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Using Aperture for advanced book authoring

From: Using iPhoto and Aperture Together

Video: 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.

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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Using iPhoto and Aperture Together

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  1. 2m 5s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. How to take this course
      32s
    3. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 16m 4s
    1. Sharing libraries
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a new library and determining its location
      4m 2s
    3. Specifying which application opens the library by default
      3m 22s
    4. Moving and renaming the library
      2m 16s
    5. Managing multiple libraries
      4m 39s
  3. 13m 18s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture importing tools
      1m 28s
    2. Simplified importing with iPhoto
      2m 8s
    3. Advanced importing with Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Importing into iPhoto libraries with Aperture
      3m 47s
  4. 16m 40s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization
      5m 13s
    2. Exploring the iPhoto Library pane
      3m 3s
    3. Reviewing the Aperture Library Inspector
      3m 22s
    4. Hiding photos in one app so they don't appear in the other
      3m 33s
    5. Understanding how Smart Albums behave differently in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 29s
  5. 23m 34s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture editing tools
      2m 49s
    2. The five-step image edit in iPhoto
      4m 34s
    3. The seven-step image edit in Aperture
      7m 36s
    4. Choosing the right app for sharpening
      1m 40s
    5. Converting to black and white in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 19s
    6. Applying effects in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 36s
  6. 13m 42s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture slideshow tools
      3m 18s
    2. Choosing iPhoto for quick slideshow authoring
      2m 54s
    3. Choosing Aperture for advanced slideshow authoring
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing an existing iPhoto slideshow with Aperture tools
      1m 28s
    5. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture for exporting slideshows
      2m 53s
  7. 11m 20s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture exporting tools
      2m 33s
    2. Using iPhoto for simple file export
      2m 34s
    3. Using Aperture for advanced file export
      3m 10s
    4. Cleaning up your iPhoto library in Aperture
      3m 3s
  8. 20m 4s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture sharing tools
      2m 8s
    2. Integrating Photo Stream into your photo workflow
      2m 6s
    3. Deciding which application manages your Photo Stream
      2m 23s
    4. Using Photo Stream as part of an archiving strategy
      2m 7s
    5. Sharing your images with others using Photo Stream
      2m 49s
    6. Sharing images on Facebook with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 40s
    7. Publishing images to Flickr with iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 12s
    8. Emailing photos with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 39s
  9. 31m 21s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture printing tools
      2m 4s
    2. Creating letterpress, folded, and flat cards in iPhoto
      4m 15s
    3. Using iPhoto for simple book authoring
      4m 32s
    4. Using Aperture for advanced book authoring
      5m 52s
    5. Creating a calendar in iPhoto
      2m 48s
    6. Ordering prints in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 20s
    7. Making an inkjet print in iPhoto
      3m 49s
    8. Making a basic print in Aperture
      3m 47s
    9. Making a custom print in Aperture
      2m 54s
  10. 8m 5s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture archiving tools
      1m 15s
    2. Options for backing up your iPhoto library
      1m 46s
    3. Options for backing up your Aperture library
      3m 1s
    4. Using Aperture to back up your iPhoto library
      2m 3s
  11. 51s
    1. Next steps
      51s

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