When it’s time to show your work to others, Aperture provides many options for distributing and sharing your images. For an overview of the main methods, see the following sections:

Working with Photo Stream

Photo Stream is the iCloud service that uploads and stores the last 30 days of your photos and automatically pushes them to your iOS devices and computers. Photo Stream lets you view all your recent photos on your devices without having to sync—all you have to do is turn it on.

Note: You must have an iCloud account to use Photo Stream. iCloud requires Mac OS X v10.7.2 or later. For more information about setting up an iCloud account, see Setting Up Your iCloud Account.

How Photo Stream works:

  • First, set up Photo Stream on any device that you want to be part of your Photo Stream.

  • Then, take a photo with your iOS device, or import some photos from your digital camera to your Mac, iPad, or Windows computer.

  • Photo Stream automatically uploads the photos to iCloud, and then downloads them to your other devices (via Wi-Fi network or Ethernet).

  • The photos appear in your Photo Stream on each device: in the Photos app on your iOS devices, in iPhoto or Aperture on a Mac, or in the Pictures folder on a Windows computer.

Figure. Illustration of the Photo Stream workflow.

For more information about working with Photo Stream in Aperture, see Using Photo Stream. For more information about setting up Photo Stream on your iOS 5 devices, see Set up Photo Stream in Mac Help.

Presenting Images in Slideshows

You can use the Slideshow Editor in Aperture to make slideshow presentations for clients or friends. Using one or two large-screen displays, you can set Aperture to present slideshow images in a variety of ways. For example, you can present a sequence of images that dissolve into each other, or you can set Aperture to apply a Ken Burns effect to each image. You can also customize your slideshow by setting the display interval, choosing accompanying music, using transitions between images, changing the background, adding video clips, and more. Once you have perfected your slideshow, you can export it as a movie and share it with clients and friends via email, YouTube, or your own website.

Figure. Aperture main window showing a selected slideshow album and the Slideshow Editor appearing above the Browser.

You can also create a slideshow by selecting the images that you want to show in the Browser and then choosing File > Play Slideshow. For more information about creating slideshows, see Playing Slideshows Using Slideshow Presets.

Reviewing Images in the Aperture Light Table

You can use the Aperture Light Table to freely arrange and organize a group of images visually to see how various groups of images work together. Or, you can arrange a group of images and print them in specific arrangements. When viewing a selection of images in the Light Table, you can drag the images into any position or arrangement you like and resize them to determine how they might look grouped on a page.

Figure. Aperture main window showing a selected Light Table album and the Light Table appearing above the Browser.

For more information about using the Light Table, see Using the Light Table.

Publishing Images in Web Galleries and Web Journals

To provide friends, family members, or clients the convenience of an online review, you can use Aperture to create webpages that display your images. With Aperture, you can easily post your webpages to your MobileMe account, or you can post them to your own website server and then provide the Internet address to clients or other reviewers.

Aperture provides ready-made themes and webpage layouts that you can use for the design of your pages.

Figure. Webpage Editor showing a web gallery page populated with images.

To create webpages that present a gallery of your images, you create a webpage album, choose a Web Page theme, and then use the Webpage Editor to design your pages. When you place images in the album, Aperture automatically populates your webpages with your images.

Figure. Aperture main window showing a selected webpage album and the Webpage Editor dislpaying the album's images.

You can also create a web journal, which allows you to mix text and images on the webpage. For example, you might create a web journal that chronicles your latest trip and include your photos. You create web journal pages by creating a web journal album, choosing a Web Journal theme, and then using the Webpage Editor to design your pages. For more information about creating web galleries and web journals, see Creating Webpages.

Sharing Images with Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe

To keep your friends up to date, you can use Aperture to share your images with Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe.

Figure. Aperture main window showing a Facebook album selected in the Library inspector and its contents appearing in the Viewer and Browser.

To share your images with Facebook, you create a Facebook album and enter your Facebook account details. As you drag images into the Facebook album, Aperture converts names you’ve added to your images using Faces to Facebook name tags. When you post the new photos to your Facebook page, any friends whose Facebook accounts you have entered into Aperture automatically receive notifications of photos in which they are tagged.

Similarly, you share your images with Flickr by creating a Flickr album and entering your Flickr account details. As you drag images that have location data created using Places into the Flickr album, those images are shared on your Flickr set’s page and placed on Flickr photo maps.

You can also automatically publish your images from Aperture to your MobileMe Gallery. To share your images with your MobileMe Gallery, you create a MobileMe album and specify its publication settings. You can drag images to your MobileMe album, and Aperture automatically publishes the images to your MobileMe Gallery based on the publication settings you specified.

Images published from Aperture to Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe can be added, removed, and edited using Aperture. Aperture automatically updates your Facebook albums, Flickr sets, and MobileMe albums online.

If you regularly add new Facebook albums, Flickr sets, and MobileMe albums to your online accounts using a web browser or mobile device, you can click the Sync button next to the Facebook, Flickr, or MobileMe account in the Library inspector, and Aperture automatically retrieves the new albums you posted online and places them in the Library inspector. When you click the Sync button next to a Facebook, Flickr, or MobileMe album in the Library inspector, Aperture automatically retrieves any new media from the corresponding album or set online and downloads the new media into the Facebook, Flickr, or MobileMe album.

For more information, see Sharing Your Images Online.

Presenting Images in Books

You can lay out images and combine them with text to create books. Aperture provides a Book Layout Editor that allows you to easily combine your images with text on the page. Aperture also provides master templates that you can use to compose pages. You can create professional-looking pages for photo essays, art books, wedding albums, journals, and more.

You create a book by creating a book album and using the Book Layout Editor to design the book’s pages.

Figure. Aperture main window showing a selected book album and the Book Layout Editor displaying the album's images.

In the Book Layout Editor, you select a page’s thumbnail image to see an enlarged view of the page’s layout and contents. You can also change the page design, and the current page is automatically updated to the new format. To add an image, you drag it from the Browser into a photo box on the page. For more information about creating books, see Creating Books.

Printing and Exporting Images

You can easily print individual images in standard and custom print sizes and print collections of images on contact sheets. Aperture has many preset printing options to help you create photo packages. You can also customize print settings to get the optimum use of your printer and meet custom print requirements. For more information about printing options, see Printing Your Images.

When you need to deliver digital files to clients, prepare files for posting on websites, or transfer files to other computers or users, you can export images in a variety of formats. You can export your original masters as well as versions that you’ve created. Aperture provides many preset options for exporting files in a variety of file sizes and formats, and you can add custom touches such as watermarks or copyright information. When you export images, you can assign custom filenames and export all or a selection of the metadata associated with an image. For example, you can send an editor a digital file complete with the IPTC information you’ve added. Aperture also enables you to quickly email images. For more information about exporting images, see Exporting Your Images.