Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Loupe for a closer look, part of Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012).
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So earlier I showed you the zoom function, and it's very handy when you just want to take a quick look at something at 100%. But sometimes you need to do more precise work, and that's where the Loupe tool comes in very handy. Now there is a couple of ways to access it. We'll start with the menu. Just go up to View and you can go to Show Loupe, there it is. And you can also go to Hide Loupe, ta-da. Underneath that you'll see you have the Loupe Options, which is when it's activated, that menu also becomes activated, there they are.
But I am going to show you of what I think is a little easier way to work, so I am going to Hide the Loupe. Now the keyboard command for it-- and its in the upper left hand corner, on most keyboards right underneath the Escape key, and that's the way I like to activate the Loupe, by just hitting that key and bringing it up. And since I want a little bit more real estate for working here, I am going to hit the I and that hides my Inspector. Now we can work, now we have little elbow room, so I am just going to drag the Loupe over the image here, and I can just take a look at things, and this is a very handy way to work.
Now there is a pop-up menu right here, and you can see that I'm set for Focus on Loupe at 50%, and if I want, I can go up to 100% and Focus on Loupe. A way that I like the work actually I like to move the Loupe off to the side here and focus on the cursor. Now this is very handy when you have two images side by side, for example. You can just park that Loupe in between them, move your cursor around, and take a look at things.
I can make the actual size of the Loupe big or smaller just by dragging that handle right there, and if you're using a modern Mac laptop, you can also use the pinch command to do this, which is kind of fun, when you're doing laptop work. But right now I just have to grab it. Now I can also increase the magnification with a keyboard command by doing Shift+Command+Plus. That increases it, and then Shift+ Command+Minus brings my magnification [00:02:18.83 back down.
If I want to see the color values of what I am looking at, I can go to this menu and choose Color Value, and I will get that readout as I move my cursor around. But I am going to hide that right now. Generally speaking I don't need it. And then I am going to set my Loupe back to Focus On Loupe, right here, and then I'm going to hide my Loupe by hitting the Accent/Grave key in the upper left-hand corner of the interface, and we're back in business.
So that is the Loupe. I think it's more handy when you want to look at a different magnification, such as 50% or 200%. If you just need a quick 100% view, I would still use the zoom key, but for that other type of work and for comparing, when you got a couple images, I think it's a great way to go. Now to return to the state that we began, I am going to hit the I key to bring up the Inspector and we're back where we began.
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
- Importing images from a digital camera or hard drive
- Adding metadata to photos including captions and copyright
- Organizing photos using face recognition
- Running Aperture Library First Aid
- Retouching with Quick Brushes
- Importing live images from an iPad or iPhone
- Round-tripping between Aperture and Photoshop
- Adding geo tags to mark photo locations
- Managing movies
- Creating a custom photo book
- Publishing a web gallery
- Uploading images to Flickr and Facebook
- Archiving and restoring photo libraries
- Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture