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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.
There are a lot of different ways that you can export, as you would imagine. There are so many different ways to do all sorts of stuff here in Aperture. We can export copies of our Masters. In other words, if this is a RAW file, which I do believe it is, I can export a RAW file out, that is a duplicate of the RAW file that is in my Aperture Library. It would be the original RAW file without the adjustment. It's just the RAW. So, if want to get a whole bunch of RAW files out, and you don't want them to have any sort of adjustments to them, any image adjustments, you would just select them, and you would go up to File, and you would go to Export right here, and you would choose Export > Masters.
You decide where you want them to go. If you want a Subfolder, you could do that. You could change the Master file name. So, in other words, you can rename on export, and you do have some options concerning Metadata, even with Master files. You can just have them go back out the same way they came in. So, you don't include any IPTC Metadata. That's things like you're author name and copyright, or you could have it included in a Sidecar File.
The Sidecar File - I've done some testing with that. Don't get your hopes up too much - that if you open up that file in Adobe Bridge, for example, that you're going to see all of your Metadata from that original Master. It doesn't always work. So, I would put an asterisks here on that one, but you do have these three options, and I would test for your specific situation. So, that just brings a Master file right out, so that's one way to go.
Now, another way to go is if you want your edits to go out with the file. In that case then, you would export a version. Version is very interesting; I love the way Aperture handles this. So, if I want to export a version of this file, I would go back to File, and I would go to Export, and this time I would choose Version. Here's the location, again, so you decide where you want it to go. Then you have Version Presets, and you have a bunch here that are already made for you.
One of the fun things when Aperture first came out, people were going, "Oh! Apple. They've done it again." They've only limited me to being able to use these presets right here, and I" want something different." Well, that's just not the case at all. If the preset you want isn't here, you simply go down to Edit. You get this dialog box where you can create, basically, any type of preset that you want. So, let's say that I want to create a new JPEG. We'll call it JPEG - Derrick.
So, you choose the format. In this case, it will be JPEG, but these are the formats you have to choose from. I can or cannot choose to have the Metadata go out with it, things like my copyright and author name, almost always will I have it go out. I get to choose the Image Quality and all the way up to 12, all the way down to 0. I doubt you'll be picking 0 too often. But let's say I want a very high-quality JPEG, so I will pick 10, and then I can constrain the size of the JPEG.
I can make it the original size. I can have it fit within a certain size pixels or inches, centimeters or even a percent of the original, such as 50%. So, let's say for the Derrick JPEG, I want it to fit within 1200. So, that doesn't means it's going to stretch it out to 1200x1200. That just means the longest side will be limited to 1200 pixels. I can have any DPI that I want. Since this will be used for web, I'll leave it at 72, but I could change it to 300, or whatever.
I also have some nice options here. I can make a Gamma Adjustment on export. If you have a specific use for this file, or you know you need to maybe brighten it up a little bit, you could use the Gamma Adjust for that, and you can also embed a color profile. This would be really nice if you're sending it out to the lab, and they have their own ICC profile. You can pick that, or if you know that you wanted to go to someone that's going to print it, you might want to open up that color space.
I'm going to leave it at sRGB, because it's going to be on the web. I can choose a Black Point Compensation, in other words, to maintain the integrity of my blacks if I want. I think I will do that. You can even add a Watermark at this point and basically, what you would do is you would create the Watermark first, let's say in Photoshop. Then you would choose that image, and then you could choose its position. You have these positions to choose from.
You could also choose its Opacity. So, you could make it rather faint or make it very strong, and you can scale it. So, we're not going to do a Watermark on this particular one, but I want you to know that that is available to you. So, I have set up JPEG - Derrick, and then I just click OK, and now it's available to me in my Export Preset menu, and it will always be there. If I decide I want to get rid of it in the future, I can do that. Just go to Edit. Just go to JPEG - Derrick and hit the Minus sign, that simple! So, we'll go ahead and use it, and I'm not going to do a subfolder, but I could.
I could change the Version Name and, in fact, I think I will on this one. I'm just going to call it Tent and we'll do the underscore there. So, it'll be sent out like that. Then if I want, I can show an alert when it's finished. Now the way that Aperture works is it reads the original RAW file, and then it applies any image adjustments that I've done along the way. Then it applies this Preset information, and then it bakes a new file in the places that where I asked it to.
It does it all pretty darn fast, in this case, very fast. Let's take a look at it. There it is right there. We can go ahead, and I'm going to do Command+I on that. You can see that we have a JPEG and here's our preview, and it's a nice small size, much smaller than the RAW file, because we have it 1200 on the longest side. We still have our Metadata, because I included that.
So, we have a very nice working file for the specific use that I want to do. Is that or is that not a beautiful thing? So, that is exporting Version, now you can also export edited audio. So, if you've actually done an audio file, if you've brought some movies in and you've trimmed them, then you can export them out. The edits that you apply to the audio or to the video will also go out with it, so, very handy.
You can e-mail out a picture and you just click on the Email app. What app gets launched is determined by what happens in Preferences. Remember, we'll go to Export. I believe that's where it is. So, the Email apps that are available on that computer will show up in this list. You choose the one that you want. You can even set an Export preset. That's the default for that e-mail, and probably, it won't be Original Size.
You probably want to do something like 640x640. So, then Aperture will scale that image down. It will open your e-mail application, and it will attach that image for you. Then last but not least, you can drag out. We'll drag out a different shot here. When you drag out, what happens is whatever you have set as your Preview Size - we'll go back to Preferences. We'll go back to Previews. Whatever you have set here, when you drag out, that will be the file that ends up where you drag it, in this case, a 1920 file at 8 Quality.
So, all you do is just grab that image. Just drag it out to your Desktop. There you go! Let's hit Command+I. Let's take a look here. Sure enough, Aperture behaved once again. So, that's the easiest of all ways to drag out, and it's another reason to have your previews set the way you want. So, I'm going to go ahead and just bring Aperture back to the size that it's supposed to be here. So, it's just as easy to get your images out of Aperture as it is to get them in.
You have a lot of flexibility. You can export copies of your Masters. You can export Versions, edited audio, via e-mail, or when in doubt, just drag it out. The choice is up to you.
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