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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 new features in Aperture 3 that I want to introduce you to is the concept of brushing. Brushes are very exciting because prior to having brushes in Aperture 3, most of our edits were what we call Global. In other words, if I made an Exposure change on a shot, it would change the whole shot. And even areas where we had some control over specific areas, for instance, in the Color Brick, I could work on the yellow of this tent.
For example, let's say I want to change the Hue of that. So, I could click on the Dropper, and go ahead and choose that area and adjust the Hue. But because there are other yellows in the shot, then all of those yellows get changed. And that's the problem with Global Editing is that you don't have control where it's applied. Brushes change all of that. The thing that we have now in Aperture 3, and we have them all over the place - including in the bricks, is that we have brushes that allow us to work on specific areas of the shot.
So, for example, if I wanted to change that Hue of this tent, I could just brush that in, in a specific area here, and it would leave all of the mustard alone. That is a Local Edit, and that is the excitement around brushes. One of the things that really makes this powerful is that this is a non-destructive edit. It's just like all the other edits in Aperture, and that at any time if I don't like something, I can just get rid of it.
I can just reset it. I can always go back to the master image. So, brushing in and brushing out doesn't permanently change my image at all. You do have to have, if you're shooting RAW, the reprocessed RAW files in order to use the brushes in Aperture 3. So, if you are bringing in RAW files from Aperture 2, then we need to reprocess them, and we've talked about that in our earlier movie, if you haven't seen that. The good news is that brushes do work with JPEGs.
So, if you want to use your JPEGs and try this brushing technique, it will work. It's a little ironic that it won't work with older RAW files, but it will work with JPEGs, but that's the way it is. So, the bottom line is that we have these brushing tools in the bricks. We have some Quick Brushes up here under the Adjustments pop-up menu, that has specific task, and we also have Quick Brushes down here at the bottom. We can get to them in two different ways. I'm going to be showing you how to use these brushes in upcoming movies, but I just wanted you to see this new feature that we have that, quite frankly, I am pretty jazzed about.
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