Using Aperture for advanced book authoring
Video: Using Aperture for advanced book authoringAperture has an advanced book making tool and is actually a full blown layout tool. You can make all sorts of stuff with it. I'm going to show you how it compares to the iPhoto tool and just show you a few little tips. We're not going to walk through the whole process of making a book in Aperture. Actually, that's where you want to go to Aperture Essential Training here in the lynda.com Online Training Library, but I do have some tips to share with you and by way of sort deciding which tool you want to use for the next book that you want to make, I'm going to help you with that, too.
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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.
- Sharing libraries
- Importing and exporting photos
- Organizing your library
- Editing images
- Building slideshows
- Creating prints, cards, books, and calendars
- Archiving and back up your library
Using Aperture for advanced book authoring
Aperture has an advanced book making tool and is actually a full blown layout tool. You can make all sorts of stuff with it. I'm going to show you how it compares to the iPhoto tool and just show you a few little tips. We're not going to walk through the whole process of making a book in Aperture. Actually, that's where you want to go to Aperture Essential Training here in the lynda.com Online Training Library, but I do have some tips to share with you and by way of sort deciding which tool you want to use for the next book that you want to make, I'm going to help you with that, too.
So, the first thing in Aperture, I want to select all the images and then I want to include in the book, so I'm just going to hit Command+A to select the thumbnails. And then, I go up to New and I go to Book, right here and I get the initial decision making interface here. So, it looks a lot different than what we were greeted with in iPhoto. I'm going to give it a name called Sunflowers and make sure this box is selected because that tells Aperture to include the photoes that you've highlighted in the initial layout. Choose your type.
We'll go with Large and I'm going to go with just a straight Picture Book and you get samples of the different types of books that you're considering making here and they have some very nice template. I mean really, some excellent stuff here. If you want more information, about your options and prices, if you click on this, it will take you to a web page actually. It will launch a web page where you can see everything that you need to know about making a book. And that way, you know you're getting absolutely the latest information, too.
It's a smart way of doing it I think. All right, I think we've made our basic choices here. So, then I go to Choose Theme. And Aperture creates a new project. So, the book project is actually within our Sunflowers project container and that's where it will live. Now, we have our iPhoto stuff in here because we actually created a book or the beginning of a book in iPhoto. If I click on that, I'm going to get the message, hey, you started this in iPhoto; you need to finish it in iPhoto.
We're keeping track of it but you can't work on it here. Whereas the book that we started in Aperture will be right here and it will always be right here. Now, this is the same thing goes when you open this library in iPhoto, you can't work on this book there either. So, that's the way that goes. We start out with a title page here and you have your thumbnails all down here, so you can see the content we have available for our book.
You get an overview of the possible contents right here and you have some controls. Now, by default you probably won't see this in your interface. I actually turned that on at the Gear menu here under Layout options and this is one of the tips that I have for you. Go to Gear and select Show Layout Options. It gives you some extra things to work with when you're trying to design your book. So, let's add a photo to our cover right now.
So, I'll just take the shot and you just click and drag it right there and I can give it a title, just like that. Now, you notice--here is my next tip-- you notice that there are two little tabs up here, Edit Content and Edit Layout. So, when I'm in Edit Content mode and I click on this, I can play with the type. If I go to Edit Layout, then I can move the type around. That's an important distinction when you're working with this.
So, Edit Layout allows you to move these elements around, Edit Content is more for deciding what those elements are going to be. So, most of the time you'll be working with the content, but if you want to play with the layout then click on this and you'll have those options available to you. You have Type options available to you, Presets, you have Swatches, for choosing the color and so forth.
And then, down here in the Gear menu, you have all sorts of options in terms of working with page numbers, for example. You can make it Automatic, Always; you can turn them Off altogether, Master Pages, Photo Box, and Aspect Ratio. So, you can see here are all the details. So, if you really want to get in to the nitty-gritty of designing a book to a set of specifications that you either have been given or that you have in mind then, I think this is the tool that you want to use.
You can open your library in either iPhoto or Aperture, as we're all aware of right now, but you have the option of saying, "Hey, I just want to get a really nice book. I want to do it quickly and I want it to show up in my mailbox in a week." And that might be when you choose iPhoto to make your book, because you can really create it quickly. If you want to get into the details of making your book then, this is an excellent tool that has a lot of power. Again, Aperture Essential Training will walk you through more of the details, but I think you have -- I'm hoping you have enough information right now to make the right decision for your next book making project.
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