With the inclusion of non-destructive brushes, Aperture became a one-stop shop for photographers.
When Aperture first arrived as a workflow solution for photographers it seemed to complement Photoshop. Aperture eased the process of rating and cataloging images; it made making photo–books and printing easier; it also had a rather good set of enhancement and retouching tools, but left all the really heavy image processing to Photoshop.
The game changed. Recreational photographers wanted a step up from iPhoto and professional users didn’t want to skip out of Aperture to edit in other software, and demanded ways to contain their workflow in single application. Aperture 3 addresses these issues. The headlines from Apple speak to users who want to move on from iPhoto. What can be less clear is how to use Aperture as total professional imaging solution.
Aperture’s interface provides commands and adjustments via a three tabbed Inspector, and right–click (Control–Click) to invoke contextual menus. In this tutorial, we’ll work in Full Screen Mode with the Inspector displayed in heads-up mode; this gives an uncluttered interface with few elements to explain. Action Menus are also used. They look like a gear or cog.
As well as describing the mechanics of how to use Brushes, this tutorial also suggests a creative workflow; using Versions to make snap-shots of a work in progress. Photoshop users may be familiar with working in Layers, Adjustment Layers and Masks, finding that these things are conspicuous by their absence in Aperture, but similar functions can be found by using Brushes. The challenge is to see the simplicity of the process and embrace it.