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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.
I want to talk about a couple of creative tools that we have available to us in the Adjustments pop-up menu. One of them is the Color Monochrome tool, and the other one is the Sepia tool. They're both pretty nice for creating a little different look, doing something a little different than everyone else is doing. So, they're right next to each other. We're going to play with them for a second. We have the shot to Bonnie. We did this black and white conversion earlier. Wouldn't it be fun, in the Stack, to have a Color or Black & White, a Color Monochrome and a Sepia, all these different variations of this one shot? That's what we're going to do here.
So, I'm going to create a new version. So, I'm just right clicking on that shot. Then I'm going to go to Duplicate Version, because I don't want to give away the Adjustments that I've already made on that. So, we have a new version right here. If we go over to Metadata, we'll see that's called Version 4. I'm just going to call that Color monochrome. All right, so let's go back to our Adjustments. Now that we have that set up, I'm going to hit the V key, so we get a little bigger look at it.
Let's enable Color Monochrome here. So, we're just going to go to right down our Adjustments pop-up menu, and we're going to enable this brick right here. Well, that's a little strong. Don't worry if it comes up a little too intense, because you can move that slider around, that Intensity slider. Also, keep in mind that you're not stuck with the Color, the default Color. I like this default Color for the shot. I'll probably stick with it, but you have all of these other choices too.
You can just move your dropper around and pick whatever you want. You actually even get to see effect, but we're going to go with that default Color right now. So, I'm just going to click this again. I'm just going to move this slider and just kind of - it's just a little different effect, like let me unclick this box. There is full color. There is Color Monochrome. It looks little old fashioned. Doesn't it? A little like its aged a little bit. I like the look. So, there is our Color Monochrome version. I'm going to hit the V key again.
So, now we have that in the Stacks. We got Black & White, Color Monochrome. Why not add Sepia? So, I'm going to go back to my "key image," my master image here, the one that I've done some work on, and I sort of like the way it is. I'm going to right-click on it again, and I'm going to go back down to Duplicate Version. Now we have another version. I can go through and give it to the Sepia name in the Metadata. I'm not going to right now because you already know how that works. But I am going to go to my Adjustments pop-up menu, and we'll go to Sepia Tone. There we go.
Look at that. I didn't even have to go to a larger view, although I think we should, because I think we want adjust this. I'm hitting the V key, by the way, to cycle up to that larger view. Now Sepia is sort of like Color Monochrome in that when it first comes up, it might be a little stronger than you want. So, you can play with that. If we bring it all the way down, we're back to Color. We move it up, and we kind of get it where we want it here, just like that. Now we have a nice, Sepia-Toned photograph also.
So, let's hit the V key to go back to our thumbnail, so we have a nice little Stack here. Let's just play with our Stack. So, let's start out. Here is our Color shot. Here is our Sepia. Here is our Color Monochrome, and here is our Black & White. By the way, this is all nondestructive. We haven't created four masters. These are nothing more than versions of our original shot just little bits of metadata, but yet we get to have all these versions.
So, let's say, in this Stack, that I decide that I want the Color Monochrome to be the one that's on top. All I have to do is pick it. Go to Stacks. Make it the Pick shot. I'm going to hit the V key, so we go back the thumbnails. Collapse the Stack. Now that's a shot that's on top. That's the only shot that we see in the album, but we know we have all these other goodies in here. We can change that any time we want - very flexible, very nice.
What I'm telling you is this is an application to get creative with.
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