Following up on yesterday’s article “Customizing the Aperture Interface”, today we’ll dive into the Full Screen mode. There aren’t nearly as many options here, but that’s somewhat the point… Full Screen is a stripped-down, only-what-you-need view of your photos.
To prove the point of simplicity, here’s what you get when you hide everything. I’ve left metadata on just to show that it’s actually the Aperture UI; otherwise it’d just look like a photo!
Toolbar, Filmstrip and HUD
On the other extreme, here’s everything turned on. This screenshot is at 1280 × 720 which is smaller than most of you would work, so you’ll likely see smaller interface elements and larger images. The Toolbar, the Filmstrip, and the HUD (heads up display) are all enabled here.
The Toolbar and Filmstrip will each automatically slide into view as you move your mouse to the top and bottom of the screen, respectively. When they slide in, they will cover the photo temporarily, and if you want them to stay put, click the lock icon on each bar. When you do, the photo will shrink a bit to make room for the now-fixed UI element.
Move the Filmstrip
The Filmstrip can be moved to the side of the screen if you like as well. There isn’t a keyboard shortcut for this, but you can just drag it around. You won’t see it moving until it jumps to the side, so just drag until it pops.
Hide the HUD while adjusting
One of the coolest features in Full Screen mode is that you can hide the HUD while you’re dragging a slider. The HUD is of course necessary if you’re making adjustments, however it’s also quite large. Instead of having it take up a big portion of your screen (making your photo smaller), or having it float over your photo (hiding a big piece of it), you can make everything except the single slider you’re dragging disappear.
While in “floating” mode (meaning, the HUD is not locked/docked), hold down the Shift key while you drag a slider. The entire HUD, minus the slider you’re touching, will disappear!
This gives you the best of all worlds; maximizing your screen real estate to see your photo as big as it can possibly be displayed, while at the same time having full access to the adjustment tools.
When in Full Screen mode, to truly get the most of it you’ll want to know as many keyboard shortcuts as possible. F will take you in and out of Full Screen mode, H will show/hide the HUD, arrows to navigate images, Control-1, 2, 3 etc to show just 1, 2, 3 star images, and so-on. Know your brushes… X to get the retouch brush, A to go back to the main selection tool (“arrow”), and more. If you have to reach for the tool with the mouse, figure out the keyboard shortcut and memorize it. You’ll be flying through edits in no time.