Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing for import, part of Aperture 2 Essential Training.
Before we start actually importing images, there's a few things I want to cover first. Now, a lot of this is going to be broken up into movies that follow this movie. But I want to kind of paint the overview, the landscape, the big picture here on importing your stuff, and there is a few things to consider before you actually ever hit that Import button. One of the first things to think about is your library structure itself and that's going to be right over here. Now, I am going to tell you right now, you are probably going to change your mind over time on how you manage your library, but you have to start somewhere.
What I recommend is that you think about your projects, you can create projects for big sort of things. Let's say nature, sports, people, things like that, and then if you want, you can just put your images in each of those major categories. However, if you are the type of person who likes to have sub-divisions in Aperture, those are albums, and I will show you how that works right now. I am just clicking on this project, Tidepools. I'll go up here to File and New Album.
So I can create a sub-division, an album, that contains a subset of the photos that are in here. The reason why I am bringing that up now is because when you import images from your camera or a hard drive, you can create projects on the fly, but you can't create albums on the fly. So if you want to take your images directly into an album, into a subset of a project, you have to remember to create it first before you initiate the import process.
Just a little tip there, we'll go into more detail on that later. Another thing that I'd like you to think about is the notion of managed library versus reference files. A managed library is something that's contained all within an Aperture container, usually in your Pictures folder, although it can be anywhere. So everything, master files, versions, web pages, the whole enchilada in that one container. The advantage to that is that if you have a managed library, you can use the Vault to back it up.
The other option is that you put your master files wherever you want, on another hard drive, on an array, wherever you want to do, and then you point Aperture to those master files. The advantage to that is that you don't have just one container that gets bigger and bigger and bigger over time. You can have master files live in different places. The disadvantage? You can't use the Vault to back them up. I am going to talk in more detail about that in an upcoming movie, but again I just want to plant that seed so you're thinking about it.
One other thing that I want to cover right now is the value of adding the metadata when you import. And metadata is your name, your copyright information, keywording. This is all very valuable stuff to add when you are importing your images because it's easier to do then than going back and adding that later on. The advantage to having keywords for example is that you can use them for search when your library is very big to help you find images.
So you can find that one image amidst thousands of images if it has keyword applied to it. So keywording is important and the easiest time to do it, at least the initial phase, is while you're actually adding your pictures to your computer. So these are some of the big things that I want you to think about now. We're going to talk more about library structure. We are going to talk more about managed versus reference files, and we're going to talk more about adding metadata on import.
These are all valuable things that will help you maintain an organized library so that you can have fun with your pictures, and not worry about where things are.
- Understanding Aperture terms, interface, preferences, and workflow
- Creating metadata presets and adding keywords on import
- Importing images from a digital camera, hard drive, or iPhoto library
- Using tethered shooting
- Viewing images with previews, slideshows, and metadata overlays
- Comparing, selecting, and organizing images
- Correcting white balance, exposure, levels, and color
- Using Retouch, Straighten, Crop, Vignette, and other image adjustments
- Applying sharpening and noise reduction adjustments
- Searching for images and creating Smart Albums
- Exporting, archiving, and backing up photos
- Designing books, publishing web galleries, and printing images
Skill Level Beginner
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.
1. Getting Started
2. Importing Images
3. Viewing Images
4. Comparing, Selecting, and Organizing Images
5. Making Basic Image Adjustments
6. Making Additional Image Adjustments
7. Using Unique Aperture Tools
8. Modifying Metadata
9. Searching for Images
10. Exporting Images
Using the Export plug-ins3m 27s
11. Archiving Photos
12. Using Aperture's Book-Making and Design Tools
13. Building Web Pages
14. Printing Images
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