iWork fast…Designing Letterheads, Stationary, Brochures & a lot more on the fly with iWork ’09 using Pages.
Complete Stationary: Letterhead, Envelope
& Business Cards...plus a lot more with Pages
Here are some samples of a stationary set and a simple brochure created in just one hour with the new iWork’09 using Pages.
Apple has made it very easy for us, providing some cool Templates (a lot of them) in iWork ‘09 using Pages to create some slick looking Brochures, Stationary, Posters and so much more on the fly.
The integrations on the Mac making the production so very easy and you don’t have to be a Rocket Scientist to work it all out.
Sample Brochure for the Palau Pacific Resort -
If the deadline is not on your side...you can create Brochures
in all shapes and sizes... plus a lot more with iWork ’09 & Pages
iWork ’09 and Pages is a great and simple to use software, uncomplicated and very handy when these deadlines breathing down your neck.
The templates make it easy, but you can always modify and add your own personal touch to it like changing the font, colors, graphics or adding shapes, tables or charts.
Of course the Media Browser is always around for your images either using your Aperture 2 or iPhoto Library, referring to my headline… iWork fast.
Aperture 2 Tip: Missing icon in the Toolbar…tips, tricks & techniques, triple “T” continues, customizing your toolbar and finding the Activity Icon.
One of the participants ask me how come he does not have the Activity Icon like I do…is there something wrong with my software?
No, no I replied let me show you…there is nothing wrong with your software.
Once you have installed Aperture 2 all the settings are in Default, he been using Aperture but had not seen or found this Icon and missing out on this very nice feature in
So, if you a newcomer to Aperture 2 then this little tip might come in very handy, see below the screenshot of the Customization Panel for the Toolbar.
Put your Mouse Cursor on the Toolbar hold down the control key (ctr) and click on the Toolbar a small dropdown menu appears, now select Customize Toolbar and a large window appears with all your tools.
Select which Icons you like to be part of your everyday workflow and drag those into the Toolbar customizing everything for your personal preference. You can always go back to the default toolbar later, just drag it back.
You can choose also from; Icons only – Icons with text – text only. I recommend for newcomers to Aperture 2 to select Icons with text, easy to remember in the beginning and once you get up to speed with Aperture 2 you can use the ones only with the Icon or text giving you more space in your Toolbar.
Aperture 2:Tips, tricks and techniques… Triple “T” continues, recovering an overexposed image from the Nikon D700
Correcting a washed out & over-exposed image
using the Aperture 2 adjustments...
© Gunther Deichmann - Raw and not corrected image using the Nikon D700
for the Tutorials and how to apply correction on an overexposed Image please
click on the image above or use this LINK.
You might have to refresh your Browser to view the new Tutorial.
It is not easy sometimes as a Pro to make things go wrong on purpose especially when using the new Nikon D700.
A few weeks ago I ask my son Brandon to sit on the Stairs outside our apartment with this beautiful light streaming through the window.
I thought, hey this is a good exercise for bringing back the highlights in Aperture 2, so I shot some correct exposed images but also on purpose overexposed some for today’s session on how to bring back the highlights using Aperture 2.
Highlight Hot & Cold Areas came in very handy in this exercise, (you find this in theView panel ) for the applied adjustment details go to the GD Photo Tutorial Panel upper left hand side or click this LINK. There you can compare the images in large side by side.
After all my corrections I converted the image also into a nice Black and White using the Green Filter this time.
Please remember the images can look different on other screens this is only a guide for the exercise.
Before we go into all the details I like to give some praise to the Nikon D700, excellent performance in any light condition, yes I have done some test shots already at 6400 ISO and that just blew me away, but more on that later.
Original image shot in RAW, see below the order of adjustments in Aperture 2.
Black Point 0.08
Changing from Color to B&W using the Monochrome Mixer and added the Green Filter
Where was Eric Clapton...a Guitar line up at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manila "Elevator Blues" plus the new GarageBand'09
But where is Eric Clapton? Guitars out side the Lift
at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manila
It was during a Coffee Break that my good friend Arnold and myself stepped out of the Lift and almost fell over this cool line up of Guitars. “Arnold...the only thing missing is Eric Clapton,” as it turned out there was a major rock secession in progress in one of the Ballrooms, sorry folks no Clapton, John Mayall or even Bob Marley otherwise I would have not gone back to my meeting.
This strange scene reminded me of a song by Ten Years After...
”The Band with no Name”
I could not resist and pulled out my constant companion the little Leica D-Lux4 and shot some frames, remember in one of my earlier Blogs never leave Home without it, (the camera that is) even when you have to attend a meeting you never know what is around the next corner or outside an Elevator in this case.
