10 Helpful Tips in Aperture 3, Lesson 1: A Quick Tour of Aperture

Aperture 3: Organize, Perfect, and Showcase Your Photos by Dion Scoppettuolo is a book that’s been sitting in my house since last summer. I’m determined to work my way through it because I’ve been using Aperture 3 just flying by the seat of my pants, and trust me, it’s not pretty.

There are 13 Lessons and 2 Appendices, so I’m going to give a short recap of what I learn in each lesson. I will not cover everything, just some points that were important to me or particularly amazing.

That said, here’s Lesson 1’s list:

  1. I can sort images by orientation (landscape or portrait) in each project by choosing Orientation from the pop-up menu at the top of the Browser.
  2. It’s a 3 or 4 step process to really delete an image.
  3. I can use the right bracket ] to rotate images 90 degrees clockwise.
  4. I can drag a selection rectangle around 2 or more images and rotate them at the same time.
  5. I can use the left bracket [ to rotate images 180 degrees counterclockwise.
  6. Pressing the slash key / assigns a flag to all images in the project.
  7. I can color-code images depending on the amount of work I think they need.
  8. Auto-Correction White Balance is an awesome thing. You take the eyedropper and position it over a neutral gray spot, click, and like magic the colors correct themselves. I was slack-jawed awestruck at this magic wand effect.
  9. I learned that when cropping an image, I can click “Show guides” and I can apply the rule of thirds easily while cropping.
  10. On page 39 I got a tease on how to make sure a Watermark shows up on email. Now I need more instruction on how to use graphics software to make one.

Lesson 2 takes 150 minutes to complete, so when I finish, I’ll post about that one.

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