Working with Export Presets

Export presets are groups of saved export settings that help you quickly and easily export your images. Aperture comes with numerous export presets, and you can also create your own.

Controls in the Export Presets Dialog

Before using an export preset, whether it’s one that comes with Aperture or one that you created, you can view its settings to make sure they are exactly what you want.

To view the settings for an export preset
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Aperture > Presets > Image Export.

  • With an image selected, choose File > Export > Version (or press Command-Shift-E) and in the dialog that appears, choose Edit from the Export Preset pop-up menu.

The Image Export dialog appears, listing the presets available and the configurable export settings.

Figure. Controls in the Image Export dialog.

The Image Export dialog includes these controls:

  • Include Metadata checkbox: Select this checkbox to include EXIF and IPTC metadata in the exported files.
  • Image Quality slider: Choose how much to compress your files by dragging the slider. Setting the slider to 12 applies the least compression and results in a higher-quality image; setting the slider to 0 (zero) applies the most compression and results in a lower-quality image.
  • DPI: Specify dots per inch (dpi), the resolution at which the images will be reproduced.
  • Gamma Adjust slider: Gamma describes how your image distributes brightness. Drag the slider to apply a uniform gamma adjustment to your exported images.
  • Black Point Compensation checkbox: Select this checkbox to scale the black and white luminance values to the selected ColorSync profile. Activating black point compensation can prevent shadows from appearing as solid black.
  • Show Watermark checkbox: To add a watermark to your images, select this checkbox. After selecting the checkbox, you can choose a file to apply as a watermark image and place your watermark with a specified opacity on your image.

    For more information about adding watermarks, see Adding a Watermark at Export.

Creating an Export Preset

If none of the predefined export presets suits your needs, you can create your own export preset. An easy way to create a new export preset is to copy an existing preset and then modify the copy.

To create a new export preset
  1. Choose Aperture > Presets > Image Export.

    The Image Export dialog appears.

    Figure. Controls in the Image Export dialog.
  2. Select an export preset on which to base your new preset, then click the Add (+) button.

    A new preset appears highlighted in the Preset Name list.

  3. Enter a name for the new preset, then press Return.

  4. Change the export settings as required, then click OK.

Modifying an Export Preset

You can modify existing presets when you need to. The next time you export using that preset, Aperture remembers your modified settings and exports your images accordingly.

To modify an existing preset
  1. Choose Aperture > Presets > Image Export.

    The Image Export dialog appears.

  2. Select the preset you want to modify and change its settings as required, then click OK.

Deleting an Export Preset

You can delete an export preset when you no longer need it.

To delete an export preset in the Image Export dialog
  1. Select the preset, then click the Delete (-) button.

    Figure. Controls in the Image Export dialog.
  2. In the dialog that appears, click Delete.

    The preset disappears from the Preset Name list.

  3. Click OK.

The preset is permanently deleted.

Note: If you click the Delete button and then click Cancel, the preset reappears the next time you open the Image Export dialog.

Setting Image Resolution When Exporting

You can set the image resolution you want for exported images in the Image Export dialog in several ways: by specifying a dpi setting, by specifying a percentage of the original, or by specifying image dimensions in inches, centimeters, or pixels. First you select an export preset, and then you specify a resolution for that preset.

To specify the dpi setting for exported images in an export preset
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Aperture > Presets > Image Export.

    • Choose File > Export > Versions (or press Command-Shift-E), then choose Edit from the Export Preset pop-up menu.

    The Image Export dialog appears.

    Figure. DPI setting control in the Image Export dialog.
  2. Select an export preset or create a new one, then enter a dpi setting.

    For more information on creating export presets, see Creating an Export Preset.

  3. Specify additional settings as necessary, then click OK.

Use this export preset when you need to export versions at the resolution specified in the DPI field. Create a new preset when a new dpi setting is required.

To create an export preset constraining images to a specific size at export
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Aperture > Presets > Image Export.

    • Choose File > Export > Versions (or press Command-Shift-E), then choose Edit from the Export Preset pop-up menu.

    The Image Export dialog appears.

    Figure. Size To options in the Image Export dialog.
  2. Select an export preset or create a new one.

    For more information on creating export presets, see Creating an Export Preset.

  3. Choose an item from the Size To pop-up menu, then specify the size of the image by entering values in the fields that appear below it.

  4. Specify additional settings as necessary, then click OK.

Use this export preset when you need to export images at a specific size. Create a new preset when new dimensions are required.

