Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Aperture: Portrait Retouching.
Let's talk about Exercise Files for just a second. Because premium members have access to them under the Exercise Files tab. Now if you're not a premium member, don't worry. You can still follow along. Do everything that I'm doing you'll just be doing them with your own pictures. However, if you do have access to the Exercise Files, it's pretty easy to use with Aperture because you'll get one container, one Aperture container and all you have to do is double-click on it after you download it.
And you should be presented with this view right here. This is the projects view. Now, if for some reason you're not presented with this view, let's say you're presented with a photos view or something different, worry not. All you have to do is click on the projects view, and you'll be right here. Right at the starting point. Now, we also have the projects listed right down here. So, for instance if I'm working on the Michele pictures, click on that at you can also get to them right here.
Now, you'll notice that when you're looking at these thumbnails here. We have little numbers up here. That means that these pictures are in a stack. And that means that I have been working on these images and that there are different versions. So, for example, if you click on the number, you will open the stack. Now, those pictures I don't have anything after the file name. Those are the original shots.
Those are what came out of the camera and those are the starting points. And then as I worked on the photos, we added edit one, edit two, and so forth. And I mentioned that in the tutorial. So if I'm saying I'm now working on edit two The shell shot, and you see a picture like this, then you'll know Edit 2 has those same edits. This little badge right here means that there are adjustments. And you can click on the Adjustments tab, over here in the Inspector, with the image highlighted, and see exactly what I did.
I'll double-click on this to open it up. All the adjustments that are checked right here, that means that those have been used for this image. And if you want to see what I did, you can un-check the box, see how it was before, and then check the box again and see the adjustment that I made. Then double click on this to bring it back to a thumbnail. When you're ready to close the stack, you just have to click on the number and that stack will close.
By the way, one kind of fun tip, I'm going to open This image right here. This is the original image right here. Let's open up a stack, let's say Edit 3 here. If you want to see the original image even after, you're looking at an edited version, such as Edit 1, Edit 2 or in this case Edit 3, just hit the M M stands for master, the M key, that will show you the original image, and then you can hit the M key again, and that will bring you back to the edited version.
So, we're really lucky that we're working in Aperture, because it makes all of this versioning Very easy. I'm going to take you back to the beginning. I'm going to click on the library tab right here. Click on projects and here we are. Enjoy working with these images. And let's get going on doing some portrait retouching with Aperature.
- Assessing your image
- Retouching blemishes
- Enhancing skin texture
- Adding highlights to the hair
- Adjusting clothing and backdrop color
- Brightening and sharpening eyes
- Converting to black and white