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Choosing between power and simplicity isn't an either-or proposition. The latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture now share a common photo library format, which means you can store all your photos in one central library, and then switch between the two apps as needed: use iPhoto for its simplicity and great sharing options, and Aperture for its powerful organization, image editing, and publishing features.
In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Derrick Story shows key strategies for employing both iPhoto and Aperture in a digital photography workflow. The course begins with a look at the unified photo library format and managing your library with both applications.
Next, the course examines the professional-level image editing features in Aperture and details strategies for sharing photos through slideshows and print projects, guiding you to the best application for the job at hand. It concludes with lessons on exporting photos using Aperture, managing an iCloud Photo Stream, and backing up your library.
Now, we're going to take a look at the Aperture interface for organizing our images. One of the things that jumps out at me is that it's so nice and clean, it's tidy. I like that. Personally, I like tidy, especially when I get into tens of thousands of photos. But everyone is a little different. So, let's see how this resonates with you as we walk through it. So, up at the top again, this should feel familiar to you.
Instead of Events, we have Projects. We can look at our various projects that we have. And of course, Photos is Photos, so all of the photos; Faces, and Places. So, all of that is pretty much the same as in iPhoto, except instead of Events, we have Projects. We also have a very similar structure here. We have Last 12 Months, Last Import, Flagged, we have Rejected. So, if you have rejected some images, images that you just don't want to show up in the normal library, you can look at them here.
And then we have the Trash right here. We have Photo Stream as we had in iPhoto. One note about Photo Stream -- and again, we are going to talk about this a bit more in the upcoming movies -- you can only have Photo Stream enabled in either iPhoto or Aperture. So, you have to decide and pick, and I'm going to help you with that in a few movies. And then here in Projects, this is something that I like about Aperture. You notice I can collapse this project here, the Family Portrait project.
All the things that I have inside of that project, the albums, the folders, the smart albums, the slideshow, all of that is inside this Project container. And I could do things with this container. I can export the container and send it off to other places. I like that tidiness. I like having all those albums, and smart albums, slideshows, all within this container. So, that to me is very nice. Another user interface difference in Aperture is that the Info tab is right next to the Library tab here in the inspector.
So, let me just click on a photo. We'll go here to Photos. We'll just take a shot right here, and then I can click on the Info tab and I have more information in the Info tab than there is in iPhoto. A big difference there, and I have different ways to look at the information also. By default, it has a General view, but I could, for example, just look at the EXIF Info and pick that from the pop-up menu.
And then I can go back to the Library. And Adjustments is over here also, and we're definitely going to be talking about those because Adjustments in Aperture is a lot of fun. So, a lot of similarities in organization with iPhoto, but I think the Aperture interface is a bit cleaner. But the one thing I have learned, talking and working with photographers, is that it's a very personal preference sort of thing. Hopefully these brief tours will help you decide which one is best for you.
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