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Photographers who want to upgrade from iPhoto, or who are simply ready to take control of the digital images accumulating on their hard drives, will find powerful and easy-to-use photo management tools in Apple's Aperture 2. In Aperture 2 New Features, instructor Derrick Story takes an introductory look at photo processing and manipulation, and explores Quick Preview, RAW 2.0, .Mac Web Gallery, and the many new features in Aperture 2. The course follows a professional photographer's workflow, showing viewers how to incorporate his techniques into their everyday practices.
We've always been able to create terrific looking books with Aperture. I think it's one of the application's strengths. In Aperture 2.0 now however, I can create my own theme, and then output it to the printer, so for example, looking at the bird shots here, I really would like to create a nice, big book. Let's say my Epson R2400 and it can do 13x19 inch prints. Wouldn't it be cool to make a book that was 13x19 inches, where I can use the full size of the paper? So I'm going to do that right now.
I basically make sure that I have my album selected. I then go up to New, go up to Book, and here are the themes that already exist, but I want my own theme, so I'm going to go to custom here in the pop-up menu, and I'm going to create a new theme. Let's call it Epson 13x19, and the width will be 19 inches. The height will be 13, and I'll leave all the other settings as is, and click OK.
I now have a custom theme that I've created, and I'll choose it. My images are down here at the bottom. These are from the album, and these are from the browser, and I can see right here that I have 21 pages at the custom size, 19x13. Now it's just a matter of me going ahead and populating the book with the pictures as I would. Once I have everything set up the way that I want, and once I've done my designing and using the tools here in Aperture, then I simply click the Print button, and I send this job to my Epson R2400 printer.
I'll put it on the paper that I want, and then I can bind it using my own bindery or doing something creative, where for instance, that you do punch and stitch or something like that, so this is a terrific new option in Aperture, to be able to create books that we like that reflect the tools that we have and the kind of paper that we want to use. It's worth the look, and I hope you give it a try.
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