Adjusting Images at Export

You can apply final adjustments to images at export by choosing ColorSync profiles, setting gamma adjustments, and applying black point compensation. Because these adjustments are applied at export, the image versions and masters in the Aperture library are not changed. Only exported files receive image adjustments applied with an export preset.

To adjust images at export, you create a new export preset in the Image Export dialog and then modify the Image Quality, Gamma Adjust, ColorSync Profile, and Black Point Compensation settings as appropriate.

Figure. Image adjustment options in the Import Export dialog.

Gamma adjustments applied at export are applied on top of gamma adjustments previously applied to image versions. Before exporting, verify that you are not doubling any gamma adjustments previously applied to your images.

When you export, select the preset that includes the adjustments you want to make. For information about creating export presets, see Working with Export Presets.

To create an image export preset to adjust images at export
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Aperture > Presets > Image Export.

    • Choose File > Export > Versions (or press Command-Shift-E), then choose Edit from the Export Presets pop-up menu.

    The Image Export dialog appears.

  2. Select an export preset, or create a new one.

    For information about creating export presets, see Creating an Export Preset.

  3. Specify adjustment options:

    • To add a gamma adjustment to the exported images: Drag the Gamma Adjust slider to the right.
    • To change the ColorSync profile applied to the exported images: Choose a profile from the Color Profile pop-up menu.
    • To apply black point compensation to the exported images: Select the Black Point Compensation checkbox.
  4. Specify additional settings as necessary, then click OK.

Use this export preset when you want to export images with the adjustments you specified.

Adding a Watermark at Export

A watermark is a visible graphic overlay that is applied to an image. Photographers often use watermarks to indicate that images are protected by a copyright and to discourage others from inappropriately using their images.

You can import a graphics file and add it to your images as a watermark.

To add a watermark image to your exported images
  1. Select the images you want to export.

  2. Choose File > Export > Versions (or press Command-Shift-E).

  3. In the dialog that appears, choose Edit from the Export Preset pop-up menu.

  4. In the Image Export dialog, select the export preset you want to use to export your images.

  5. Select the Show Watermark checkbox.

  6. Click the Choose Image button.

  7. Select the image you want to use as a watermark, then click Choose.

  8. Specify where you want the watermark to appear on the image using the Position pop-up menu.

  9. To adjust the opacity of the watermark, drag the Opacity slider to a new position.

  10. If you want the watermark to be scaled in proportion to the image’s output size, select the “Scale watermark” checkbox.

  11. When you’re satisfied with how your watermark appears in the watermark preview area, click OK.

  12. Navigate to the location where you want the exported images placed.

  13. Choose a name format for your exported files from the Name Format pop-up menu.

  14. Click Export Versions.

Your files are exported with the watermark you created.

Tips for Creating High-Quality Watermarks

Use the following guidelines to create high-quality watermarks for your images:

  • Save your watermark as a PSD (Photoshop) file with a transparent background.

  • Create multiple sizes of your watermark so that you can select the one that is the best match for the output size of the exported image.

    Note: If a watermark file is larger than the image you want to export, Aperture automatically scales the watermark down to fit the image. (Aperture does not scale watermarks up.)

  • After you create a watermark, save it as part of an export preset so you can reuse it as often as you need.

Applying IPTC Metadata and Keywords to Your Images

Many publications use a standard set of image keywords; the American Newspaper Publishers Association (ANPA) wire codes, developed by the Newspaper Association of America, are one example. You can apply these keywords to your images when exporting to JPEG, TIFF, and PSD file formats.

Remember that applying metadata at export applies all the metadata attached to your image. If your image version has metadata that you don’t want exported, create a new image version that only includes the metadata you intend to export.

Note: The PNG file format does not support the inclusion of metadata.

To create an image export preset that includes metadata with exported images
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Aperture > Presets > Image Export.

    • Choose File > Export > Versions (or press Command-Shift-E), then choose Edit from the Export Presets pop-up menu.

    The Image Export dialog appears.

  2. In the Image Export dialog, select the export preset you want to use to export your images, or create a new one.

    For more information about creating export presets, see Creating an Export Preset.

  3. Select the Include Metadata checkbox.

    Note: This checkbox is dimmed when PNG is chosen in the Image Format pop-up menu.

  4. Click OK.

The version metadata is included in your exported images when this export preset is chosen.