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Setting essential preferences

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Video: Setting essential preferences

Let's take a look at our Preferences in Aperture, and I just want to start out by saying you should set some preferences. It really makes the whole Aperture experience a lot better to spend just a few moments up front, to get some of the parameters customized to the way you like to work. So, we're going to go up here to Aperture, go to Preferences, and we have these tabs that go across to top. Each tab has its own little bunch of settings. We're not going to go into all of them here, we're going to go into the important ones, the ones that you need to know.

Setting essential preferences

Let's take a look at our Preferences in Aperture, and I just want to start out by saying you should set some preferences. It really makes the whole Aperture experience a lot better to spend just a few moments up front, to get some of the parameters customized to the way you like to work. So, we're going to go up here to Aperture, go to Preferences, and we have these tabs that go across to top. Each tab has its own little bunch of settings. We're not going to go into all of them here, we're going to go into the important ones, the ones that you need to know.

And I invite you to explore the other ones over time, or we may touch on some of them also in the upcoming movies. Your Library location, that's pretty important, where does your library live? You get that file path right here. You can reveal it in the finder by clicking on this button, and you can change it right here. Now, there are other ways to change your library to switch among them, but this will always let you know where your current library that's opened, where it lives. And then you have just some fine tuning for that right here.

I do want to point out that if you don't want to have Faces operating on the Aperture where the application goes through and tries to identify the faces of your subjects, you can turn that off right here. This is where you turn it off, so if you don't want it grinding away on faces in the background, that's here. And if you are working on a laptop, if you are lucky enough to have one of the new MacBook Pros, you can Enable gestures here. And we're going to talk about trackpad gestures. They are very handy, they can help speed things up.

Into Appearance, here's where you get to set how it's going to look. Do you want to Viewer bright? Do you want it dark? What you like the background to be? All that sort of stuff. Do you want the indicators showing while you're loading photos or not? Turn all that off and on here. Do leave Badges checked. I think that's very important. These Badges provide a lot of information in a very small space, and I think they are very handy. And if you have two Displays, and you want to run your Slideshows on the Secondary Display, you can set that right here. So, this is basically how things look.

Now, when we bring stuff in, you get to have some choice here. For example, when the camera is connected, do you want Aperture to automatically open? Do you want another application to open? You set that here, and by the way, this is computer-wide, this is system-wide, so you get to make that decision here, and then your computer should behave. Now, I like No application. I don't want anything to launch when I connect the camera. So, that's what I choose. And then another important area, and this is new to Aperture 3.3 that when the camera is sending the files to the computer or through the memory card, you want this top box right here checked, Camera Previews, because what Aperture will do, it will read the JPEGs that are embedded in the RAW files, this is for RAW shooters.

And will speed things up tremendously, and I'm really looking forward to showing you how that works. So, you don't need to know exactly how it works, but you need to make sure that this button is checked, because it will save you time, and we like things to move faster. Over here in the Export Tab, some basic choices. What do you want your External Photo Editor to be, Photoshop, or some other application? Go on down, all of these things here that have to do with sending things out of Aperture to other applications or other Locations.

Now, when you Export photos, you have some basic choices that you can make here. In terms of audio and video, if you're not messing around with audio and video, you don't have to worry about these at all. One important box is the location information. If you shoot a lot of photos with an iPhone, for example, that records where that photo was taken, and you don't want that information to travel out of Aperture, then uncheck this box.

Aperture will not send that data out with the photo. Labels are very straightforward. We have an option of these different color labels. You can name these anything you want. And they are very handy, so you could say client review, sent to mom, all that kind of stuff. You can customize these labels for your own use. I would say that Previews is probably one of the most important tabs in our Preferences because Previews are the hand-off file that Aperture uses to share images outside of the application.

So, if you're working in pages, for example, and you want to see your Aperture library, and you want to bring in a photo, from pages from your Aperture library, whatever size you set here, that's the size of photo that's going to come into that page's application or to any other application that taps your Aperture library--and that includes iOS devices, too, your iPhone and iPad. So, what size you set here determines what photo that gets sent out of the Aperture.

And pay close attention to that export movie, because it's very important to know when I'm sending the photo out of Aperture, what is that photo going to look like if that is set right here? And in terms of the quality of the photo, the higher the number, the higher the quality but also the larger the file size. So, usually you want to go for something like 8 or 9. And then in terms of this pop-up menu, in terms of Sharing previews, click Always because you always want your photos available to your other applications. This is the easiest way to go.

Photo Stream is relatively new. It's part of iCloud. It's a way for us to share photos among all of our devices, our iOS devices and our Macs. Now, we're going to have a dedicated movie to enabling Photo Stream and how to control it. What you need to know right now is that if you decide that you do want to use Photo stream, if you do want all the photos issued on your iPhone to show up in your Aperture library, for example, this is where you enable it, right here.

The Photo Stream tab in your preferences is where you turn this off and on. You're going to learn more about it, and when you do, then you can come back here and make your final decision. If you're sharing Aperture images with other accounts on the web, such as Facebook and Flickr, you set those accounts up here, and you hit the little plus sign. You enter your account information and then Aperture knows about your social network sites. So, that happens right here. And then finally, under the Advanced Tab, you have some very advanced sliders.

It's funny how that works out, isn't it? But mainly things like showing hot and cold areas. Areas where you lose highlight details a hot area. Areas where you lose shadow details a cold area. We're going to get into some of those advanced techniques later. And when I refer to going to the Advanced Tab in your preferences, this is what I'm talking about, to come here and make those changes. So here we are, these are the most important settings, in my view, in your preferences.

Make sure you take a walk through them. Customize things a bit so that Aperture behaves the way that you want it to.

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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    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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