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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.
A brand-new adjustment that Apple has added to Aperture 3.3 is Auto Enhance, and on their website they actually call it Pro Auto Enhance. Here it is, right over here, it's this little kind of magic wand icon in your Adjustments panel, and the idea is to do no harm. I mean, that's rule one with this. So the adjustments tend to be more subtle than you might see with other Magic Wand tools in other applications, and the areas that the Auto Enhance will work on are things like Vibrancy, Curves, Shadows, White Balance, stuff like that.
So instead of me describing to you, let me just show you. Let's take the shot of the Bougainvillea here, and let's just click on Auto Enhance, and yes, I do notice the difference, and in fact, I can hit the M key to show us the master. There we were before Auto Enhance, and here we are afterwards. Now the thinking being that sometimes this will be all your photo needs, or it's just an excellent starting point to finish it off to your taste.
In the case of this photograph, it added a little Vibrancy, it added some Curves, which would be Exposure adjustment, and it opened up the Shadows a bit. So that's what it did with the Bougainvillea shot. Now I can go and finish it off, but the thing that it did not do was take it to some place where I have to back off adjustments. Let's take a look at another shot here. Let's go to a portrait. Here is a portrait right out of the camera, no adjustments whatsoever.
Let's see what Pro Auto Enhance does to it. So we'll go over here to the button, I will click on that, and yes, we have changed the photo quite a bit. Let's hit our M key to see what we did. Here we were before. Now this time when Aperture analyzed the photo, it also made a White Balance adjustment. It did not make White Balance adjustment for the Bougainvillea shot, but it did here. So in other words, Aperture felt that the Bougainvillea White Balance is fine, this one needed a little tweaking.
It also increased the Vibrancy a bit. I don't see anything that it changed there in Highlights and Shadows because we are all zeroed out here, but it definitely made a change in curves. Let's just take a look at that, yep, so we made an Exposure adjustment. Now, I can go ahead and finish off the shot, and I would probably do some of the things that I did in a previous movie where I go in here, and I would recover some of the detail here. I would probably tone it down a bit also, so I might go to the Brightness slider and just bring that down a little bit, like that. That's more in the range that I like, I am more comfortable with, and I would probably try to recover some of the highlights right away in that top like that.
So you see that using the Auto Enhance gave me a good starting point, and then I can finish it off, but I didn't have to back off any of the adjustments that it applied. So Pro Auto Enhance, I like to use it as a starting point for my images. Most of the time it does a great job of making it look better. I can't think of an instance where it made them look worse.
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