The seven-step image edit in Aperture
Video: The seven-step image edit in ApertureI'm going to image edit the same photo in Aperture using its tools so we can get a comparison for the difference between iPhoto and Aperture. So, what I'm going to do is quit out of iPhoto here, go to our Sunflowers library, right-click on it and Open With>Aperture. Now, the first thing that jumps out of me is, look at that. Here's our iPhoto image that we worked on in Aperture. Your image edit do go back and forth between the applications.
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The seven-step image edit in Aperture
I'm going to image edit the same photo in Aperture using its tools so we can get a comparison for the difference between iPhoto and Aperture. So, what I'm going to do is quit out of iPhoto here, go to our Sunflowers library, right-click on it and Open With>Aperture. Now, the first thing that jumps out of me is, look at that. Here's our iPhoto image that we worked on in Aperture. Your image edit do go back and forth between the applications.
I just think that's really neat, that's cool. But I want to work on the original shot so we can do a comparison. So, I'm going to right-click on this, then I'm going to make a New Version from Original. And that will allow us to start with a clean slide, so I'll double-click on this. Now, our seven steps in Aperture are Crop, White balance, Exposure, Highlights and shadow, Color, Enhance, and Edge sharpen.
Let's start with Crop. Cropping tools down here at the bottom. I don't want any constraints. I want to do a free crop. And as before, I just want to tighten up this shot a bit. So, we'll just do this right here. That will tighten this up and hit Return or I can click on Apply. Either one will work and we have cropped our image. Step two is White balance. Now, in the White balance tool in Aperture here, we have an Auto button, which we don't have in iPhoto.
Both applications have the eyedropper, which are great if you have a white or a gray area to click on, but we don't in this shot. So, Auto is welcomed in the Aperture White balance brick. I'm going to click on it right now and sometimes, it appears to do some weird things at the beginning. But you have three different ways to look at Auto White balance. You have Temperature & Tint, Skin Tone, and Natural Gray. And you can start with the one that you feel comes closest.
I actually like Skin Tone for this shot. I like what its done with the warmth. Now, I can fine tune it a bit if I want. I'll warm that up just even a bit more. I want this, kind of this warm, glowy sunflower shot in this particular version of it. So, White balance is step number two and we used the Auto button and choose the Skin Tone version of it. Step number three is Exposure, and the Exposure brick is conveniently located right below White balance.
Isn't that nice of them? Now overall, in terms of highlights and dark areas, I'm pretty happy with the image. The Exposure slider covers the highlights, Black Point covers the shadow areas, the dark areas and Brightness covers the mid tones. I'm going to darken the mid tones a bit because I want a little drama and I know that I have other tools that allow me to open up the shadows. So, we'll darken those mid tones a bit right here using the Brightness slider and I'm going to leave it at this point. Highlights and shadows.
Highlights and shadows is just a bit down here. Now, if you don't have Highlights & Shadows in your default set, you can just go to Add Adjustment and add it right there. I already have it here because I use it all of the time. And I want to open up the shadows just a bit here. Just give me a little bit. See how this opens that up nicely, right there; that's the Shadow slider, and I want to add a little Contrast, so I'm going to use the mid tone contrast.
And as I add contrast, those shadows start to block up a bit again. So, I might just go back and forth between the two until I get it the way that I want. Somewhere I want some punch. Excellent! So, we've made our highlights and shadows adjustment. And now, I still want to play with the color a bit. In an option that we have in Aperture that we don't have in iPhoto is the actual color brick. So, I'm going to choose that right here. The greens don't look right to me.
So, I'm going to click on the green swatch, click on the eyedropper, choose my green and now I can play with the -- you notice that the yellows are being affected, and that's because yellow and green are very much attached in the color world. So, I'm playing with the hue. There's a lot of yellow in our greens. I can play with the saturation. I can really bump it up. And I can play with the brightness.
So, just trying to find that happy spot there but I'd like the green much better now than before. And you can always check your work by clicking the box. So now, we're looking pretty good right there and I'm going to move on to Enhance. Now, Enhance has the Definition slider. That's very much the same as in iPhoto. I just want to bring up the texture just a bit there.
Take a look at the Contrast. Maybe I want to go back as I'm looking at this. We're loosing a little detail here. So, let's just try to recover some of that detail with our highlight. Look how elegant that is. Now, we're working on a raw file. But the Highlights and Shadows sliders work very well here. I'm going to go back to Enhance and just pull that Vibrancy down a bit. Maybe it's a little too saturated and we'll go back to White Balance and maybe we'll just cool off a bit.
As you make an adjustment in one area, it affects another area. So sometimes, you have a little back and forth. I feel like I'm pretty close now. Our last step in our seven step process is Edge sharpen. I like the Edge sharpen tool. It's much more sophisticated than regular sharpen. It brings out the detail a bit more. Most of the time, you only have to work with the Intensity slider. Edges and Falloff will be fine where they are, and here is our finished product right here.
I'm going to click on the M key. There is our original shot. Here's our improvement with the Seven Step. Lets bring up our side-by-side shots. Hold down the Command key, just select the other one, hit the V key to put them side-by-side. Two different interpretations of the same shot using the different editing tools. The iPhoto shot, I couldn't work on the color the way that I could in Aperture and I think that makes a big difference.
The Aperture shot, just doing it here I feel like I'm about 80% done, its much closer. Both applications give you a lot of tools but I like the options a bit more that I have in Aperture. And if you want to explore those more on your own, we have the Aperture Essential Training that covers all of the image editing tools.
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