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Using the Tabbed Inspector and HUD


Aperture 2 New Features

with Derrick Story

Video: Using the Tabbed Inspector and HUD

Using the Tabbed Inspector and HUD provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Derrick Story as part of the Aperture 2 New Features
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Video Duration: 4m 6s1h 17m Intermediate Feb 14, 2008

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Photographers who want to upgrade from iPhoto, or who are simply ready to take control of the digital images accumulating on their hard drives, will find powerful and easy-to-use photo management tools in Apple's Aperture 2. In Aperture 2 New Features, instructor Derrick Story takes an introductory look at photo processing and manipulation, and explores Quick Preview, RAW 2.0, .Mac Web Gallery, and the many new features in Aperture 2. The course follows a professional photographer's workflow, showing viewers how to incorporate his techniques into their everyday practices.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the new interface
  • Using the tabbed Inspector and HUD
  • Enhancing performance with the Quick Preview mode
  • Decoding new images with RAW 2.0 processing and Baseline DNG
  • Editing images with Recovery, Vibrancy, the Color Dropper, and the Retouch brush
  • Customizing keyboard shortcuts
  • Publishing to .Mac Web Gallery and using enhanced layout options
Derrick Story

Using the Tabbed Inspector and HUD

Now if you watched the previous movie where I was talking about some of the basic interface changes that Apple has introduced in Aperture, you may have noticed that I conveniently glossed over this change over here on the left side with the Inspector. At first it may look like the Inspector of old because you have your projects, and you open them up, and you have folders, and Smart Albums, and all that good stuff, and if you open it all the way up, this may look like something that you have on your computer right now, but what's missing is over on the right side, and on the right side, this is where the metadata used to be, and the metadata isn't there anymore.

What Apple did was that they took our Inspector and they made it tabbed, so now if I click on metadata, I have all the stuff right here. I don't have a photo selected. Here, I can actually show you how that works. Let's pick something fun here. We'll go down here to soccer. Let's pick a game. I'm going to click on that. Now I will click on the Metadata tab, and you'll see that I have all my nice metadata that I'm used to seeing, except it's over on the left side. It's not on the right side anymore, and that's nice because that gives me more screen real estate to look at my pictures, and after all, that's what Aperture's all about.

It's about pictures. It's not necessarily about all these windows. Now if I want to work on a picture, I can do that too. I can click on the adjustments tab in the Inspector and there I have all of my tools. Now clicking with the mouse, it's obvious, but it's not always the easiest way to go, so that's why we have the W key, and by pressing the W key, I can cycle through these different tabs in the Inspector, so for instance, I'm working here and I decide, oh, I want to work over here, but I want to see the metadata on that shot.

I don't necessarily want to make any adjustments, and I just hit the W key. That brings me over and I don't have to be moving my mouse willy nilly all over the place. Now this also works when you're in full screen mode, and I think this is even better than what we're seeing here in view mode, so for instance, I'm going to hit the F key right now. That brings me into full screen mode, and I really get to appreciate this shot in all of its glory, but I want to make some image adjustments here, so all I have to do is hit the H key, and that brings up the heads up display which we're used to seeing.

However, look at this, it used to be just adjustments in the heads up display where I would do things like, for instance, maybe play with the temperature a little bit, or take the exposure and change that a hair. This is something we're used to doing in a heads up display, but feedback that Apple got was that people like working in full screen mode. In fact, they just want to stay in full screen mode all the time, and so by changing the Inspector here, by hitting the W key as I was doing before when we were in the view mode, I can cycle through, and I have my projects here.

I have my metadata here, and of course I can make image adjustments, so for instance, if I'm working in full screen mode, and I'm working on this shot, and I decide that I want to go down to a different album, I don't have to go out of full screen mode, change albums, and then come back in. I simply hit W. It brings me over to projects. Go to the second album, Game Two here, and say, "Oh, there we go. That's the shot I want to work on," hit W again. Actually, I hit it twice to bring me over to adjustments, do my work, and then when I'm all finished, I can just hit H. That gets me out of the Inspector.

Hit F. That brings me out of full screen mode, and I'm back in view mode, where again, I have the same behaviors over here in the Inspector on the left side, so this is a very easy, very efficient use of screen real estate and it allows you to use as much of your monitor as possible for working with and looking at your photos, and not filling it up with a bunch of pallets, so that's a quick look at the tabbed Inspector, and it works the same in view mode as it does with the heads up display in full screen mode. You choose the way you want to work.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Aperture 2 New Features .

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Q: Are there a way to increase the font size in Aperture?
A: Not in Aperture itself, but you can use the zoom feature built into your operating system. (Aperture is a Mac-only program, by the way.) Go to the Apple menu and open System Preferences. Choose Universal Access. Turn on Zoom under the Seeing tab. Then, in any application, you can press Shift+Cmd+Plus to zoom in and Shift+Cmd+Minus to zoom out.

We advise you do not lower the screen resolution unless it's absolutely necessary, as that approach tends to make images softer than they really are. But if your sight is very poor, the tradeoff might be worth it.
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