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"You don't have to be a genius to use Aperture 3. But if you want to get the very most out of the software, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work. Want to organize your images with Faces? Use GPS data to explore photos by the location? Import video? Create advanced, multimedia slide shows? You'll find cool and useful Genius tips, full-color screenshots, and pages of easy-to-access shortcuts and tools that will save you loads of time and let you enjoy Aperture 3 to the max." "Portable Genius" Fun, hip, and straightforward, the new Portable Geniusseries gives forward-thinking Apple users useful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don't skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your Apple digital lifestyle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470386729
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Portable Genius Series , #55
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Anon, PhD, is an Apple Certified Trainer in Aperture. She is coauthor, along with Josh Anon, of Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book and Aperture Exposed: The Mac Photographer's Guide to Taming the Workflow.

Josh Anon is a Camera and Staging Artist at Pixar Animation Studios and an award-winning still photographer. He is cofounder of DSLRU.com and an instructor for the Panasonic Digital Photo Academy.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 How Do I Get Started with Aperture? 2

Understanding Why Aperture Is a Key Part of Your Workflow 4

Seeing the difference between Aperture and iPhoto 4

Choosing Aperture over Bridge and Lightroom 5

Bridge 5

Lightroom 6

Working with Aperture's File Structure 7

Understanding the Aperture library and where your files live 7

Understanding referenced and managed files 8

Understanding how images are organized within Aperture 9

Master images 9

Versions 9

Projects 11

Albums 11

Folders 11

Stacks 11

A Brief Tour of Aperture's Interface 12

Understanding the Inspector, Browser, and Viewer 12

Inspector 14

Browser 16

Viewer 19

Managing files with Projects and Albums 20

Using special built-in views 22

All Projects 22

Faces and Places 23

Aperture Trash 24

Basic Customization Options 24

Setting library location and other General preferences 24

Changing appearance preferences 25

Changing default import behavior 26

Modifying preview preferences 27

Running in 32-bit or 64-bit mode 27

Chapter 2 How Do I Import Images? 28

Importing from a Memory Card, Camera, or Hard Drive 30

Touring the Import Panel 30

Using the Different Views in the Import Panel 32

Choosing Import Settings 35

Configuring a destination project for your images 35

Using referenced or managed files 38

Renaming files on import 40

Fixing time zone settings on your images 42

An introduction to presets 42

Setting up and applying a metadata preset on import 43

Setting up and applying an adjustment preset on import 46

Configuring what types of files to import 48

Working with RAW + JPEG pairs 49

Running actions automatically after importing 51

Setting up an automatic backup on import 51

Accessing Images from 'Photo 52

Importing your iPhoto library 52

Importing select images from iPhoto 54

Dragging and Dropping Files into Aperture 55

Moving to Aperture from Bridge 55

Chapter 3 What Methods Can I Use to See My Images? 58

Customizing the Interface 60

Rearranging and grouping library items 60

Using Viewer modes 61

Using the Viewer with multiple monitors 63

Using multiple Browsers 64

Showing hot and cold areas of an image 64

Taking a Closer Look 65

Zooming and scrolling in Viewer 65

Using and customizing the Loupe 67

Viewing in Full-Screen Mode 69

Using Browser and Viewer in full-screen mode 70

Working with the filmstrip and toolbar 71

Working with heads-up displays 73

Additional Viewer Options 74

Using Primary Only 74

Using Quick Preview 75

Viewing the master image 76

Configuring and Using Metadata Overlays 76

Switching between RAW +JPEG Masters 78

Working with Referenced Images 79

Identifying and managing referenced images 79

Reconnecting a missing master 80

Relocating referenced masters 81

Converting referenced masters to managed masters 83

Deleting referenced files 83

Working with Stacks in Browser 84

Creating and Working with Light Tables 86

Chapter 4 How Can I Use Metadata to Organize and Find My Images? 90

Using Ratings to Sort Images 92

Setting ratings 92

Working with rejected images 93

Using Flags and Labels to Further Organize Images 95

Setting flags and labels 95

Customizing label names 97

Using the Metadata Inspector 98

Switching and customizing metadata views 100

Setting metadata 102

Managing and applying presets 103

Adjusting Date and Time after Import 105

Working with Keywords 106

The Keywords control bar 108

Editing button sets and keywords 108

Keywords Library 109

Customizing button sets 111

The Keywords heads-up display 111

Adding Custom Metadata 112

Applying Batch Metadata Changes 113

Using the Batch Change tool 113

Using the Lift and Stamp tool 114

Searching for Images 115

Searching within Browser 115

Creating Smart Albums 117

Searching with stacks 118

Writing IPTC Information to a Master 119

