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Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 3, Second Edition

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Updated for Aperture 3.4, this Apple-certified guide starts with the basics of image management and takes you step by step through Aperture's powerful editing, retouching, proofing, publishing, and archiving features. It delivers comprehensive training—the equivalent of a two-day course—in one project-based book. With complete coverage of Aperture's new interface and features, you'll learn to index your photos using face recognition and GPS location data; master powerful non-destructive image-adjustment tools including brush-based local adjustments; and create impressive slideshows that include photos, HD video clips, and layered soundtracks. Learn time-saving techniques for sorting, ranking, and organizing images for use in different jobs. And discover effective ways to publish images for client review and keep your online portfolio up to date automatically. This book's real-world exercises feature professional photography from a variety of genres, including landscapes, portraits, wedding, and wildlife photography.

•  DVD-ROM includes lesson and media files
•  Focused lessons take you step-by-step through professional real-world projects
•  Accessible writing style puts an expert instructor at your side
•  Ample illustrations help you master techniques fast
•  Lesson goals and time estimates help you plan your time
•  Chapter review questions summarize what you’ve learned and prepare you for the Apple Pro certification exam
•  Requires OS X v 10.8.2 or later, Aperture 3.4 or later
The Apple Pro Training Series is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum for Apple Pro Training and Certification Programs.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Getting Started
    1. The Methodology
    2. System Requirements
    3. Copying the Aperture Lesson Files
    4. About the Apple Pro Training Series
    5. Apple Pro Certification Program
    6. Companion Web Page
    7. Resources
  6. Creating and Organizing Your Photo Library
    1. Lesson 1. A Quick Tour of Aperture
      1. Opening Aperture
      2. Identifying Interface Elements
      3. Importing Images from a Memory Card
      4. Working with Images in the Browser
      5. Viewing and Using Metadata
      6. Adjusting Images
      7. Rating and Rejecting Images
      8. Sharing Your Photos with Email
      9. Sharing Photos with Facebook, Flickr, and Photo Stream
      10. Lesson Review
    2. Lesson 2. Adding and Managing Metadata
      1. Importing files from the Finder
      2. Customizing Import Settings
      3. Displaying Metadata in the Browser and Viewer
      4. Using Keywords
      5. Editing Metadata Views and Presets
      6. Sorting and Filtering Your Project
      7. Lesson Review
    3. Lesson 3. Comparing and Evaluating Images
      1. Generating Aperture Previews
      2. Evaluating Images in Full-Screen Mode
      3. Using the Loupe Tool
      4. Assigning Image Ratings
      5. Comparing and Rating a Group of Images
      6. Using Primary Selection Options to Rate Images
      7. Working with Stacks
      8. Speed Rating Images Using Keystrokes
      9. Reviewing Collections on the Light Table
      10. Lesson Review
    4. Lesson 4. Indexing Photos Using Faces and Places
      1. Moving from iPhoto to Aperture
      2. Using Places to Put Pictures on a Map
      3. Creating a Smart Album from a Map
      4. Organizing a Library Using Faces
      5. Adding Facebook IDs to Faces
      6. Creating a Faces Smart Album
      7. Lesson Review
    5. Lesson 5. Managing Projects and the Library
      1. Importing Referenced Images
      2. Working with Referenced Images
      3. Organizing a Growing Library
      4. Backing Up Using a Vault
      5. Lesson Review
      6. Cameo: Catherine Hall: Something Old and Something New
  7. Corrective and Creative Image Editing
    1. Lesson 6. Performing Nondestructive Editing
      1. Working in the Adjustments Inspector
      2. Fixing Underexposed and Overexposed Images
      3. Cropping a Photo
      4. Using Lift & Stamp Tools
      5. Lesson Review
    2. Lesson 7. Correcting Tone
      1. Making Adjustments in Full Screen View
      2. Enhancing an Image
      3. Improving Highlights and Shadows
      4. Adjusting Image Levels
      5. Converting Color Images to Black and White
      6. Comparing Image Versions
      7. Lesson Review
    3. Lesson 8. Correcting Color
      1. Working with Color in the Enhance Controls
      2. Controlling Image Vibrancy
      3. Selectively Improving Color Using the Color Controls
      4. Working with Curves
      5. Correcting Chromatic Aberration
      6. Working with an External Editor
      7. Lesson Review
    4. Lesson 9. Making Local Adjustments with Brushes
      1. Using Brushes
      2. Adding and Erasing Brush Strokes
      3. Smoothing Skin
      4. Brightening Areas Using the Dodge Brush
      5. Darkening Areas Using the Burn Brush
      6. Applying a Brush to an Entire Image
      7. Correcting Halo Artifacts
      8. Retouching Images
      9. Cloning an Image
      10. Making a Brush from an Adjustment
      11. Creating Multiple Instances of a Brush
      12. Lesson Review
    5. Lesson 10. Working with RAW Images
      1. Working with RAW+JPEG Pairs
      2. Comparing RAW and JPEG Files
      3. Decoding a RAW File
      4. Adjusting Boost and Hue Boost
      5. Using Sharpening and Noise Reduction
      6. Removing Moire from RAW Images
      7. Saving RAW Fine-Tuning Presets
      8. Working with DNG Files
      9. Lesson Review
      10. Cameo: Don Holtz: Seeking the Element of Spirit
  8. Sharing Your Work
    1. Lesson 11. Creating Dynamic Slideshows
      1. Using Slideshow Presets and Albums
      2. Using Slideshow Presets
      3. Creating a Slideshow Album
      4. Enhancing Slideshows
      5. Using Titles, Transitions, and Photo Effects
      6. Mixing Music and Sound Effects
      7. Working with Video
      8. Editing to the Beat
      9. Editing on the Fly
      10. Sharing Your Slideshow
      11. Lesson Review
    2. Lesson 12. Presenting Your Photos on the Web
      1. Posting to Facebook and Flickr
      2. Creating a Web Journal
      3. Adding Images to a Web Journal
      4. Changing and Modifying Web Journal Themes
      5. Publishing a Web Journal
      6. Using Photo Stream
      7. Lesson Review
    3. Lesson 13. Delivering Final Images as Books, Prints, and Files
      1. Creating a Book Layout
      2. Customizing Pictures and Page Layouts
      3. Ordering Books
      4. Delivering Printed Images
      5. Printing with Presets
      6. Delivering Digital Images
      7. Lesson Review
      8. Cameo: Ron Brinkmann: Refining Excellence
  9. Appendix A. Setting Up Your Work Environment
    1. Adjusting Your System Preferences
    2. Calibrating Your Display
    3. Using Multiple Displays on a Mac
    4. Using Tethered Shooting
  10. Appendix B. Expanding Aperture Functionality
    1. Adding Plug-ins
    2. Applying Automator and Applescript
    3. Using Prebuilt Workflows
    4. Learning to Use Automator for Aperture
  11. Glossary
  12. Index
  13. Add Pages