Mastering Apple Aperture

Mastering Apple Aperture

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 1849693560

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Master the art of enhancing, organizing, exporting, and printing your photos using Apple Aperture


  • Learn how to use the advanced features of Apple Aperture
  • Become well-versed with advanced topics such as curves and how raw conversion works
  • Written in an easy-to-follow conversational style and packed with tips and tricks for optimizing your workflow

In Detail

Apple Aperture is one of the leading photo editing software packages available in today’s market. It provides you with all the tools to organize, browse, and perfect your images, so you can make every shot your best shot.

Mastering Apple Aperture aims to teach you the skills and knowledge necessary to become a master of the Apple Aperture software. It will build upon your existing core skills and show you new and advanced ways to get things done in Apple’s powerful photography software.

Mastering Apple Aperture starts by showing you the most simple and efficient ways to import and organize your images. It then takes you through the techniques for processing photos before moving on to cover advanced topics like working with tethered shooting, multiple libraries, curves, and metadata.

You will discover how to edit images in Aperture and will gain complete mastery over processing images. You will also explore ways of extending Aperture through the use of plugins and third-party software. This book concludes with tips and tricks for the best ways to output images from Aperture, whether for print or for screen.

What you will learn from this book

  • Master importing your photos into Aperture
  • Understand how raw conversion works and how it affects your photographs
  • Explore Aperture’s adjustment panel and learn advanced processing techniques
  • Master the art of entering metadata and learn why it is important
  • Get the best results when outputting your photographs for the Web or other online services
  • Learn how to use other software in tandem with Aperture
  • Optimize Aperture with essential third-party plugins
  • Fix common image problems with Aperture’s toolset


This is a practical, step-by-step guide that aims at taking your understanding of Aperture from novice to master.

Who this book is written for

This book is written for photographers who have an understanding of digital photography and who have a basic level of familiarity with Apple’s Aperture software. It is assumed that you have used Aperture and are familiar with the basics of the software.

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the separate sharpen adjustment that you can apply to an image. Sharpening at the RAW conversion stage is often called RAW presharpening. It is used to counter the effects of the demosaicing process and the camera's antialiasing filter. You can adjust the amount of presharpening applied to an image here. Personally I think Aperture's default values are a little high, and I often turn these down, and then add sharpness later using an edge-sharpening adjustment. We'll discuss sharpening in depth a

with the long-winded workflow of exporting your images from Aperture into a special folder, opening them up in Photoshop, and so on. There is however, a quicker way to do this if you're willing to make a small compromise. This trick requires you to use the Aperture previews, so it is important that the preferences are set right to maintain the best image quality when using this method. Let's start by setting the preferences. 1. From the Aperture menu, select Preferences, or press command + ,.

from Aperture to the service. Exporting to Facebook and Flickr If you are a social media user, you may use one or both of these two popular networks. Aperture has built-in sharing options for both of these services. You can share your images directly to Flickr and Facebook from the share menu in the Aperture toolbar. This allows you to create a new album (or "Photo Set", to use Flickr's terminology) and set the size of the images you want to export, as well as set some privacy options. However,

Presets: It used to be called Adjustment Presets in a previous version of Aperture. They are the preset recipes for your adjustments of which you may already be familiar with. This option lets you choose a preset to apply to all the images while importing. It's a good idea to set up a default preset for each camera you own and this will be discussed in more detail later in this chapter. • File Types: This option lets you turn on and off which file types are imported. This is extremely useful if

later chapter, but for now, here is a screenshot of the adjustments that were used in this preset: Making Aperture's library work for you As your Aperture library grows, keeping it organized as you go is the best way to stop it spiraling into chaos. If you're not careful you'll end up with a plethora of unconnected projects and albums and you'll have difficulty finding anything. I know this because I let it happen myself on more than one occasion. Having a good strategy is the key to keeping

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