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Apple Aperture RAW workflow
Mark Peters : October 19th 2005 - 20:00 CET
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AppleApple Aperture RAW workflow : Apple Aperture, the first all-in-one post production tool that provides everything photographers need after the shoot. Aperture offers an advanced and incredibly fast RAW workflow that makes working with a camera’s RAW images as easy as JPEG. Built from the ground up for pros, Aperture features powerful compare and select tools, nondestructive image processing, color managed printing and custom web and book publishing. “Aperture is to professional photography what Final Cut Pro is to filmmaking,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Marketing. “Finally, an innovative post production tool that revolutionizes the pro photo workflow from compare and select to retouching to output.”
Apple Aperture RAW workflowWork directly with RAW files
“Until now, RAW files have taken so long to work with,” said Heinz Kluetmeier, renowned sports photographer whose credits include over 100 Sports Illustrated covers. “What amazed me about Aperture is that you can work directly with RAW files, you can loupe and stack them and it’s almost instantaneous - I suspect that I’m going to stop shooting JPEGs. Aperture just blew me away.”

Massive photo projects
Unique compare and select tools in Aperture allow photographers to easily sift through massive photo projects and quickly identify their final selections. Aperture is the first application that automatically groups sequences of photos into easy-to-manage Stacks based on the time interval between exposures. In an industry first, Aperture allows photographers to navigate through entire projects in a full-screen workspace that can be extended to span multiple displays, tiling multiple images side-by-side for a faster, easier compare and select. With Aperture’s Loupe magnifying tool, portions of images can be examined in fine detail without having to zoom and pan across large files. In addition, a virtual Light Table provides the ideal canvas for building simple photo layouts, allowing them to be arranged, resized and piled together in a free-form space.

Adobe Photoshop
RAW images are maintained natively throughout Aperture without any intermediate conversion process, and can be retouched with stunning results using a suite of adjustment tools designed especially for photographers. Aperture’s nondestructive image processing engine never alters a single pixel of original photos so photographers have the power and flexibility to modify or delete changes at any point in the workflow. As Aperture allows users to create multiple versions of a single image without duplicating files, photographers can experiment without risk of overwriting the master image or using up large amounts of hard drive space. Aperture images can also be launched directly into Adobe Photoshop for compositing and layer effects.

High-quality local printing and color-managed online prints
Aperture features a complete color-managed pipeline with support for device specific ColorSync profiles and a set of high-quality output tools for photographers to showcase their work. Print options include customizable contact sheets, high-quality local printing and color-managed online prints. Aperture provides a deceptively simple layout environment where photographers can quickly create and order custom professional-caliber books and publish stunning web galleries. Aperture makes it easy to back up an entire library of images with a single click and streamline complex workflows with AppleScript® and Automator actions.

Versatile Printing and Publishing
Using Aperture, you can produce high-quality prints and contact sheets, design customized books, and create impressive websites as beautiful as the photographs you take. Best of all: you can do it all with drag-and-drop ease. The Mac prints to a wide variety of professional printers. You’ll find profiles for each of them listed in the Print dialog’s ColorSync Profile menu. (And don’t worry if you don’t see the profile for your printer. You can always download one from the printer manufacturer’s website and add it to your system.) In fact, once you select the profile for your printer, you’re ready to take advantage of an Aperture feature you’re going to use over and over again: Softproofing onscreen in the live Preview area of the application’s robust and resizable Print dialog. If the image you see isn’t perfect, fine-tune your output by making Gamma adjustments or by turning on black-point compensation. Aperture even lets you save output profiles as presets. If, for example, you find yourself printing a lot of 5x7-inch prints on semi-gloss stock on your Epson 9600 with Black Point Compensation activated and a 1.00 Gamma adjustment dialed in, you can create a profile with just those specifications and save yourself some time and mouse strokes the next time you print.

