After a year of bouncing rumors and requests among friends and watching Adobe erode Apple’s marketshare, Aperture 3 is finally out. As far as I’m concerned, the people who are disappointed in the update probably shouldn’t have bought Aperture in the first place.
One of the things in the new Adobe Lightroom that is implemented (and improved on) in Aperture 3 is the concept of presets. This is one step closer to having me abandon my insanely slow Photoshop workflow for something that is fast, can be undone, and doesn’t chew up disk space. But the thing that was bothering me was, will it blend? Can I really get away with not leaving Aperture unless I really, really have to.
Let‘s see what I can create in a few minutes of fiddling around.
The Fallout75’s Vintage Film effect tries to mimic the fading that occurs when a photo starts to fade over the years: the process is outlined here. Here is what I get in Aperture when I try to follow the same rules:
Here is the output in Adobe Photoshop CS4 when the action is run:
You can see that Fallout75 has two undocumented effects: a brightening of the center region and a vignetting on the edges. I can emulate this, but I didn’t know what I created the current version of the action. I suppose that’ll be for later. Here is another comparison:
You can see, The center-light adds a nice wash effect that’s missing from mine. Also might has too much darkening overall. Looks like I need to do some more work!
Of course, you can have these actions if you like: Click here to download them.
All I ask is that if you happen to beat me to fixing them (or have some of your own you’d like to contribute), please contact me and get the changes back to me so I can update them.