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Emailing Images from Aperture

Email is often the easiest way to send files to a client or colleague. Aperture offers a straightforward way to compress and send images via your preferred email application. It even allows you to add a watermark to images when you send them to someone via email, to ensure that the images won’t be reproduced without your permission.

Specifying Your Email Application

Let’s first specify the email application we want to use, and then we’ll add a watermark to the images before sending them to Grande Agency.

  1. Choose Aperture > Preferences.
  2. From the Mail pop-up menu at the bottom of the Preferences dialog, choose your preferred email program, such as Mail.
  3. Click and hold the Edit button next to the Email Export Preset pop-up menu.

    Aperture offers several export presets, three of which are designed for emailing images. They allow you to email small, medium, or large JPEG images.

  4. Release the Mail Export Preset pop-up menu.

    We’ll customize one of these presets now to speed the downloading process and to include a watermark.

Adding a Digital Watermark

You’ll add a watermark to these images using a Photoshop file that we’ve created for you.

  1. Click the Edit button next to the Mail Export Preset pop-up menu. The Export Presets dialog appears, with the presets listed on the left.
  2. Choose the Email Small – JPEG preset.

    The right side of the Exports Presets dialog displays the customizable parameters for this preset. These include options for changing the image format, adjusting the image quality, attaching a color profile, and adding a watermark.

  3. Click the Add (+) button in the lower left corner of the Export Presets dialog.

    Aperture duplicates the selected Email Small – JPEG preset and names the new preset Email Small – JPEG Copy.

  4. Rename the Email Small – JPEG Copy preset Email 480 – JPEG (wtrmmrk no Meta). The meaning of this name will become clear as you customize the preset.
  5. With the new preset selected, make sure that Image Format is set to JPEG and the Image Quality slider is at 6.
  6. Deselect the Include Metadata checkbox. You don’t always need to send metadata with your images. The client doesn’t need to know, for example, what shutter speed you used to capture your images.
  7. Choose Size To > Fit Within (Pixels), and set both Width and Height to 480.

    The Fit Within Size option scales the image proportionately to the largest specified dimension. Sizing the images to a maximum of 480 by 480 pixels speeds the downloading process and reduces the file size so that the images cannot be reproduced effectively.

    Now add the watermark and specify the watermark options.

  8. Select the Show Watermark checkbox.

    This allows you to superimpose an image on the exported images and protect them against unauthorized reuse.

  9. Choose Position > Top Right, and set the Opacity slider to 0.4.
  10. Click the Choose button to choose an image to use for the watermark.
  11. Navigate to the APTS_Aperture_book_files > Lessons > Lesson03 folder and select the luna_wtr_mrk_h240.psd file. Then click Choose.

    A preview of the image appears above the Choose Image button in the Export Presets dialog. The watermark will be embedded in the emailed images.

  12. Click OK to close the Export Presets dialog.
  13. Close the Preferences dialog.

    That’s all there is to it. Now you can email the images.

Emailing the Images

When you email images from within Aperture, it automatically uses the email application you specified in Preferences.

  1. Select the Locations album in the Projects panel and press Command-Shift-A to deselect all images in the album (which actually selects all the images for inclusion).
  2. Choose File > Email (Option-E).

    Aperture jumps to your selected email application and creates a new email message with the album attached. In the real world, you would enter the recipient’s email address, add text to the body of the message, and click Send. Since the Grande Agency isn’t real, you don’t have to do that for this book, but you can email the images to yourself if you’re the kind of person who likes to see things through to completion. Otherwise, simply quit and return to Aperture for the next exercise.

  3. Quit your email application.
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