Aperture Tricks – All About Apple Aperture

August 29, 2006

New Zoom Feature – ApertureTricks.com

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 10:27 pm

Back in version 1.0, zooming in Aperture blended the pixels, giving users a visually smooth image. Aperture 1.1 does this in a new way. In 1.1, you will see the individual unblended pixels when you zoom in. Some users have contacted me asking if this behavior is expected and the answer is yes.


August 23, 2006

Aperture Test Drive Starts Today

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 12:14 pm

Apple is hosting a national tour to showcase Aperture called the Aperture Test Drive. It’s touted as hands-on experience coming to ten states. Visit the Apple Website to find out more.

August 22, 2006

Aperture 1.1 Essential Training Available On CD

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 12:30 pm

Taught by Apple Aperture Certified Trainer Scott Bourne and MacWorld Conference Faculty Veteran Derrick Story.
For more information, free sample movies, or to subscribe to the online version of this training title, go to lynda.com.

Apple Aperture is designed for digital photographers, with the goal of making professional photo processing and manipulation fast and effortless. This tutorial concentrates on Aperture’s range of capabilities, including downloading selected images, browsing thumbnails, accessing and understanding raw photo details, enhancing and editing photo contrast, adjusting exposure and color levels, viewing and arranging photos, extracting and understanding image metadata, and more. Exercise files accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.

ISBN: 1-59671-267-8
UPC: 6-70557-02524-7
SKU: 02524
Duration: 6.75 hours
On 2 CDs

Normally $149.95 plus shipping, I have a very limited quantity available at $99 including shipping. USA only sorry. Send your PayPal of $99 to omsp@mac.com and be sure to include a postal address. When the 10 copies I have are sold out, they’ll be gone for good at this special price.

UPDATE: Three copies sold in the first hour. Thanks everyone. Seven left. 

August 15, 2006

Aperture Trick #58 – Sharpening

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 11:17 pm

Aperture includes a RAW converter as part of its import function. While the images aren’t actually finally converted until exported, a basic conversion takes place on import. By the way, to the best of my knowledge, this sharpening on import takes place with all RAW converters.

Any sharpening in the conversion process is done in addition to any that might be applied by the user during the manipulation stage.

Aperture’s RAW preference pane in the Inspector allows you to adjust the amount of auto sharpen applied on import.
I suggest that you keep this number as low as possible since Aperture doesn’t allow selective sharpening. If your image contains large areas of sky or water or other subjects that are in the background, you probably don’t want them sharpened. So save the sharpening for your roundtrip to Photoshop or some other third-party sharpening application.

August 9, 2006

Aperture Trick #57 – Large Projects

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 2:26 am

I noticed this trick from a post that Joe Schorr posted in the Apple Aperture forum.

Aperture has a 10,000 image limit per project. This does NOT mean that you can’t have more than 10,000 images in Aperture. Just that you need them in more than one project.

If you create a folder in the Project Panel (call it Project Folder) and then put all your projects (up to 10,000 images each) within that new folder, you will see what amounts to a multiple project – project. So if you had three 10,000 image projects nested within the new folder, you’d have a total of 30,000 images.

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