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Organizing a series with stacks

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

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Here's the challenge. We have a bunch of shots that were shot in sequence or of the same subject. They could be portraits, they could be a sporting event. In this case, it happens to be a buck, and we want to pick the best shot and we want to know what that best shot is quickly. Stacks can help us do that because what Stacks are, they allow us to put all of these shots here that we have in this group into a group where we can pick the best shot, put it on top, and then collapse everything behind it.

Organizing a series with stacks

Here's the challenge. We have a bunch of shots that were shot in sequence or of the same subject. They could be portraits, they could be a sporting event. In this case, it happens to be a buck, and we want to pick the best shot and we want to know what that best shot is quickly. Stacks can help us do that because what Stacks are, they allow us to put all of these shots here that we have in this group into a group where we can pick the best shot, put it on top, and then collapse everything behind it.

And it's a really neat technique for organizing and knowing where your best stuff is. Let me show it to you. So I'm going to create a stack just by clicking on the first image and then holding down the Shift key I'm going to click on the last image, so now we have all of those selected. We'll go up to Stacks, and we'll choose Stack right here. The keyboard shortcut for it is Command+K. So now we have a stack, we know that because we have this darker border around these guys. So the next thing I'd like to do then is use Compare mode to where I have one image, the pick image, there on the left side and then we're going to compare the other shots to it.

We're going to find the best shot, and then we'll make that the pick image and it will be on top of our stack. I'm going to hit the V key, so we can go to Viewer mode, and now I'm going to go up to View and we'll go up to Main Viewer and I'm going to choose Stack. And there's a keyboard shortcut for it also, right here Option+T. What this is doing is that the top image on the stack, that is the current pick, but we're going to compare the other shots to it and the way that we'll do that is we'll hit the Right Arrow key and you see how that all move us through the other shots.

If I see one that I like better then I can make it the Pick. That's going to be our challenge here. So for example I can tell right away that I like this shot a lot. I like it better than this. So let's make it the pick. So I'll go up to Stacks, here's Pick, here is the keyboard shortcut for it. It's Command+Slash and now look what happens. It's the pick and we will compare the other shots to it. See, pretty slick.

Let's go back to beginning of our thumbnails, just to make sure, and now we're going to start motoring. And you go, yes, I like it better than that. Yes, I like it better than that. Yup, definitely better than that. Yes, better than that. Now here's one and let me see here. Well these two are pretty close. You know probably the deciding factor would be which one is the sharpest. Well this is where the loupe will help us. So I'm going to enable our loupe and that is the grave accent key that's right below the Escape key on our keyboard.

I'm going to click that. I'm just going to open up this loupe a little bit so we get our menu and we're going to make sure that it focuses on the mouse pointer which it does, and I should be able to tell like at 50%, there we go. I'm going to make the loupe a little bit smaller, very nice. Now, I can look at these guys just like this and just like this, and I go well, if I can't tell, I can always make that magnification a little bit more. Let's try this.

Okay, probably 100% is better. Well I'd say there's not enough difference. Well, maybe I like this one better. So now certainly I'm going to go with this one, so I'll go back to my keyboard, do Command+Slash, he is now my pick. I'll go ahead and shrink my loupe here and kind of get it out of the way, and then let's go through the rest of our images. And here we go and we're rolling along, rolling along, pretty nice, ooh, I may like this one better.

If he's sharp enough, let's see which of these two. I kind of like this one. Let's just take a quick look. Now you see how it's auto focused and then it snaps in. That will happen sometimes when you're using the loupe because Aperture is processing the image. So if it's real blurry when you first put your pointer on it, don't panic, don't panic, Aperture is just doing its thing. Well, I think that my pick is a little bit sharper. I definitely don't like that one. Let us compare it to this one. This is our last chance to overwrite our pick, right here let's see.

No, I think I'm going to stick with what I've got. So I'm going to go ahead and I can just close my loupe right now, just hit Hide Loupe. I know which image I like the best. He's on top. So I'm going to go back to View, go back to Main Viewer, do Show One. He is on top. I'm going to go ahead and up his star rating to 4 because I know he is my favorite. Now I'm going to hit the V key so that we go back to our Thumbnail mode.

And now I'm going to collapse my stack, and there he is on top. I know now in that whole series of shots that that's the one I like the best. That's the sharpest one. If I were to make a print or do some image editing, I would work on that shot. I have my other shots here if I need them, but if I don't need them I'm just going to collapse the stack and just have the best image on top. And I think this is a very, very useful tool, especially when you shoot a lot of series images.

Give it a try and see what you think.

