Aperture 2 New Features
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Aperture 2 New Features

with Derrick Story

Video: New filtering and searching options

Aperture 2.0 provides you with some excellent new filtering tools. There's one in particular that I wanted to show you because I think it's so exciting in that now you can actually search by adjustment, and what I mean by that, image adjustment, something that you've done to your photographs and you want to find all the examples of that type of adjustment in your library. I'm going to start by going to All Photos right here, because that way I can look in my whole Aperture library, and I'll go up here and right next to the search field here is this little button, and we're going to click on that, and that brings up our Query HUD.

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1h 17m Intermediate Feb 14, 2008

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Photographers who want to upgrade from iPhoto, or who are simply ready to take control of the digital images accumulating on their hard drives, will find powerful and easy-to-use photo management tools in Apple's Aperture 2. In Aperture 2 New Features, instructor Derrick Story takes an introductory look at photo processing and manipulation, and explores Quick Preview, RAW 2.0, .Mac Web Gallery, and the many new features in Aperture 2. The course follows a professional photographer's workflow, showing viewers how to incorporate his techniques into their everyday practices.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the new interface
  • Using the tabbed Inspector and HUD
  • Enhancing performance with the Quick Preview mode
  • Decoding new images with RAW 2.0 processing and Baseline DNG
  • Editing images with Recovery, Vibrancy, the Color Dropper, and the Retouch brush
  • Customizing keyboard shortcuts
  • Publishing to .Mac Web Gallery and using enhanced layout options
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Aperture
Author:
Derrick Story

New filtering and searching options

Aperture 2.0 provides you with some excellent new filtering tools. There's one in particular that I wanted to show you because I think it's so exciting in that now you can actually search by adjustment, and what I mean by that, image adjustment, something that you've done to your photographs and you want to find all the examples of that type of adjustment in your library. I'm going to start by going to All Photos right here, because that way I can look in my whole Aperture library, and I'll go up here and right next to the search field here is this little button, and we're going to click on that, and that brings up our Query HUD.

Now what I want to do is I want to add search by adjustments, and that's under the plus sign there, and I'll just check on that, and I'm going to change my criteria to any match, and we're going to take rating off because we don't need that, and what I'd like to find are any of the shots in my library that I've used the Monochrome Mixer for my black and white shots. So I'll go, adjustments includes, and then I'll pick here, Monochrome Mixer, and then I'm actually going to create a new album with these current images, so I'll just click on that, and I get a new album here, and I'll just give it a title.

I'll call it Monochromes, and we'll just add it right here. Now, as I look through here, we have stacks, so if I collapse these stacks, we start out with an original color photo, but the search was able to go into those stacks and find examples where I've used the Monochrome Mixer, and I can find all the shots that I've converted to black and white or some sort of sepia by using the search by adjustments query.

This is very powerful and there's all sorts of things you can do with it. It's a new feature in Aperture 2.0, and I think you'll find a lot of uses for it once you start playing around with it.

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Q: Are there a way to increase the font size in Aperture?
A: Not in Aperture itself, but you can use the zoom feature built into your operating system. (Aperture is a Mac-only program, by the way.) Go to the Apple menu and open System Preferences. Choose Universal Access. Turn on Zoom under the Seeing tab. Then, in any application, you can press Shift+Cmd+Plus to zoom in and Shift+Cmd+Minus to zoom out.

We advise you do not lower the screen resolution unless it's absolutely necessary, as that approach tends to make images softer than they really are. But if your sight is very poor, the tradeoff might be worth it.
 
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