Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Command Editor, part of Aperture 2 New Features.
The keyboard shortcuts in Aperture 2.0 are terrific. For example, I'm looking at a photograph here in thumbnail mode and I want to see it a little bit bigger. I just hit the V key, V as in view, and I get a larger rendition of the image with thumbnails below, and I go, "Well, I want something even a little bit bigger." Strike V again, and the thumbnails go away, which leaves more real estate for a bigger picture, and they go, "No, no that's not the shot I want to work on," so then hit V again, and I'm back to thumbnail mode - same thing with F. If I want a full screen view of that image, I can hit the F key, and it brings me right into full screen mode.
I can take a very detailed look. That's what I thought. Hit F again, and I'm back into thumbnail mode. We also played with the keyboard shortcuts over here in the Inspector. By hitting the W key, I was able to tab through the various parts, the various tabs of the Inspector without a problem, so these keyboard shortcuts are terrific, and they're built right into the application, but what if you wanted to have your own keyboard shortcuts, or if you wanted to modify one or two of the keyboard shortcuts that Apple has created in the default set? In Aperture 2, you can do that.
You can actually make your own keyboard shortcuts. Go up here to Aperture, and I'm going to pick from the commands, Menu, Customize. What I'm presented with is the default set. This is the set that Aperture is using right now for my keyboard shortcuts, and if I wanted to find zoom, I could type zoom in up here, and it shows up right down here, zoom viewer, which is the Z key, one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts. Let's say that I did not like Z, and that I wanted a slash instead, I could do that, and the way to do it - first, you can't modify this set right here, and that's the way Aperture looks at these keyboard shortcuts.
They look at them as sets, so the default set is owned by Aperture, and I guess they want it that way so that if you go wacky crazy, you can always come back to the default set, and everything will be okay, but if you want to change some of these keyboard shortcuts, then all you have to do is create a duplicate of this set, and then you can have all sorts of wacky fun, and I'm going to do that right now. I'll go up here to default, and I'm going to duplicate it, and it's going to ask me to give it a name, which I will happily do, and let's make it Derrick's Shortcuts.
Now that I've created a duplicate set, I can just create all sorts of mayhem and you see that here's the default set. Oh, by the way, in default, you get to pick your language, and then here are mine, so then now for Z, for instance, instead what I want to do is I really want to have the slash. All I want to do is click on the function that I want to use and then hit the key that I want to change it to, so right now zoom is Z. I'm going to hit the slash key.
Down in the corner here, that has a question mark above it, but I mean hit it on the actual physical keyboard, and what it does is it creates a new function or a duplicate of that function with the command that I want, so I have it both as a Z and as slash, and I could leave it that way. In fact, let's save it right now, and then I will go ahead and close it, and then let's go back to this image here. Let's say that I want a closer look at this area right here.
I'll hit that slash key, that new keyboard shortcut, and sure enough, it comes right in as a zoom, and I hit it again and it goes back. Well, let's try the Z key. Does the Z key still work? It does indeed, so now what I've created is that I can zoom in from either end of the keyboard. I have my slash key and my Z key. Now let's go back to our commands here. Go back to customize. I'm in Derrick's Shortcuts. If I decide that I only want one command for zooming, because I will confuse myself or maybe people that use my computer, and I want to get rid of the original one, all I have to do is click on it, hit the delete key, and that will take it away, and now when I save, I'd save this command, and come back to the application.
I'm going to hit the Z key, and nothing happens. You get that delightful sound. Let's do it one more time just for fun. Oh, I'm sorry; your Z key no longer works, however, if I hit my slash key, oh, 100%. If I go, "I miss having that and I liked it," so I'm going to go back to Commands, Customize. I think by now you're probably catching on to how this works. Zoom viewer. I'm going to hit the Z key.
Now we're back in business, so you hit the actual, physical key on the keyboard when you want to set a keyboard command. Now I'm going to go ahead and save this. I'm going to close it. Now you can switch among sets, and you can actually create sets, and export them, and share them with your friends. You can actually trade them like baseball cards if you want, because if you go here to commands and you'll see that we have customize, which is where we've been, but if I want, I can go back to the default set, and I'll hit my slash key that I hit before that in my Derrick Custom Set is a zoomer, and I get that delightful sound.
However, if I hit Z, which is the default, it zooms in. So I have control over that here and I can export sets. Let's go back to shortcuts. Mine - we're going back to my set. Okay, now look at this. If I come up with the ultimate keyboard shortcut set, then I can export that and I can give it to you, and you can import it by using this command here, and have my keyboard shortcuts. This is just a lot of fun, and I think for people that use the keyboard a lot while working in Aperture, which I hope that's the direction you're going, because it really speeds things up, and I can't underline that enough.
It really speeds things up, but now we have no excuse, because if you didn't like what Apple gave you, you have your own. You can create your own, and then you can even share them with your friends, and that sounds like just a lot of fun.
- 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.