New Auto-Curves Behavior & Getting the Old Way Back

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November 10, 2011 - 4:35pm

Many users have noticed that Aperture 3.2 added a new behavior to Auto Curves [Luma], especially since I’d just done a Live Training video on Curves (#011) and what they were seeing on their systems was a little different than what’s on the video.

Auto S-Curves

The engineers did a lovely thing in Aperture 3.2 — now when you hit the Auto Curves [Luma] button (this doesn’t apply to Auto Curves [RGB]), instead of just resetting the black and white points, it now adds an S-curve to the curve. Which is great, since that’s probably what you were going to do with Curves, anyway. The shape of the S is not a constant, either. It’s calculated by some mathemagical formula and applied just-so.

Auto-Curves applied. Notice the points automatically added to make an S-curve.

But I don’t want that!

Of course, progress is sometimes just “progress”, and if all you really wanted was to have a basic black- and white-point set, then you might be pretty upset by this change. I had a user ask in the forum if there was any way to remove this functionality, and I replied that there wasn’t one that I knew of, however, I hadn’t tried any key combinations yet. Some functions in Aperture behave differently if you hold down a key while pressing the button — for example, the Option key.


Great Conversation on Photo Stream in the Forum

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November 1, 2011 - 8:29pm

Hi all,

A reader started a conversation on the use and features of Photo Stream in the Forum, and it contains a lot of great questions and answers on the subject. I could put a big post on it here, but I think this topic is best left in the forum. Check it out if you have any outstanding questions about Photo Stream, and feel free to add your voice to the discussion.

Read the thread here.


Workaround for the Cropping Bug(s) in Aperture 3.2

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October 19, 2011 - 1:15am

There are some well publicized bugs showing up in Aperture 3.2 in regards to cropping, one of which I’ve been trying to come up with a reasonable work-around to. I have something for you; it’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.


iPhone Image Adjustments… Live in Aperture

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October 18, 2011 - 1:10am

This is just wicked cool, and precisely the kind of reason that using Apple’s entire ecosystem works so well.

By now we all know that you can shoot a photo on your iPhone and, with iOS 5 and iCloud, have that photo show up in your Photo Stream in Aperture or iPhoto.

We know that you can edit your photos in the new (minimal) photo editing feature in the iPhone’s built-in Photos app.

But did you know that the edits you make aren’t only not-permanent, but are actually translated to Aperture (and presumably iPhoto) as actual Adjustments?? (obviously I didn’t either until just a few minutes ago, or I wouldn’t be so excited!)


Aperture 3.2 Notes and Issues

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October 18, 2011 - 12:13am

By now you’ve all seen that there was an update to Aperture to v.3.2 (what, you missed it? Check Software Update, after you’ve upgraded to Lion 10.7.2).

Reader Chris Hoch got an announcement up right away, and other readers have been commenting there—no point in me starting my own discussion! Check it out.


Photo Stream… ON

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October 13, 2011 - 2:44am

Once you’ve updated all your Macs to 10.7.2… upgraded all your iDevices to iOS 5… migrated to iCloud… updated to Aperture 3.2… you can finally do this:


Something Great About iCloud

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October 12, 2011 - 6:26am

I just thought of this…

“hey, no pictures! Delete that!”
“sure thing”
(…already synced)

Can I plug my iPhone into my Canon yet?!


iCloud and Aperture

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October 9, 2011 - 3:47am

I was perusing the Apple iCloud features and spotted this… it was expected, but nice to see it in print!

Keeping a complete set of your photos on your Mac is as simple as turning on Photo Stream in iPhoto or Aperture. Every new photo you take appears in a Photo Stream album just as it does on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.”

I can’t wait!


Adjustments; Curves

Live Training Session 011

This is the fourth video in a long series about Adjustments in Aperture 3. This one's all about Curves… and like those robots that turn into cars, there's more than meets the eye!

Duration: 01:03 hr
Included with membership

Preset Pack #5 “Film & Funk” Released!

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October 6, 2011 - 6:55am

It’s done!!

I’ll add it to the store tomorrow, but for now you can purchase below.

One itsy bitsy little caveat to this one though…

If you’ve used any of my presets before, you probably realized that all kinds of funky magic masking trickery goes into them. What this has always meant was that files bigger than the masks (21 megapixel on sets #1 and #5, 24 megapixel on sets #3 and #4) wouldn’t work, because you’d exceed the edges of the mask. Fine.


PresetPack#5 “Film Funk” Coming Soon!

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September 30, 2011 - 1:49am

I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the next Aperture preset pack, titled “Film Funk”. Like the texture packs before it, these are made of a series of built-in textures, derived from high resolution scans of old, aged and beat-up film plates.

I hope you like what you see! Click the image below to see the entire series over on Flickr.



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