Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Converting to black and white in iPhoto and Aperture, part of Using iPhoto and Aperture Together.
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Let's play this in black and white. We can do black and white in both iPhoto and Aperture. I'll show you how the two applications handle it differently. So, here is a shot that we worked on in iPhoto in color. I want to make a black and white version of it. So, I'm going to go to Photos. I'm going to go to Duplicate. We'll make another one of these, right here. I'm going to double-click on it to open it up and we will go to Edit. And in the Effects tab, you'll see that we have black and white conversion.
One step black and white conversion right here. I click on that. I can boost the effect a bit by clicking on Boost. And there we go. We've just made a black and white conversion. Not bad. We'll go back here. It's part of our library now. Let me show you what I can do with black and white in Aperture. So, we'll open up our same library there. So, we'll quit iPhoto. So, here is what we did in iPhoto right here, that's lovely.
So, what I'm going to do now--here is a shot that we worked on in Aperture-- I'm going to right-click on it and I'm going to Duplicate Version and we're going to work with black and white with this one. We're going to go to our Adjustments tab. Now, here in Effects, we have a number of effects we can apply and one of them is black and white and watch what happens when I go with these different versions of black and white. We get a little preview of the adjustment.
Here is Yellow, Green, Blue, Low Contrast, High Contrast, and Infrared. These are kind of fun. So, if you want to use any of these as a starting point, all you have to do is click. I'm going to show you another way to go. We're going to go to Add Adjustment and we have black and white right here also, where we can pull up a black and white brick.
You can see that right here. And in this case, now I can play with the different sliders to create more of the black and white effect that I want. So, I'm playing with the Red, the Green, and the Blue sliders, and sort of get something like this. And now, I'm going to recover a little bit of those highlights right here. Move the highlight slider and I'm go up to Recovery, recover it a little bit more and there is our Aperture black and white conversion.
And as we did before, let's put them side by side. So, here's the Aperture. So, I'm going to hold down the Command key, click on the iPhoto version. Hit the V key so I can put them side by side. So, here's our Aperture approach, here's our iPhoto approach. Both of them gave you black and white conversion but you have more controls and more options in Aperture for your black and white photography.
In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Derrick Story shows key strategies for employing both iPhoto and Aperture in a digital photography workflow. The course begins with a look at the unified photo library format and managing your library with both applications.
Next, the course examines the professional-level image editing features in Aperture and details strategies for sharing photos through slideshows and print projects, guiding you to the best application for the job at hand. It concludes with lessons on exporting photos using Aperture, managing an iCloud Photo Stream, and backing up your library.
- Sharing libraries
- Importing and exporting photos
- Organizing your library
- Editing images
- Building slideshows
- Creating prints, cards, books, and calendars
- Archiving and back up your library