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Aperture® 3 Portable Genius

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Compact, fluff-free, full-color guide to getting the most out of Apple's Aperture digital photography software

This handy Portable Genius guide is designed to help you avoid hassle, save time, and quickly learn what you need to know to use Apple's Aperture digital photography software effectively—and have fun while you're doing it! In a trim size that fits in your laptop bag, this practical guide gives you tips, tricks, and savvy advice on everything from navigating Aperture's user interface to advanced RAW image processing, publishing albums on the Web, and how to create your own photo book.

  • Provides tips and techniques for the new or most useful features of Apple's Aperture 3 digital photography and digital manipulation program

  • Includes savvy advice and plenty of no-nonsense content in a hip way that is easy to access

  • Covers key tools and topics, including keyboard shortcuts, how to streamline workflows, advanced RAW image processing, and more

  • Features Genius icons throughout the book—smart or innovative ways to handle tasks and save yourself time

Learn Aperture in a fun way and get even more out of your Apple digital lifestyle with Aperture 3 Portable Genius.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Authors
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. How Do I Get Started with Aperture?
    1. 1.1. Understanding Why Aperture Is a Key Part of Your Workflow
      1. 1.1.1. Seeing the difference between Aperture and iPhoto
      2. 1.1.2. Choosing Aperture over Bridge and Lightroom
        1. 1.1.2.1. Bridge
        2. 1.1.2.2. Lightroom
    2. 1.2. Working with Aperture's File Structure
      1. 1.2.1. Understanding the Aperture library and where your files live
      2. 1.2.2. Understanding referenced and managed files
      3. 1.2.3. Understanding how images are organized within Aperture
        1. 1.2.3.1. Master images
        2. 1.2.3.2. Versions
        3. 1.2.3.3. Projects
        4. 1.2.3.4. Albums
        5. 1.2.3.5. Folders
        6. 1.2.3.6. Stacks
    3. 1.3. A Brief Tour of Aperture's Interface
      1. 1.3.1. Understanding the Inspector, Browser, and Viewer
        1. 1.3.1.1. Inspector
        2. 1.3.1.2. Browser
        3. 1.3.1.3. Viewer
      2. 1.3.2. Managing files with Projects and Albums
      3. 1.3.3. Using special built-in views
        1. 1.3.3.1. All Projects
        2. 1.3.3.2. Faces and Places
        3. 1.3.3.3. Aperture Trash
    4. 1.4. Basic Customization Options
      1. 1.4.1. Setting library location and other General preferences
      2. 1.4.2. Changing appearance preferences
      3. 1.4.3. Changing default import behavior
      4. 1.4.4. Modifying preview preferences
      5. 1.4.5. Running in 32-bit or 64-bit mode
  7. 2. How Do I Import Images?
    1. 2.1. Importing from a Memory Card, Camera, or Hard Drive
    2. 2.2. Touring the Import Panel
    3. 2.3. Using the Different Views in the Import Panel
    4. 2.4. Choosing Import Settings
      1. 2.4.1. Configuring a destination project for your images
      2. 2.4.2. Using referenced or managed files
      3. 2.4.3. Renaming files on import
      4. 2.4.4. Fixing time zone settings on your images
      5. 2.4.5. An introduction to presets
        1. 2.4.5.1. Setting up and applying a metadata preset on import
        2. 2.4.5.2. Setting up and applying an adjustment preset on import
      6. 2.4.6. Configuring what types of files to import
      7. 2.4.7. Working with RAW + JPEG pairs
      8. 2.4.8. Running actions automatically after importing
      9. 2.4.9. Setting up an automatic backup on import
    5. 2.5. Accessing Images from iPhoto
      1. 2.5.1. Importing your iPhoto library
      2. 2.5.2. Importing select images from iPhoto
    6. 2.6. Dragging and Dropping Files into Aperture
    7. 2.7. Moving to Aperture from Bridge
  8. 3. What Methods Can I Use to See My Images?
    1. 3.1. Customizing the Interface
      1. 3.1.1. Rearranging and grouping library items
      2. 3.1.2. Using Viewer modes
      3. 3.1.3. Using the Viewer with multiple monitors
      4. 3.1.4. Using multiple Browsers
      5. 3.1.5. Showing hot and cold areas of an image
    2. 3.2. Taking a Closer Look
      1. 3.2.1. Zooming and scrolling in Viewer
      2. 3.2.2. Using and customizing the Loupe
    3. 3.3. Viewing in Full-Screen Mode