This image triggered todays blog and a very short introduction to the new GarageBand ’09, now you might ask what has that to do with Photography or Aperture 2?
Actually a lot!
Let me use the magic word again Total Integration even with music...create your own sound easy and feel good about it that it is yours and has not been copied from someone else. GarageBand is perfect for your Slideshows, Keynote presentation and of course your very own Podcast, the Media Browser is always right there.
The New look when you open GarageBand ‘09
I like the revised and new interface a lot, simple and clean and for those who like to learn an instrument GarageBand’09 has now some very cool tutorials guiding you step by step through the learning process for Piano or Guitar.
GarageBand’09 and the Media Browser right at your fingertips
Check out the new GarageBand ’09 play some Guitar tunes and create your very own music for all your presentations, GarageBand’09 is super cool and a big improvement from its previous versions. GarageBand’09 is part of iLife ’09 which also includes iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb and the cool new iMovie.
Travel Photography: South East Asia Exposed, images from the “The Underexposed” featuring our first selection from Vietnam…
But not this time…”Underexposed” is a term I like to use for some very talented but not so exposed Photographers who’s work is very nice.
Introducing Massimo Casal: Born in Udine, Italy in 1971, Massimo studied as an engineer. The job opportunities gave him the possibilities to travel around the world and in particular in South East Asia...read more
© Massimo Casal - all rights reserved 2009 - click on the image above to view more of Massimo’s images or check the link lower left hand sidebar.
I met most of them during my travel and workshops through out South East Asia and from my Blogs and email exchanges.
Some of them I know personally, others only from emails, this is the first Blog in a NEW series called “The Underexposed” bringing together talented and passionate semi pro and amateur Photographer from all over South East Asia, I might add, we might venture also more East later, but for now it is S.E.A
Every month we show you in a NEW GALLERY 12 selected images from these S.E.A Countries sharing with you the magic of this part of the world, which I call home. The Images taken and selected by “The Underexposed” have been submitted to me, but not enhanced or edited in any way. No specific instructions, no favoritism on Cameras, Computers or Software, the only rules; the images had to be from their Country and
no Photoshop manipulation was allowed, except converting color to B&W.
You might ask why are we doing this? The answer is quiet simple…sharing images from this region and given these Photographers some “Exposure” they deserve, besides they are a real nice bunch plus given you the “right exposure” before venturing into S.E. Asia.
Today we start with Massimo Casal from Hanoi in Vietnam, I have known Massimo only from emails and my Blogs on Aperture 2 Tutorials & you might remember some images from him in my previous Blogs.
To check the 12 images in the Gallery please click this LINK or go to “The Underexposed” lower left hand side bar on this Blog page, but now enjoy the first images “The Underexposed” by Massimo.
PS. The images in the Gallery will be available for about two weeks before we change them to the next guy or girl. After 12 month we choose the top shots from all participants and make some real noise.
All images are © Copyright protected by the represented photographer and can’t be used unless prior permission is given in writing.
iPhoto ’09 acceleration into the future… jazzed up that even the Pro is going to like it, integration at its finest. “Triple T” tips, tricks and techniques
I am not going into all the details today, but have decided to give you my impression on the slick new slide show in combination with the Book option.
Did you know you can run your Books created in iPhoto ‘09 as a slideshow keeping the layout from the Template?
The small presentation below shows you what can be done, created again in only a few minutes using the Media Browser to add Music (created previously in GarageBand) I then exported it to QT and this little piece was done. Not perfect by all means, but given more time a very usefull addition for presentations using iPhoto for your school project or for the Family get together.
You have a Book and a simple presentation to go with, its easy to create and you don’t have to be a Rocket scientist to work it out, use common sense and you find you master iPhoto ’09 in no time. Just like Pages from the new iWorks ’09 mention in my previous Blog, hence the reason for using the same images again for this small presentation.
I have kept it fairly small for easy viewing on the Net, but you can do this in a much higher resolution too.
Combination with the Book and Slide Show in iPhoto ’09 exported as small QT file
How do I do this? Select a folder with the images or create a new one with the images you like to use for the Book, then click on the Book icon, you can choose between auto flow or manual adding the images, you still have the option to move them around after they have been placed.
Once you happy with your Book layout you click on the slide show icon add all your effects, music etc. and go to Export or Share.
Now you have a Book for printing (check on the help menu for specs and more details) and a slick slide presentation, having a similar look then your Book.
Now a few new additions in iPhoto ’09; Places Powered by Google, (cool Maps)Face recognition the stuff everybody is talking about, get your images direct into Flickr and Facebook without leaving iPhoto.
