. I'm going to click Ok. Now I'm back in View here. I'm going to hit T to turn on the Metadata Tooltips. I'm going to go over here and look at that. Now I get my frame rate on that. So now, it doesn't affect the other shots right, because they don't really have a frame rate but on the movies and notice the badge here. Unless we know that it's a movie, then my frame rate will show. Now I'm going to hit the T key again to turn that off.
So you have a lot of control over your overlays, both when you're just working in regular Grid mode. When you're working in Viewer mode, you have two options for each of those. Then you have tooltips. Then you have List mode too. You control all of that by going up to View, down to Metadata Display and Customize, set it up the way that you want so that the information that you need is always right there when you need it.
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