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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.
Before we dig in and really get to work, let's take a look at our interface here and see what we're working with. So, we're in the basic view of Aperture 3.3 right now, and those of you that have used earlier versions of Aperture may recognize it's a little different. The color is gone from the interface, and we're working mainly with just monotone. That's to make your pictures come forward, there is a reason for this. So, what are we looking at here? Well, let's start over here on the left side with the Inspector. This whole area is called the Inspector.
Right now we have the Library tab open in the Inspector, and you can turn the Inspector on and off by hitting the I key, so when you want to just focus on your photos, hit the I key, and that will hide that Inspector. Now we have three tabs, and you can go among those three tabs. Of course, you can do it at the old-fashioned way, you can just click on them, or you can hit the W key just like that and toggle among those tabs.
By the way, this once upon a time was called Metadata. It's now called Info, and here is where we have the information about our photo. And then over here in Adjustments. This is where we actually get to work on them. This is where we get to do fun things like change their tone and their color and things like that, so that happens in the Adjustments tab, and the Library, of course, lets you know where you are. This is your organizational system right here. Now I want to show you a couple of other little interface tricks.
If you hold down the Shift key and the T key, you can hide up there, the toolbar, and then you do it again, and that brings our toolbar back. And you have some basic tools up here, adding albums, all these goodies. We touch on these throughout the training. Here are the different views right here that you can go through. This is the toolbar up here, and then there is a control bar at the bottom. It's hidden right now, but if I hit the D key, I can bring up the control bar, and that has some additional tools.
I generally keep that hidden. Okay, so let's go to full-screen mode, because this is where it's really exciting in Aperture. This is the sexy viewing mode, and to go there all you have to do is hit the F key and look at that. We are right now in beautiful full screen. Every pixel is dedicated to your photography. Up here at the top, this is the library path navigator. This shows you your organization just in one nice little navigator, so we're in the project right now, great outdoors in the folder travel, in our projects, in our own Aperture library. That up there is the Library Path Navigator.
On the other side here, we have some filters, so you can search your photos using this button right here. This is the Search button, or we can just filter our view, for instance just looking at 3 stars, 2 stars, Color Labels, Flagged, all that up there, or you can just enter Text if you want. Down here at the bottom we can make our thumbnails larger or smaller with that little view right there, and then when we want to work on one of our photos, we can pick any photo here. Let's go right here, just hit the V key, that brings us up to a full screen view of just the photo itself, and then to bring up the floating inspector, hit the H key.
Now you notice that it locks right here, and then we have a full screen view of our photo. You can turn on and off that lock up here for this little button. When it's off, you can just move the Inspector around, it truly becomes a floating inspector. Some people like that better. Now here is a trick you're going to like. If I hold down the Shift key while I work on a slider, look what happens to that slider, everything else goes away. Isn't that nice? So if you do like the floating inspector, but you don't want it in the way while you're making your adjustments, remember to hold down the Shift key while you work on any of the sliders, or you can just lock it just right over here, it'll lock on either side.
You can drag it to one side or the other. When you're done with the inspector, hit the H key when you're ready to exit full screen mode. Hit the F key, it brings you back to the Aperture Interface. And now we kind of know our way around the new apartment. So when we start thinking about where to place the furniture, we will have some idea of where it might go, so let's get to work now that we're comfortable.
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