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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the system requirements
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding key Aperture terms
      6m 5s
    3. Touring the interface
      4m 43s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing the top toolbar
      2m 5s
    6. Setting up two monitors
      2m 44s
    7. Configuring for faces and places
      5m 37s
    8. Understanding RAW files
      5m 5s
    9. Following the recommended Aperture workflow
      3m 23s
    10. Running Aperture Library First Aid
      1m 53s
  3. 45m 49s
    1. Preparing for import
      7m 38s
    2. Using managed libraries or the referenced file approach
      8m 7s
    3. Creating metadata presets
      5m 23s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      1m 44s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 48s
    6. Using the RAW+JPEG option
      3m 36s
    7. Importing movies from your digital camera
      3m 10s
    8. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 29s
    9. Importing images from an iPhone
      3m 48s
    10. Importing live images from an iPad or an iPhone
      3m 6s
  4. 39m 22s
    1. Working in Projects view
      6m 33s
    2. Working in Photos view
      3m 22s
    3. Viewing in full-screen mode
      5m 25s
    4. Zooming to actual size
      1m 23s
    5. Using the Loupe for a closer look
      3m 24s
    6. Showing focus points
      1m 28s
    7. Using Quick Preview
      1m 22s
    8. Proofing profiles and on-screen proofing
      2m 58s
    9. Customizing metadata overlays
      5m 26s
    10. Managing previews
      5m 34s
    11. Learning the heads-up displays
      2m 27s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Creating projects and albums
      3m 22s
    2. Rating images by stars and color
      9m 52s
    3. Flagging images
      2m 0s
    4. Organizing a series with stacks
      5m 47s
    5. Grouping images with Smart Albums
      3m 20s
  6. 17m 22s
    1. Understanding the Aperture 3 library
      2m 45s
    2. Switching between Aperture 3 libraries
      2m 21s
    3. Exporting single or multiple projects as libraries
      3m 0s
    4. Merging multiple libraries into one
      3m 53s
    5. Splitting libraries
      3m 5s
    6. Sharing libraries
      2m 18s
  7. 58m 21s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 47s
    2. Working with the Adjustments pane
      6m 28s
    3. Updating RAW processing from previous versions of Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Reading a histogram
      2m 8s
    5. Adjusting white balance
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting exposures
      4m 37s
    7. Enhancing photos
      3m 24s
    8. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 34s
    9. Customizing auto adjustments for levels and curves
      1m 50s
    10. Adjusting tonality with the Levels tool
      5m 45s
    11. Adjusting colors
      5m 5s
    12. Converting color pictures to black and white
      4m 14s
    13. Sharpening edges
      5m 54s
    14. Using the Vignette effect
      3m 9s
  8. 41m 13s
    1. Cropping images
      4m 39s
    2. Retouching blemishes
      7m 39s
    3. Fixing spots
      3m 2s
    4. Using Straighten Crop and Flip
      2m 19s
    5. Fixing a chromatic aberration
      2m 9s
    6. Reducing visual noise
      3m 5s
    7. Making adjustments with the Curves tool
      8m 53s
    8. Rotating images
      1m 22s
    9. Removing the Vignette effect
      2m 0s
    10. Using the Color Monochrome and Sepia tools
      4m 27s
    11. Considering the Sharpen tool
      1m 38s
  9. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing brushes
      2m 53s
    2. Using quick brushes
      7m 7s
    3. Using adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    4. Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes
      5m 10s
    5. Creating multiple bricks for a single adjustment
      3m 25s
    6. Applying presets
      5m 46s
    7. Modifying presets
      2m 39s
    8. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      1m 51s
    9. Roundtripping to Photoshop
      3m 49s
    10. Using the edit plug-ins
      2m 52s
    11. Customizing the Adjustments pane
      1m 30s
    12. Batch processing with Lift and Stamp
      3m 9s
  10. 20m 41s
    1. Setting up face recognition
      4m 37s
    2. Searching for faces
      3m 43s
    3. Working with images that have existing tags in places
      3m 18s
    4. Adding geo tags using places in Aperture
      4m 28s
    5. Searching by place
      4m 35s
  11. 15m 42s
    1. Applying keywords
      4m 52s
    2. Creating unique captions quickly
      3m 17s
    3. Batch changing
      7m 33s
  12. 7m 0s
    1. Using the Search box
      4m 24s
    2. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      2m 36s
  13. 12m 48s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      9m 10s
    2. Using the export plug-ins
      3m 38s
  14. 6m 44s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 23s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      2m 18s
    3. Restoring from a vault
      2m 3s
  15. 29m 52s
    1. Viewing your images via a quick slideshow
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up complex slideshows
      8m 19s
    3. Customizing individual slides
      8m 6s
    4. Adding video to your slideshows
      4m 13s
    5. Pulling a still frame from a movie
      1m 37s
    6. Exporting slideshows
      3m 43s
  16. 21m 39s
    1. Preparing your book project
      7m 9s
    2. Adjusting your book
      4m 54s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 2s
    4. Outputting your book
      2m 34s
  17. 22m 21s
    1. Emailing a photo from Aperture
      3m 27s
    2. Seeing your Aperture library from other applications
      1m 59s
    3. Building a web page
      4m 57s
    4. Publishing a web gallery
      3m 22s
    5. Publishing images to Flickr
      5m 58s
    6. Publishing images to Facebook
      2m 38s
  18. 10m 58s
    1. Printing a single image
      6m 32s
    2. Printing multiple images
      3m 4s
    3. Ordering prints from within Aperture
      1m 22s
  19. 36m 8s
    1. Taking advantage of Retina display Macs
      1m 56s
    2. Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of the advanced white balance adjustment
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding the changes in the revised Shadows and Highlights tool
      5m 23s
    5. Using Professional Auto Enhance as a starting point for image editing
      3m 24s
    6. Creating your own Auto Enhance presets
      2m 6s
    7. Using iPhoto effects in Aperture
      1m 34s
    8. Increasing performance with Fast Browsing combined with Quick Preview
      3m 40s
    9. Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
      3m 52s
    10. Deleting images from your Photo Stream
      2m 2s
    11. Deleting images from the iPhone, reordering projects, and setting the desktop photo
      2m 33s
    12. Transferring photos into Aperture from the iPad and the iPhone
      2m 31s
  20. 1m 35s
    1. Looking ahead
      1m 35s

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