From Aperture To Photoshop


As I said in my article, Photographers Are Now In Command of Their Art Form, we now have the ability to perfect the image that we see, not in reality, but in our mind’s eye with the aid of the computer.  Below are some before and afters. But, before exporting them to Photoshop, I view, sort and rate images from my shoots in Aperture, the godsend app. from Apple.  Also, while in Aperture, I easily level or tilt horizons, make histogram improvements to the levels, snap up the contrast if necessary, add or reduce saturation and sharpen.  Of course, I can do much more if needed.  Aperture is a wonderful tool. I really don’t know how I got along without it. The only reason to leave Aperture for Photoshop is to do some advanced retouching or photo compositing.  Below is an explanation of why I exported the image from Aperture to Photoshop.

After examining my shoot in Aperture, I chose this image to go with.  Firstly, I used the “straighten tool” to give the car some dynamic design.  I then snapped the contrast and saturation, cropped and finally did a bit of sharpening.  As the hood was open, I needed to close it, so Photoshop was the tool of choice for the job. There’s a neat icon in Aperture called “export to external editor.”  I specified Photoshop in Aperture Preferences, clicked the icon and the image is instantly sent to Photoshop, while keeping a safety duplicate in Aperture. In Photoshop I used the polygonal lasso tool to select the opened hood, using a one pixel feather.  By clicking on the selection, I moved only the outline of the selection (not the hood) to an area of free sky.  Then, while holding down the  Apple and option keys, I dragged the free sky to fit precisely over the hood.  With the stamp tool with soft brush on 20%, I blended any visible lines from the dropped in sky to the surrounding area. I then retouched out the sticker on the windshield, the man’s head and some bothersome junk behind the rear fender with the stamp tool.

If I chose to use only a stamp or clone tool to remove the hood, and you can easily go that route, (and not use the above method of selecting), guess what? There’s a clone tool in Aperture. I could accomplish the entire job without leaving the program.  Want to go a bit farther, by using - ‘images>edit with>dodge and burn,’ you can do just that in addition to saturate, desaturate, blur, sharpen contrast and fade.  How’s that? 

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