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Apple Aperture 3

Book Description

Aperture is a dedicated end-to-end workflow tool for photographers and this book guides the reader through the complete process from capture to output.

The beauty of Aperture is that - unlike Adobe's rival workflow software, Lightroom - it doesn't force a particular structure or workflow on to the user. This more open-ended approach means it is becoming increasingly popular with photographers - but also means that there is a lot to learn for a newcomer to the software.

Whether you are cataloging, organising and adding Metadata to thousands of RAW files; selecting, cropping and correcting an individual image or preparing files for final output to web or print, this book provides a complete reference for producing high-quality results with Aperture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Chapter 1: Camera Raw
    1. Introduction
    2. What is Camera Raw?
    3. Raw Support
    4. The Pros and Cons of a Raw Workflow
      1. Benefits
      2. Disadvantages
    5. From Raw to RGB
    6. How Sensor Data are Captured and Stored
    7. In-Camera Processing and the Aperture Alternatives
      1. Demosaicing and Color Space Conversion
      2. Tonal Mapping
      3. White Balance
      4. Noise Reduction and Sharpening
    8. Raw Fine Tuning in Aperture
      1. Which Decoder?
      2. Boost
      3. Sharpening
    9. Moiré and Chromatic Aberration
    10. DNG
    11. Using DNG Converter
    12. Unsupported Raw Formats
  8. Chapter 2: How Aperture Works
    1. The Aperture Workspace
    2. How Aperture Stores Your Images
      1. Digital Masters and Versions
      2. Browsing and Organizing Images
    3. Library 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. 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. Swapping and Rotating Workspaces
      3. Ratings and Keywords
      4. Adjustments and Filters
      5. Overlays
    6. Head-Up Displays (HUDs)
      1. Filter 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
  9. Chapter 3: Managing Your Images
    1. Adding Images to Your Library
      1. Importing from Your Camera
      2. Sort Your Images Before Import
      3. Choosing Where To Store Your Images
      4. Creating Filename Presets
      5. Completing the Import Workflow
      6. Creating Metadata Presets
      7. 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. 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
  10. Chapter 4: Working with Metadata
    1. Introduction
    2. Rating Images
      1. Arranging the Workspace
      2. Using the Keyboard
      3. Using the Mouse
    3. Comparing Images
    4. Adding IPTC Metadata
      1. Using the Metadata Inspector
      2. Using the Lift and Stamp HUD
      3. Using Metadata Views
    5. Creating Metadata Views
    6. Creating Metadata Presets
    7. Batch Operations
    8. Changing the Time
    9. Adding Metadata on Import
    10. Keywords Overview
      1. Keyword Strategy
      2. Adding Keywords Using the Metadata Inspector
      3. Adding Keywords Using the Keyword HUD
      4. Adding Keywords Using the Control Bar
      5. Removing Keywords
    11. Creating and Editing Preset Groups
    12. Displaying Metadata on Images
      1. Viewer and Browser Sets
    13. Sorting and Searching
      1. Search Tools
      2. The Search Field and Search Field Pop-Up Menu
      3. The Filter HUD
      4. Searching by Rating
      5. Text Searching
      6. Keyword Searching
      7. All or Any
      8. Searching by Date
      9. Searching by Other Criteria
      10. Using Multiple Search Criteria
      11. Multiple Text Searching
      12. Saving Search Results
  11. Chapter 5: Adjusting Images
    1. Introduction
    2. The Adjustments Inspector
    3. The Adjustments HUD
    4. The Adjustments HUD Adjustment by Adjustment
      1. The Histogram
      2. Raw Fine Tuning
      3. White Balance
      4. Exposure
      5. Enhance
      6. Highlights & Shadows
      7. Levels
      8. Color
    5. Other Adjustments
      1. Red-Eye Correction
      2. Spot & Patch and Retouch
      3. Crop and Straighten and Flip
      4. Chromatic Aberration
      5. Vignette and Devignette
      6. Black & White, Color Monochrome and Sepia Tone
      7. Noise Reduction
    6. Curves
    7. Sharpening Tools
    8. How to Use the Histogram
    9. Hot and Cold Spots and Clipping Overlays
    10. Copying Adjustments Using Lift and Stamp
    11. Using Adjustment Presets
    12. Using Brush-Based Adjustments
    13. Common Problems and How to Correct Them
      1. Overexposure
      2. Slight Overexposure and High Dynamic Range
      3. Underexposure
      4. Low Contrast (Flat) Images
    14. Dealing with Color Casts
      1. Using White Balance
      2. Using Tint
      3. Using Levels
    15. Creative Techniques
      1. Color to B&W
      2. Tinting
  12. Chapter 6: Aperture Workflow
    1. Using Projects, Albums and Folders
      1. Folders
      2. Projects
      3. Using Folders for Navigation
      4. Favorite and Recent Projects
      5. Albums and Smart Albums
    2. Places
      1. Automatic Placement
      2. Placing Projects
    3. Faces
      1. Refining Faces
      2. Faces Gallery
      3. Adding New Faces
    4. Real Life Workflow from Camera to Export
      1. Defining your Metadata Presets
      2. Importing Your Photos
      3. Expanding the Import Dialog
      4. Perform Your First Backup
      5. Sorting Your Images
      6. Rating and Picking Your Photos Using Comparisons
      7. Edit Your Photos
      8. Output Your Photos
      9. Back up, Back up and Back up Again
    5. Light Tables
      1. Performing Sorts and Edits from a Light Table
    6. Stacking
    7. Versions and Version Sets
      1. Automatically Created Versions
      2. Manually Created Versions
  13. Chapter 7: Working with Other Applications
    1. Introduction
    2. Importing your iPhoto Library
      1. Importing Individual Images or Albums
      2. Previews
    3. Moving from Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw
      1. Aperture and Adobe Bridge
      2. Aperture and Adobe Camera Raw
      3. Migrating your Library
    4. Metadata
      1. Bridge and Camera Raw Metadata
      2. XMP sidecar files
    5. DNG Conversion
    6. Aperture and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    7. Aperture and Adobe Photoshop
      1. New Masters
      2. Workflow Considerations
      3. Plug-ins
      4. How Edit Plug-ins Work
      5. Aperture, Plug-ins and External Editing
      6. Nik Software – Viveza 2
      7. PictureCode – Noise Ninja
      8. Tiffen – Tiffen Dfx
      9. Digital Film Tools – Light!
      10. Image Trends – Fisheye-Hemi, ShineOff and PearlyWhites
    8. Using Aperture from Other Applications
      1. Preview Preferences
      2. iPhoto
      3. iTunes
      4. iWork Applications
      5. Mail
      6. Photoshop
      7. InDesign
  14. Chapter 8: Output
    1. Exporting
    2. Defining Your Own Export Settings
      1. Protecting Your Exported Images
      2. Color Management
      3. Defining Export Names and Destinations
      4. Exporting Metadata
      5. Export Plug-ins
    3. Working with Two Macs and Two Libraries
    4. Publishing Your Photos Online
      1. MobileMe Galleries
      2. Web Pages
      3. Web Journals
    5. Producing Books
    6. Printing
      1. Common Features in the Printing Dialogs
      2. Managing Color… or Not
    7. Slideshows
      1. Adjusting Slideshow Settings
      2. Creating a Bespoke Slideshow
      3. Slideshow Music
      4. Slideshows Beyond Aperture
      5. Controlling Playback
  15. Index