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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.
No doubt at all, Aperture has some great tools, especially in version 3, for editing your images. I want to make you aware of, however, there are plug-ins for Aperture, and those plug-ins were around in version 2. That's when Aperture opened that door, so to speak, and we still have them. And they are called the Edit with Plug-ins. In this particular case, we are doing your image edits. And you can get to any plug-ins that you may have installed by simply right-clicking on your image.
And below the round tripping to your external editor, you'll have an Edit with Plug-in. And if you've installed any of these plug-ins, they will show up in this menu right here. In this case, I have Noise Ninja installed because the noise reduction in this third-party plug-in is stronger than the noise reduction that comes inside of the Aperture. And that is one of the two areas, primarily, that you'll see - these third-party plug-ins - either when there's a stronger tool than what's already in Aperture, or it fills a gap.
It provides a tool that isn't in Aperture. And that's when you see these third-party plug-ins. Now, the thing that you should know about them is that they work very much like round-tripping. So, if I were to use a third-party plug- in with this image here, then what that plug-in would do is actually create another full size version of that image, and then I would use the plug-in on that image, and then usually what I do is I stack the two images together. And in fact, when you use the third- party plug-in or the Edit with Plug-in, you even get the little target badge, the same badge that you get when you round-trip to Photoshop or an external editor.
So, they're very handy. They're good tools to be made available. You're not going to need them that often. You have to pay money for them. If you have a specific need, such as noise reduction, then you might want to look at these Edit with Plug-ins, because it might be a better solution for you then let's say round tripping to Photoshop or using the tools that are already in Aperture. Edit with Plug-ins. Again, you can get to it by right clicking > Edit with, and any plug-in that you have installed will show up in that menu.
If you're interested in finding out more about these Edit with Plug-ins, they're on the Resources page on the Apple site for Aperture. So, you can just go to http://www.apple. com/aperture, click on the Resources tab, and you'll find a link that will show you all the Edit with Plug-ins that are available right now. You can browse them. Some of them give you trial periods so that you can try them for free, and then if you like them, you can buy them. So, once you buy them, just download them, double-click, they install in Aperture, and then they'll show up right here in your contextual menu.
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