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Working with the Adjustments pane

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Video: Working with the Adjustments pane

Before we dive in to all of these wonderful adjustments we have available to us, I am just going to give you a brief tour of the Adjustment pane itself, just so we know where we are. And this applies both to the pane when we are in the regular interface here or if I hit the H key and bring up the heads up display in the Adjustment pane in the floating Inspector. They are both designed the same. They are just two different ways to work.

Working with the Adjustments pane

Before we dive in to all of these wonderful adjustments we have available to us, I am just going to give you a brief tour of the Adjustment pane itself, just so we know where we are. And this applies both to the pane when we are in the regular interface here or if I hit the H key and bring up the heads up display in the Adjustment pane in the floating Inspector. They are both designed the same. They are just two different ways to work.

Usually we use this one when we are in full-screen mode. So, right now, we will just hang out over here in the regular view. So, up here, at top, of course, we have the Adjustments pane and remember, we can go from one pane to the other in the Inspector by just hitting the W key. That brings us to Adjustments. Here is the histogram that represents the image that we are looking at and by default, it is in RGB mode. That means we are seeing the red channel, the green channel, and the blue channel.

You can change that because over here, this little gear menu, that's called the Adjustment Action pop-up menu. That's a mouthful, isn't it? And there we can change our histogram option so, for instance, if you like just looking at the Luminance and not the separate channels, you can change that, and here you get more of a look like you are used to seeing in Photoshop when you work in Levels. So, the choice is yours. I actually like the Luminance view myself.

I think it's simple. And what do we mean by Luminance? That just means we are looking at light values from dark to bright. Our dark values are over here; our bright values are over here. And in here are all the middle tones. And all of these represent what's going on in this photo here. So, that's the histogram there. Now we have a couple of pop-up menus, and we have the Presets pop-up menu, which is a nice addition to Aperture 3. And here is where we are going to have a lot of fun, in the Presets movie, because not only do you have presets loaded for you already. If you just go over them, you get a nice little preview of them.

So, you don't even have to make a commitment. You just kind of mouse over them. And you can create your own presets also and add them. And you can even share them with other people. So, a lot happening in this little pop-up menu. This is Presets right here. And then here we have the Adjustments pop-up menu. I am just going to click on that. Now these are basically all of the adjustments that are available to us. We have Quick Brushes at the top, which we are going to dedicate some movies to, so you really get to understand how they work. And these are new in Aperture 3.

And then we have a lot of other adjustments. Now the adjustments that have a dot next to them, those are already loaded into our pane here. The other adjustments that don't have a dot are available to us, and all we have to do, for instance, if we wanted to add one is just click on it. And then we can add that brick and that's what we call these. We call these bricks. Now when you add a brick, it is automatically selected, but you don't have to keep it.

So, you can just uncheck this box right here, and then that turns off that adjustment. And if you want it back on, it's as simple as checking that box. So, these adjustments, even after you've played with them, are very easy to turn off and on. Now let's say that you have an adjustment on and you play with the sliders, you make some changes, you know so you do some stuff here, and you are looking at it, and you go, "Well let's see.

I don't really like what I did." I want to kind of go back to the default setting." And that's what this little guy is right here. This is the reset button. So, all you have to do is click on him, and that will take you back to the default brick setting. Now each adjustment brick has its own gear menu. This gear menu up here, that we looked at originally, is for the Adjustments pane but each brick has its own gear menu. And we can click on that, and here is where we have access to the brushes.

And we have brushes for almost every adjustment available to us. We are going to spend some fun time playing with the brushes. These are new to Aperture 3. We can also add multiple bricks for each of these adjustments. In other words, we could have two Black & White bricks. We can remove this adjustment from the pane here, if we decide that we are not going to use it. And if it's an adjustment that we use a lot, that doesn't automatically show up in our default set here, we could add it to the default set by choosing this selection right here. Then every time we go to the Adjustments pane, this brick will be here and available to us.

So, we have a lot of options within the brick themselves. They are all under this gear menu. Now as I mentioned in an earlier movie, you can collapse a brick by clicking on the triangle. But now in Aperture 3, you can also collapse a brick just by double-clicking on it. And double-clicking on it again will open it up. And this is true for all of the bricks, Levels and Exposure. The reason why I mentioned those two, interestingly enough, when you collapse the Exposure brick or the Levels brick, we still have the Auto controls available to us, even when they are collapsed.

So, if you want to do Auto Exposure or you want to do Auto Levels, then those are available even when those bricks are collapsed. So, that's a nice little tour of our Adjustments pane here. And as I mentioned before, all of this holds true also for the heads up display. I just hit the H key to bring that up. All of it's true for here. We have same sort of things available to us. It's just a different view of the same set of controls.

So, now let's start thinking about making some changes to our photos.

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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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