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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.
If you bring images into Aperture 3 that you worked on in Aperture 2 - and let's say that you import a project. So, you had an existing project in Aperture 2, where you had done a lot of work, and then you bring that into Aperture 3. One of the things you are going to have to think about is what we call reprocessing, because in Aperture 2 a different type of processing was used than in Aperture 3.
And the way that you can tell if you'll need to do this, now, this is only true for RAW files, right? If you are bringing in JPEGs, this is not an issue, and you can go to the next movie and start playing with some adjustments. But if you shoot RAW and if you processed RAW in Aperture 2, this is something that I want you to think about a little bit. So, when you have an image that was processed in Aperture 2 and you bring it into Aperture 3, usually by importing a project, because if you import a whole library or if you update a whole library, part of the reason why that takes so long is that Aperture will reprocess those images for you automatically.
But if you bring in a project, then you have the option of doing it yourself. And you'll see, up here at the top, if an image has been processed in Aperture 2, you'll have this Reprocess button right here. Now why would you want to reprocess? Well, for one thing, the new algorithm is better. And at least in my case, I've been shooting with Canon cameras, and I like the way Aperture 3 processes my images. So, it definitely is a better processing.
But there's another reason also, in that if you want to access some of the new adjustments in Aperture 3, such as the Quick Brushes, you have to reprocess before they are available to you. So, you won't be able to use all of the new adjustment tools in Aperture 3, unless you reprocess that image. And let me just hit the V key here. Now you can reprocess images one by one, and that's fine. But I want to show you kind of an interesting and clever tool that they built in here.
Let's go to our Library, and we have a whole project full of images here. And they allow you to batch reprocess, and you have actually a lot of control over what happens when you batch reprocess. So, I am just selecting our project right here, and I am going to go up to Photos, and I am going to go to Reprocess Masters. Now you know whenever you see that dot, dot, dot, that you are going to get a dialog box, and so that's something isn't going to happen automatically without you going, wait, wait, wait.
So, that dot, dot, dot means that it's okay to click on this because we are going to get a dialog box, and here is that dialog box. So, first of all, it explains what's going on up here at the top. Reprocessing photos allows you to take advantage of the new adjustments and the imaging technology, great! You can't undo this action. Well, that's a good thing to know also. Now your first choice is do you want to reprocess all of the photos here in this project, or only the photos with adjustments or without adjustments? Generally speaking, I think most folks are going to pick all photos, but it's nice to have these options if you have some sort of special situation.
Now the second one is very interesting to me. Do you want new versions created for the reprocessed photos? If you use this first choice here, then what Aperture is going to do is just reprocess these images, and that Reprocess button will go away, and you'll still have five images here in this project. However, if you choose this button here, you'll end up with 10 images and actually two masters for each picture, because what Aperture will do is it will reprocess the image, you'll get a reprocessed one, and then next to it you'll have the original image that's processed in Aperture 2.
Now why would you want that? Well, the one reason I could think of is that if you've got an image just the way that you wanted in Aperture 2, and you don't want to take a chance on it getting messed up in Aperture 3, then you might choose this option, at least take a look at the images, and then decide, "Well, I like Aperture 3's processing better, so I can get rid of those other masters." The downside to this is, of course, that you're going to be adding duplicate files that are big to your Library.
So, if you are doing this with the whole bunch image, there are disk space ramifications, as we'll say. So, generally speaking, I think most folks will probably just reprocess the images, and then have them replaced. So, that's what I am going to choose here. I am going to go ahead and click the Reprocess Photos button. By the way, this library will be in the exercise files folder, and it will be unprocessed in there, so that you can play with this too, and see what you think.
You can try out the other method if you want. So, now we have our confirmation that our images were reprocessed, and click OK. So, now if I go to the Adjustments pane, we will notice that that Reprocess button is gone. Not only that, all of our Quick Brushes are available to us, and we can move forward and use all of Apertures tools. So, reprocessing, it's something to think about if you shoot RAW and if you processed them originally in Aperture 2, and you are thinking about bringing them in project-by-project into Aperture 3. You can do it.
You cannot do it. You can do it later. The choice is up to you. But this is how you do it.
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