3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2013 3:30 PM by léonie
Dirty Vegas Level 4 Level 4 (1,430 points)

I must admit that Aperture is WAAAYYY over my head.  I feel like I just got handed a chess set and all I've ever played was checkers.

 

I think I first need to mask out the entire background so that I'm only dealing with a specific object.  The object itself is multi-colored with high contrast and saturation.  Think of a Pollock painting because that's what the designer was inspired by.  I want to see the outline and at least a hint of the pattern and color.

 

The truth is, I don't even know what should be my first move.


MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion
  • 1. Re: Trying to turn a photo into a watermark.
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)
    The truth is, I don't even know what should be my first move.

     

    What a pity -  as your first Aperture project you have picked the one thing that Aperture as not been designed to do. Aperture has no tools to add alpha channels and transparency to an image, it does not support graphics compositing; it is a tool for adjusting photos.

     

    Create your watermark in an external editor; then you can add it to one of your export presets.

     

    You set up an external editor in Aperture's Preferences:

    Aperture > Preferences > Export > External Photo Editor

     

    To use the external editor, use the Photos menu > Edit with .....   entry.

    Good editors to create transparent backgrounds are the free GIMP, Pixelmator, Graphic Converter, Adobe Photoshop, or even Apple's own Preview.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: Trying to turn a photo into a watermark.
    Dirty Vegas Level 4 Level 4 (1,430 points)

    Thanks so very much for your kind assistance.  I'm actually tempted to fire up my HP laptop.  I think it's out on the patio keeping the table level.

     

     

    I'll first take a run at Preview and see what magical techniques I can apply.

  • 3. Re: Trying to turn a photo into a watermark.
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    You are welcome.

    I'll first take a run at Preview and see what magical techniques I can apply.

    It might be easier in Pixelmator, but an example on how to do it in Preview is here:

     

     

    Re: Watermark Creation?H

     

     

    And here is Old Toad's list of image editors for transparency and compositing:  Re: Is it possible to add (C) and your name to a picture?