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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.
Well, we touched on full-screen mode before, one of the really new and exciting features in Aperture 3, but now we're really going to dig in and I want to show you some more tricks on how you can really master what I think is one of the most beautiful ways to work on your images. So here we are and we're in the standard Aperture interface and I want to go to full-screen mode. So the first thing I'm going to do is hit the F key. Now, you can go up here and click on this icon, but it's just so much easier if you just remember that F stands for full- screen mode and we hit the F key and there we are.
Now we have basically the Thumbnail Browser view in full-screen mode. And this is a very handy view. We can scroll up and down. If you have a Mac laptop, one of the more current ones, you can also use are two-finger tracking to move things up and down. That's very nice! Now if you want to go and see one of the images in a larger view, you can hit the V key, the View key, and that will bring this up to the full-screen view of that particular image or we could hit the V key again to toggle out.
Another thing that you can do is just double- click on it and that will also bring it up. Now, when you're in this view here, you have a lot of options. If you hit the Y key, you will turn off and on the metadata overlay. See that down there at the bottom? If you do Shift+Y, you will go to your alternate metadata overlay and of course these are customizable. Hit Shift+Y again, go back to my original one, or hit just regular Y to turn it off altogether, very handy.
So that way, if you want to just look at the image itself and not have any metadata, the Y key is really helpful. Now let's talk about the filmstrip part of it. So, the filmstrip right now is hiding. If I go down to the bottom here, I can bring it up so that we can see it. If I want to have the filmstrip always visible, I will go over to the Lock button over here. Now it is locked, so that as I move from image to image, the filmstrip stays there, regardless of where I move the mouse.
Then if you hit the unlock part of the Lock button, then you're back to it hiding. Now some people like to have the filmstrip located in a different area. For instance, you may want it on the left. You just drag it over here, you just click-and-drag the mouse so that the filmstrip moves in the direction that you click-and-drag. Then the filmstrip will be where you put it. Of course, once it's here, you can also lock it here, also by clicking the Lock button. So that's very handy. If you unclick the Lock button, then it will hide, all right.
So very handy sort of stuff. I'm going to bring it back and I am going to lock it for a second, because I want to show you another thing. Let's say now you're ready to do some image editing. So you hit the H key to bring up the heads-up display. As I talked about when we were doing the overview of full-screen mode, you can lock it also. So now we have this cool little workspace where everything is all nice and organized and neat and ready to work on, and of course our buttons for metadata overlay still work, so I can hit the Y key.
So you have a very nice working space here. Of course, if you want to turn any of this off, then you just hit Lock keys again and you're back to sort of the free-floating style. Now I showed you the adjustment before where you hold down the Shift key and you make the heads-up display disappear, I'm going to hold down the Shift key and work on the exposure. You notice all I see is just that one slider there. Let go and the heads-up display comes back. Isn't that slick? So I'm going to hit the H key again.
Now we're hiding the heads-up display. I'm going to hit the V key to bring us back to Browser view. Then we can also play with the metadata here. We can turn it off and on. If you just want to look at a clean view of your images, just hit the U key and that hides your metadata overlay. Ta-da, ta-da, very nice! We'll leave it up for right now. Then at the top, you have your normal tools that we talked about before. You move the mouse up to the top and your toolbar will show.
It also has a Lock button, so if you want it there all the time, you can lock it and it will stay and then your navigator path will stay beneath it. If you decide that you don't want the toolbar showing all the time, just go ahead and unlock it. There you go! We have our filtering over here on the side. We'll talk about searching more in a different movie and then, of course, our Project Navigator Bar. So this is pretty much the overview for working in full-screen mode.
Once you're done and you want to go back to the regular Aperture interface, you can just hit the F key again. That brings us back to home, sweet home. Not quite as pretty as full-screen mode, but still pretty nice.
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