Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Using managed libraries or referenced files, part of Aperture 2 Essential Training.
One of the very first things that we have to figure out before you upload a single image is, are you going to go with a managed library where Aperture stores everything in a container in your Pictures folder, usually or you are going to go with a referenced file approach, and that's kind of cool too. What you do with the referenced file approach is you put your masters anywhere you want on an external hard drive for example, and then you just tell Aperture where they are and Aperture points to them.
So the master files are outside of Aperture and then Aperture keeps track of everything else in this container, the versions and the meta-data and all that good stuff. But the big stuff, the big files live somewhere else. Let me show you how that works. We go to Import, and I have a card reader already hooked up. A nice little Fire Wire card reader, which I really like, and I have some pictures here. So, before I import them, I have to decide where are they going to be stored, and so we're going to start up by taking a look right here where it says Store Files.
Now, by default Aperture will put it in its managed library because it's looking out for you, right? Because that way, you don't even have to think about it. Backup, it can be handled by the Vault. Everything is in one, nice, and tidy place. However, if you decide that you want those master files to live somewhere else, you just click on the pop-up menu and you can choose another location. For example, I created a Pictures folder on the Desktop, and I can have Aperture put them in there or if I want, I can just create anything, any location by using the Choose dialog box, find what I want, and then it will show up in the pop-up menu.
For now, we'll go to Pictures on the Desktop. Now, one other thing to keep in mind is that you probably want Aperture to create sub-folders for you every time you upload a shoot. That way, you won't have a whole bunch of pictures, a whole bunch of master files just loosed in one folder. You can have them nice and tidy in sub-folders, and you can even give those sub-folders names. For example you can give the sub-folder the Project Name or the Image Year/Month/Day. You have lot of choices here.
And if you want, you can even create your own sub-folder by just hitting the Plus (+) symbol, and dragging these bubbles up and down. So you can create, if I wanted to add for example Current Date to this one, I can do that, just like that. And now, I have created my own custom sub-folder preset, that's a lot of fun. I am going to hit Cancel right now because we don't really need to do that. I'll just go with let's say Project Name, and now I am ready to go.
So I've made a crucial decision. I have decided A) am I going to keep my images in the Aperture Library which would be right here, or am I going to store them somewhere else which would be the referenced file approach? And if I do store them in the referenced file approach, what kind of sub-folder structure am I going to create, when am I going to name those sub-folders, and I can select that here or create my own. This will help you be organized, help you know exactly where your master files are, and if up the road you change your mind, the beauty is Aperture allows you to move those master files around.
So this isn't a decision for life, but it's one that you want to make right now before we go any further.
- Understanding Aperture terms, interface, preferences, and workflow
- Creating metadata presets and adding keywords on import
- Importing images from a digital camera, hard drive, or iPhoto library
- Using tethered shooting
- Viewing images with previews, slideshows, and metadata overlays
- Comparing, selecting, and organizing images
- Correcting white balance, exposure, levels, and color
- Using Retouch, Straighten, Crop, Vignette, and other image adjustments
- Applying sharpening and noise reduction adjustments
- Searching for images and creating Smart Albums
- Exporting, archiving, and backing up photos
- Designing books, publishing web galleries, and printing images
Skill Level Beginner
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.
1. Getting Started
2. Importing Images
3. Viewing Images
4. Comparing, Selecting, and Organizing Images
5. Making Basic Image Adjustments
6. Making Additional Image Adjustments
7. Using Unique Aperture Tools
8. Modifying Metadata
9. Searching for Images
10. Exporting Images
Using the Export plug-ins3m 27s
11. Archiving Photos
12. Using Aperture's Book-Making and Design Tools
13. Building Web Pages
14. Printing Images
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