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Intro to Image Editing in Aperture 2

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In this one-hour lesson, you'll learn how to import, crop, and straighten photos as well as improve white balance and remove sensor dust and red eye from your photos using Apple's Aperture 2 software.
Lesson Files

APTS_Aperture_book_files > Lessons > Lesson 04 > Kid_Photos

Time

This lesson takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Goals

mport photos from the iPhoto Browser

Crop an image to size it

Straighten an image to improve alignment

Improve white balance in an image

Remove sensor dust

Remove red eye from a photo

You’ve now learned powerful ways to import images and organize your library. The next step is to improve your selected images using Aperture’s flexible editing toolset. The editing workflow can be divided into five areas of focus.

Basic Edits—Basic corrections include geometric tasks like straightening and cropping, and essential improvements like setting the white balance and removing red eye.

RAW-Specific Edits—RAW files can be adjusted precisely using RAW Fine Tuning, which offers the ability to control Sharpening, Noise Reduction, and Hue Boost.

Tonal Correction—Aperture gives precise control over an image’s tonal properties with controls like Highlight Recovery, Levels, Highlights and Shadows, and Contrast.

Color Correction—Aperture lets you enhance the color in an image with control over Hue, Saturation, and Vibrancy as well as isolating and improving individual colors within a photo.

Enhancing Images—It’s easy to remove distracting flaws in an image using the Retouch Brush and Spot & Patch tools. Vignettes can also be removed from an image or added for stylistic purposes.

As you narrow down your images and make selects, you’ll often need to perform basic edits and corrections. In some cases, you’ll want to quickly fix image problems before showing the photos to a client. In other cases, you may want to try straightening or cropping a version of an image to determine if it will work in a certain context. Learning how to perform basic edits in an efficient manner will greatly benefit you as a photographer.

Importing Images from iPhoto

Aperture offers an open library structure, which means you can store photos anywhere you want. Many Aperture users already have several images stored in their iPhoto libraries. You can have Aperture link to your iPhoto library or import the files into the Aperture library. In this lesson, you’ll begin by adding a collection of photos to your iPhoto library, and then see how easy it is to access those images.

Adding Images to iPhoto

In this lesson, you’ll work with several images that need basic corrections. You’ll access images from iPhoto in order to illustrate the open library system. But to showcase this interaction, you’ll need to add photos to iPhoto first.

  1. Open the Lessons folder and navigate to Lesson 04. Open that folder and locate a folder of images called Kid_Photos.
  2. Drag the folder of images onto the iPhoto icon in the Dock.

    The images are added to your iPhoto library.

  3. In iPhoto you can see the 20 images you just imported.

    iPhoto creates a new Event based on the name of the photo.

  4. Quit iPhoto and switch to Aperture.
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