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Using quick brushes

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Video: Using quick brushes

One of the new tools in Aperture 3 that I'm very excited about are the Quick Brushes, right here. And you can also access them, if you go to any View mode down here. Now, what do these things do? These allow us to do localized adjustments. Well, before when we got to the stage of a photograph, we would often have to go to Photoshop to do this work. This allows us to stay in Aperture longer and sometimes forever without ever having to leave this application.

Using quick brushes

One of the new tools in Aperture 3 that I'm very excited about are the Quick Brushes, right here. And you can also access them, if you go to any View mode down here. Now, what do these things do? These allow us to do localized adjustments. Well, before when we got to the stage of a photograph, we would often have to go to Photoshop to do this work. This allows us to stay in Aperture longer and sometimes forever without ever having to leave this application.

There are a lot of Quick Brushes, as you can see, right here. I'm going to show you a few of them. We're going to work on this image here. And I'll try to show you the various controls that come with the brushes that we are working on, and those controls also apply to the other brushes. So really, then it just becomes a matter of which adjustment do you want to make? I want to work on this shot a little bit. There are a couple of things about it I'd like to change. So, I am going to go to Full Screen mode to give us a better view of it.

I hit the F key, by the way, to go to Full Screen mode. And then we hit the H key. We're going to bring up our heads-up display, and I'm going to lock it by hitting the little Lock button here. And let's just do a few things. I want to bring up the Definition in this bark a little bit to make it a little bit texture-y. I want to burn this area a little bit, and maybe just even out the blue here. I used the Polarizer, and I'm getting a little bit of that change that happens. And I think Quick Brushes are pretty much the way to go. I've already done some Global Edits, as you can tell, so we're to the stage now where we're refining the photo, and that's what the brushing tools are so good at.

So, I'll go over here to our Adjustments pop-up menu. And the first thing I'm going to do is do a little burning in that lower left-hand corner. So, I'm going to pick Burn. And you'll notice that we get a pop -up menu, and we also get a brick. We'll work with these tools up here, while we're actually doing our brushing. But after we've done our adjustment, we have a slider here where we can make that adjustment more pronounced, or less pronounced, sort of like the Fade slider in Photoshop, and it's a very handy.

Let's go ahead and just do some burning. You can adjust the Brush Size right here. But if you have a mouse that has a Scroll Wheel, you can use a Scroll Wheel, which I really prefer. It's really great. Also, if you are using a Wacom Tablet, Aperture respects the pressure sensitivity of that Tablet and you can that also. So, you have a lot of different options. I'm going to set the Strength fairly strong, just so we can see what's going on here. And I can just start brushing, and you can see, right away, the change, down there in the corner.

If I wanted to constrain the area that I was burning, I go to the Gear menu, and right now I have it constrained to Midtones. I could have it not constrained at all where it just burns everything, or I could just work on Shadows or Highlights. So, set that the way that you want. We'll go ahead and work at Midtones. If you want to check your work, go back to the Gear menu and try Color Overlay right here. So, now we can see what we've been doing.

Now, if I kind of go up into an area that I don't want to burn - it's not that critical on this particular shot - but if I want to clean things up, I can do that. I go to the Eraser tool. I might want to make my Brush Size a little smaller for clean up, so I am using the Scroll Wheel to do that. And then I can just go and take that out. Let's take off the constraint. Go to All. There we go.

So, if it's not doing what you want, you probably have it constrained. And it does respect those constraints, so pay close attention to what's going on. So, we have cleaned that up a bit, so I am going to go back to my Brushing tool, and now I am going to turn off my Overlay, and let's take a look at what we did. So, there we have it. And I go, "Oh, you know what? I want it just a little bit stronger," so then I can do that after I've done the brushing.

Again, this is a subtle adjustment, but that's the point that we're at in working on this photograph. We've already done our Global adjustments. Now we're just fine-tuning. So, I'll go ahead and close that. I want to go ahead and add a little definition to this bark right here again, so I'll go back to Adjustments > Quick Brushes, go to Definition. I want a little bigger tool. I want the Strength pretty strong on this, and I'll - you can pump up the Intensity right here right now, and we'll just add a little Intensity, make that bark more bark-y.