Add a smart Album just like in Aperture 2 or create your Mobile Me Web Gallery all of this and the improved interface makes the new iPhoto ’09 a ripper… my only “worry” …what is going to come for Aperture 2 down the road, this could be very interesting.
Talking about integration with iLife and iWork ’09, it is almost “scary” how they worked all of this to perfection.
I have only scratched the surface on the new iLife and iWork ’09 but continue my test drives with both and bring you up to speed in due time.
iWork ’09 & Aperture 2 creating a Poster in Pages on the fly, thanks to the integration, having access to my Aperture 2 Library via the Media Browser
Got into a Taxi and after a 20 min. ride arrived home, installed this latest version and created this Poster in just under 10 min. Actually the hardest part was choosing the images.
Screenshot with the poster in Pages from iWork ’09
but there is so much more...
I always loved iWork in particular Keynote, I do just about all my presentations with this cool software with endless possibilities to choose from and using Pages when I am in a hurry and need to create something with…Pages.
What is the difference between ’08 and ’09 iWork…well unless I don’t go to sleep tonight I can explain all the new things to you, but I must rest sometimes too.
Don’t worry in due time I give iWork ‘09 a very good test drive, however I can tell you this much; major improvements, awesome new Templates for Pages and super cool ones for Keynote... a lot of new ones. In short I am impressed, no wonder that the recent reviews on both products iLife and iWork ’09 have been very good and getting 4.5 + star ratings.
Why do these products work so well you might ask? It is the perfect integration on the Mac which makes all of this possible, no matter where you go the Media Browser is always around, hence the reason why I am as a Photographer love iWork and iLife, I have access to my Aperture 2 and iPhoto Libraries get into my GarageBand, iTunes and Videos without ever leaving the software.
Dont forget the iPhoto and Aperture 2 Seminar at the Power Mac Center Greenbelt 3, Makati on the 21st of Feb. from 6 to 7PM
Environment: The Beds and Trees are burning in Australia…Why?
© Gunther Deichmann - Composite Image
As a fellow Australian I like to express my sympathy to those relatives who have lost loved ones and properties during these raging Bushfires. What amazes me, these fires have been deliberately lit…I have no words for such a crime, I am speechless…
Internet connection down…iPhone to the rescue… iWeb ’09 and a new website from Fins Magazine plus the first “Underexposed” on the 15th of this month…
Totally frustrated by not having an Internet connection these past few days almost drove me in insane…but then came the iPhone to the rescue, oh boy did it ever.
Our main connection was down…so I used Edge on my iPhone at least I got my email.
OK. Now we are back, up and running, not only me but my good friends at Fins Magazine too with their brand NEW Website…I like it and think it is super cool or is it the Music? I am listening to the latest Nickelback in the background? No, no the site is really awesome and very different and I am sure our Underwater Photographers and Divers going to love it. You have to check it out at: http://www.finsonline.com/
Congratulations Guys well done!
I have also fixed a few things on my Commercial Photography site…we had a few problems but now I am running iWeb ’09,which is super slick by the way, the new WIDGETS are just awesome; HTML Snipet,Google Maps, RSS Feed, YouTube, Google AdSense, iSight Movie, iSight Photo, Countdown, All is Ok now, so why dont you check it out...best viewed on Safari.
The NEW iLife ‘09 is so cool from what I have tried out and seen, super improvements, but more on that later need to do some more test driving.
The cool Widgets in iWeb ‘09
On or about the 15th of this month I am going to introduce you to our very first “UNDEREXPOSED” guy, Massimo Casal from Hanoi in Vietnam.
Stay tuned for our first special on The Underexposed” and a lot more very Interesting topics including iLife ’09.
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Photography: Shadows & Colors …images from a commercial shoot, behind the Scene plus the first verdict on the Nikon D700 & soon “The Underexposed”
Shadows & Colors behind the Scene...
© Gunther Deichmann - “The Shadow Smoker”
A few hours I returned from a commercial Photo shoot and I thought why not share these images with you…sorry cant show you yet the commercial Images but certainly these ones.
Non of the images have been a setup or been manipulated in Photoshop, they just happen to be there.
This was also the first time the Nikon D700 got a very good workout, I am very pleased and extremely satisfied with the D700…she just performed awesome.
© Gunther Deichmann - “The Crew”
© Gunther Deichmann - “What a Pair”
In my next Blog I am introducing a new series called “The Underexposed” images from semi pro and amateur Photographers but with great talent from all over South East Asia. They will share 12 images each month with you, a small representation from their Country.
“The Underexposed”... Photographers I have met during my travel while others I have only known from Emails my Aperture 2 Workshops and Blogs they like to share their love and passion for Photography with you very soon.