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Apple Aperture® 101

with Sara France

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  •   01 Intro to Apple Aperture Part 1


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About The Class

use Apple Aperture like a pro.

Apple® Aperture® is a fast, intuitive editing and management solution for photographers who want to deliver stunning, professional-quality images. Join Sara France for an immersion into the tools, tips, and tricks you’ll need to use Apple Aperture like a pro.

This course will teach you everything you need to know about using Apple Aperture to create an effective, efficient workflow for your editing process. You’ll learn how to seamlessly import your existing library of images into Apple Aperture. You’ll also explore the full range of adjustments, functions, and retouching options that Apple Aperture has to offer. You’ll streamline your workflow by using the Apple Aperture keyboard shortcuts and even create customized shortcuts of your own. You’ll also learn how to make gorgeous photo books that will thrill your clients and boost your studio’s profits.

By the end of this course, you’ll have the Apple Aperture skills you need to create any photo project – from editing a single image to a creating multi-page event album.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro to Apple Aperture Part 1

  2. 02

    Intro to Apple Aperture Part 2

  3. 03

    Library Setup

  4. 04

    Single and Multi Library Setups

  5. 05

    Apple Aperture Layout Part 1

  6. 06

    Apple Aperture Layout Part 2

  7. 07

    File Import Setup

  8. 08

    Managed and Referenced Files

  9. 09

    Importing Workflow Part 1

  10. 10

    Importing Workflow Part 2

  11. 11

    Organization and Culling

  12. 12

    File Relocation

  13. 13

    Baseline Adjustments Part 1

  14. 14

    Baseline Adjustments Part 2

  15. 15

    Baseline Adjustments Part 3

  16. 16

    Color Monochrome

  17. 17

    Chromatic Aberration and Color Tools

  18. 18

    Crop Tool and Curves

    Expert tips on making adjustments to an image in Apple Aperture using the crop and curves tools.

  19. 19

    Additional Add Adjustment Tools

  20. 20

    Keyboard Shortcuts

  21. 21

    Lift and Stamp Tool

  22. 22

    Quick Brushes

  23. 23

    Presets and Stacks

  24. 24


  25. 25

    Exporting and Sharing Images

  26. 26

    Intro to Apple Aperture Book Design

  27. 27

    Layout Tour

  28. 28

    Layout Tour Part 2

  29. 29

    Editing Engagement Album

  30. 30

    Exporting and Printing Engagement Album

  31. 31

    Editing Wedding Album

  32. 32

    Exporting and Printing Wedding Album

  33. 33

    Overview Q&A

  34. 34

    Apple Aperture Workflow Start to Finish

  35. 35

    Start to Finish Q&A Part 1

  36. 36

    Start to Finish Q&A Part 2


Meet Your Expert

Sara France

Sara France is an award-winning wedding photographer based in San Diego, California, and a frequent speaker and presenter at international photography conferences. Notably, she has spoken at WPPI and the Palm Springs Photo Festival, presented on stage for both Apple ... read more

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  • pdf Shortcut Keys
  • pdf Preset Pack
  • pdf Library Structure Templates
  • pdf Workflow
  • pdf Presets
  • pdf Gear Guide
  • pdf Syllabus
  • zip 15 Sample Images

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • cricutDIVA

    June 2014

    I have been working through the videos and I am so happy I purchased this course. Sara has taught me sooooo much. I have been using Aperture for some time to organize my photos, but even now, two thirds of the way through the course, I just learned something that is going to make things so much easier. It is actually super obvious, but I never realized it was there!!! (the ability to create a new export preset). Thank you so much for this great course. Thank you so much Sara!!!

  • Eric Sanchez

    Eric Sanchez

    June 2014

    THANK YOU SARA FRANCE AND CreativeLive!!!! This course is exactly what I needed to fully understand this program. I have been using it for about a year now with now instruction. Really, I have just been fumbling through it. Now I can set it up to work for me and understand how Aperture works. Sara France has a way of explaining this product that makes everything easy to understand. I am completely happy that I purchased this course. I know I will watch it several times over to make sure I am using Aperture to its fullest potential. CreativeLive, please bring Sara France back often as Aperture grows and gets better. I absolutely loved learning from her and hope she becomes a regular on CL! Thank you so much. Eric Sanchez

  • Creativelive Student

    June 2014

    Since I first purchased this software in early 2008 I have been seeking a comprehensive look at Aperture. And I have now found it in Sara France's course. She gives us not only a detailed instruction in the finer points of a workflow using Aperture but discusses in detail each of its features. I can't express how much I appreciate this course. I've used Aperture extensively since I first purchased it, but what I suspected before is clear now - I only knew about half of it. In the past 3 days my education has proceeded at a good clip. Thank you, Sara France.

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