If you organise your photos by folders and find this perfectly satisfactory, then you can use any number of different programs to keep your images organised. Adobe Bridge is a good starting point as an image browser if you already have Photoshop, and ON1 Photo RAW and Alien Skin Exposure are two examples of all-in-one programs that have image browser tools built in. But … [Read more...] about Best image browser and cataloguing software
For a long time Aperture was a strong and direct rival to Lightroom, but then Apple took the fateful decision to stop its development. It didn't equal Lightroom's non-destructive editing tools, but its image organising, browsing, album and stacking tools were clearly superior. I'm leaving all my old Aperture tutorials on this site for all those who have computers that can still run it, and as a reminder to Adobe that THAT is how you design an image cataloguing application.
When Apple announced it was going to discontinue its professional image-cataloguing application Aperture, but that a brand new Photos app was on its way, many (including me) obviously hoped that Photos would go some way towards replacing our favourite application. These hopes were raised by early screenshots showing some powerful-looking editing tools. Well the dust has … [Read more...] about Can Apple Photos replace Aperture?
The Aperture Loupe tool is one of its many excellent features, but it's easy to get confused by the zoom and loupe size options. The keyboard shortcuts look so similar it's hard to remember which does what, and if you're anything like me, you end up going round in circles. So I thought I'd better study these Aperture Loupe options properly just to get them straight in my own … [Read more...] about How to make sense of the Aperture Loupe options!
If you're anything like me, you spend a lot of time dabbling with one special effect, moving on to another image, trying another effect and keep on experimenting without a specific aim in mind. Wouldn't it be better to put the effects you like already to some constructive use, rather than continually roaming your effects library for others? That's where the batch … [Read more...] about How to batch process special effects with the Google Nik Collection
Aperture users are bound to take a sneaky peek over the garden fence from time to time at its chief rival, Lightroom. Lightroom has some great editing tools and every release brings more. If only Aperture had automatic lens corrections, a Graduated Filter tool, Radial Filter, the perspective-correcting Upright tool and all the rest! By comparison, Aperture can feel like it's … [Read more...] about Aperture users: 3 ways Lightroom could drive you mad!
Mac owners have a choice of top-quality image-cataloguing tools. Adobe Lightroom is available for both Windows and Mac machines, but it faces strong competition from Apple's Mac-only Aperture application. If you don't yet know what Aperture does and how it works, why not read read our brand new, full Aperture review. You could be missing out on one of the best digital imaging … [Read more...] about Aperture review just posted
Aperture comes with a small selection of ready-made effects which you can apply to your photos simply by selecting them from a menu. But did you know you can import new effects created by others? It's really easy to do, and here's how. 01 How to edit your Aperture effects With the Adjustment Inspector open, look for the drop-down Effects menu just beneath the … [Read more...] about How to import Aperture effects
I had a horrible thought today. Like everyone else, I’ve been saying non-destructive editing is fantastic. It’s smart, it’s efficient, and it changes the way we work. It’s the most important innovation in digital imaging this century… But wait a minute. What if I had to stop using Lightroom or Aperture tomorrow? How many images have I non-destructively enhanced in these … [Read more...] about The ticking time-bomb of non-destructive editing
Aperture used to be like iPhoto – all the pictures you added were stored in its internal library, a single file which ring-fenced your shots from the outside world and enabled you to move your library around as a single object. You can still do that with the current version. It's simple and secure, but as library sizes grow, increasingly impractical. So Apple soon added the … [Read more...] about 8 things you need to know about managed vs referenced files in Aperture
Solarization adds a dramatic and surreal look to regular black and white images. Darker shades of grey and midtones stay unaffected, but brighter tones and highlights are reversed into a negative image. It's particularly effective on bright skies. You might imagine you need a plug-in to achieve this kind of effect, but in reality you can create it in any program which offers … [Read more...] about How to create an Aperture solarization effect