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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.
The Retouch Brick is one of those fun bricks that really make you feel like you're a photographer getting away with something, because you get to actually eliminate parts of the image that you don't like, and how fun is that? Let's do that. Let's actually do a little retouching right now where we don't have to go to Photoshop. We can do it right here in Aperture. We can just stay home and fix a few flaws. So, I'm going to go to full-screen mode. I mean hit the F key, so we are in full-screen mode. And there are a couple little things here that I'd like the fix.
So, we've got this little wild hair situation here. I don't really want to retain that. These don't bother me as much, but I want to get rid of that. And then we have a blemish over here that I would like to take care of. So, this is perfect for our little retouching exercise. So, I am going to hit the H key, and we are going to bring up our inspector here. Of course, Retouch isn't a part of the default set, so we are going to have to add it. And it's right here on top, and of course, we get this additional little heads up display here.
Now we have two types of retouching available to us. We have Repair, and that's essentially where Aperture looks at the information around the flaw, and it pulls from it and basically creates a fix for us automatically. And then we have Cloning, where we actually choose the source. What do we want to use as a source for the Repair. So, we're going to do both here. I think the best thing to do-- and this is what I often do so. Usually we will zoom in a little bit when I am going to make a Repair.
So, I am just going to put the cursor where I want to work, and I am going to hit the Z key, to zoom in. And if I want to Reposition things a bit, I just will hold down the Spacebar here, and click and drag. There we go. Now we are in Position to do some work. So, let's get rid of this. And so we used Repair tool, and for our first step, we are going to let Aperture automatically choose the source. Now a lot of times Aperture will do a good job with this. Especially for picking something where everything around it is a likely source.
Let's see how it does when we go up against the sweater here. And I do have the Detect edges box checked. And that's nice because that tells Aperture, "Hey, when you get to the edge, probably stop doing the Repair." It's kind of a handy little thing. So, now I will maybe decrease my Radius just a little bit. And you do that with this little slider, right up here at the top. And the Softness - that has to do - and you can see how things changed.
That little dash line is the actual Repair, and then we have another circle out there. So, the more Softness you have, the more feathering that takes place. So, a little bit of Softness is usually a pretty good thing on these. So, we'll have a -- we'll go with like, 58 on that. Okay, now all we have to do is just draw, and we'll go right along our flaw there, and then we'll just take it right up to the edge, and let's see what happens. Well, that could be better, couldn't it? See, on automatically detecting the source, I believe we actually have some sweater fabric here, and that's not such a good thing.
We don't really want that. What we really want is this out here to be the source. So, this is going to be one of those instances where we're going to have to choose a source, because Aperture just can't quite do it. So, I am going to come over to the Retouch Brick here, and we can just reset that. So, we come back, now this time, I'm going to uncheck this box. And so then it tells me, if I Option+Click in area, then I can choose the Repair source. So, let's just Option+Click, right out here.
And now let's do our Repair. We will go right along there, like that. And that's a much better Repair. A lot of times Aperture will do a good job on choosing the source, but not alwaysb as we saw here. If it doesn't, then uncheck this box and choose the source yourself. Let's play with another area here. So, we'll move this around. I am going to hold down the Spacebar again. And let's get to a few blemishes here. We will start with something simple.
Let's say we just wanted to remove that right here. Well that's a case where I think we can definitely let Aperture choose the Repair source. Just click there, magically goes away, same thing here, just click there, magically goes away. I am going to hold down the Spacebar again. We can take a look at some of these other things. Let's work on this one right here. That's a pretty big blemish. I think we should probably get rid of that. I think we are pretty good right there, so I am just going to click on that.
And Aperture takes care of that for us. So, in that case, I think Aperture does a very nice job. Let's zoom out again. Well, we still have this little guy over here. Let's use that. I am going to just put my cursor right there and hit the Z key, hold down the Spacebar, so we can move. Let's use this for our Cloning example. I'll just click the Clone. Now on Clone you choose the source, and so what I am going to do is I am going to move my Radius down a little bit.
Softness is about fine. So, I am just going to choose this source out here. I am going to hold down the Option key. We'd go to the cross hairs. I am going to click. I have now selected this area as my source, and now I can just sort of paint along and do a Cloning change. Well, that didn't do a very good job. I don't really like that. And I think part of the problem is my Opacity wasn't set all the way. We can actually see some of that through there. So, I want to fix that.
So, I could just go ahead and Reset this. But if I Reset this, I am going to lose my other stuff. So, I am just going to do another Repair. I'm just going to go ahead and move my Opacity all the way up. Going to move my Radius a little bit up, going to set my source out here, hold down the Option key, click, and let's try that again. And you go, "Well, my gosh! I don't know." That's not - this is what happens with cloning sometimes. I chose a source that wasn't really the same as the area that I was working on.
Maybe I should choose a source that's more of the same tone. So, we'll try that again. So, we'll just go down here. This time, Option key. Now let's see if I can do a better job. All right. I think now we are doing a little bit better, but not much better, right? So, that you go, "Wow, I wonder if I could fix this with the Repair tool? Can I actually use the Repair tool to Repair my bad Cloning?" I think it's quite possible, especially if you choose the source.
So, we'll choose the source out here. Now let's see if the Repair tool can bail us out. There we go. So the Repair tool not only works for repairing blemishes and so forth. It can Repair your bad work that you do with the Cloning tool. So, keep that in your back pocket. I'm going to zoom back out now. So, we've done our work here, and just like any of the other tools in the Adjustment pane, we can always check what we did by checking and unchecking the box.
And I think for a nice, quick and dirty job, we did all right here, and that is the Retouch tool.
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