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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.
It's pretty easy to get your photos out of iPhoto. You can choose one or you can hold down the Command key and choose a number of images and export them. Go to File>Export right here and we're back to the File Export dialog box here. Make sure you have this tab selected. First thing you want to do is decide what format do you want, and you have all the usual suspects here. If you brought in a RAW file into iPhoto by the way, then Original will give you that RAW file out, just so you know.
And you get to pick the Quality that you want. Remember, the higher the Quality, the bigger the file size. Just something to note, most of us are usually right around high or medium for our quality setting for JPEGs and You can include a little bit of Metadata, Title and Keywords and if you have GPS data associated with your photo, let's say that you took the shot with your iPhone, probably there is GPS data with it. If you want that information to travel with the image as you export it out of iPhoto, check that box.
But if it's a shot that you took at your house, you don't want everyone to know where you live then uncheck that box. And then, you have the actual size of the image that's going out of the library. Full Size will be full size, that's pretty straightforward. These are relative to each other and generally speaking, Small will be 320 pixels on the longest side. Generally speaking, Medium will be 640 pixels on the longest side and usually Large is 1280 pixels on the longest side, but it can -- I've noticed sometimes when I've done my testing, get as large as 4000 pixels on the longest side.
That one seems to be a little bit more variable, so you might want to do a little testing, but these are fairly consistent and then of course Full Size. Now, you can just take matters into your own hands and do Custom where you get to set the dimensions that you want. You can do width, height or just the overall longest dimension. You have a few filename options; generally speaking you're going to use the original filename and if you want you can put it in a subfolder. Then you hit the Export button and off to the races as you go.
It's pretty straightforward, it's fairly easy but you do have a few choices in the Export dialog box for iPhoto.
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