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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.
Another very nice publishing option, if you don't want to go the MobileMe route and if you don't have your own web server to just export web pages individually, is that you can use one of the social networking sites, such as Flickr. And I am going to publish to Flickr right now and show you how easy that is. Now, first of all, you have to have a Flickr account for this to work, but it's easy enough to set up. And the lowest level of account is free and won't cost you anything, and it has a lot of capability. So, not a bad way to get your feet wet.
Next thing I am going to do is just select a few photos. So, we are going to add, let's say, four photos to our Flickr account. Add this one. We will add this one, and we will add this one right here. So, we are going to upload four photos. Again, we have two stacks here, and the way that stacks work is they will only pick the top photo. We don't have to worry about the other photos behind there in the stack. Once we have our photos selected, then I am going to go up to Flickr, right here, and we are already set up. Now, if you haven't done this before or if it's your first time, there will be a step in between this step, and that step will be having you authorize Aperture to talk to your Flickr account.
So, basically, you will be sent to a web page, and you will be asked to give authorization. You click I Authorize, and then it will bring you back to here. So, the first time you will have an authorization process. After that, it will go just like this. Now, Flickr is organized, or one of the ways that Flickr is organized, by Sets, and so we're going to create a set for these images to go in there. And I am just going to call it Outdoor Life.
And I want the Photos Viewable by anyone. That's part of the joy of publishing on the web. However, if, let's say you wanted maybe only clients to review or something like that, you do have these other ways that you can limit who can see the pictures. In our case, we want the world to see them. And then you have to determine Size. I usually go with the Web Images, which are a pretty good size, especially when you click on the All Sizes button in Flickr. But you have these other options: Optimized are even larger, and then Actual Size are exactly that, actual size images.
We are going to go with Web Images right now. And then you just click the Publish button. Aperture will go to work. It will do its publishing thing, as we can see down here at the bottom of the screen. And then we just sit tight for a moment and let the magic happen. You will notice that we have a new area here in our library, and it actually set up a Flickr area, and we have our Set right here, Outdoor Life. And once it finishes publishing, we get this little icon. And that lets us know that our album is live.
And then we also have a little Flickr pop-up menu here, and we can visit our Flickr Gallery. Let's do that because that sounds like great fun. And here we go, Outdoor Life, and we have our shots. Now, I can go to my Flickr page, and you will see that these images have been added to my Flickr Gallery and that I have a new Set here. And Flickr is a lot of fun. I am not going to do a whole tutorial on Flickr, but I will show you just a couple of things.
If you want to change the thumbnail, just go to Edit here, and you can change the thumbnail just by dragging it over and dropping it on there, and then Saving that. That's one nice little thing. And then you go back to Your photostream, and now that image has been changed. And if you want to adjust the titles here, you can do that also just by clicking on that and then Saving. Just go Flower, Save.
So, we are just tidying up a little bit here, and we can come back to that later. Now, here's what's interesting. I am going to go ahead and minimize this, and we will come back. If I decide that I want to add another image to my Flickr Gallery, I can control that from Aperture. So, we will come back here, and let's say that I would like to add this image also. I should be able to just drag it into my Flickr Gallery and have Flickr update it.
Let's see if that works. We will come right down here, drop it in there. What Aperture does then, it synchronizes the Gallery that we have here in the Library Pane with the Gallery that is on Flickr, and it should update our Flickr Album online. Let's go take a look and see what happens. We will visit our Flickr Gallery. There is our Flickr Gallery, and our new image has been added. There it is right there in our Set. Oh! It's beautiful.
And I could go back to my page, and oh, we have two of them. That is from my testing, because I actually tested this first to make sure that would work. But I can even take care of that right here. Because all I have to do is go to Delete, and I can delete that out of there, and now I will just Refresh this page and everything is the way that it should be. So, it's a nice communication between Aperture and Flickr, and you can actually maintain things both here, within your Aperture Library or on the Flickr page.
You have control at both ends of the equation. And by the way, I should mention real quickly that you can delete photos out of here and then resynchronize by clicking on this button here, and it should remove them off Flickr too. It's a nice way to web publish if you don't have MobileMe, and you don't have your own web site.
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