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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.
I want to run an idea by you and the idea is, even if you're an iPhoto user, most of the time, considering using Aperture for importing of your photos instead of using iPhoto. Then, of course, you can use iPhoto for everything else you do. Let me show you why I'm thinking along these lines. We did the Aperture Import here and as you can see, we have all that information that I added on Import; the keywords, the copyright notice, my website, all that good stuff and it's been applied to every photo here.
Now, since we have the unified library, we can open this library up in iPhoto also. Let me go ahead and quit Aperture right now. Here's that Aperture Library that we're just looking at. Let's open it in iPhoto, so I'm going to Ctrl+click on it. Go to Open with and choose iPhoto. It's a unified library, so there will be no problem with this at all. And here are our images, right here in iPhoto.
Because we don't have the same sort of information panel in iPhoto that we have in Aperture, we do see the basic XF Data which is the basic camera data, but we don't get to see the author data that I added in Aperture, though it is in there. iPhoto protects it. It doesn't get deleted. Just because we can't see it here doesn't mean it isn't there. So, here's a fun test. What I'm going to do right now is just, I'm going to export a photo out of iPhoto, on to the Desktop and then we're look and see if all that Metadata is still there.
Let's try it. This is the kind of stuff that I like to do on rainy days, right. So, we'll export a JPEG, we'll make the Quality High. By the way, I'll get into more about exporting in upcoming movies. We'll just go ahead and make sure all the Metadata is there and we'll just click Export. Let's just go ahead and put it on our Desktop, right here and we'll call this -- we'll just say metadata. There we go.
And off it goes. We did the Import for this shoot in Aperture. We played around with the images in iPhoto. We exported them out of iPhoto. Here's our image right here. Now, I'm just going to double click on it so it will open in Preview. So, we can see what Metadata is in there. So we'll double click on it and then I'm going to hit Command+I for Info. Here's our Basic Info for this shot. Let's go to IPTC and look, we have our Photographer, Creator.
We have our Copyright information, we have our keywords, we have All Rights Reserved, we have even my website right here. All these information is inside the photo, it stayed inside the photo and that was because we added it when imported through Aperture and iPhoto honored all that information, hung on to it and even when we export that information out of iPhoto, it is still present with the photo.
So, if you like having this type of information with your images that you can't add in iPhoto, but you can add in Aperture, why not open your iPhoto Library in Aperture, do your import, get all this information in and then you have it. Just an idea, I want to float by you in one of the advantages of using Aperture and iPhoto together.
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