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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.
In the previous movie, I showed you the Retouch tool, which is sort of the modern version of Aperture's Cloning and Spotting. Now, before that, we have something called Spot & Patch. And it's not as strong a tool, and in fact, even in the Aperture's manual, they admit that it's in Aperture 3 for those that used it before, and they want to bring it to forward, so they don't lose those adjustments. That being said, I'm going to show it to you quickly here, just so we have a feel for what Spot & Patch is.
Let's go to full-screen mode here, and I am going to zoom in. And we're going to find a spot here on Bonnie's sweater. So, we have a sweater with this pattern here. And this is the probably the one time that I would say Spot & Patch is the better choice than the Retouch tool. Almost every other situation, I like the Retouch tool better. So, we're going to hit H for our heads up display, and we're going to add Spot & Patch to our Adjustments pane here by going under the Adjustments pop-up menu and choosing Spot & Patch. And we get two things.
We get this little heads up display for the Radius here, and then we have Spot & Patch with some of the slider controls here. The way that you use it's basically like this. You set the Radius for what you want to fix. In this case, we want to fix this little spot right here. So, we make the Radius just a little bit bigger. So, we'll make it just slightly bigger, something like that, and then you click on it. Now, once you click on it, then you have to choose a source, something that you want to use to fix that.
And the way that you choose the source is you want to kind of line up best you can along the lines of the texture of what you're correcting. Once you do that, and you hold-down the Option key, and you click, and now we have a source. This is going to be used to fix this. Now, one of the cool things that you have in Spot & Patch that you don't have in the other tools is you have the Angle here. So, we can actually rotate the Angle, and we can we can help line that up.
So, if your angle's a little bit off, and especially if you have a pattern, you can fine-tune that. And then you can move your source around also, and you can see the changes that your source will make depending on where you put. So, we put it right there. That's pretty good. So, now all I have to do is hit the Return key, and that has done a pretty good job of fixing that flaw, even with all this texture and these lines. If I need to go back and work on it some more, I just go back here, click on the Patch.
It brings it back, and I can pick up right where I left off. So, I have just shown you the one way I would use the Spot & Patch tool. For everything else, I recommend that you use the Retouch tool.
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