As promised, we’re going to start taking a look at Aperture books for the next few posts. I created a video to show you how to get organized and started with Aperture Books.
The first part of the video shows you how to get your photos organized before you start creating your Aperture books. I based this on a project that has over 13,000 photos. That’s way too many to go through for any photo book project, so I needed a relatively simple method of culling those images. One of my favorite organizational techniques is to use Color Labels.
It’s very simple to use colors to identify the stages in your workflow, and it works in either Aperture or Lightroom. Think of the basic Red – Yellow – Green colors. I expanded on that with two more colors – Orange and Blue. Here’s how I use my color labels:
- Red: Rejected
- Orange: To Be Reviewed
- Yellow: To Be Processed
- Green: Finished
- Blue: Portfolio
When I import photos, they’re all assigned to the Orange label. I haven’t reviewed them yet, and I may not for many weeks, months or years. That’s because I don’t process photos in the order I shot them. I tend to separate capture from development in many cases. When I get around to reviewing them, they can either go to Red to be rejected or Yellow to be processed.
Once I start processing an image, I tend to do it all in one sitting. When I save it back into Aperture, it gets promoted to Green as a finished image. If I really like it as a portfolio shot, I’ll mark it as Blue.
By using those colors, I can very quickly weed out everything but the Green and Blue images. It works very well, though not perfectly. Occasionally I can make a mistake and mark an original as a Finished image. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen very often.
Once I have the selection of my Finished images, I have a choice. Either I can load them into a new Book project, or I can load them into an Album. The nice part about using an Album in the process is that it gives you a chance to manually order the photos. You may not want to use Date or Version Name. Albums will let you drag and drop them in any order. That makes it easier, I think, to load them into your Aperture books later.
Basics of Aperture Books
The rest of the video shows you how to get started with Aperture Books. You have a few choices to make regarding the size and template to use for your books. As mentioned in a previous post, you also have options to use 3rd party plugins to extend the number of templates available to you.
I decided the best way to show how to work with the Aperture Books feature would be to demonstrate in a video. As you will see below, I really suck at video. Let’s just say that I bumble my way through the features, but I need to practice my presentation skills. I’ll do the same kind of video for the rest of the Aperture Books features, and again when I cover Lightroom‘s Book Module.
With that warning out of the way, dive into the video. Please leave a comment with your questions. If there’s something I missed in this video and you want me to cover it in the next one, let me know.