Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the Color Picker, part of Aperture 2 New Features.
I'm going to move farther down into the color brick here and show you the dropper tool.…This is a new addition in Aperture 2.0 and it's a very useful one.…Prior, we could always work on certain colors within our photographs individually, but they were the colors that Aperture said we could work on.…They were predefined, and of course a lot of the tones and colors in our photographs are unique…and don't fit into one of these predefined categories.…
With the eyedropper tool though, we can work around that and actually select an area that we want to work on.…I'm going to double click on this train shot here, because I like this shot a lot, but I'd like to enhance the orange a little bit.…Now I could use Saturation or Vibrancy, but that would increase the color and the saturation for the overall photograph.…I just want to work on the oranges, so I go to my eyedropper tool, and you get the loop, and you can move the loop around wherever you want.…
You can also make it larger or smaller, and I like to keep it small.…
- 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.