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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.
I am going to talk a little bit about printing right now and printing a single image directly out of Aperture. Aperture 3 has a new Print dialog box. There's a few changes, and I want to go over those with you right now. Just find the image that you want to work on - in this case, we want to make one print here of Bonnie. And I will go up to File and go down to Print Image. Command+P also works. And you can also add the Print icon up here if you want to have it on your toolbar too.
So, you can see that, those of you that used Aperture 1 or 2, that the dialog box is a little different. It's a little bit more iPhoto-like, really. The core of the single print is the Standard Preset here. We do have a few other Presets available to us, but the Standard Preset is the basic starting point for most of your jobs. In the simple version of the Standard Preset, we have just a few things to choose from, and if we want More Options, we can click on this button right here.
We will start out with simple. So, the first thing you do, of course, is choose your Printer. Then the next thing you do is choose your Color Profile. Generally speaking, I actually recommend that you use one of the profiles that comes with your printer. That's a great way to go. If you are not into that depth of color management and you don't want to be working with ICC Profiles, then you can always let the printer manage the job. So, my first option is to choose the correct ICC profile for the paper and the printer that I am using, and those come loaded when you load your printer software.
So, they will be in this pop-up list. And if you don't want to do that, let the printer manage the job. You set the Paper Size, and the Paper Size options will be determined by your print driver also, because the printer knows what paper it can handle and what paper it cannot, and those will show up here on this list. We will go with US Letter for right now. And then, of course, your Orientation, and we are going to go with Portrait for this particular portrait. And then the whole thing about cropping to exactly the right size - if you haven't cropped your image so that it fits perfectly on the paper that you are outputting, you can set Maximum to Fit on the Image Size, or you can choose one of these other options here.
We are just going to go ahead and have it Maximum to Fit. And when you check the box, Crop Image to Fill, see, now the proportions for this shot are actually different than the paper. But by Cropping Image to Fill, you actually get that full frame look so that when you check the box, Crop Image to Fill, then the image will fill the sheet of paper that you are using. Let's take a look at more options, because we have a few goodies in here. The dialog box gets bigger.
The first part of it seems pretty much the same as before, but now we can do some Columns and Rows, if we are doing multiple pictures. We can control the Margins here. This wasn't available in the simple dialog box. So, you can make the Margins larger or smaller. Color Profile is the same. We do now have Print Resolution. You can just use Auto if you want, or if you know a specific resolution that you want to use, go ahead and click Custom, and you can fill that in.
You are about to fill that in right there. Right now, we will just go with Auto. These are nice. These are what we call Output Adjustments. So, you have Output Sharpening, and then Output Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation. And the reason for having these Image Adjustments here is because, as I have talked about before, the image may look one way on the screen, but when it comes out of your printer, it may be a little darker. It may lack Saturation. It may be a little soft, not quite as sharp as you want.
So, you can make those adjustments here in the Print dialog box, and they won't affect our master image. So, they are only adjustments for printing. And I think that's very handy, because that prevents you from having to go back and rework the image for a specific output, then, when you may turn around and do a web page of that image, and then everything would be all wrong. So, Image Adjustments are a terrific addition to this dialog box. You have a few more options, in terms of - you can add a Border or a Watermark.
And then you actually have some Metadata Options. For instance, if I wanted to add my Copyright from one of my Metadata Views, I could do that. I could go to Copyright Only. I get to have the location of where that appears, and I can even choose the size of the type. So, there we go. I will make it a little bigger so you can see it. There's my Copyright Notice right there. And if you have a Logo, you can add your Logo to the Print Output job right here.
And then there are a few basic Comment Lines, but they are based on predetermined fields, such as Title. I don't use them that often, but they are here nonetheless. All of those options are in the extended options. If you don't want to mess with those, you can just go back to the simple options. The last thing that I want to show you, before we go to the next movie where I show you printing multiple images, is that if you want to save a Preset - let's say that you get this all set up the way that you want for this specific job.
Then you just go down here to the Gear menu, you go Duplicate Preset, and then you give it a name, Epson 3800 Letter Color. Then I will just hit the Tab key. And now I have a new Preset with these settings memorized. So, instead of having to always start from scratch with a Standard Preset, then I can develop a bunch of presets for the specific jobs that I want to do.
And the way that you do that is that you just duplicate the preset that you are working on, give it a new name, and then off to the races you go. Once you are all ready and everything is set up the way that you want, simply hit the Print button and then enjoy your work as it emerges from your Inkjet Printer.
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