GSG Cast 02.12: Aperture Photoshop Pixelpost Run-through

February 12, 2009

Watch: me select, process, and post a photo for GSG. I use Aperture, Photoshop and Pixelpost

If you liked my workflow and want to learn more, check out my new training series, Photoshop for Photographers.

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  • That was awesome and very informative! Thanks for sharing man!

  • Very nice! I was wondering if you have any techniques you use if you have people on a photo.

    Keep up the good work, always checking my RSS

  • Really really nice! so as Jasper said, do you have a technique for photos with people? πŸ™‚

  • Hey, thanks, I always love these types of tutorials since they’re great help with getting to know more about photoshop πŸ™‚

  • Wonderful…. nice to get an insight.

    The only difference I have in my workflow is that I don’t save the PSD file anywhere. I usually flatten the image (to limit file size) and then just save it. So the final would popup in Aperture as well.

    Now I swapped to Lightroom because of the presets. And a pluging to pixelpost, so I save a lot of time. Which comes in handy when you have 2 kids running around…..

  • Great demo, Thanks for sharing!

    I’m just starting out as hobbyist photographer. I’m using the GIMP to edit photos (’cause it’s free and works on Linux). Just wondering if you’ve ever tried GIMP or have any comments about it.

  • That. Was. Awesome.

    It reminds me that I need to get Photoshop for my MacBook. And then learn how to use it.

  • How does using curves differ from messing with the color balance dialog? i used to use alot of curves but lately i’ve found the color balance dialog a little more helpful.
    Great vids btw, keep em coming!

  • really helpful, thanks man. that was an education, thanks for spreading your knowhow.

  • You just blew my mind with that blue curves in the black thing. Awesome.

  • I never really thought about the difference in blacks across film and digital, definitely was a d’oh moment! Great tip and I’m going to try that on some photos soon.

  • Is there a tablet involved? Always handy for photo retouch, even the tiny small cheap ones so long as they have pressure sensitivity.

  • @Bu, with Curves you’re adjusting the overall light within the RGB image (or each channel if you wish to do so), therefore changing lightness and shadow, i.e., white and black. In Color Balance you’re merely adjusting the color of the various ranges (shadows, midtones, highlights). Now, I don’t use Color Balance much, but it seems like you can’t select this range, whereas in Curves you have control over which part of the entire range of the image you want to affect (note the histogram). Also, and I think Curves is the only effect like this, it creates a smooth rolloff around the your adjustments, whereas in Levels it’s more linear (though I’m sure some sort of interpolation is going on, but you can’t control it as you can with Curves).

    @aris, he is using a tablet, I noticed that ubiquitous Wacom pen at the end. They’re really great tools and make everything easier.

  • Yeah – loved that tutorial. Always fun to see how creative people do things – !!!

  • hey, nice workflow, thanks!
    i just wondered what is your desktop setup? do you have an imac or a laptop? tried to find it in you about section but no info about hardware πŸ™‚
    and do you have your favourite recommendation for tv screen and home cinema speakers?
    thanks a lot…

  • Hi Nick,

    This is my first time viewing your site. I dig the format and topics of your videos, good job! Just wondering, what kind of camera do you shoot with and what is your favorite lens that you use?

    Lastly, your motion pieces are off the hook! I’m just starting out in AE and I’m really stoked that I found your site. So far, I’ve seen 3 casts and picked up some solid information. Keep up the good work!

  • The Magic is gone. humph.

    you are getting the groove of the camera .. get a job at cnet or be an online art teacher.

  • Very cool, like so many, i love seeing others work flow and style…nice “show” man!

    any chance we’ll get to see some quick AE work flows / tutorials etc..?? I know that can be a bit more difficult and time consuming, could be cool though…just a thought.


  • Nick – very cool idea [the GSG casts] and thanks for sharing a bit of workflow. I figured you’d be doing almost everything in Aperture! I might’ve said this before, but the only time I go outside of Lightroom to PS anymore is to do retouching for clients with the tablet.

  • thanks andrew, that makes perfect sense

  • Jasper and Xavier: I will definitely do a “portrait” tutorial soon. Good idea!

    JoelMac:Never used GIMP sorry

    Andrew: Thanks for answering Bu and aris’s Questions for me!