      1. 3.3.1. Using Browser and Viewer in full-screen mode
      2. 3.3.2. Working with the filmstrip and toolbar
      3. 3.3.3. Working with heads-up displays
    4. 3.4. Additional Viewer Options
      1. 3.4.1. Using Primary Only
      2. 3.4.2. Using Quick Preview
      3. 3.4.3. Viewing the master image
    5. 3.5. Configuring and Using Metadata Overlays
    6. 3.6. Switching between RAW + JPEG Masters
    7. 3.7. Working with Referenced Images
      1. 3.7.1. Identifying and managing referenced images
      2. 3.7.2. Reconnecting a missing master
      3. 3.7.3. Relocating referenced masters
      4. 3.7.4. Converting referenced masters to managed masters
      5. 3.7.5. Deleting referenced files
    8. 3.8. Working with Stacks in Browser
    9. 3.9. Creating and Working with Light Tables
  9. 4. How Can I Use Metadata to Organize and Find My Images?
    1. 4.1. Using Ratings to Sort Images
      1. 4.1.1. Setting ratings
      2. 4.1.2. Working with rejected images
    2. 4.2. Using Flags and Labels to Further Organize Images
      1. 4.2.1. Setting flags and labels
      2. 4.2.2. Customizing label names
    3. 4.3. Using the Metadata Inspector
      1. 4.3.1. Switching and customizing metadata views
      2. 4.3.2. Setting metadata
      3. 4.3.3. Managing and applying presets
    4. 4.4. Adjusting Date and Time after Import
    5. 4.5. Working with Keywords
      1. 4.5.1. The Keywords control bar
        1. 4.5.1.1. Editing button sets and keywords
        2. 4.5.1.2. Keywords Library
        3. 4.5.1.3. Customizing button sets
      2. 4.5.2. The Keywords heads-up display
    6. 4.6. Adding Custom Metadata
    7. 4.7. Applying Batch Metadata Changes
      1. 4.7.1. Using the Batch Change tool
      2. 4.7.2. Using the Lift and Stamp tool
    8. 4.8. Searching for Images
      1. 4.8.1. Searching within Browser
      2. 4.8.2. Creating Smart Albums
      3. 4.8.3. Searching with stacks
    9. 4.9. Writing IPTC Information to a Master
  10. 5. How Do I Use Faces and Places to Categorize My Images?
    1. 5.1. Using Faces
      1. 5.1.1. Enabling Faces
      2. 5.1.2. Using the Faces interface
        1. 5.1.2.1. Assigning names using Faces
        2. 5.1.2.2. Assigning names using the Name button
        3. 5.1.2.3. Renaming a person
      3. 5.1.3. Finding people using Faces
    2. 5.2. Using Places
      1. 5.2.1. Enabling Places
      2. 5.2.2. Assigning locations to photos
        1. 5.2.2.1. Dragging images onto the map using Places
        2. 5.2.2.2. Using the Metadata panel map to assign a location
        3. 5.2.2.3. Using the search option in Places to assign a location
        4. 5.2.2.4. Creating and assigning custom locations
        5. 5.2.2.5. Assigning locations using iPhone GPS information
        6. 5.2.2.6. Assigning locations using GPS receivers
        7. 5.2.2.7. Assigning location information using Projects view
        8. 5.2.2.8. Moving a Pin
      3. 5.2.3. Removing location information from an image
      4. 5.2.4. Finding images using Places
  11. 6. What Tools Can I Use to Make My Images Better?
    1. 6.1. Reprocessing Masters for Aperture 3
    2. 6.2. Straightening an Image
    3. 6.3. Cropping Images
    4. 6.4. Reducing Red Eye
    5. 6.5. Using the Adjustments Inspector
      1. 6.5.1. Setting Preferences for making adjustments
      2. 6.5.2. Working with the histogram
      3. 6.5.3. Commonalities of all the adjustment bricks
      4. 6.5.4. Brushing adjustments in or out
      5. 6.5.5. Making basic adjustments
        1. 6.5.5.1. Adjusting the Raw Fine Tuning
        2. 6.5.5.2. Setting the white balance
        3. 6.5.5.3. Using the Exposure controls
        4. 6.5.5.4. Taking advantage of the Enhance tools
        5. 6.5.5.5. Using the Highlights & Shadows adjustments
        6. 6.5.5.6. Using Levels
        7. 6.5.5.7. Taking advantage of the Color controls
        8. 6.5.5.8. Sharpening the image
        9. 6.5.5.9. Taking advantage of Curves
        10. 6.5.5.10. Converting an image to black and white
        11. 6.5.5.11. Converting an image to a color monochrome or sepia
        12. 6.5.5.12. Adding or removing a vignette
        13. 6.5.5.13. Removing chromatic aberration
        14. 6.5.5.14. Removing noise
    6. 6.6. Using Quick Brushes
      1. 6.6.1. Using the Retouch Brushes
      2. 6.6.2. Using the remaining Quick Brushes
    7. 6.7. Creating and Using Adjustment Presets
    8. 6.8. Using an External Editor
