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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.
In this movie and the next movie, we're going to be looking at Inkjet printing. In this movie, it will be with iPhoto. The next one will be with Aperture. The applications handle this process a little differently, so I'll give you chance to compare and see which one resonates with you. We'll start with iPhoto right now and we'll do a single print. Just click on that image, go to File>Print. It brings up a nice dialog box here. I'm just going to make a standard print.
Nothing fancy at the moment. We'll get the fancy in just a few minutes. I choose my Printer, my Photo paper, Paper Size, I have all the usual suspects there, and then I click on Print and then that will bring me to the Printer dialogue box. The first one was iPhoto, this one is the print driver. Now, you may see this at first, which is the simple version. I recommend clicking on Show Details.
We get a few more things to work with. Importantly, in this pop-up menu right here, I really like this view, the Paper Type/Quality dialog box. It allows me to choose the specific paper that I want to use and it allows me to up the quality to Best. So, I think it's worthwhile to Show Details and then I click the Print button and off to the race as we go and with a little luck, you have a beautiful print come out of the Inkjet printer in just a few minutes.
Now, there's more you can do with this. Let me show you a few other goodies. We'll go back to Print. This time, I want to show you simple, we'll do Simple Mat. We can do Double or Simple. These are virtual Mats. This is ink here and then, sort of with a 3D-graphic, and when you print them out and put them in a frame, it actually looks a lot like a mat. I'm pretty impressed with these. One thing to keep in mind is that this is ink, so you're using extra ink when you print this way. You can customize this, so that if you choose Simple Mat, you click the Customize button, it brings you to this interface and you can play with the background a bit.
So, if you don't want to use as much ink, you can create that kind of Mat. You can play with this. You have some Border options also to play with on the simple Mat. You have even more on the Double Mat which you can play with these borders. Then, when you have everything the way that you want, you just hit the Print button and you go to the next dialogue box. Again, I recommend showing details, so you can go down here to Paper Type/Quality and make your selections.
Pretty nifty, isn't it? I'm going to go ahead and cancel that. I'll just show you one more thing. You can do a contact sheet. I'm going to do Command+A here and now I'll go to Print. Now, I'm going to choose Contact Sheet and I can print thumbnails out of all the images. You can go to Thumbnails here and I can play a little bit with the columns. You have some options here on how that works and then, we go through the printing process again.
So, I think it's easy to use and then I think the results are pretty good. The one thing that you can't do with the iPhoto printing Interface is actually make some adjustments in the print dialogue box itself. We can do that in Aperture and I'm going to show you that in the next movie.
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