Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Quick Preview mode, part of Aperture 2 New Features.
I'm going to introduce you to one of the most popular features in Aperture 2.0, and it's called Quick Preview, and this addresses a big complaint that people had in the past with the application, which is it just ran too slowly. Every time that you wanted to do anything, rate images, sort images, add metadata, it just seemed to chug along unless you had of course, state of the art Apple hardware, which not all photographers have. Now the difference with Quick Preview is that the way that it works is that instead of decoding the RAW file every time you touch it, and let me show you how that works right now- oh, let's go to road trip.
We haven't been to road trip yet, so this is a RAW file right here. I'll click on the metadata tab and you can see that as an NEF file, which is an icon RAW file, so even to show you this thumbnail here in the old days, Aperture would actually decode that RAW file, and if I moved over to the next RAW file, I'd just hit the arrow key here, it would decode that, and decode that. Now you can see, when you think about that, that takes a lot of processing power, and no wonder things sometimes ran a little slowly. Quick Preview addresses that in a very, very interesting way.
Now the way that you get to Quick Preview is that you can go down here, and you click on this. That puts you in Quick Preview mode, or you can also hit the letter P, and you know you're in Quick Preview mode because you have a yellow outline on your thumbnail, and this will be highlighted down here. So what's different about Quick Preview mode as opposed to how it was before? Well, now as I cycle through these images, I'm not actually decoding the RAW file. I know there's a RAW file y looking at the metadata, but what Aperture's doing is showing me whatever JPEG is available.
Now we can really test this out right now. Let's go to full screen mode. I'm going to hit F. Now watch. I'm going to go fast here, so if you're prone to motion sickness, you may want to look away from the screen for just a moment, because I'm going to show you how fast Quick Preview can let me go through these big RAW files. Look at how quickly that is. The reason why is Aperture does not have to decode these on the fly anymore. What it's showing me are JPEG previews either that it has created and if it hasn't created them yet - let's say that you just brought your images in from the camera.
It will use JPEG's that are available from the camera. This allows me to work at lightning speed. I'm going to click F again, and then I'm going to click P again to turn off preview mode. Now basically you can do everything in Quick Preview that you would do otherwise except for image editing. If I want to, for instance, let's say that I wanted to image edit the shot, and I'm in Quick Preview mode. I'm hitting P again, and then I go to adjustments here. You'll notice that my adjustments are grayed out.
It won't let me make an actual adjustment to the file because I am in preview mode. However, if I hit P again, then all of my tools come back, and that way you know, for instance, that you can just work in Quick Preview mode almost all the time. If I want to do rating, for instance, let's say that I want to make this a three star image, and I can just blaze through these as fast as I want, and then I decide that I want to do a little image editing to it, I just hit the P key again. All my tools come back.
I can double click on this. I can make exposure or adjustments, whatever I want to do. Let's say I want to darken it up a little bit. Then I hit the P key again, and that brings it back in Quick Preview mode, and I can just cycle right through these as fast as I want. I go, "I want to do a little image adjustment," click P, brings me out. That allows me to do just a little work here. I want to take down the brightness a little bit, bring up black point.
Okay, I like it, great. Hit P again. I'm back into Quick Preview and I can go about my work, and I double click here to bring us back to our thumbnails. Quick Preview's extremely easy to use. The keystroke is very intuitive. My recommendation is that you stay in Quick Preview for the bulk of your work. Even when you're working on a laptop, it will speed up your workflow. Then when you do want to do some image editing, all you have to do is hit the P key, do your image editing, hit the P again, and off you go. This is really going to make you happy regardless of what kind of Mac you're running Aperture on.
- 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.