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Managing derivative versions in Aperture

From: Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

Video: Managing derivative versions in Aperture

When you're working in Aperture, you have a lot of image editing tools. Actually, most of the things that you would need to work on a photograph; Exposure, White Balance, Brushing tools, there is a lot of stuff here. But there will be those occasion when some photographers feel like they need to go to an outside image editor to do something special. Most of the time that will be Photoshop, and that's called round tripping. And I want to show you the implications of round tripping when you're working within Aperture. First thing I want to point out; we're going to go to Metadata here.

Managing derivative versions in Aperture

When you're working in Aperture, you have a lot of image editing tools. Actually, most of the things that you would need to work on a photograph; Exposure, White Balance, Brushing tools, there is a lot of stuff here. But there will be those occasion when some photographers feel like they need to go to an outside image editor to do something special. Most of the time that will be Photoshop, and that's called round tripping. And I want to show you the implications of round tripping when you're working within Aperture. First thing I want to point out; we're going to go to Metadata here.

The size of this image is 22 MB, and that's after some image editing. Because it's a nondestructive editor, it only added a few kilobytes of information in order to edit the file. When we go to Photoshop that's going to be a story, and it's going to come back a large file. One of the things to consider, and one of the reasons why you don't want to round trip anymore than you have to, because it eats up hard disk space. Now let's send this over to Photoshop. I'm going to hold down the Control key; I'm going to say Edit in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Aperture is going to prepare the file for Photoshop, and then send it over, and Photoshop is going to open it up. So here we go. We're in Photoshop right now. I'm just going to do something simple. I'm going to create a levels adjustment layer, and we'll make a few adjustments here, just like this, just some basic stuff. Okay, we've made our adjustments; all I have to do is choose Save in order to send the file back to Aperture.

So we'll go down here to Save, click OK. Photoshop saves the file, sends it back to Aperture, which means I can close it here now. We're done in Photoshop for the moment. Now I'm going to double-click here to go back to Thumbnails, and you'll see we've two files, both 8380. The Photoshop file, the one that's round-tripped has an additional badge, a bull's eye. And that lets us know that this file has been outside of Aperture, and has come back.

So here is our original file and here is our Photoshop file, and you notice that the file also came back larger. 50, almost 51 MB, compared to 22 MB, and this is the reason why we don't want to do this anymore than you absolutely have to. And sometimes those files get much bigger. Now, in order to keep track of the file so that you have files of like kind together, I recommend that you create a stack. And the way that you do that; hold down the Command key and select this one, so now they are both selected. I go to Stacks, I choose Stack, and they go in this nice and neat container.

And you notice the stack, because it has this frame around it, and it has the number. Now the number tells you how many photos are in that stack. You can have more than two; you can have three, four, eight, however many you want, and that will be represented in this number. And you can collapse that stack by clicking on that number, and now you just have one image, but you know that there are more images of like kind behind it, because you have that stack number. And if you decide that you want to have a different image on top, for example, if you want the Photoshop image on top, you just select it, we go to Stacks, we make it the Pick, and now it's on top, and you collapse your stack.

So there are a couple things to keep in mind if you go outside of Aperture for your image editing. Once you know those things then you can make a good decision. I recommend for special images it's worth it. For your everyday work I think there are enough tools in Aperture to achieve the effects that you want without round-tripping to an outside editor.

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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Why photo organization matters
      1m 32s
  2. 3m 21s
    1. Using media readers
      59s
    2. Using hard drives for storage and backup
      2m 22s
  3. 12m 26s
    1. Making sure your camera is set up correctly
      3m 22s
    2. Understanding how your camera stores photos and movies
      3m 29s
    3. Removing pictures from your card
      1m 33s
    4. Taking advantage of dual card slots on DSLRs
      31s
    5. Taking care of your memory cards
      1m 18s
    6. Creating a set of folders on your hard drive
      2m 13s
  4. 11m 39s
    1. Dealing with your legacy collection
      2m 11s
    2. Transferring photos to a Windows computer
      2m 35s
    3. Transferring photos to a Mac
      2m 22s
    4. Doing a software-assisted photo transfer
      4m 31s
  5. 8m 27s
    1. Viewing photos on a Windows computer
      2m 21s
    2. Viewing photos on a Mac
      2m 53s
    3. Viewing photos using file browsers
      3m 13s
  6. 15m 42s
    1. Understanding digital asset managers
      2m 39s
    2. Transferring images with Lightroom on a Windows computer
      5m 56s
    3. Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac
      5m 11s
    4. Transferring photos with iPhoto
      1m 56s
  7. 15m 46s
    1. Understanding keywords
      3m 49s
    2. Setting strategies for using keywords
      4m 17s
    3. Lightroom keyword tips
      2m 42s
    4. Aperture keyword tips
      4m 58s
  8. 16m 51s
    1. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 39s
    2. Flagging your favorites
      3m 58s
    3. Organizing in Lightroom
      1m 50s
    4. Using filters in Aperture
      2m 49s
    5. Organizing in iPhoto
      3m 35s
  9. 9m 52s
    1. Understanding albums and collections
      2m 27s
    2. Creating Smart Albums in Aperture
      2m 41s
    3. Working with collections in Lightroom
      2m 45s
    4. Setting up albums in iPhoto
      1m 59s
  10. 13m 32s
    1. Managing photos that you edit in Photoshop
      5m 24s
    2. Managing derivative versions in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    3. Managing derivative versions in Aperture
      3m 51s
  11. 16m 13s
    1. Choosing file formats
      4m 39s
    2. Backing up to hard drives
      3m 31s
    3. Deciding photos to archive
      1m 34s
    4. Backing up to your local area network
      2m 3s
    5. Backing up to the cloud
      2m 49s
    6. Working with multiple hard drives
      1m 37s
  12. 19m 40s
    1. Recovering in Lightroom
      5m 20s
    2. Recovering in Aperture
      6m 52s
    3. Recovering in iPhoto
      2m 46s
    4. Recovering from a file-system-managed backup
      1m 28s
    5. Making prints of your best work
      3m 14s
  13. 1m 54s
    1. Next steps
      1m 54s

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