Hello everyone! Allow me to introduce myself, Josh Anon, and my mother, Ellen Anon. We’re the newest members of the Inside Aperture blog, and we’re excited to be posting here.
In case you’re not familiar with either of us, we co-authored the book Aperture Exposed (Wiley, 2006) and are both (primarily) nature and wildlife photographers. In fact, Ellen is the co-author of Photoshop for Nature Photographers (Wiley, 2005, with an updated-for-CS3 version coming this June). We’re also both instructors at www.BetterPhoto.com, a great source for online photography and digital imaging courses. If you’re really curious about us, feel free to read our bios here or check out our websites at www.sunbearphoto.com and www.joshanon.com for expanded bios and samples of our images.
To kick things off, I’d like to share three really useful tips I’ve found while working in Aperture. I hope that you find them useful, too!
1. Come Hither, Loupe
I leave the loupe detached from the cursor, so that I can leave it somewhere and make adjustments to the image, not worry about bumping the mouse, etc.. When I want to move the loupe, I don’t want to have to go pick it up, drag it, and drop it to the new location–that’s annoying. Thankfully, Aperture has a great solution! Move the mouse to where you want the loupe to move and press and hold the ` key. The loupe will slide to where the cursor is, no clicking or dragging required.
2. Hide the Viewer When Browsing For Images
I’ve found that when viewing images, I really prefer to work in full screen mode. It lets me focus more on the image with no distractions. However, since you can’t switch projects or albums in full screen mode and because the film strip is small (which makes it hard to browse large albums), I really like using the browser to locate images. To get the best of both worlds, I hide the viewer window by pressing the v key. In addition to giving more screen space to the browser, making it easier to locate a specific image, I’ve found that Aperture runs faster with the viewer hidden, especially when toggling in and out of full screen mode.
3. Removing Keywords from Multiple Images
As much as I try not to do dumb things, I sometimes mis-label animals and plants in groups of images or misspell keywords. If you look under the menus, the only “remove” commands for keywords will either remove the keyword if it’s in the current keyword set or remove all keywords from the image. It’s possible to remove individual keywords from individual images by using the “Keywords” button in the metadata inspectur, but It’s not very clear how you can remove one specific keyword from multiple images, without first adding it to a keyword set. However, there is a way to just remove 1 keyword:
- Make sure the keyword controls are visible
- Show the control bar (Window > Show Control Bar)
- If the keyword controls aren’t already there, select Window > Show Keyword Controls. If that option is grayed out, you’ll need to show the viewer first, then show the keyword controls, and then re-hide the viewer (this seems to be a bug).
- Select the image(s) with the keyword to remove
- Type the keyword to remove into the text field in the keyword controls
- Press Shift+Return, and Aperture will remove the keyword from the selected image(s).