Again, another localized adjustment right here. We've made that bark more bark-y. And then finally, I just want to clean up the sky, and I'm going to use the Polarizer Quick Brush for that. Go back to Adjustments. Go to Quick Brushes. Look for Polarizer. There it is there. Move my pop-up out of the way. I want to bring these tones more in alignment with these tones. I don't want to make it too strong. I want to have lots of softness.

I want a nice big brush because we're working on a big area, and we'll just do a little painting right here. Let's bring these tones in line. We've got a little bit of a line there, you notice. So, we can bring Strength down, and continue to paint a little bit, kind of bring that line down. And now I'll show you the Feather tool, which is very handy, which allows us to go back and now just kind of feather our adjustments. And you can just keep playing with that until you bring that into alignment, and I'll bring my Strength down a little bit.

And I'll just continue to paint until I get the way that I want. If I feel like the Intensity is too strong, if I can't make the correction, then I can always bring that Intensity down later on, and keep playing with it until I get the image the way that I want. And if you decide that you don't like what you did, and you go, "I just made it worse," we can always just turn off that brick, and go back to where you were. And you can remove the adjustment altogether by going to the Gear menu, and say Remove this adjustment.

I go, "You know what? The Polarizer just didn't work." I'm just going to take it out, and we're done. So, Quick Brushes, they allow you to work on specific areas of your photograph. You usually do it a little bit later in the workflow. They are different than the brushes that we get in the bricks, these brushes here. And we're going to talk about those in an upcoming movie. Quick Brushes are more when you just want to make an adjustment with a specific thing right then.

