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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.
Well, I hope you're having that warm sense of organization wash over you right now because we still have another thing to show you that I think has always been one of the best things in the Aperture and it's Smart Albums. And you can use Smart Albums all sorts of ways. They reside up here. We will go up to New. You see them right here. There's our Smart Album icon. You can use them for all sorts of searching and sorting. Right now the way that I want to use it is for our best images within a project and the cool thing about a Smart Album as opposed to just building a regular album is that it will continue updating as new images meet the criteria for that album.
So let me show you how that works. So I'm going to click on our project here. I want a Smart Album for this project that builds my best shots. I'll go up to New and choose Smart Album. And right away this is highlighted so I can give it a name. We'll just call it Best Shots. Then over here we have our criteria. Now you'll notice that Rating is on top and that's for a good reason because it's one of the best uses of a Smart Album. And I want everything that is four stars or better so I'm just going to move this little pointer along, here we are, four stars.
You notice how the album drills down to just these two shots, and then I click the button and there we go. Now, we have a Smart Album for our best shots. So remember I mentioned the dynamic aspect of this. Let me go back to Great Outdoors. So let's say that I up the rating on this shot to 4 stars and on this shot to 4 stars. I don't have to go and manually add them to an album of my best picks or any of that sort of stuff because I got a Smart Album going.
I go back to the Smart Album and look, they're automatically there. If I want to change the criteria for this album, I can. I just click on the little magnifier right there. Now let's say that I want to have it be not only 4 stars, but also flagged and that is what this Smart Albums going to be about. So I'm going to change filtering to All. I'm going to go it has to be flagged, and now this is the only image that is both 4 stars and flagged.
I can go ahead and close that. And now this is not only my best shot, this is like my really best shots. And I could add another criterion. I could add also Color Label if I wanted to, and if you don't want it to be both of them you can change that so it can be any of them. So it can be either a 4-star rating or a flag and then you see in that case now we have a couple of flagged images come in and this flagged image come in that are 3-stars. So you have control over that with this little popup menu here, the All or Any.
Once you get your Smart Albums set up the way that you want, just sit back and enjoy because it will build itself as you continue to do your rating and refining in the project. Very handy, very useful.
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