Chapter 5 How Do I Use Faces and Places to Categorize My Images? 120

Using Faces 122

Enabling Faces 122

Using the Faces interface 123

Assigning names using Faces 124

Assigning names using the Name button 127

Renaming a person 128

Finding people using Faces 128

Using Places 130

Enabling Places 130

Assigning locations to photos 131

Dragging images onto the map using Places 132

Using the Metadata panel map to assign a location 133

Using the search option in Places to assign a location 134

Creating and assigning custom locations 135

Assigning locations using iPhone GPS information 137

Assigning locations using GPS receivers 138

Assigning location information using Projects view 139

Moving a Pin 140

Removing location information from an image 141

Finding images using Places 141

Chapter 6 What Tools Can I Use to Make My Images Better? 144

Reprocessing Masters for Aperture 3 146

Straightening an Image 147

Cropping Images 148

Reducing Red Eye 150

Using the Adjustments Inspector 151

Setting Preferences for making adjustments 151

Working with the histogram 152

Commonalities of all the adjustment bricks 153

Brushing adjustments in or out 155

Making basic adjustments 157

Adjusting the Raw Fine Tuning 157

Setting the white balance 159

Using the Exposure controls 162

Taking advantage of the Enhance tools 165

Using the Highlights & Shadows adjustments 169

Using Levels 170

Taking advantage of the Color controls 173

Sharpening the image 175

Taking advantage of Curves 176

Converting an image to black and white 179

Converting an image to a color monochrome or sepia 180

Adding or removing a vignette 181

Removing chromatic aberration 182

Removing noise 183

Using Quick Brushes 183

Using the Retouch Brushes 184

Using the remaining Quick Brushes 186

Creating and Using Adjustment Presets 191

Using an External Editor 194

Using Third-Party Editing Plug-Ins 195

Chapter 7 What Options Do I Have to Create a Physical Copy of My Photos? 198

Color Management 200

Calibrating your monitor 201

Calibrating your printer 202

Soft proofing 202

Using Aperture's Print Dialog 205

Configuring a Standard Print 205

Printer options 206

Layout options 206

Image and color options 207

Metadata options 210

Creating a contact sheet 210

Using built-in custom presets and creating your own 212

Clicking the Print button and its settings 213

Ordering Prints 214

Creating a Book 216

Creating a new book album and picking themes 216

Navigating the Book Layout Editor 217

Placing images and text 219

Adjusting metadata boxes 221

Configuring item options 221

Working with Browser's extra book features 223

Using maps 224

Switching page styles 226

Adding and removing pages 227

Customizing page layout 227

Editing master pages 229

Printing or ordering your book 230

Chapter 8 How Can I Share My Images Digitally? 232

Exporting Masters and Versions of Images 234

Exporting masters 234

Folder and filename options 235

Metadata options 237

Exporting versions 238

Managing image export presets 239

Adding watermarks 241

E-mailing Images 242

Slide Shows 243

Creating a new slide show 243

Creating a custom slide show preset 244

Using the Slideshow Editor 245

Arranging a slide show 248

Adjusting the show's settings 248

Adjusting individual slide settings 249

Adding video clips 251

Adding music 251

Playing and exporting your shows 254

Web Pages 255

Comparing Web Journals, Web Pages, and Smart Web Pages 255

Creating and configuring a new Web Page 256

Creating and configuring a new Web Journal 260

MobileMe 262

Setting up a MobileMe Gallery album 262

Adjusting the settings on your MobileMe Gallery album 264

Facebook 267

Setting up Facebook access within Aperture 267

Publishing images from Aperture to Facebook 268

Flickr 269

Setting up Filar access within Aperture 269

Publishing images to Flickr 270

Using Other Export Plug-ins 271

Chapter 9 How Can I Use Aperture with My HDSLR's Video Files? 274

How Does Aperture Handle Video Files? 276

Importing Video Files 276

Viewing Video Files 277

Editing a Clip 278

Setting the clip's poster frame 278

Trimming the clip 279

Exporting a Video Clip 279

Working with Audio Files 280

Importing audio files 280

Playing audio 280

Attaching and detaching audio files 281

Attaching audio files 281

Detaching audio files 282

Chapter 10 How Can Aperture Make My Workflow Smoother? 284

Understanding Badge Meanings 286

Managing Photo Previews 288

Controlling preview preferences 288

Generating previews 290

Previews and stacks 290

Working with Multiple Libraries 290

Switching libraries 291

Moving images between libraries 292

Exporting a library 292

Importing a library 293

Working with multiple computers 294

Controlling Tethered Shooting 296

Configuring a tethering session 296

Running a tethering session 297

Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts 297

Using Aperture with Automator 299

Vaults and Backup 303

Using vaults to backup your images 304

Creating a vault 305

Updating a vault 305

Restoring from a vault 306

Deleting a vault 307

Alternate backup strategies 307

Time Machine 307

Other physical storage 308

Online backup 309

Using Aperture's Database Repair Tools 310

Index 312

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