12 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2012 12:33 PM by Frank Caggiano
MacCookie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have photos that I want to use in a layout. I need to make the photos smaller so you can see the whole image. How do I make the image smaller?

 

Thanks

  • 1. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    Sorry, I do not really understand your question -  are you asking about an Aperture Book and the size the images appear on a page in the book, or are are you asking how to export from Aperture in different sizes, so you can use the image in the layout in a different application?

     

    In a book in Aperture you can click the "Edit Layout" button to adjust the size of photo boxes, and if the image does not fit into the box you can use the "Edit Content" button, click the image and adjust the size slider.

     

    To export different sizes of images pick a suitable export preset in the "File >  Export" dialogue.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,260 points)

    The problem is probably not that the image is too big, Aperture will scale the image to fit any size. The problem is the aspect ratio. Most place holders in books are set to standard image sizes, 4x6 5x7, et all, but your image might not be that exact ratio.

     

    You should crop the image to the correct ratio before you place it in the book.

  • 3. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    MacCookie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry 'm not being clear. I'm creating a book in aperture 3. I'm inserting photo boxes on the background which I have created. I have symbols from the Air  Force that I want to put into these boxes. The symbols are too large, so that when I put them in and try and have the whole image show, it's just too big. I cannot shrink them into any of the boxes using that image slider. It's alread at the smallest. So I was wondering how to make static images smaller so that they fit into one of the image boxes. I hope that's clearer.

     

    Thanks,

  • 4. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,260 points)

    If these images are in Aperture, you can export them as a version at a smaller size and then re-import it.

  • 5. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,850 points)

    When an image is placed in a photo box it is scaled to fit so the description of your problem is confusing. If you set the photo box to Scale to fit the image will be scaled to fit entirely in the box.

     

     

    Perhaps if you provided a screen shot of one of the images you're having problems with we could figure it out.

     

    regards

  • 6. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    What the theme you are using for your book? The themes all are behaving differently.

  • 7. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    MacCookie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can I upload a screen shot? Oh, I just saw the little camera. Had no idea. I'll be back later to upload a photo. Thanks.

  • 8. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    MacCookie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, here is an example of what I mean. I'd like that image US Airforces in Europe to be able to fit into a smaller photo box. Obviously this is not the correct layout but it's just an example of what I'd like to do. The photos above it are all much smaller images and thus work just fine.

    Screen shot 2012-05-15 at 5.21.52 PM.png

  • 9. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,850 points)

    So first as Léonie asked what theme are you using? Themes behave differently and to test this out we need to know what you are using.

     

    You've got that text box overlapping the image so its tough to see exactly where the image ends. If you could delete it it would make things easier to see.

     

    If you right click on the image  what is the scale to fit setting and the aspect ratio for the photo box?

     

    And finally what does the image look like just in the browser? In all my usage of books in Aperture anytime I have placed an image in a photo box it was scaled to fit in the box and show the entire image. Are you sure the image has space around it if you view it in the browser? A screen shot of the image in the browser or viewer would help also.

     

    regards

  • 10. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    MacCookie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, got the information. I'm using the "Journal" layout for the book.

     

    Below is the image in the browserScreen shot 2012-05-16 at 11.23.38 AM.png

    You can see that I tried to make the image smaller by exporting the image>opening it up in Pages> centering it on a page> exporting it as a PDF> opening it in Preview and then exporting it as a JPG. Whew! Easier or better way?

  • 11. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    journalTheme.png

    A test with the "Journal" theme: All images are 10 MP sized, no need to make them smaller.

    • - First I arranged the photo boxes and set their sizes  in"Edit Layout" mode,
    • - Then, in "Edit Content" mode I set the photo boxes to "Scale to fill" or "Scale to fit" (crtl-click the image and select the scale mode you want from the pop-up menu > Photo Box Alignment), exactly like Frank suggested

    So, for me it works as expected - where is your workflow different?

  • 12. Re: How can I make photos smaller in aperture to fit in book?
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,850 points)

    OK I think I now see what you are driving at. It's not that the image in the book is to big (well it is but it's not the book's fault) it's that the image as you have it fills up the entire frame and you want white space around it when it is in the book.

     

    Is that an accurate statement of the situation? If so I would look into downloading BorderFx a free plugin for Aperture. You'll be able to add a border around the image and then when you place that image in a book image box the image will not touch the edges of the box.