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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.
We have two options once we've created our web gallery for output. We can either just export the web pages and upload them to our own site, via FTP or whatever method we use, sort of the manual approach, or we can publish to a MobileMe gallery, if we have the MobileMe service. I'm going to show you Export Web Pages right now, and then in the next movie, we'll show you Publish to MobileMe. So, we're going to do it the old-fashioned way here. So, once you have your web gallery set up the way that you want, you basically just click Export Web Pages, and you get this little dialog box.
First, you have to determine where they're going to go. And we'll go ahead and put this gallery in the Exercise Files folder. It will be called Outdoor Web Page. Then you have just a few basic decisions to make in terms of the quality of the images. Pretty self-explanatory! You can go JPEG - High, Best, Medium Quality. I usually go High Quality on these. There's not that much size difference. Then on the Detail pages, same sort of decision, and we're going to go High Quality on those too, up to you. You can do that.
You can even create your own specific settings, by going to the Edit menu. I always like to have the alert when I'm done, just because I might have wandered off mentally, and this will bring me back. So, now I'm going to click Export, and we're going to go off to the races. Aperture usually does this pretty quickly. Basically, it builds the HTML for you. It resizes the images, and it puts it altogether nice and neat in a folder. Then what you can do is you can take that folder, and you can put it on your own web site. Something that I used to do a lot more - I don't do quite as much now, but I used to take that whole structure, put it on Optical Disc like a CD.
And then you sort of have built-in navigation for that CD, so you can just tell people. All you have to do is double-click on the Index page, it launches your web browser, and then you can navigate in this very nice interface, instead of just rummaging through folders of images. It can be used in all sorts of different ways. I think the main thing to keep in mind is that you have a web page structure here that will go wherever you need it to. So, it has finished exporting, and I'm going to go ahead and reveal this in Finder, so we can take a look at the structures.
I'm just going to click on this. We're inside our Exercise Files here, where we're supposed to be. Here is our web page, and I can just double-click on this. You can see that Aperture has organized everything very nicely. Here is our Index page. If I double-clicked on that, here is our web page, just as promised, and those pictures look great on that black background. We want to see the detail, just like any normal web page. You click on it. You have Index Navigation that brings you back.
So, I'm going to go ahead and minimize this right now and bring us back to here. So, if you want to put this on a server or burn it on to a CD or something, then all we have to do is just take the entire folder and all the assets are in there and ready for you to use.
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