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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.
Taking a look at Aperture's Export capabilities, I tell you it's pretty exciting stuff here if you're into exporting your images that you have a lot of neat options. Now, as before I can hold down the Command key and select the number of images or I can export just one by clicking on it. You have that choice but I can right click on the image and bring up the contextual menu that allows me to choose between Version, Original or Straight Metadata.
I'm going to choose Version because most of the time that's what we want to do. We want a version of our image to come out of there, usually a JPEG. This looks like a simple dialog box here, but it actually has a lot of good stuff in here. On the Preset and Aperture uses presets, but they're more sophisticated than the presets that we see in iPhoto. You click on this and right away you see you have a nice menu of options, some different JPEGs and TIFFs, PNGs, Photoshop files and so forth.
A lot of times what you need will be here. For instance, if you need something that's 640 on the longest side, you just pick this and you're ready to go. However, you probably will have a few specialty exports you want to do and if that's the case, you just go down to Edit and it brings up this wonderful dialog box here where you can create your own export and set all these parameters. This is something that I go into great detail in Aperture Essential Training.
If you want to learn more about it, go check out the Export Movies there because there is some really good stuff. So, you make your decision and then you just click OK and whatever you create then will show up right here in the Preset pop up menu and it will retain that preset too. So, if you create something new, you'll have it forever and ever. You can also choose a Subfolder. You have some more format options for your Subfolder and you also can create your own templates for that, so that's pretty nice, I won't use any right now and then you can rename your images on export.
Again, they give you a good handful of options, but you can create your own naming templates, very versatile as you can see, you have lots of options. Once you get everything set up the way that you want, you just click Export Versions and Aperture will apply all of the settings that you've called out and create the files for you and put them exactly where you instruct the Aperture to do that. Now, the thing here is if you do have specific exporting needs, you might want to open your iPhoto Library in Aperture and do your exporting here just because you have more control over the process; something to think about anyway.
Again, if you want to learn more about all of this, go to Aperture Essential Training.
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