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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.
Let's take a quick look at Smart Albums because they behave a little differently in Aperture and iPhoto. For example, right here, I have a library that was created in iPhoto and a Smart Album that was created in iPhoto, the 3 Stars or More. Now it displays properly in Aperture, that part is no problem. However, if I go to edit it by clicking on the Edit button, I'll get a message that says, I can't edit it here. You created it in iPhoto, the Smart Album has to be edited in iPhoto.
So, there's that note. So now, let's go ahead and quit Aperture. Now, let's open Aperture Library in iPhoto. Okay, here we go. So, we have a Smart Album here, the Flagged images. Now, I created this in Aperture. If I right click on the Smart Album and I go Edit Smart Album, this is the way you do this in iPhoto. Oh, dear, what a surprise.
I get a message that says this Smart Album cannot be edited in iPhoto because I created it in Aperture. However, I can view its contents. So, if you get one of these messages, then all it's really telling you is that hey, you created this Smart Album in the other application. Go back to that application, do your editing, and then you can open it wherever you want and you'll still get the results.
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