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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.
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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