Aperture 2 New Features

with Derrick Story
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Aperture 2 New Features
Video duration: 0s 1h 16m Intermediate


Photographers who want to upgrade from iPhoto, or who are simply ready to take control of the digital images accumulating on their hard drives, will find powerful and easy-to-use photo management tools in Apple's Aperture 2. In Aperture 2 New Features, instructor Derrick Story takes an introductory look at photo processing and manipulation, and explores Quick Preview, RAW 2.0, .Mac Web Gallery, and the many new features in Aperture 2. The course follows a professional photographer's workflow, showing viewers how to incorporate his techniques into their everyday practices.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the new interface
  • Using the tabbed Inspector and HUD
  • Enhancing performance with the Quick Preview mode
  • Decoding new images with RAW 2.0 processing and Baseline DNG
  • Editing images with Recovery, Vibrancy, the Color Dropper, and the Retouch brush
  • Customizing keyboard shortcuts
  • Publishing to .Mac Web Gallery and using enhanced layout options


Hi, my name's Derrick Story, and I'm going to be your tour guide for Aperture 2.0. Now Apple has included, they say, a hundred new features, or even more than a hundred new features in this release, and I have to admit there is a lot of new stuff here. We're not going to cover a hundred new features because not every one of them I think is vital or that important, however, there are six areas that hold new features that I do want to cover in this title. The first one has to do with interface. They have changed the interface.

It is nicer. It's easier to use. It's cleaner. People coming from iPhoto will like this interface, and I'm going to talk about that. I'm going to talk about things such as the tabbed browser, double-click behaviors, things like that. We're going to cover that in this title. I'm also going to cover performance improvements. We now have something called Quick Preview and it is fast, and it works great, and so people that thought Aperture ran too slowly before I think are really going to like this feature. New image decoding. There's RAW 2.0, and there's Baseline DNG.

These are very important in terms of image manipulation, decoding, and eventually leading to output. We're going to cover that in this title. There are new image editing tools. There are things like Recovery, Vibrancy. There's a Color Dropper so that when you're working in the color brick, you can pick a custom color and adjust the hue, saturation and luminance of that custom color. I love this and I'm going to show you how it works, and the Retouch brush. There's a Retouch brush now, both for cloning and then just cleaning up sensor dust, and it's so much easier to use than Spot & Patch.

In iPhoto '08, they introduced a .Mac web gallery function, and iPhoto users love it, and so now we have it in Aperture too, but because we're Aperture users, we get a little something extra, and the extra that we get is that we can allow users to download the master files too, and since it's password protected, this is a very usable system, for not only sharing your photos, but actually doing business, and it works great. And finally, just a fun thing, you can now create your own keystrokes.

You have a customizable keyboard. You can save it in sets. You can share these sets with other people, you can have different sets for different types of jobs that you do. It works very well. It's a terrific convenience, and these are just some of the things that we're going to cover in this title, so get comfortable and come with me, and let's find out what's going on in Aperture 2.0.

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Q: Are there a way to increase the font size in Aperture?
A: Not in Aperture itself, but you can use the zoom feature built into your operating system. (Aperture is a Mac-only program, by the way.) Go to the Apple menu and open System Preferences. Choose Universal Access. Turn on Zoom under the Seeing tab. Then, in any application, you can press Shift+Cmd+Plus to zoom in and Shift+Cmd+Minus to zoom out.

We advise you do not lower the screen resolution unless it's absolutely necessary, as that approach tends to make images softer than they really are. But if your sight is very poor, the tradeoff might be worth it.
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