Aperture and Lightroom fans will need an external image-editor for more advanced image enhancement and manipulation – particularly if it involves combining multiple images as layers. But your external editor doesn't have to be Photoshop, or even Elements. Perfect Photo Suite 8, just out, has a new version of its Perfect Layers plug-in which makes it even easier to created … [Read more...] about Who needs Photoshop when you can use Perfect Layers 8 with Aperture and Lightroom?
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.
One of the reasons I prefer Aperture to any other image cataloguing tool is its integration with the Mac OS and Apple's photo stream feature. I can take a set of pictures on my iPhone, and the next time I open up Aperture, they've been imported automatically. Or I can import some pictures into Aperture on my Mac, and then show my friends the same pictures on my iPhone when we … [Read more...] about A quick guide to photo stream setup for iOS and Aperture
Chromatic aberration is the colour fringing you sometimes see around object outlines near the edges of the picture. With most consumer lenses it's a fact of life, and as soon as you know what you're looking for you can see the signs in many of the pictures you take. Some camera makers 'tune out' chromatic aberration as the picture is processed by the camera. Nikon does this … [Read more...] about How to use the Aperture chromatic aberration correction tools – and why!
Actually, I can answer this one straight away. I'm running Aperture 3.5.1 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina under Mavericks, and using the latest version of the Google Nik Collection, and whenever I launch any of the Nik plug-ins from Aperture, edit and the save the image, the preview may or may not update in Aperture, but the preview freezes so that I can't scroll through the … [Read more...] about Is there an Aperture Google Nik Collection problem?
Most high-end compact cameras and all D-SLRs will let you shoot RAW and JPEG files at the same time, and there are some good reason for doing this. You might want a JPEG straight away for posting online, for example, or for sending to other people, then use the RAW version for your proper image-editing work. It's also instructive to compare both in programs like Aperture and … [Read more...] about How to use Aperture RAW+JPEG pairs
You may not have noticed, but you can now use iPhoto effects in Aperture. This happened in version 3.3, when Apple introduced a unified library format that both programs could open. Now iPhoto is hardly the world's most advanced image-editor, and its effects might appear quite limited, so it doesn't sound like much of a story. But if you take a closer look at these effects … [Read more...] about How to use iPhoto effects in Aperture
If you use Aperture or Lightroom, it's so easy to export pictures at specific sizes for web use or emailing that you probably don't give the settings a second thought. But in order to reduce your pictures to the required size, your software has to carry out a resampling process that can leave fine details softer than they need to be. That's why you need to be aware of any … [Read more...] about Do you sharpen on export? It makes more difference than you might think!
When I posted my three-way RAW converter comparison yesterday, I pitted Lightroom 5 against DxO Optics Pro 9 and Capture One Pro 7. A few people have pointed out to me since then that I didn't include Aperture. I thought at the time that three was enough, but now I wish I'd squeezed Aperture in too! So I'm doing a follow-up Aperture vs Lightroom post today . I'm not going to … [Read more...] about Aperture vs Lightroom: 4 images compared
The latest version of Apple's professional image cataloguing application has brought a couple of interesting updates. One is the swap from Google Maps to Apple Maps for the Aperture Places feature, which I've covered already. The other is the inclusion of support for online photo sharing site SmugMug with the new Aperture SmugMug upload tool. There are lots of ways to share … [Read more...] about Get your photos online with the new Aperture SmugMug plug-in
Aperture 3.5 brings a number of modest improvements, and one of these is the new Aperture Places tool. Actually, it's not really new. The only thing that's new about it is that Apple has swapped from Google Maps to Apple Maps, as used on the iPhone and iPad and now OS X Mavericks. I've written magazine tutorials about the map tools in Lightroom, iPhoto, Flickr and other … [Read more...] about Put your photos on the map with the Aperture Places feature