I’ve been tweeting a bit about Aperture over the past few days, thats because I just purchased it. I picked up the version of the Apple App store and the only down fall is that there is no user manual. So this post is the basics of Aperture for anyone who has just got it and isn’t sure on how to use it. Let me first say that even though i’m pretty new to Aperture 3 it has already allowed me to process some images at an amazing pace. This post might turn out to be a mini series 🙂
The best thing about Aperture is you can set a variety of presets. I’m not talking about colour or image effects. I’m talking about setting your own export options. At the moment I have one setup for website exporting which includes a bottom right watermark and resamples the image to 72dpi. This way I can export one set of images for my web portfolios ie facebook and flickr etc… and I can then use another export preset for the client work which doesn’t include the watermark and is a a high quality printable dpi.
All of this can be found in the menu Aperture > Presets >Image Export
I never used Faces in iPhoto so I turned it off in Aperture. My library is full of both personal and commercial work. It’s probably not the best way of storing things but until I get around to making separate libraries thats the way they are stored. Faces would probably take a day or two or even four to scan all the faces in my library and chances are I will never use it.
In the Aperture > Preferences menu uncheck Enable Faces
Keyboard Short Cuts
h – While in full screen mode you can easily show/hide the inspector Hud.
z – Put your mouse over an area you want to zoom to and hit z.
m – Shows the master image with out any adjustments.
So these few tips should get you started using Aperture like a pro. I’ll have some more for you soon.
Update: Thanks to David (see facebook comments below) here is a digital version of the aperture 3 manual.