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Mastering Apple Aperture

Thomas Fitzgerald

Apple Aperture is powerful, fully-featured photo editing software and keen photographers, whether pro or enthusiast, will benefit from this fantastic, step-by-step guide that covers the most advanced topics.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849693561
Paperback264 pages

About This Book

  • 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

Who This Book Is 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Advanced Importing and Organizing
A closer look at the import dialog
Managed versus Referenced
Making Aperture's library work for you
Organizing your library
Managing multiple libraries
Library troubleshooting
Managing RAW + JPEG
Shooting tethered
Chapter 2: Advanced Adjustments
Understanding Aperture's adjustment tree
Adding default adjustments
Multiple adjustments
Brushes-tips and tricks
Cloning and healing
Highlights and Shadows tool
Saving, editing, and managing effect presets
Noise reduction
Chapter 3: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Curves
Curves basics
Controlling contrast and brightness with Curves
Warming up and cooling down
Tinting shadows and highlights with Curves
Using the eyedropper and automatic modes
Extended range Curves
Multiple Curves adjustments
Curves adjustment versus Levels adjustment
Real world examples
Chapter 4: Aperture in Action
Controlling clipped highlights
Fixing blown out skies
Removing objects from a scene
Fixing dust spots on multiple images
Tips for fixing chromatic aberration
Fixing purple fringing
Creating fake duotones
Fixing scanned negatives
Chapter 5: Extending Aperture
When and why you need to go outside Aperture
What Aperture does when you use a plugin
Mountain Lion and Gatekeeper
Where to find plugins
Working with external editors
Working with Photoshop
Photoshop alternatives
Working with third-party RAW converters
Working with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Chapter 6: Exporting and Outputting to the Web
Setting preview settings
Using OS X media browser
Exporting versions
Setting export presets
Blogging from Aperture – the easy way
Blogging from Aperture – the proper way
Export plugins
Exporting to Facebook and Flickr
Sharing with Photo Stream
Creating a quick iPad Portfolio with Photo Stream
Chapter 7: Making Metadata Work for You
Why good metadata is important
Aperture's Info tab
Creating metadata templates
Different ways of entering keywords
Entering captions and titles quickly
Batch changing metadata
Adding custom metadata
Searching and smart folders
Chapter 8: Getting Better Prints from Aperture
Calibrating your display
Onscreen Proofing
The print dialog
Creating print presets
Printing and saving to PDF
Creating a digital contact sheet to e-mail to clients
Using the book tool for elaborate print layouts
Ordering prints using Apple's print service
Ordering prints from a third-party service

What You Will Learn

  • 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

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.



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