Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the Black Point slider, part of Aperture 2 New Features.
The Black Point slider is right beneath the Recovery slider and it's also new to Aperture 2.0, and like Recovery,…you need to use RAW fine tuning 2.0 in order for it to be active.…If I, for example, were to decode this image as RAW 1.1,…then you notice that the Black Point slider is no longer available along with the Recovery slider.…I'm going back to my 2.0 decoding here, because I want that Black Point slider,…and essentially what it does, it helps you set the Black Point for your image.…
It's very straightforward in a lot of ways.…As we look at the histogram up here, and actually, why don't we go ahead and double click on this so we get a nicer view of this image. If we look…at the histogram here, and you'll see in the shadow area here, in the shadows on this end, highlights over here,…and then of course mid tones in the middle, you notice on the shadow end that there's a lot of missing information.…In other words, we don't really have any true blacks in this image.…Now I could go to levels down here.…
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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.