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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
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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