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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.
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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