Aperture 1.0

Aperture 1.0

 

Limited adjustments. Aperture's adjustment options for exposure, levels, and white balance are adequate, but in no way does it replace true image editors such as Photoshop. One basic nuts-and-bolts omission is a curves tool for adjusting an image's densities in different ranges of its tonal curve (as opposed to uniform adjustments to the entire image). Aperture also provides no method for sampling an image's pixel values - a crucial exclusion because the only way to judge, for example, whether highlights are blown out to pure white or actually contain some tone is to examine the pixel values. You'll also have to do without selective changes; unlike Photoshop, there is no way to brighten a sky without brightening the entire image.

 

If you've nailed your adjustments in Aperture, however, they can be easily applied to a large group of photos from the same shooting session with a simple drag-and-drop tool called Lift And Stamp. This is where Aperture's database-driven method of managing file changes really pays off; doing this kind of work in Photoshop would be exhausting.

 

Image conversion and RAW export is as simple as choosing a destination and format (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, or PSD). Aperture's RAW conversions are a tad brighter than those from Photoshop, with more detail in shadows and less in highlights. Unfortunately, converted images exhibit quite a bit of color fringing - a troubling shortcoming, but one that could be remedied in an upgrade if Apple can smooth out the conversion algorithms.
At the output end, Aperture is fully prepared to format your photos for contact sheets, the Web, or even into book form. The output looks professional and is at the world-class level of design one would expect from Apple.

 

The bottom line. With its elegant and efficient interface and ability to easily create multiple versions of a photo, Aperture will satisfy pros who must sift through the hundreds of shots taken on an assignment. But with its limited color-adjustment tools, it's no replacement for Photoshop - and Photoshop's own companion workflow organizer, Adobe Bridge, is quite adequate for browsing and organizing less-industrial-size projects.

 

COMPANY: Apple
CONTACT: www.apple.com
PRICE: $499 (UPDATE: Current version, Aperture 1.5, is $299)
REQUIREMENTS: 1.8 GHz G5 or 1.25GHz PowerBook G4; Mac OS 10.4.3 or later; 1GB RAM; 5GB disk space; ATI Radeon X600 Pro, ATI Radeon 9600, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600, nVidia GeForce 6600 LE, or better video card
Sublime organizational tools and interface. We're loopy over the Loupe, Light Table, and Lift And Stamp.
Pricey. Demanding system requirements. Image-editing shortcomings. Begs for a jumbo-size display.

 

 

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Frederick

Its a very nice plugin very help me in work.



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