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
There's not much you can say about US computer giant Apple, except that IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE DISCONTINUED APERTURE, which was faster, better thought-out and much nicer to use than Lightroom. Apple also publishes Apple Photos, which is OK as a simple consumer photo-editing tool, but no substitute for the long-lamented Aperture.
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
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?
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