Aperture 2 New Features

Understanding the Vibrancy slider


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Video: Understanding the Vibrancy slider

Also in the Enhance brick, we have Vibrancy, and this is yet another terrific slider, something that we didn't have before that we now have in Aperture 2.0. Now in some ways, Vibrancy is similar to saturation in that it really boosts the color tones, but it does so in a much more subtle way, and to demonstrate, let's double click on our bride here, and actually let's go to full screen mode. Let's have some fun, and I'll hit H to bring up our Inspector, and let me show you what Saturation does, and one of the differences between Saturation and Vibrancy is that Saturation is better for things such as landscapes, cityscapes, things like that, but the minute you get people, the minute that people are in the photograph, you pretty much want to stay away from saturation.
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Photographers who want to upgrade from iPhoto, or who are simply ready to take control of the digital images accumulating on their hard drives, will find powerful and easy-to-use photo management tools in Apple's Aperture 2. In Aperture 2 New Features, instructor Derrick Story takes an introductory look at photo processing and manipulation, and explores Quick Preview, RAW 2.0, .Mac Web Gallery, and the many new features in Aperture 2. The course follows a professional photographer's workflow, showing viewers how to incorporate his techniques into their everyday practices.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the new interface
  • Using the tabbed Inspector and HUD
  • Enhancing performance with the Quick Preview mode
  • Decoding new images with RAW 2.0 processing and Baseline DNG
  • Editing images with Recovery, Vibrancy, the Color Dropper, and the Retouch brush
  • Customizing keyboard shortcuts
  • Publishing to .Mac Web Gallery and using enhanced layout options
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Aperture
Author:
Derrick Story

Understanding the Vibrancy slider

Also in the Enhance brick, we have Vibrancy, and this is yet another terrific slider, something that we didn't have before that we now have in Aperture 2.0. Now in some ways, Vibrancy is similar to saturation in that it really boosts the color tones, but it does so in a much more subtle way, and to demonstrate, let's double click on our bride here, and actually let's go to full screen mode. Let's have some fun, and I'll hit H to bring up our Inspector, and let me show you what Saturation does, and one of the differences between Saturation and Vibrancy is that Saturation is better for things such as landscapes, cityscapes, things like that, but the minute you get people, the minute that people are in the photograph, you pretty much want to stay away from saturation.

Watch what happens to her skin tones as I boost the saturation here, and you'll see that it's not very flattering. It's too heavy handed and most subjects, most models, most clients, your mom, probably isn't going to like what saturation does to her or his skin, so I'm going to back that off. You can just hit this little arrow right here, and that will take your settings back. Now I'm going to boost the vibrancy, and you'll see the difference.

See how it's much more subtle, so what vibrancy does, it works a lot on the non skin tone colors in the image. It doesn't ignore skin tones altogether. It does affect them, and you can see as I move the Vibrancy slider that it does have an effect on skin tones, but it does so in a much more subtle way than Saturation, so if you have people in your shot and you want to give it a little more oomph in terms of color, I would almost always recommend the Vibrancy slider.

Stay away from Saturation. Leave that for architecture and landscapes, but for people, Vibrancy is definitely the way to go.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Aperture 2 New Features .


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Q: Are there a way to increase the font size in Aperture?
A: Not in Aperture itself, but you can use the zoom feature built into your operating system. (Aperture is a Mac-only program, by the way.) Go to the Apple menu and open System Preferences. Choose Universal Access. Turn on Zoom under the Seeing tab. Then, in any application, you can press Shift+Cmd+Plus to zoom in and Shift+Cmd+Minus to zoom out.

We advise you do not lower the screen resolution unless it's absolutely necessary, as that approach tends to make images softer than they really are. But if your sight is very poor, the tradeoff might be worth it.
 
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