Create custom-designed books with Aperture
Presenting prospective clients with a handsome, bound and printed Stock Book sends a powerful message. And Aperture makes the production of such high-quality bound books both simple and affordable. To help you put a unique stamp on them, Aperture includes a sophisticated book-layout engine that offers significant design flexibility. You can manually drag or have Aperture automatically place photographs in a layout for you. Doubleclick on any photo, and you can zoom in or pan the image until it’s perfectly positioned. Aperture also lets you add both text and photo boxes; move, resize, and rotate photos; insert multi-columned text; even use your own photos as full-bleed, ghosted background images. Need another page? Add a blank one whenever you’d like or simply duplicate an existing page and replace its photos or text. With Aperture, you have total control. And when you’re ready, you can print your completed book on your own printer, save it as a PDF, or take advantage of Aperture’s integrated ordering service to order hard- or soft-cover books printed at 300dpi for optimal print quality.

Aperture Printing contact sheets
If you’ve ever tried to print contact sheets using other photo applications, you’re probably familiar with the expression, “there’s gotta be a better way.” Now there is. Aperture lets you print contact sheets more quickly and easily than you can using just about any other photo application available today.Just tell Aperture how many pages you’d like to print, and it will resize your photos on the fly to fit. Want more customization options? Aperture lets you define the number of columns and rows, set border widths, identify the metadata (if any) to include on the contact sheets, even choose the font size you’d like Aperture to use. You can also save your presets, speeding the process the next time you want to print contact sheets using, let’s say, a 4-column or auto-rotated 3x3 grid. Once you get used to printing contact sheets in Aperture, you’ll never want to print them any other way.

Nondestructive Image Processing
Have you ever modified a file and instinctively hit command-S only to realize that you’ve just overwritten your original file? You can’t Undo. You just have to live with the results. If you remembered to backup, you may have another copy of your original. But what you really need is an application that lets you freely experiment with your images while still providing you a built-in safety net. What you really need is Aperture. With Aperture, you never have to worry about retouching images or trying out different image adjustments because Aperture makes protecting your RAW images job one. Designed to protect your images from the moment they’re imported, Aperture identifies your original images as digital “masters,” and it has built-in safeguards to ensure that you can’t accidentally overwrite or modify them. In fact, it’s physically impossible to alter a single pixel of a digital master. Instead. Aperture takes a novel and completely nondestructive approach to image editing.

Aperture Essential image adjustment tools
Offering native RAW image editing and breakthrough speed, Aperture puts the most essential adjustment tools at your immediate disposal via either the Adjustments Inspector or the Adjustments Heads-Up Display (HUD).Using these tools, you can fine-tune exposure, use a Histogram to check and adjust Levels, set White Balance, or modify highlight and shadows. If you need to crop, straighten horizons, reduce noise, correct red-eye, or eliminate dust, you’ll find intutive tools available to you. In fact, if you use any of the adjustment tools to modify or retouch an image, you can use Aperture’s unique “Lift & Stamp” tool to apply those modifications to any number of additional images. Now, that’s handy.

Metadata on display
With metadata, you have a significant amount of information about your photos available to you, and Aperture lets you see it in the Metadata Heads-Up Display, Tooltips, and wherever you view images. What’s more, with Aperture you can customize the display of keywords, ratings, EXIF information, and IPTC data to fit your needs. Aperture lets you see as much or as little of your metadata as you’d like. With Aperture, you have all the tools you need to compare your photos and select the very best.

Wide support for leading Digital Cameras
Aperture supports digital cameras from a wide variety of manufacturers, including Canon, Fujifilm, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. It offers optimized support for the RAW formats of the following digital SLRs:

Canon EOS 1D
Canon EOS IDs
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark IIN
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS D30
Canon EOS D60
Canon EOS 300D/Kiss Digital/Digital Rebel
Canon EOS Digital Rebel/XT
Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot Pro 1
Nikon DI
Nikon D1H
Nikon K1X
Nikon D2H
Nikon D2Hs
Nikon D2X
Nikon D50
Nikon D70
Nikon D70s
Nikon D100
Olympus E1
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

Apple Aperture - Pricing & Availability
Aperture will be available in November through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $499 (US). Full system requirements and more information on Aperture can be found at www.apple.com/aperture Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.

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