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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.
One of the image-editing improvements in Aperture 3.3 is the redesigned White Balance brick right here in the Adjustments tab, and I want to show you how this works. Now prior to Aperture 3.3, we had Temperature & Tint. Now we also have two other interpretations, Skin Tone and Natural Gray. Obviously, Skin Tone are for the portraits and people shots, and Natural Gray is for landscape, architecture, images like that, where we want to retain the original feel for the shot, but we just want to improve the White Balance a little bit.
And I'm going to show you how that works right now. Now the workflow that I recommend is that you start out with the Auto button just by clicking on it right here, and you notice right away we get an improvement in this photo, and you'll notice that Aperture chose the Skin Tone interpretation. Now I have Faces enabled, it identified this as a portrait, and then it applied the Skin Tone White Balance correction. Now the other corrections are there, and I can take a look at them.
Here's Natural Gray, and here's Temperature & Tint, and I think Skin Tone is the right way to go. I can further fine tune this adjustment with the slider here, so I can make the things warmer or cooler, and I also have an eye dropper. Now when you're in the Skin Tone interpretation, Aperture wants you to click on a Skin Tone, or if you want you can click and drag on the skin tones and get different interpretations.
That's pretty interesting. Then if you feel like, oh man, I just goofed everything up, you can always go right back to Auto, and there we go. You can see the difference by clicking the check box on and off. Now another very nice thing is the Skin Tone interpretation is brushable. So you can brush the correction in, and you can brush it away. So, for example, if you wanted to, you could brush it away from different areas of the model and leave the correction with just the facial area.
There are all sorts of different ways to use this, but just know that you also have localized edits for the Skin Tone interpretation in White Balance. Now I want to show you another. So let's go back, and let's go outside. Let's see how this works. Let's do this lavender and bee shot. So I'm going to start out with Auto, Aperture is going to do its thing, and this time it recommends Natural Gray. We also have the Skin Tone interpretation if we want to use it, and we have Temperature and Tint.
Aperture recommends Natural Gray. Again, I can fine tune it with my slider, and I also have my eyedropper. This time Aperture would like me to use a neutral gray area. So here's an area right here, and I can just eyedrop on that. Or if I want, I can also click and drag with the eyedropper. And if I feel I goofed it all up, I can go back to Auto. Now Natural Gray is also brushable, so you can brush in the correction, and you can brush it out.
You can also look at the different interpretations. So there you have the redesigned White Balance brick. It has a lot more power. The Auto button is a great way to start and then you can fine tune either using the sliders or the eyedropper, and with two of the interpretations. both the Skin Tone and Natural Gray, you have brushable tools also.
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