Working with Web Export Presets

Web export presets are groups of saved export settings that are configured to produce different types of web images. You use them to help you quickly and easily export your images for use on the web. Aperture comes with a number of web export presets, and you can also create your own.

Viewing the Settings for a Web Export Preset

Before using a web 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
  • Choose Aperture > Presets > Web Export.

The Web Export dialog appears, listing the presets available and their export settings.

Figure. Controls in the Web Export dialog.

The Web Export dialog includes these controls:

  • Include Metadata checkbox: Select this checkbox to include EXIF and IPTC metadata information in the image files.
  • Image Quality slider: Choose how much to compress your JPEG files by dragging the slider to a number. 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.
  • Gamma Adjust slider: Gamma describes how your image distributes brightness. Drag the slider to apply a uniform gamma adjustment to your exported images.
  • Show Watermark checkbox: A watermark is a visible graphic or text overlay that is applied to an image. Photographers often use watermarks to indicate that images are protected by a copyright and discourage others from inappropriately using their images. To add a watermark to your images, select the Show Watermark checkbox. After selecting the checkbox, you can select a file to apply as a watermark image. You can place your watermark in various positions on your image.

    For more information about adding watermarks, see Adding Watermarks to Webpage Images.

Creating Web Export Presets

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

To create a new web export preset
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Aperture > Presets > Web Export.

    • In the Webpage Editor, click the Export Web Pages button, then choose Edit from the Thumbnail Image Preset or Detail Image Preset pop-up menu.

    The Web Export dialog appears.

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

    A new preset, based on the export preset you selected, appears highlighted in the Preset Name list.

  3. Enter a new name for the preset.

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

Modifying Web Export Presets

After examining a selected preset’s settings, you may want to change something about the preset. To modify a selected preset, you can simply change the necessary settings and click OK. The next time you export using that preset, Aperture remembers your modified settings and exports your web images accordingly.

When you modify an existing preset, you lose its original settings.

To change a web export preset
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Aperture > Presets > Web Export.

    • In the Webpage Editor, click the Export Web Pages button, then choose Edit from the Thumbnail Image Preset or Detail Image Preset pop-up menu.

    The Web Export dialog appears.

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

Deleting Web Export Presets

You can delete web export presets when you no longer need them.

To delete a web export preset
  • In the Web Export dialog, select the preset, then click the Remove (–) button.

    Figure. Controls in the Web Export dialog.

The preset is permanently deleted.

Adding Watermarks to Webpage Images

You can add a graphics file to your images as a watermark to discourage others from using your images without your permission. Watermarks are especially useful when applied to images posted on the web.

To create a preset that adds a watermark to your exported web images
  1. Choose Aperture > Presets > Web Export.

  2. In the Web Export dialog, select the web export preset you want to modify, or click the Add (+) button to create a new preset.

  3. Select the Show Watermark checkbox.

  4. Click the Choose Image button.

  5. Select the image you want as a watermark, then click Choose.

  6. Choose where you want the watermark to appear on the image from the Position pop-up menu.

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

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

Tips for Creating High-Quality Watermarks

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

  • Save your watermark as a Photoshop (.psd) 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 wish 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 a web export preset, so you can reuse it as often as you need.

    Note: Export presets and web export presets are independent of one another. Make sure to save your watermark as part of the appropriate preset.