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Retouching blemishes


Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

with Derrick Story

Video: Retouching blemishes

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.
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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

Retouching blemishes

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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