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Choosing between power and simplicity isn't an either-or proposition. The latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture now share a common photo library format, which means you can store all your photos in one central library, and then switch between the two apps as needed: use iPhoto for its simplicity and great sharing options, and Aperture for its powerful organization, image editing, and publishing features.
In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Derrick Story shows key strategies for employing both iPhoto and Aperture in a digital photography workflow. The course begins with a look at the unified photo library format and managing your library with both applications.
Next, the course examines the professional-level image editing features in Aperture and details strategies for sharing photos through slideshows and print projects, guiding you to the best application for the job at hand. It concludes with lessons on exporting photos using Aperture, managing an iCloud Photo Stream, and backing up your library.
One of the advantages to really understanding how libraries appear both in Aperture and iPhoto is that if you're sharing a Library, let's say you're in a family environment and you want to hide some photos. Let's say that you're working on a birthday card for your wife and you're working on those pictures and you don't want her to see it when she's working in one application or the other. So, we'll start by hiding a photo in iPhoto that you can't see in Aperture, and then we'll work the other way too.
Now, the way that you do this is that if you go into iPhoto here and you click on an image, and you go to Photos then you go to Hide Photo there. It puts a little X on it, and you can actually remove this from view right here in iPhoto by unchecking Hidden Photos under View. Okay, it's still there. You can always bring it back. But we have added the Hidden tag to it. So now, what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and close iPhoto.
We're going to take this same Library and we're going to open it in Aperture. And you'll see here that the photo is not showing in the Aperture Library. It's nowhere to be found, and it won't be. You could go to Trash. It won't be there. It won't be in Rejected, it is nowhere. It is hidden. So, if you hide the photo in iPhoto and then you open that same library in Aperture, it won't be visible. And this is one way where you can share a Library back and forth and work on projects like birthday cards and not have to worry about tipping your hand before the actual big day.
Now, we can go the other way with this also. So, I'm going to go ahead and switch library. So, we'll go to the actual Aperture Library here and we'll open this event right here, and I have rejected a photo, I have rejected a photo and the way, that you can't reject any photo; let's go back to our thing here. You see it has an X here instead of a star rating.
When you go up here to Metadata and you go to Rating, you have all the various star ratings and then you have Rejected which is a keystroke 9, the keystroke 9 right there. So, we can apply that, for instance to the photo that we have highlighted right here and it gets a little X, it's rejected and you have your own filtered area for Rejected too. So, we have two shots, this horizontal shot and this vertical shot. Now, we will open that Aperture Library in iPhoto.
Okay, we have opened our unified library in iPhoto. I'll just double-click on this and you will see those photos are missing. They're not here, we can look all we want; they are not in the Trash can. We can go up here to View> Hidden Photos doesn't help us. They're just not there. So by using the Rejected tag in Aperture, then when you open that Library in iPhoto, they won't appear.
And when you use the Hidden Photos in iPhoto, you open that Library in Aperture and they won't appear. Just a little tip for those of you that are using shared libraries.
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