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Apple Aperture 2

Book Description

Apple's Aperture software is a post-production tool designed to allow digital photographers to import, manage and enhance photographs in one simple, integrated workflow. Aperture 2, the recently updated version of the software, includes more than 100 new features for photo management and image processing, and this much-needed guide takes you through the tools and knowledge necessary to get up-and-running fast.

Unlike other software books on the market, Apple Aperture 2 looks at this powerful application in the context of the overall digital photography workflow, helping you to use your time efficiently and enhance your creativity. The book includes clear explanations and step-by-step guidance on how to import, sort and navigate thousands of raw files like a pro; how to view and compare images to make selections quickly; how to turn good photos into beautiful images with adjustment tools; and how to export, showcase and print your best work with high quality results.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Chapter 1: Raw Files
    1. Introduction
    2. What is camera Raw?
    3. Raw Support
    4. The Pros and Cons of a Raw Workflow
      1. Benefits
      2. Disadvantages
    5. How Sensor Data is Captured and Stored
    6. In-Camera Processing and the Aperture Alternatives
    7. Demosaicing and Color Space Conversion
    8. Tonal Mapping
    9. White Balance
    10. Noise Reduction and Sharpening
    11. Raw Fine Tuning in Aperture
      1. Raw Fine Tuning
      2. Which Decoder?
      3. The Version 2.0 Decoder
    12. Sharpening
    13. Moiré and Chromatic Aberration
    14. Changing Decoder Settings for Multiple Images
    15. DNG
    16. Using DNG Converter
  7. Chapter 2: How Aperture Works
    1. The Aperture Workspace
    2. How Aperture Stores Your Images
      1. Digital Masters and Versions
    3. Projects Inspector
      1. Browser
      2. Toolbar
      3. Control Bar and Keyword Controls
      4. Navigating Your Photos Using the Control Bar
      5. Rating and Sorting Images with the Control Bar
      6. Selecting and Displaying Images Using the Viewer Toolbar
      7. Full-Screen and Dual-Screen Mode
      8. Adjustments and Metadata Inspectors
      9. The Adjustments Inspector
      10. The Metadata Inspector
      11. Adding and Editing Views in the Metadata Panel
    4. Organizing Images
      1. Folders
      2. Projects
      3. Masters and Versions
      4. Stacks
    5. Workspace Layouts
      1. Standard Workspace Layout
      2. Browser Only and Viewer Only Modes
      3. Swapping and Rotating Workspaces
      4. Ratings and Keywords
      5. Adjustments and Filters
      6. Overlays
    6. Head up Displays
      1. Query HUD
      2. Inspector HUD
      3. Lift and Stamp HUD
      4. Metadata Overlays
    7. Using Aperture for the First Time
      1. Customizing Aperture
      2. Exporting Shortcut Presets
      3. Managing Color
      4. Setting Your Preferences
  8. Chapter 3: Managing Your Images
    1. Adding Images to Your Library
      1. Importing from Your Camera
      2. Sort Your Images Before Import
      3. Organizing Your Images Before Importing Them
      4. Choosing Where to Store Your Images
      5. Saving Referenced Images
      6. Creating Folder Naming Presets
      7. Creating Filename Presets
      8. Completing the Import Workflow
      9. Creating Metadata Presets
      10. Importing Your Pictures
    2. Importing from Other Sources
      1. Importing Without the Dialog
    3. Renaming Files
    4. Backing Up Raw Files
      1. Backup and Time Machine
    5. Managing Vaults
      1. Creating Your First Vault
      2. Maintaining Your Vaults
      3. Restoring Your Library from a Vault
      4. Transferring Your Library to a New Mac
    6. Moving Libraries
      1. Splitting Up Your Library
    7. Moving Referenced Images
      1. Managing Your Referenced Images
      2. Consolidating Your Masters
    8. Image Migration
      1. Migrating Images the Quick Way
      2. Migrating Images the More Flexible Way
    9. Hard Disk Management
      1. Smart Folders
      2. Burn Folders
      3. Folder Actions
      4. Launching Automator and Accessing Aperture’s Actions
      5. Building an Aperture Workflow
  9. Chapter 4: Working with Metadata
    1. Introduction
    2. Rating Images
      1. Arranging the Workspace
      2. Using the Keyboard
      3. Using the Mouse
      4. Comparing Images
      5. Adding IPTC Metadata
      6. Using the Metadata Inspector
