Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the interface, part of Aperture 2 Essential Training.
I would like to take you on a little tour of the Aperture Interface. Now with version 2.0 Apple has really cleaned this up a lot and this is a lot more attractive and I think a lot easier to use and understanding just a little bit about where things are located will allow you to work efficiently. One thing I want to note at this point, I am going to show you some basic interface locations and keystroke commands and things like that. But then after that you can customize this interface so that it fits the way that you want to work.
So remember, this is how it comes out of the box but you can take it just about any direction you want to go. Now I am going to start with the top here and at the top here we have our toolbar and this is very simple. This is where, for instance, we have the button to hide and display the Inspector, to bring an Import, New Projects and albums, moveing all the way over, a lot of the stuff I am going to be covering in different movies throughout this training. Different ways to view, which I am going to show you some selected keyboards commands for that.
Going into Full Screen, the Loupe for magnifying parts of the photo. And a little bit about keywording since keywording such as important part of keeping track of our images. So this is all on the toolbar at the top here. If I don't want the toolbar, if I want to reclaim some of this real state while I am working on pictures, I can go to Shift+T and I can hide that toolbar. And I hit Shift+T again and I can bring it back. And remember earlier when I said that this is a very customizable interface.
Well, we are going to start right with the toolbar. If I go down here in View and I go to Customize toolbar, click on that. Oh my gosh, look at all these options I have. So if I decide that for reason I have to have Batch Change up in my toolbar, I can just grab this, put it right up here and it will now become part of my toolbar. We are not going to do it right now. I am going to keep this toolbar sort of out of the box but later on remember you can go back and you can make this anywhere that you want.
I am going to click Done. We will leave the toolbar for a moment and we will talk a little bit over on this side here. We will start with the Inspector pane which has three tabs, Projects, Metadata and Adjustments, and you can turn off and on that pane by clicking on the blue 'I' or you can just hit the I Key itself and get rid of the pane. Now if I want to cycle through the different tabs in the pane, I can click on them of course, but how 1980s is that? If I hit the W Key, then I can just cycle through them just by hitting the W Key.
Very handy. Allows you to work it very fast. Now in between the toolbar here and the Inspector pane, there is the Import pane and if I click on Import, it will show up here and this is where I bring pictures in from the camera, from a memory card, from other hard drives. We use the Import pane for all of that. This is what images come into Aperture. We are not going to bring any in right now, so I am going to click that X and it hides. But anytime that I want to bring it up I could just hit that little down pointing arrow there or I could hit Command+I.
Either way brings up the Import pane. Down here since we are hanging out on the left side, I will just show you the Vault really quickly. I have talked about a little bit in an earlier movie but this is where we store our Vaults which are our areas that have all of our backup information in them and that makes up the bottom of the pane. As your projects and stuff grow you may not want to have this displayed all the time. So you can hide the Vault pane just by clicking on that little arrow there. That toggles both open and closed.
Now at the heart of the interface right here are these two areas, the Viewer area, which is up here, and the Browser area down here. This is where we really get to look at our pictures and play with them and so forth. So when I click on an image it is displayed up here in the Viewer area. Now this is fun because I have different ways I could view my images. If I hit the V Key, V as in Viewer, I can toggle through a bunch of different looks.
So hit it once and I have this combination of the Browser and the Viewer which is very handy. That way I can just kind of motor through these different images. By the way, you can use the Right Arrow key and the Left Arrow key to go through the thumbnails down here in the Browser. It allows you to work really fast. If I hit the V Key again, then that gets rid of the Browser and I just get a bigger rendering of the image and that's handy when I want to get a good look at things and if I hit V one more time, then I get all thumbnails.
Which is nice when you are sorting things or keywording, all that kind of stuff. Hit V one more time and here we are. Now you can see that we can start to do combinations of stuff. I can hit the I key and I can get rid of the Project pane and the V key and well, look it. Suddenly I have a whole different look. Hit V again, all thumbnails. Hit I and bring back the Project pane. I am feeling very much in control of what's going on here. Now at the bottom down here we have a few interesting tools also.
This is the Control Bar at the bottom. So it's the toolbar at the top, the Control Bar at the bottom and we have some rotating, if I rotate an image. I have the little rotating thing in here. Just kind of fun. You can turn it upside down. With this image you wouldn't really know which was up, would you? So we will just take it back to where it was before. You have some Lift and Stamp tools down here and your Primary tool. A lot of these I will be talking about later. The Quick Preview, this is really exciting.
This allows you to work it very fast when you first bring in your images, so that Aperture doesn't have to fully render those raw files. It's a new feature in Aperture 2.0 and this is one I think you are going to like when we dig deeper into it and then of course, you can control the size of your thumbnails, just by doing that little slider bar. I am going to hit the V Key one more time. I am going to bring this back to this combination and I think this is a handy place to start where you have the larger image with the Browser below and I think we are ready to go now.
You have a good feel for this application. You kind of know where things are, you know how to customize them if you want and we will move on and now we are going to start using these different panes and these different views of our images as we get our work done. So stay tuned and we are going to get to it.
- 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.