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Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture

A really outstanding benefit in Aperture 3.3 and iPhoto 9.3 is the unified library, and what that means is that you have one library that can be opened and worked on in either application, and I'm going to show how that works right now. I'll start out just by double-clicking on this Aperture library here in the exercise files. And we have two basic projects in it. We have a Portrait project, and we have a Flower project. Just open them both so you can take a peek inside, and there are our flowers and bees, flowers and bees both in the same project. We're in Aperture 3.3.

So now I'm going to quit Aperture. I'm going to go back to our unified library, I'm going to right-click on it, and now I'm going to open it in iPhoto 9.3. It looks rather familiar, doesn't it? Let's double-click on the portraits, there they are, and on the flowers. Outstanding! Now I can also make changes in one application or the other, and they'll be reflected in the other also.

So for example, if I open this up, and I decide I want to do some image editing--let's apply some effects. So I'll apply Antique, and let's do a little Edge Blur. There we go. Now we'll quit iPhoto, and we'll go back to Aperture. We'll open up our Flowers, we'll open up the shot we worked on in iPhoto, and you'll see that both the effect the Antique effect and the Edge Blur was applied, and you can go back and forth this way. Now a couple of interesting notes.

Your original is still here. If I hold down the M key, which allows us to look at the original image, you can see that's still there. And if I'm in the Adjustments tab, I can even revert to original if I don't like what happened to it in iPhoto just like that. Now in terms of image organization, your faces, your places, and your albums should all work the same in both.

Smart albums also work. However, a smart album can only be edited in the application that it was created in. So the unified library really allows you to use both applications, iPhoto and Aperture, in just about any way that you want, and I think that is definitely an improvement.

Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
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Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Derrick Story as part of the Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

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Photography
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