    9. 6.9. Using Third-Party Editing Plug-Ins
  12. 7. What Options Do I Have to Create a Physical Copy of My Photos?
    1. 7.1. Color Management
      1. 7.1.1. Calibrating your monitor
      2. 7.1.2. Calibrating your printer
      3. 7.1.3. Soft proofing
    2. 7.2. Using Aperture's Print Dialog
      1. 7.2.1. Configuring a Standard Print
        1. 7.2.1.1. Printer options
        2. 7.2.1.2. Layout options
        3. 7.2.1.3. Image and color options
        4. 7.2.1.4. Metadata options
      2. 7.2.2. Creating a contact sheet
      3. 7.2.3. Using built-in custom presets and creating your own
      4. 7.2.4. Clicking the Print button and its settings
    3. 7.3. Ordering Prints
    4. 7.4. Creating a Book
      1. 7.4.1. Creating a new book album and picking themes
      2. 7.4.2. Navigating the Book Layout Editor
      3. 7.4.3. Placing images and text
        1. 7.4.3.1. Adjusting metadata boxes
        2. 7.4.3.2. Configuring item options
        3. 7.4.3.3. Working with Browser's extra book features
        4. 7.4.3.4. Using maps
      4. 7.4.4. Switching page styles
      5. 7.4.5. Adding and removing pages
      6. 7.4.6. Customizing page layout
      7. 7.4.7. Editing master pages
      8. 7.4.8. Printing or ordering your book
  13. 8. How Can I Share My Images Digitally?
    1. 8.1. Exporting Masters and Versions of Images
      1. 8.1.1. Exporting masters
        1. 8.1.1.1. Folder and filename options
        2. 8.1.1.2. Metadata options
      2. 8.1.2. Exporting versions
        1. 8.1.2.1. Managing image export presets
        2. 8.1.2.2. Adding watermarks
    2. 8.2. E-mailing Images
    3. 8.3. Slide Shows
      1. 8.3.1. Creating a new slide show
      2. 8.3.2. Creating a custom slide show preset
      3. 8.3.3. Using the Slideshow Editor
        1. 8.3.3.1. Arranging a slide show
        2. 8.3.3.2. Adjusting the show's settings
        3. 8.3.3.3. Adjusting individual slide settings
        4. 8.3.3.4. Adding video clips
        5. 8.3.3.5. Adding music
        6. 8.3.3.6. Playing and exporting your shows
    4. 8.4. Web Pages
      1. 8.4.1. Comparing Web Journals, Web Pages, and Smart Web Pages
      2. 8.4.2. Creating and configuring a new Web Page
      3. 8.4.3. Creating and configuring a new Web Journal
    5. 8.5. MobileMe
      1. 8.5.1. Setting up a MobileMe Gallery album
      2. 8.5.2. Adjusting the settings on your MobileMe Gallery album
    6. 8.6. Facebook
      1. 8.6.1. Setting up Facebook access within Aperture
      2. 8.6.2. Publishing images from Aperture to Facebook
    7. 8.7. Flickr
      1. 8.7.1. Setting up Flickr access within Aperture
      2. 8.7.2. Publishing images to Flickr
    8. 8.8. Using Other Export Plug-ins
  14. 9. How Can I Use Aperture with My HDSLR's Video Files?
    1. 9.1. How Does Aperture Handle Video Files?
    2. 9.2. Importing Video Files
    3. 9.3. Viewing Video Files
    4. 9.4. Editing a Clip
      1. 9.4.1. Setting the clip's poster frame
      2. 9.4.2. Trimming the clip
    5. 9.5. Exporting a Video Clip
    6. 9.6. Working with Audio Files
      1. 9.6.1. Importing audio files
      2. 9.6.2. Playing audio
      3. 9.6.3. Attaching and detaching audio files
        1. 9.6.3.1. Attaching audio files
        2. 9.6.3.2. Detaching audio files
  15. 10. How Can Aperture Make My Workflow Smoother?
    1. 10.1. Understanding Badge Meanings
    2. 10.2. Managing Photo Previews
      1. 10.2.1. Controlling preview preferences
      2. 10.2.2. Generating previews
      3. 10.2.3. Previews and stacks
    3. 10.3. Working with Multiple Libraries
      1. 10.3.1. Switching libraries
      2. 10.3.2. Moving images between libraries
        1. 10.3.2.1. Exporting a library
        2. 10.3.2.2. Importing a library
      3. 10.3.3. Working with multiple computers
    4. 10.4. Controlling Tethered Shooting
      1. 10.4.1. Configuring a tethering session
      2. 10.4.2. Running a tethering session
    5. 10.5. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
    6. 10.6. Using Aperture with Automator
    7. 10.7. Vaults and Backup
      1. 10.7.1. Using vaults to back up your images
        1. 10.7.1.1. Creating a vault
        2. 10.7.1.2. Updating a vault
        3. 10.7.1.3. Restoring from a vault
        4. 10.7.1.4. Deleting a vault
      2. 10.7.2. Alternate backup strategies
        1. 10.7.2.1. Time Machine
        2. 10.7.2.2. Other physical storage
        3. 10.7.2.3. Online backup
    8. 10.8. Using Aperture's Database Repair Tools