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
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.
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
Aperture is very good at organising images both quickly and with a great deal of flexiblity. It's also good at displaying them in a way that helps you sort out your best pictures, and that's not just with albums and stacks. I'm talking about Aperture Light Tables, a feature that's often overlooked, possibly because people don't know about it, and possibly because they've found … [Read more...] about How to use Aperture Light Tables
I was taking pictures long before digital cameras came along, and I've got a large collection of 35mm transparencies and black and white negatives. I've even managed to scan them all in at those odd times when I've had film scanners in for review for magazines. The trouble is that not only are some of my pictures skewed, the film holders for film scanners can often add a skew … [Read more...] about How to fix up your scans with the Aperture crop and straighten tools
Curves adjustments are one of the more advanced image-editing techniques, not because they're especially technical or difficult to carry out, but because you have to understand exactly what's happening in order to make any genuine improvements. With curves, a small adjustment can make a big difference, and Aperture curves adjustments are no different. Curves work in exactly … [Read more...] about How to make better Aperture curves adjustments
How did we ever manage without stacks? For those who don't know, cataloguing programs like Aperture, Lightroom and others can group related images together and display them as a single thumbnail image or expand the stack so that all the images in the stack are visible. This has many different uses. You can keep bracketed exposures together, for example, group similar images … [Read more...] about Find out how the Aperture auto stack feature can save you hours (almost)
Spots, blemishes and messy details can spoil otherwise great shots, but you can fix them without ever leaving Aperture. You've probably spotted the Retouch tool on the bottom toolbar, and this does a decent enough job on minor problems, but have you tried the Aperture Spot and Patch tool in the main tools panel? Maybe you didn't even know it was there...? The Retouch tool … [Read more...] about Discover the secrets of the Aperture Spot and Patch tool