Aperture is a powerful and easy-to-use digital image
management system that can track thousands of digital
images and provides professional-quality tools for working
with your photos.
Aperture is a nondestructive image processing and database application that lets
you efficiently acquire digital images, perform photo edits, adjust and retouch
images, publish images on the web or in print, export images, and back up your
images for safekeeping.
Importing Images into Aperture
With Aperture, you can import high-quality JPEG, RAW, and TIFF files directly from your
digital camera or card reader. You can also import an existing iPhoto Library or images
stored on your computer or an external storage device. You organize your photos using
projects, folders, and albums. For example, you can organize photos by year, by client,
or by type of shoot.
The quality of your digital files is not improved or degraded in any way because
Aperture does not compress or interpret the images—your digital master files are
never modified. Instead, any time you make a change to an image, Aperture creates a
version of the master file and performs the adjustments to that version. As you work,
Aperture tracks the digital master files and all image versions you create.
Backing Up Your Images
Once your image files are imported into Aperture, they are stored on your computer.
You can then back up your images and any projects to a vault, which is a storage area
designated in Aperture to hold backup files. A vault is usually located on an external
hard disk drive, but can also be stored on a second internal hard disk. This backup is
extremely important should your computer’s hardware or software get damaged or
you inadvertently delete files.
As you work with your images, Aperture automatically detects when new images are
imported and when you modify existing images, and indicates that you need to back
up to your vault. Your vaults are also tracked by Aperture even if they are disconnected
from your computer.
One of the most important steps you’ll do is perform photo edits to separate out
undesirable images, or “rejects,” and choose your best images, or “selects.” The first level
of photo editing is easy—removing poorly framed or technically flawed images from a
project. You can then go on to the second level of photo editing—organizing the
remaining images within a project into albums. Albums are a basic organizational
element within Aperture that you can use to export, print, or publish images. If you
want to choose the best image out of a series of similar images, you can use the
stacking feature. Aperture can save you time by automatically stacking bracketed
images and images shot within a short time period.
Once you have your project’s images sorted into albums and stacks, you can then
modify them, for example, by rotating or cropping them. You can also adjust the
exposure, levels, and white balance.
For specialized adjustments that involve compositing, you can easily export images to
Adobe Photoshop and then import the revised images back into Aperture. The original
digital master file is not exported; instead, a version is exported, and you reimport the
updated version into Aperture.
Distributing Your Images
Aperture provides tools for distributing your images in more than one medium. You
can use professionally designed templates to publish your images on the web as web
galleries and online journals. You don’t have to know how to write HTML or use a
separate HTML editor. Simply select the images, choose a template, arrange images
how you want them to appear on the webpage, and add text where necessary—
Aperture does the rest. You can also use Aperture to create print books of your images,
and have them printed through your .Mac account.
You can also export digital master files or image versions for use in another application,
to send to a printing service or to your clients, or for posting on the web. If you want to
simply print images directly from Aperture, you can do that, too.
Time to Start Using Aperture!
As you’ll soon see, Aperture provides efficient and effective tools to enhance your
digital photography workflow. Read through the following chapters to set up your
system, learn more about Aperture, and start working with your images in Aperture.
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Before You Install Aperture
This document contains system requirements and things to do before you install the application. For the latest information, see the Late-Breaking News file, available from the application Help menu.
WARNING: The Aperture installer performs a system requirements check before installing. If your system does not meet the minimum requirements listed below, Aperture will not be installed.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
• One of the following Macintosh computers:
• Power Mac G5 with a 1.8 gigahertz (GHz) or faster PowerPC G5 processor
• 17- or 20-inch iMac G5 with a 1.8 GHz or faster PowerPC G5 processor
• 15- or 17-inch PowerBook G4 with a 1.25 GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor
• 1 gigabyte (GB) of random-access memory (RAM)
• Display with 1280 x 854 or higher resolution
• One of the following graphics cards:
• ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition, X850 XT, 9800 XT, 9800 Pro, 9700 Pro, 9600 XT, 9600 Pro, or 9650
• ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 or 9600
• NVIDIA GeForce 6600, 6600 LE, 6800 Ultra DDL, 6800 GT DDL, or 7800 GT
• NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
• DVD drive for installation
Minimum Software Requirements
• Mac OS X v10.4.3 (or later)
• Power Mac G5 with dual 2 GHz or faster PowerPC G5 processors
• 2 GB of RAM
• One of the following graphics cards:
• ATI Radeon X800 XT, 9800 XT, or 9800 Pro
• NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or Quadro FX 4500
Available Hard Disk Space
Aperture and its associated features require a certain amount of available disk space:
• 5 GB of disk space for the application and sample projects
Before You Install
Make sure you do the following before you install the software:
• Turn off any virus protection and security software that you may have installed on your computer.
• Upgrade to Mac OS X v10.4.3 (or later).
For installation instructions, see the Installing Your Software booklet.
Copyright 2005 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iMac, Mac, Macintosh, Mac OS, PowerBook, and Power Mac are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Aperture is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation, used under license therefrom. UP01135
November 1, 2005
Emulating this? It should run fine under: QEMU