      7. Using the Lift and Stamp HUD
      8. Using Metadata Views
    3. Creating Metadata Presets
      1. Batch Operations
      2. Changing the Time
      3. Adding Metadata on Import
    4. Keywords Overview
      1. Keyword Strategy
      2. Adding Keywords Using the Metadata Inspector
      3. Adding Keywords Using the Keywords HUD
      4. Adding Keywords Using the Control Bar
      5. Removing Keywords
    5. Creating and Editing Preset Groups
    6. Displaying Metadata on Images
      1. Viewer and Browser Sets
    7. Sorting and Searching
      1. Search Tools
      2. The Query HUD
      3. Searching by Rating
      4. Text Searching
      5. Keyword Searching
      6. All or Any
      7. Searching by Date
      8. Searching by Other Criteria
      9. Using Multiple Search Criteria
      10. Multiple Text Searching
      11. Saving Search Results
  10. Chapter 5: Adjusting Images
    1. Introduction
    2. The Adjustments Inspector
    3. The Adjustments HUD
    4. The Adjustment HUD Brick by Brick
      1. The Histogram
      2. Raw Fine Tuning Brick
      3. White Balance
      4. Exposure
      5. Enhance
      6. Levels
      7. Highlights and Shadows
      8. Color
    5. Other Adjustments
    6. Spot and Patch and Retouch
    7. Vignette and Devignette
    8. Crop and Straighten
    9. Monochrome Mixer, Color Monochrome and Sepia Tone
    10. Noise Reduction
    11. Sharpening Tools
    12. How to Use the Histogram
    13. Hot and Cold Spots and Clipping Overlays
    14. Copying Adjustments Using Lift and Stamp
    15. Using Adjustment Presets
    16. Common Problems and How to Correct Them
      1. Overexposure
      2. Slight Overexposure and High Dynamic Range
    17. Underexposure
      1. Severe Underexposure
      2. Mild Underexposure and Shadow Recovery
    18. Low Contrast (flat) Images
    19. Dealing with Color Casts
      1. Using White Balance
      2. Using Tint
      3. Using Levels
    20. Creative Techniques
      1. Color to B&W
      2. Tinting
  11. Chapter 6: Aperture Workflow
    1. Using Projects, Albums and Folders
      1. Folders
      2. Projects
      3. Favorite and Recent Projects
      4. Albums and Smart Albums
    2. Real Life Workflow from Camera to Export
      1. Defining Your Metadata Presets
      2. Importing Your Photos
      3. Perform Your First Backup
      4. Sorting Your Images
      5. Rating and Picking Your Photos Using Comparisons
      6. Edit Your Photos
      7. Output Your Photos
      8. Backup, Backup and Backup Again
    3. Light Tables
      1. Performing Sorts and Edits from a Light Table
    4. Stacking
    5. Versions and Version Sets
      1. Automatically Created Versions
      2. Manually Created Versions
  12. Chapter 7: Working with Other Applications
    1. Introduction
    2. Importing Your iPhoto Library
    3. Importing Individual Images or Albums
    4. Previews
    5. Moving from Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw
    6. Aperture and Adobe Bridge
    7. Aperture and Adobe Camera Raw
    8. Moving from Bridge
    9. Metadata
    10. DNG Conversion
    11. Aperture and Adobe Photoshop
    12. New Masters
    13. Workflow Considerations
    14. Transparent Problem
    15. Apple Plug-ins
    16. Dodge & Burn
    17. How Edit Plug-ins Work
    18. Aperture, Plug-ins and External Editing
    19. New Plug-ins
    20. Nik Software – Viveza
    21. PictureCode – Noise Ninja
    22. Tiffen – Tiffen Dfx
    23. Digital Film Tools – Power Stroke
    24. dvGarage – dpmatte and HDR Toner
    25. Image Trends – Fisheye-Hemi, ShineOff and PearlyWhites
    26. Using Aperture from Other Applications
    27. Preview Preferences
    28. iPhoto
    29. iTunes
    30. iWork Applications
    31. Mail
    32. Photoshop
    33. InDesign and Applescript
  13. Chapter 8: Output
    1. Exporting
      1. Defining Your Own Export Settings
      2. Protecting Your Exported Images
      3. Color Management
      4. Defining Export Names and Destinations
      5. Exporting Metadata
      6. Export Plug-ins
      7. Working with Two Macs and Two Libraries
    2. Publishing Your Photos Online
      1. Web Galleries
      2. Web Pages
      3. Web Journals
    3. Producing Books
    4. Printing
      1. Common Features in the Printing Dialog
      2. Managing Color … or Not
      3. Laying Out Your Page
      4. Managing Printed Color
      5. Sharpening Your Output
      6. Settings Specific to Single Image and Contact Sheet Printing
    5. Slideshows
      1. Adjusting Slideshow Settings
      2. Controlling Playback
  14. Index