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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.
Before we dig deeper into Aperture, and we're going to get into importing photos here next, I want to give you my pitch for the Aperture workflow and I am going to tell you why. In the end, it's going to save you disk space and it's going to save you time if you follow what we recommend as the Aperture workflow. Now, what do I mean by that? Well, essentially I can sum it up in one sentence, which is "do as much work as possible in this application." Every time that you take a photo out of Aperture and do something with it in another application such as Photoshop and then bring it back in, you're going to be spending more time with that image, and you're going to be bringing back in a very large file which is going to use more disk space.
Sometimes you have to do that. So, that's the exception, but the rule is that when you work inside of Aperture here, you're going to work faster, because you have everything available to you that you need to do your work. And it's going to be also very computer friendly in the sense that if I were to make changes to an image, and here we have another raw file and let's say I want to make some basic exposure changes here. As I do this in Aperture, as I make these exposure changes here, Aperture is just generating kilobits, a very small amount of metadata that represents this change that I made right here.
Just a simple change, kilobits of metadata that are associated with this master file. If I were to take this image out of the Aperture. Let's say I were to roundtrip to Photoshop. I'll just right-click on it here, and where I get to actually edit it. I can round trip here, edit it with Adobe Photoshop CS4. If I were to do that, to send it outside of the Aperture workflow, just that simple change that I made.
Let's say I use Levels or Curves in the Photoshop to make this sort of change. That image would come back and it would be not much bigger than the original file, like right now, we have it at what 21, almost 20 megabytes. It would come in probably twice that size. So if you think about that as a workflow, and if you're doing that in the norm, then you really sort of defeating the essence of Aperture. The essence of Aperture is that Apple especially now in version 3 has really worked hard to give you all the tools that you need to work with in this environment.
Making leaving Aperture the exception and they've also done things like allow us to manage our movies in our audio files here now too. So, more than ever, it's a all-in- one digital management application. So I just want to recommend and I want you to keep this in the back of your mind as we continue to work with this application through all these movies we're going to be doing, that learn it as best as you can and try to stay within this application. I think in the long run you'll be much happier and then when you do have to leave Aperture, make that the exception.
So, let's get on with the show and start digging deeper.
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