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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the system requirements
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding key Aperture terms
      6m 5s
    3. Touring the interface
      4m 43s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing the top toolbar
      2m 5s
    6. Setting up two monitors
      2m 44s
    7. Configuring for faces and places
      5m 37s
    8. Understanding RAW files
      5m 5s
    9. Following the recommended Aperture workflow
      3m 23s
    10. Running Aperture Library First Aid
      1m 53s
  3. 45m 49s
    1. Preparing for import
      7m 38s
    2. Using managed libraries or the referenced file approach
      8m 7s
    3. Creating metadata presets
      5m 23s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      1m 44s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 48s
    6. Using the RAW+JPEG option
      3m 36s
    7. Importing movies from your digital camera
      3m 10s
    8. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 29s
    9. Importing images from an iPhone
      3m 48s
    10. Importing live images from an iPad or an iPhone
      3m 6s
  4. 39m 22s
    1. Working in Projects view
      6m 33s
    2. Working in Photos view
      3m 22s
    3. Viewing in full-screen mode
      5m 25s
    4. Zooming to actual size
      1m 23s
    5. Using the Loupe for a closer look
      3m 24s
    6. Showing focus points
      1m 28s
    7. Using Quick Preview
      1m 22s
    8. Proofing profiles and on-screen proofing
      2m 58s
    9. Customizing metadata overlays
      5m 26s
    10. Managing previews
      5m 34s
    11. Learning the heads-up displays
      2m 27s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Creating projects and albums
      3m 22s
    2. Rating images by stars and color
      9m 52s
    3. Flagging images
      2m 0s
    4. Organizing a series with stacks
      5m 47s
    5. Grouping images with Smart Albums
      3m 20s
  6. 17m 22s
    1. Understanding the Aperture 3 library
      2m 45s
    2. Switching between Aperture 3 libraries
      2m 21s
    3. Exporting single or multiple projects as libraries
      3m 0s
    4. Merging multiple libraries into one
      3m 53s
    5. Splitting libraries
      3m 5s
    6. Sharing libraries
      2m 18s
  7. 58m 21s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 47s
    2. Working with the Adjustments pane
      6m 28s
    3. Updating RAW processing from previous versions of Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Reading a histogram
      2m 8s
    5. Adjusting white balance
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting exposures
      4m 37s
    7. Enhancing photos
      3m 24s
    8. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 34s
    9. Customizing auto adjustments for levels and curves
      1m 50s
    10. Adjusting tonality with the Levels tool
      5m 45s
    11. Adjusting colors
      5m 5s
    12. Converting color pictures to black and white
      4m 14s
    13. Sharpening edges
      5m 54s
    14. Using the Vignette effect
      3m 9s
  8. 41m 13s
    1. Cropping images
      4m 39s
    2. Retouching blemishes
      7m 39s
    3. Fixing spots
      3m 2s
    4. Using Straighten Crop and Flip
      2m 19s
    5. Fixing a chromatic aberration
      2m 9s
    6. Reducing visual noise
      3m 5s
    7. Making adjustments with the Curves tool
      8m 53s
    8. Rotating images
      1m 22s
    9. Removing the Vignette effect
      2m 0s
    10. Using the Color Monochrome and Sepia tools
      4m 27s
    11. Considering the Sharpen tool
      1m 38s
  9. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing brushes
      2m 53s
    2. Using quick brushes
      7m 7s
    3. Using adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    4. Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes
      5m 10s
    5. Creating multiple bricks for a single adjustment
      3m 25s
    6. Applying presets
      5m 46s
    7. Modifying presets
      2m 39s
    8. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      1m 51s
    9. Roundtripping to Photoshop
      3m 49s
    10. Using the edit plug-ins
      2m 52s
    11. Customizing the Adjustments pane
      1m 30s
    12. Batch processing with Lift and Stamp
      3m 9s
  10. 20m 41s
    1. Setting up face recognition
      4m 37s
    2. Searching for faces
      3m 43s
    3. Working with images that have existing tags in places
      3m 18s
    4. Adding geo tags using places in Aperture
      4m 28s
    5. Searching by place
      4m 35s
  11. 15m 42s
    1. Applying keywords
      4m 52s
    2. Creating unique captions quickly
      3m 17s
    3. Batch changing
      7m 33s
  12. 7m 0s
    1. Using the Search box
      4m 24s
    2. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      2m 36s
  13. 12m 48s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      9m 10s
    2. Using the export plug-ins
      3m 38s
  14. 6m 44s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 23s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      2m 18s
    3. Restoring from a vault
      2m 3s
  15. 29m 52s
    1. Viewing your images via a quick slideshow
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up complex slideshows
      8m 19s
    3. Customizing individual slides
      8m 6s
    4. Adding video to your slideshows
      4m 13s
    5. Pulling a still frame from a movie
      1m 37s
    6. Exporting slideshows
      3m 43s
  16. 21m 39s
    1. Preparing your book project
      7m 9s
    2. Adjusting your book
      4m 54s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 2s
    4. Outputting your book
      2m 34s
  17. 22m 21s
    1. Emailing a photo from Aperture
      3m 27s
    2. Seeing your Aperture library from other applications
      1m 59s
    3. Building a web page
      4m 57s
    4. Publishing a web gallery
      3m 22s
    5. Publishing images to Flickr
      5m 58s
    6. Publishing images to Facebook
      2m 38s
  18. 10m 58s
    1. Printing a single image
      6m 32s
    2. Printing multiple images
      3m 4s
    3. Ordering prints from within Aperture
      1m 22s
  19. 36m 8s
    1. Taking advantage of Retina display Macs
      1m 56s
    2. Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of the advanced white balance adjustment
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding the changes in the revised Shadows and Highlights tool
      5m 23s
    5. Using Professional Auto Enhance as a starting point for image editing
      3m 24s
    6. Creating your own Auto Enhance presets
      2m 6s
    7. Using iPhoto effects in Aperture
      1m 34s
    8. Increasing performance with Fast Browsing combined with Quick Preview
      3m 40s
    9. Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
      3m 52s
    10. Deleting images from your Photo Stream
      2m 2s
    11. Deleting images from the iPhone, reordering projects, and setting the desktop photo
      2m 33s
    12. Transferring photos into Aperture from the iPad and the iPhone
      2m 31s
  20. 1m 35s
    1. Looking ahead
      1m 35s

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