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Exporting masters and versions

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Video: Exporting masters and versions

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.

Exporting masters and versions

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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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    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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