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Preparing your book project

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Video: Preparing your book project

Well, another great publishing option in Aperture 3 is actually publishing your own book, and there are some great tools in here. I've always said that there is a Layout Editor hidden within Aperture that a lot of people don't tap. So, I'm going to introduce you to the preparation for bookmaking in this movie, then we'll talk a little bit about adjusting the book and outputting it in the upcoming movies, but let's just start with getting ready to create a book. The first thing that you want to do, of course, is figure out the images that you're going to put in your book.

Preparing your book project

Well, another great publishing option in Aperture 3 is actually publishing your own book, and there are some great tools in here. I've always said that there is a Layout Editor hidden within Aperture that a lot of people don't tap. So, I'm going to introduce you to the preparation for bookmaking in this movie, then we'll talk a little bit about adjusting the book and outputting it in the upcoming movies, but let's just start with getting ready to create a book. The first thing that you want to do, of course, is figure out the images that you're going to put in your book.

Now one of the reasons why I'm so high on rating on your images is because then I can see what my best shots are right at the top, and one other things that I like to do is sort by rating, so that they are right here at the top of my project. Now to help me be even more organized though, a lot of times, I'll create a separate album for those images that allow me just to move things around and think about it a little bit before actually get to the business of making a book.

So, I would select all the images that I am thinking about for the book, and just create a Book Planning Album. I will just call it Book Planning, and we'll make sure that the selected images are in there. All right! So, now I have removed the clutter, and I can think about the flow of the book. I can just play around here, just drag things around and just think about my book. So, that's a nice thing to do.

Once you do that, once you have your head around what this book is going to be about, you want to start thinking about what your cover image is going to be. And a lot of times, I'll just move that to the front of the album and say, "Okay. This will be my cover image," and then I'll open up maybe with this shot. And on we go. So, I like to do that, that sort of thing. Now, I'm ready to actually create a book itself, and it's very much like when we created our slideshow, is that you actually create a Book Project.

So, you can just start out by selecting all the images in your album. I just held down the Shift key and selected begin and end. And then go to New, and then go down here to Book. The first thing that you're going to see when you create your Book Project is making the decision on the theme and some of the basic parameters of the book. So, I'm going to give it a name, and then you choose your Book type, and there is Extra-Large, Large, Medium, and Small.

We're going to make a Medium Book right now. If you're curious about cost and what are the sizes and all that, if you're connected to the Internet, you can click on this Options & Prices button right here. And you'll actually be taken to Apple's page that shows you the latest version of everything that's going on. And you can just scroll down here. It gives you some good basic information. And if you keep scrolling, you'll actually get to the different sizes, and what their dimensions are and the price for all of that.

So, it's very helpful stuff, and you might want to refer to this when you're making your Book decision. So, I'm going to go ahead and minimize that so we'd go back to Aperture. So, we're going to go Medium book here, and we're going to add our new pictures to it. So, we've made our selection. I'm going to go with Art Collection, but there are lots of themes here to choose from, and you can really explore all of them to decide what is the perfect theme for what you're going to do. We'll go with Art Collection. Then we start it out with a template, and we're in the Outdoor Book working area here.

We have our browser here, and you can look at things in the browser and look at pages two up by clicking here, the Full Spreads, or I like to work where I am just looking at the single page. We have our thumbnails over here, and then we have our filmstrip down here with our images. And to add images to your book, there is a couple of ways you can do it. You can go the Autoflow method, but I actually like to - here we go, Autoflow Unplaced Images right here, and Selected Images, but I actually like - personally, I'd like to add them manually.

The way that I do that is I just drag the image right up to there, and then I'll go to the next spread and drag them, and I am methodical. I like to think about what I'm doing as I'm building the book, and that's probably what I prefer this method. But you can Autoflow your images if you want, and take a look at it, and then move them around from there. It's pretty much up to you. So, then at this stage here when you're placing your images, you'll go through, get a feel for it, click back and forth through the pages, so that you have kind of a feel for the flow of your book.

And then at that point you can start adding text to your book, and this is where I want to show you like a critical area of this editor is that when you want to actually change the text on a page, because you start out with what we call greeking here, and you add your own text. You go to Edit Content, and you click on the area, and now you can actually edit the words themselves. If you want to actually work on the Layout, for instance, you want to work on the area that the text occupies, then you go to Edit Layout, and now when you click on the text, you get a whole different thing.

So, this is a very important area here. If you want to change the content itself, make sure you're there. If you want to change how the content is presented, then you go there. Okay. So, you want to go through, and then fine- tune your book a little bit, add the text. And then the next stage here as you're preparing your book and planning your book is that make sure that you proof it. Make sure that you have someone go through and look at your book, look at your layout, read the text, and really get a feel for what you're doing, because you become so close to the project after a while that you become blind to certain aspects of it.

So, you need another set of eyes on it. Then the final stage, of course, is outputting the book itself and at that point, you can send it to Apple, and they will produce it for you. But we have other options too that we're going to cover in an upcoming movie, where you might want to output it to PDF or some other method. So, that is the basic flow for thinking about the book, and then actually getting the Book Project started. In the next movie now, I'm going to show you some tips for adjusting the pages and adjusting the images to make it easier for you to fine-tune this book that you're working on.

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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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