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Advanced importing with Aperture

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Video: Advanced importing with Aperture

Importing with Aperture gives you a lot of options and I want to give you an overview of what those options are right now, so that as you are thinking about checklist and which tool you're going to use, you will have some good information. So, I have the Aperture Interface open right now. I'm going to bring in photos that are on my hard drive. This is very similar to bringing photos in from the camera. I want to show you both ways. We brought them in from the camera for iPhoto. We are going to take them off the hard drive right here and these images are in your Exercise Files in the Family Portraits folder.

Advanced importing with Aperture

Importing with Aperture gives you a lot of options and I want to give you an overview of what those options are right now, so that as you are thinking about checklist and which tool you're going to use, you will have some good information. So, I have the Aperture Interface open right now. I'm going to bring in photos that are on my hard drive. This is very similar to bringing photos in from the camera. I want to show you both ways. We brought them in from the camera for iPhoto. We are going to take them off the hard drive right here and these images are in your Exercise Files in the Family Portraits folder.

I'm going to go up to Import, right here and Aperture finds those images. Now, here is the trail right here. So, our Picture's folder, Exercise Files, iPhoto to Aperture Libraries, Family Portrait and right here is where all these images reside and they're presented to us as thumbnails with checkmarks. By default, Aperture checks all of them assuming that you want to bring all of these photos into your Library.

You can uncheck them all, just with a click of a button or check them all or you can just bring in some if you want. Let's uncheck them all and let's just say that you wanted to bring in just a few, it's just a matter of clicking those boxes. We're going to bring them all in because this is a fun bunch of photos. Now, over here on the right side, this is where I think things get really interesting. You have all sorts of great options starting out with "What are you going to name this project?" The project is of course the container that will hold all the information for the shoot.

So, I like to give it a date, and I just used a simple system of month and year in front of the Name. That's all I do for the projects and over time as these projects line up over here in the Inspector, it's handy for me to have those dates. It kind of helps give me a feel for what's going on. Now, you have a few options where you cannot import duplicates. This is for people who don't erase their memory cards.

They keep adding to them and then they put them in their computer. So, if you don't want those previously imported shots to show up on the screen here, you can check that box and just like in iPhoto, you can split projects, everything that was shot on one day, you want it to be separate from everything you shot on another day. That is the project split. By the way, if you want to get into the details of some of these things that I'm mentioning, our Aperture Essential Training covers every one of these functions in very nice detail.

So, where are we going to store these files? We're going to store them in the Aperture Library in that container that we like so much. So, we're going to choose that from the pop up menu. There are other options for those that want to do more advanced techniques. I recommend in the beginning, keep everything in that container so you don't lose it. A few other goodies that you have, you can rename these files on import. So, right now we just have the standard old IMG with the number right here.

That's fine, but some people like to add more information in the filename itself. You have options for that right here. You can even create more options by clicking on the Edit button. So, you can create your own particular style for renaming photos. I think that is very powerful. Metadata are the same thing. You can add your personal information to these photos when you import them and never have to think about it again. So, if I click on this pop-up menu, there's a Basic Info and it gives you these fields and you can fill them up or you can create your own template.

I've created one right here called Derrick Basic. So, already populated in this field is my name, my website, my copyright notice and then all I have to do is just add a few keywords here. I'll add just--probably let's go with three of them,separated by commas--just a few things for Aperture to use for search in case you want to find these photos when you have a billion in your library. We could add a caption also.

Now, all of this information is written to the photos on import and you don't have to worry about adding keywords later on, I think. That is a very nice tool and it's something that you don't get in iPhoto. Let's go down, just a couple of more things I want to show you here. If you like to shoot RAW and JPEGs, at the same time, you have control over which comes in. In this case, we're just going to bring in JPEG Files and this is really nifty.

You're bringing these photos into your Aperture Library right now. That's wonderful. If you want to back them up to a separate hard drive at the same that you're bringing them into your computer, you can do that with this function right here and you just choose that hard drive that is connected to your computer. So, then you have two copies on import. Then you have even more options up here at Import Settings and this is where you get to turn these off and on. If I don't want to take advantage of back up location, I can turn it off just by clicking up here.

So, as an overview here, you see the power that you have importing photos using the Aperture Tool. There's a lot of nice stuff here and it's something to consider if you like having additional information come in with your photos during import.

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Using iPhoto and Aperture Together

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  1. 2m 5s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. How to take this course
      32s
    3. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 16m 4s
    1. Sharing libraries
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a new library and determining its location
      4m 2s
    3. Specifying which application opens the library by default
      3m 22s
    4. Moving and renaming the library
      2m 16s
    5. Managing multiple libraries
      4m 39s
  3. 13m 18s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture importing tools
      1m 28s
    2. Simplified importing with iPhoto
      2m 8s
    3. Advanced importing with Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Importing into iPhoto libraries with Aperture
      3m 47s
  4. 16m 40s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization
      5m 13s
    2. Exploring the iPhoto Library pane
      3m 3s
    3. Reviewing the Aperture Library Inspector
      3m 22s
    4. Hiding photos in one app so they don't appear in the other
      3m 33s
    5. Understanding how Smart Albums behave differently in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 29s
  5. 23m 34s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture editing tools
      2m 49s
    2. The five-step image edit in iPhoto
      4m 34s
    3. The seven-step image edit in Aperture
      7m 36s
    4. Choosing the right app for sharpening
      1m 40s
    5. Converting to black and white in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 19s
    6. Applying effects in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 36s
  6. 13m 42s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture slideshow tools
      3m 18s
    2. Choosing iPhoto for quick slideshow authoring
      2m 54s
    3. Choosing Aperture for advanced slideshow authoring
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing an existing iPhoto slideshow with Aperture tools
      1m 28s
    5. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture for exporting slideshows
      2m 53s
  7. 11m 20s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture exporting tools
      2m 33s
    2. Using iPhoto for simple file export
      2m 34s
    3. Using Aperture for advanced file export
      3m 10s
    4. Cleaning up your iPhoto library in Aperture
      3m 3s
  8. 20m 4s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture sharing tools
      2m 8s
    2. Integrating Photo Stream into your photo workflow
      2m 6s
    3. Deciding which application manages your Photo Stream
      2m 23s
    4. Using Photo Stream as part of an archiving strategy
      2m 7s
    5. Sharing your images with others using Photo Stream
      2m 49s
    6. Sharing images on Facebook with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 40s
    7. Publishing images to Flickr with iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 12s
    8. Emailing photos with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 39s
  9. 31m 21s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture printing tools
      2m 4s
    2. Creating letterpress, folded, and flat cards in iPhoto
      4m 15s
    3. Using iPhoto for simple book authoring
      4m 32s
    4. Using Aperture for advanced book authoring
      5m 52s
    5. Creating a calendar in iPhoto
      2m 48s
    6. Ordering prints in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 20s
    7. Making an inkjet print in iPhoto
      3m 49s
    8. Making a basic print in Aperture
      3m 47s
    9. Making a custom print in Aperture
      2m 54s
  10. 8m 5s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture archiving tools
      1m 15s
    2. Options for backing up your iPhoto library
      1m 46s
    3. Options for backing up your Aperture library
      3m 1s
    4. Using Aperture to back up your iPhoto library
      2m 3s
  11. 51s
    1. Next steps
      51s

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