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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 think Aperture strikes a nice balance when it comes to Inkjet printing between giving me the options that I want, but yet, keeping it simple. I'm going to show you how to make a basic Inkjet print in this movie and so, we'll start out. We'll use our sunflowers. I'm going to go to File>Print Image and it will bring up this dialogue box. Now, up here we have the standard preset and this is here already and we could do Contact Sheets.
Presets are one of the keys to printing with Aperture because if you get a group of settings the way that you want, you can save them and give them a name and that will save you time, next time you come back to do the same task. For example, I have created some presets here. I have an 8x10 with a quarter inch border, I have an 8x10 borderless, another 8x10 with a one inch border and I even have an 8x10 with a two inch border here. These are all presets that I created and it's very easy to do.
You can just start out with Standard here and then you can make some basic choices, your Printer, your Color Profile. By the way, on Color Profile if you have a modern printer, I suggest you use the Printer Managed, the software that comes with printers and their brains are so much smarter than they used to be. If you have a workflow that already works, you can choose your own ICC Profile, but I use Printer Managed all the time. In my studio, I have Epson R2000 and it works great.
Choose US Letter for this one, let's go 8x10, let's make it 8x10, so we'll choose, we'll make another 8x10 and then you'll have More Options here, More Options and this is where you get to play with things a bit. For example, if I want the margins to be half an inch, I can do 0.5 and now I have created half inch borders for this image. Another thing that I like that you can do here is that you can make some Image Adjustments.
I'm sure you may have experienced where the print came out of the printer darker than you expected and you can brighten it up right here. The cool thing about these adjustments is they only affect the image for printing. In other words, these aren't going back to your library, these are just for printing, and you can get them just the way that you want. You can even do a little bit of sharpening, so you do less sharpening for glossy, maybe something like this and if you're printing on to Mat, you can do more sharpening because you have more dots spread.
So, you do all of these Custom Settings and then you save this as a preset. So, we'll just duplicate our Standard preset, we give it a name. We'll call it 8x10 width, 0.5 Border and hit Tab. I can even move the preset up with the other ones that are related, just like that. Then, I go ahead and hit the Print button. Yes, I want to save those changes to that preset.
I like showing the details. If you come up with the simplified version, I suggest you click Show Details because that allows us to go to this magic view right here where we can pick the Photo paper that we want and we can up the Quality the Best and then we hit Print and within a few minutes hopefully, out of the printer comes your beautiful work of art.
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