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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.
So one of the new ways we have at looking at our photos and kind of sorting through them in Aperture 3 is what we called the all projects view. And we have couple of different ways to get to it, the traditional way, where you go up to the View menu right up here, and you can go to Show Projects. That will take you to this view, or in the Library pane, you can just click on Projects. That will also do it. So for here, Great Outdoors, and you want to go to this view, you just click on the Projects View.
And then we can also work with this in full-screen mode by hitting the F key, and then we can work with all of our projects in full-screen mode. So we have a lot of different ways to look at this. Now you can imagine that over time, there are going to be a lot of projects in this pane here. Right now we only have three that we've just created early on, but as time goes on after a year, so you could have hundreds of projects here. So, Aperture gives you some ways to sort of sort through them, and view them, and filter them, and all that good stuff.
As they appear right now, we have this little pop-up menu, and we can just rearrange them. We can go to Date with the Oldest First, or the Newest First. We can move that around. We can go by Name, which is sort of alpha order. So we have those different sorting right off the top. Now, right now they're in what we call Ungrouped view, and that's this little icon right here. However, we can look at them in groups by Calendar. Click here.
And suddenly we have our 2007- 2008, 2009-2010 and 2010 groupings. So we've actually broken up the ungrouped mass of, in this case, three projects into something that's divided by date. That's a handy way to look at things, so you can see all the projects that have photos from 2007-2008 for example. If you use folders in your Library to organize things, you can look at things that way.
So, all the Projects not in a folder will show up here, and then everything that is in a folder will appear below that. So, it kind of depends on how you're organizing stuff. Now another option that you have is to use this filter over here, where you can actually type in a name. For instance, if I type in iPhone, then that is filtered. So all other projects that have iPhone in the name will appear, and everything else will move aside.
So if you have like a vague idea of what their project is named, that's not a bad way to go either. That's a nice little technique. Now, let's go to full-screen mode, because it gets even more fun. I am going to hit the F key right now, and we'll go to full-screen mode. So again, this is somewhat similar to what we saw before. We have this pop-up menu that allows us to rearrange things. We have the ungrouping buttons, but over here this changes things a little bit. Now, watch what happens. I am going to open up one of these projects here, just by double-clicking on it, and we get a new icon here.
And so now we can actually look within the project. So for example, if we wanted to just see everything that was three stars or better, we can do that and so we do a little filtering right there. That's very nice. And then you go okay, that's great, and I want to go back to where I see everything, and you can click on that. Now, if you click on this icon right here, this is a filter that gives you even more control. So for example, again we can play with the ratings here, three stars or more, four stars or more, and nope, I don't have any of those, so we can go back to that.
So that's kind of fun. If we have flagged images, or color labels, we can filter that way. Text, we can filter that way. But I want to show you keywords right now. I am going to click on Keywords right here and I can just filter by images that are tagged with, for instance, Hiking, or Camping. In this case, it would be the same. California, there we go. Now California and Hiking, there we go.
Include any of the following and then you have the different ways to sort. So it can include any of the following, or all of the following. It depends on-- this is regular search engine stuff. So that's kind of fun also. So if you wanted to find keyword "movie," for anything that goes in as a movie, then you can just click on Movie, and there you go. It shows up. So that little extra is very nice to help you navigate within the projects themselves. And then of course, you can go back to the All Projects View by clicking on Projects right here.
Here we are. I want to show you two more little tips. One is, as you're scrubbing through these, I am just moving the mouse from side-to-side. If you want to change the key image, you just stop and hit the Spacebar and now that image where you stopped becomes the key image. So that's kind of fun. And then if you click on the little i right there, this is just like iPhoto. It opens up an Info box. You can change the name of your project there.
You can add a description, which is kind of fun. And if there is any geo data involved with the images, those show up here on this map too. Then of course, if you just want to open the project, just go to the project itself, you click on this button down here, and now you're inside the project where we can do all the stuff we're talking about earlier. So we'll go back to Projects here, and then I am going to hit the F key, and we're going to exit out of full-screen mode. So this is very much like events in iPhoto, isn't it? A little bit more power, but the same concept.
If you've been using events in iPhoto, then you're going to feel very comfortable using the Projects view. It's a lot of fun in full-screen mode. It is handy and I encourage you to take a look at it and add it to your Aperture skill set.
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