Aperture is a big program. It might not be as big as Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, but it still does a lot! In fact, there’s so much in there that it’s rare to find someone who uses every single button and feature regularly at an expert level. What this means is that once in a while, you stumble on something new to you that’s incredibly exciting! Unfortunately, sometimes it’s tough to tell exactly what you did that gave you the new, cool result.
Last week, I received a very kind, excited email from Renato Domith Godinho who found one of these features. Specifically, he discovered that you can rotate an image to an arbitrary angle in a book layout, even though the interface doesn’t clearly show you how. When he emailed me, he wasn’t sure exactly what he did to rotate the image, and thought that perhaps he’d found a semi-secret feature. I have to admit that I almost felt like a louse, bursting his bubble of excitement, when I emailed him back to tell him specifically how to rotate images.
In case you’re wondering, to rotate images when making a book:
- Select the Edit Layout button
- Click on the image you wish to rotate
- Move the mouse just outside the image, by one of the gray squares
- The cursor will change to crosshairs, and you’ll be able to drag the cursor to rotate the image
The overall point, though, is that it’s worth spending time exploring features that you might not use regularly, such as making a book or a light table, both in Aperture and other programs (as a side note, I don’t think you can rotate images arbitrarily in the light table). It’s amazing the subtle features you’ll discover! And who knows, perhaps you’ll discover something that completely changes your workflow!
Additionally, I want to encourage everyone reading Inside Aperture to feel free to email us or post a comment, asking us questions you have that other people might be interested in or suggesting topics that you’d like to see us discuss! It’s sometimes hard to think of fresh ideas for posts, and some people get upset if our topic isn’t 100% about Aperture (I found this out the hard way when I posted about what the new MacBook Pro features meant for Aperture users). Tell us what you’d like, and we’ll do our best!