Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Rating images by stars and color


Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

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Video: Rating images by stars and color

Let's rate the actual images themselves. Before I do that, I want to talk a little bit about why you should spend time rating your pictures. Here's my feeling about that. Aperture is very powerful. You can do a lot of things in it and image editing is as easy as it's ever been. However, my feeling is that you should really only image-edit the images that are your good images and not go through and spend a lot of time working on the stuff that isn't your best work.
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  1. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    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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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing images from a digital camera or hard drive
  • Adding metadata to photos including captions and copyright
  • Organizing photos using face recognition
  • Running Aperture Library First Aid
  • Retouching with Quick Brushes
  • Importing live images from an iPad or iPhone
  • Round-tripping between Aperture and Photoshop
  • Adding geo tags to mark photo locations
  • Managing movies
  • Creating a custom photo book
  • Publishing a web gallery
  • Uploading images to Flickr and Facebook
  • Archiving and restoring photo libraries
  • Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
Derrick Story

Rating images by stars and color

Let's rate the actual images themselves. Before I do that, I want to talk a little bit about why you should spend time rating your pictures. Here's my feeling about that. Aperture is very powerful. You can do a lot of things in it and image editing is as easy as it's ever been. However, my feeling is that you should really only image-edit the images that are your good images and not go through and spend a lot of time working on the stuff that isn't your best work.

For example, if you have a bunch of shots in a series on a location, then you want to go through and do some rating to pull out the ones that are good. These shots here are the shots that I liked from this series of shooting this buck. There were a lot more shots that I threw away or didn't include in this library because there is no need for you, the user, to download a bunch of stuff that isn't good. The way I decided that was by rating my images.

I went through them once. The stuff that I wanted to keep got two or three stars. Everything else didn't get rated and then all I did was just gather up the star rated images and put them in this library to share with you. And I would do the same thing for a client. I would do the same thing if I'm deciding printing, all that kind of stuff. So rating allows you to focus on your good stuff. You know your good stuff just by looking at the metadata overlay here and then you only spend your time dealing with the good stuff.

So let's talk about how we actually do that. Because rating is so easy, there's really no excuse not to do it. You want to look at your pictures anyway. So I'm going to hit the V key here and we will go to this larger view. The way that I do it, I like to go through my images twice. The first time through I'm just deciding if it's a decent image or not. If it's a decent image, I give it a two star rating and I can do that just by hitting the 2 key, give it a two star rating.

Then I hit the Right Arrow key and I go to the next image. Two star rating. Let's go back one. This one here, that's of me camping. I'm not going to give that a rating. I don't really find that a flattering shot. That doesn't mean I'm going to throw it away. I'm just not going to consider it one of the better shots in the album. So I'll leave it alone, hit the Arrow key, hit the Arrow key, two stars, two stars. By just deciding is something going to make a basic cut or not, that also gives me a chance to look at all the images in this collection, because the problem is if you try to set your final rating just one time through, you're looking at images, you're rating them, but you haven't seen all the pictures yet.

So you can't really gauge the good from the bad in this shoot. You really need to see them twice. So now we'll go through and give it a two star rating, two star rating, these are all decent, two star rating, two star rating. I'm not really wild about this one, so I'm not going to rate it. Two star rating. That one has already been rated, because we've been playing around. Two star rating, here we go and here we go. Then I go, oh no, maybe not that one.

So then I can do a couple of things. I can hit the minus key to back off or hit the plus key to add. So you can do it that way. If you decide that you don't want to rate it after all, after I've looked at everything, let's go back through a second time and let's decide which shots are the ones that are sort of the keepers, the ones that sort of warrent future attention. So we'll go here. I like this shot. I'm going to give it three stars. So I will just hit the 3 key.

This one's fine, but I'm going to leave it at two. Definitely leave it at two, two. I like this one, this one is going to go up to three, leave that at two, leave that at two, same with these. We will leave that one at three, two, two, and then leave that one nothing. Now, what I can do is I'm going to hit the V key and we're back in our thumbnail view here.

One thing that I like to do after I've gone through and rated the images is then I like to sort by that rating. So I'll go up here to the top, go to Rating, and all of my good stuff is at the top and the stuff I like less is at the bottom. Now if it doesn't go that way for you, then you probably have this thing set at Ascending where your bad stuff is at the top, which is really great when you pull up your Aperture library and you have all your garbage. First thing that other people see. No, no, no, no, don't go, don't do that.

Don't do that, go back. Switch it to Descending so that your good stuff is on top. When I open this particular project, we'll go back here to Project view, I have my rating set. So the first thing I see are the images that I think are worth spending my time on and then everything else is still here, but it's just farther on down where I'm not distracted by it. So this is one useful way to do your rating. If you wanted to, you could select for instance all of your three star images.

We have a lot of them here. I would probably have fewer in real life. I'm holding down the Shift key, and then you could make a new album that you called three stars and then have them all in a collection by themselves. You can also do a Smart Album and have this happen automatically where it's updated automatically. That's another way to go about it. I'm going to go ahead and get rid of this three stars just for a moment, because we don't really need it. So I'm just going to delete the album and we'll come back here.

Remember album is just a virtual collection of things so we can go ahead and do stuff like that and not worry. You can't do the same thing with your project, because then your images go bye-bye. Now we have another tool here and that's our Labels. So let's talk about Labels for just a second and this allows us to assign a color label to an image independent of its star ratings. So now we can have two types of labels for each image.

So let's say that I wanted to have all of my tent images that are three stars or above labeled blue and I wanted to have my deer images labeled yellow. So I can do that. I just click on an image, label it to blue right here, and it shows up and by the way we do have keyboard commands for that. If you go over them, you can see them. There is our Command+Numbers. To tell you the truth I have a hard time remembering that Command+5 is blue.

So I don't do that. What I do instead is this is where Lift & Stamp is very nice. Let's go ahead and label this one blue. I'll show you on the next one. So these are blue. I'll show you on the deer shots. Let's decide that the deer is going to be yellow. Now instead of going through and doing that on each of these, because this doesn't work. You would think this would work where you select a bunch of them and then apply the label yellow. Well, it only does it to the one with a thicker outline, so that's not going to work.

So instead though what you can do, this is where Lift & Stamp is really handy. So we just click on the image with the yellow label, go down here to our Lift & Stamp. We don't want to do Adjustments. All we want to do is Lift & Stamp our label. So we have that checked, there is yellow. Now all I have to do is select all the images that I want to have the yellow label and I'm going to hold down the Shift key. All of these now are selected and all I have to do is Stamp them and they all have the yellow label.

So we can label and star rate independently and then we can use those labels for specific things and we can even give our labels names. Yes, we can! Go here to Labels and we can say that this is Deer, if we want. Now the yellow label is the Deer label. So we'll go here, ta-da there it is. I want to show you one more thing. This is sort of fun. This is very Apple.

The thing about the color labels that's fun is that if we export this image, that label travels with the image and it will work on our Mac. So let me show you that and we'll go to this one right here. Let's export it. I just right-clicked on it, go to Export > Export Version. We will just do a JPEG. We'll send it to the Desktop. Here we go. Now let me just hide our interface. Here is our little deer right here and look at this.

Let's do Get Info on it. I'll do a Command+I and look, our yellow label persisted. It traveled with the image. So I think labeling is a wonderful addition, because we can use it with star ratings, we can give the labels like client names and the star ratings can judge the merit of the photograph and use them together. They are easy to use. I do think however that Lift & Stamp comes in very handy for applying labels.

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