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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.
Let's take a look at managing multiple libraries, and there could be all sorts of reasons why you would want to do this. Some people like to have different libraries for different types of activities. Sometimes, if you're in a family situation, you may want to have a family library and then each person may want to have an individual library for their own artistic endeavors. There could be all sorts of reasons and they're easy to manage and they also flow both back and forth between iPhoto and Aperture. Right now, we have three different libraries that we're looking at right here, the Audi R8 Library, Carpenteria, and Sunflowers.
Now, I could open any of these libraries just by double-clicking on it. These are all created in Aperture, so if I open it the first time by double-clicking, it's going to open the library in Aperture. And there are our sunflowers, right there. Now, I can switch to one of the other libraries right here in Aperture. If I go up to File>Switch to Library, and then I go to Other/New.
You'll see that it brings up the dialogue box that presents our other libraries to us. So, let's go to Audi R8. Choose and on the fly, just like that, Aperture has opened up the Audi library. Now, here's what's kind of fun about this. If I go back to File>Switch to Library, you'll see that it remembers Sunflowers from before. So, I could just switch back to sunflowers. And now, it will also remember Audi. It's right here.
Now, we have another library in there, the Carpenteria. So, let's take a look at that. I'll go to Other/New, go to Carpenteria, choose it. Now, we have our Carpenteria shots right here. Very nice! We'll go back to the File menu, and look at this. Now, in the Switch to Library, I have both sunflowers and Audi R8. So, it remembers this and it's very easy to switch among those libraries. We'll leave it at Carpenteria right now.
This works for iPhoto also. Let's go ahead and quit Aperture. I showed you before how you could set the default so that these will open up in another application, iPhoto or Aperture. You can do it on the Find. If you hold down the Ctrl key and you get the pop-up menu, the contextual pop-up menu here, you can do Open with right here. We can take this Aperture Library right now and open it in iPhoto. Here we go.
Here are our Sunflower shots, right here. So now, we're in iPhoto. The procedure is very similar for switching among the libraries. We'll go to File>Switch to Library. The dialogue box looks a little different but it's basically the same thing. So, go to Audi R8, choose. We have to relaunch and that's one of the differences between iPhoto and Aperture. Aperture can just do it on the fly.
iPhoto actually needs to relaunch the app to switch libraries. We'll go ahead and do that. It takes maybe a little bit longer here, but the results are the same. And then if we wanted to switch back again, we just go to Switch to Library. Even though these were created in Aperture, we can still use them in iPhoto. I'm going to choose that, Relaunch. I would say as you're doing your scorecard and if speed while switching libraries is important to you, I would say that Aperture definitely gets the nod in this particular category.
I'll go ahead and quit iPhoto. We'll come back. Even though we opened with, it did not change the default application for these libraries. So, if I just double-click on the library, it's going to go back to the default app, which in this case is Aperture. Switching among these libraries is easy, both with iPhoto and Aperture, and it's just a matter of knowing to go to the File>Switch to Library and then, in Aperture's case, it actually even remembers the previous libraries you've opened.
So, you can manage multiple libraries easily with both applications.
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