Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Aperture: Enhancing Product Photography.
For those of you that have access to the exercise files, I'm going to give you a quick tour on how I set up this library. If you don't have access to the exercise files, you certainly can follow along with these techniques with your own images. Now, if you do have access, they will be under the Exercise Files tab. And there will be a single container, an aperture container. All you have to do is download that. Double-click on it, and it will launch aperture. And you should see something like this.
We're in the projects view right now. And then the various projects with the different items listed right over here. Now, the way that I have set this up, let's open up one of these right here, is that I've used stacks. So, if you see a little number up here that tells you that there's a stack there and that there's more images inside. On top, you'll see the original file. These are files that have not experienced any of our wonderful editing techniques at all.
You see a number, you open up, and you'll get an entire stack here. You'll see, we did lots of stuff to this image. The original shot won't have any suffix at all. And then as we work on things, I've added Edit1, Edit2, Edit3 Edit 4 and so forth. That way, you'll know exactly which file to look at if you want to follow along. So, for example here, if we look at edit4. I'll just double-click on that, and I'll save that in the movie, and take a look at edit 4 of the Polaroid camera. And you go to the Adjustments tab.
And you'll see all the stuff that I did. All these boxes that are checked, these are techniques that are part of this image. So you can really deconstruct each shot to really learn how to use these various techniques. Let me go back to our projects library. And same thing with the toy cars and every other library here. Now, you may notice that there are some red labels here, and that is my own organization system.
That lets me know that those are RAW files and that they will respond differently to editing. So, if you're curious about those, where they're applied is right here in the Info tab. And that's where the red labels come from. So, I think that will get you started. Go ahead. And if you have access to the exercise files, download them, launch them. And let's get to making our pictures look prettier using Aperture's image editing tools.
- Evaluating the image quality before editing
- Making sure the color is accurate
- Determining the most effective color
- Working with highlight recovery
- Targeting areas for sharpening
- Adjusting the background
- Changing the color of objects
- Round-tripping with Photoshop
- Converting to black and white with Silver Efex Pro
- Applying effects