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One of the things that people have said to me when they're thinking about moving from iPhoto to Aperture is "I'd love to start using Aperture, but I kind of want to start fresh, I don't want to move all the junk I have in iPhoto into Aperture. Is there any way that I can clean up my library and have just nice, fun, high quality shots in Aperture?" Actually there is a way; I'm going to show you right now. It's one of the Export features of Aperture that will help you do that. The first step is, in iPhoto, of course, is to create albums of clean stuff of your favorite shots.
So for example, I have done that here and I've created an album of Carpinteria Favorites. So, if you imagine this on a large scale, here is our whole library, it has some shots I like and some shots I'm not that crazy about. I don't want to send them all in the Aperture; I would just want to send what I consider to be the good stuff. So, I created an album called Carpinteria Favorites. Okay, put a bookmark there because now what we're going to do is I'm going to quit iPhoto and I'm going to open my iPhoto Library in Aperture and you'll see that we have Carpinteria Favorites right here.
So, you can imagine that this is your cleaned up iPhoto Library. This is the stuff that you want to move to Aperture. All I have to do is right-click on this album, go to Export and choose Album as New Library. It will retain the name or I can give it a different name and I have some options here. Do I want to copy the originals into the exported library? I do, I think I want all of this content that I had before; in here I just want the selected images.
So, I want to bring the previews over and yeah, show me the alert when you're done. And we'll just save it to the Desktop right now and then I'll click Export Library. Down here we can see Aperture doing its thing. It let us know that it's done, so I'll go ahead and Quit Aperture. Here it is on our Desktop here. Now all I have to do is right-click on this, open with Aperture and here is our cleaned up iPhoto Library which is now a standalone library of high quality images.
This is a great way to go through your iPhoto Library and just move the stuff that you really like from that application in the Aperture and of course knowing that you can always open this library back up into iPhoto if you want. It's a great housekeeping tool. Check it out.
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