    Keith: I use a D700 and and assortment of lenses. Check the about page for more technical details.

    Vit: I have a Quad Mac Pro with a 23″ Apple Cinema Display.

    gus gavino: AE tuts are sure to come as I get more comfortable in front of the camera. So excited.

    Thanks everyone for such great comments!

  • Hello,

    thanks for the nice insight in your workflow.

    Could you make a list, what your favourite mac programms are?

    I switch to mac a couple of weeks, an it would be great to get some tipps…

    Best regards from Germany.


  • Wow, that is a really nice tutorial, thanks for sharing Nick! I really wanted to see some tutorials about motion graphics πŸ™‚ Looking forward to your next tutorial!!


  • Hey Nick! nice tutorial, btw this is my first time on your site.
    Keep up the good work!
    Greetings from Peru πŸ™‚

  • Hi Nick, thank you for this very useful tut.
    Would you tell me how to move the whole work space like you do at 9’25? I’m using a PC, maybe it’s only possible on MAC. I know I can move the image inside the work space by pushing the space bar, but I don’t know how to move the work space itself! Hope I’m clear enough…

    Regards from France. Vincent.

  • Thanks Vincent

    To move the workspace like I did you first must be in the right framing mode. Hit “f” until the screen is full of the background. Then, hold the spacebar and click and drag to move the image around.

  • Hello, great work from you specially those photos from the staff of DK!
    By the way, I don’t know if matters to you but I think that you accidentally revealed your user and pass when logging in to your website in this video.
    the post on screen keystrokes is to blame! he-he
    My website has some bugs, wait a bit for it to load I yet don’t know how to build a loading bar.
    Many thanks for your time
    KARPATHIA, from Portugal.

  • Miguel: Thats the best part about ScreenFlow. It knew I was typing my password and blocked it out. Thanks for your concern though.

  • Of course.. I was mistaken by the divided in two parts username…
    I was in my work just getting out from a long night shift from 4.00 am to 11:30 in the morning. Those missing hours of sleep sure make quite a damage.
    Looking forward to see more from you.

  • Great tip re: pulling up the blacks. I never knew what it was that attracts me to film but keeping the blacks natural is probably one element. Question – what addon do you use with pixelpost to check your stats?

  • Thanks Jason!

    I use to track my stats.

  • Nice tutorial, the black coloring was a new one for me !
    Great info :p

  • This tutorial is a great service to beginners. You describe in 10 minutes what I spent 10 years teaching myself (using non-destructive tools, the subtleties of film, directing the viewer’s eye). You should drop the Aperture and Pixelpost stuff and put this out as a short introduction to Photoshop image correction. Awesome.

  • Nick,
    First, thanks for doing this site. I have watched and continue to search for new sites all the time. I love your non scripted tutorials keep that side of the site up. I watched your lines to cube tut last week and it was very helpful. You touched on one thing, that I have always struggled with, but you didn’t finish it. Which is the transition between two AE comps. Meaning, on the lines tut you had the lines come towards the camera. Then the next comp. you had the lines make the circle comp. My question is how did you make the lines match from one scene to the next? Transitions, no site have I found does a work flow on transitions.

    Thanks again for doing the site…

    • The transition is just an edit. I rendered out different camera angles in after effects and then edited them together to make the entire piece. No special transitions required. Hope that made sense. Thanks for watching!

  • How do you go about choosing your photo size for web? You mentioned that you resize to a width of 980px in Photoshop. Is there a logic for that size, or does it happen to be a certain % of the original size?

    I’m also shooting a D700, so my images start at the same resolution, and I often export directly from Aperture, skipping the Photoshop stage.

    Also, is there a way to export from Aperture with a width of 900, and have it figure out the rest based on the original size? (Did that make sense?)


  • Awesome tutorial! Thank you!
    But why didn’t you use 12 when you saved it as JPEG? πŸ™‚

    – Markus

  • Great tutorial, Nick, thank you for sharing. And, lol, i guess i kinda know why you were in a hurry by the end of the tutorial πŸ™‚

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  • First tuto!! LOL

  • Nico Fischer (NFisch) October 13, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Nick looks just the same πŸ˜€

  • Many many thanks for sharing with us the great tutorial. Waiting for another fantastic post.

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