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Creating Smart Albums in Aperture

From: Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

Video: Creating Smart Albums in Aperture

One of my favorite features of a digital asset manager is Smart Albums in Aperture, or Smart Collections in Lightroom. And the reason why I like these is because the computer does the work for you, and you have payoff for what you have done previously. And I am going to create a Smart Album right now of one of my favorite things, which are star ratings. So I have all these projects right here: we've got Safari West, we've got these Passion Flowers, we've got Cactus Flowers, we have got Sunflowers.

Creating Smart Albums in Aperture

One of my favorite features of a digital asset manager is Smart Albums in Aperture, or Smart Collections in Lightroom. And the reason why I like these is because the computer does the work for you, and you have payoff for what you have done previously. And I am going to create a Smart Album right now of one of my favorite things, which are star ratings. So I have all these projects right here: we've got Safari West, we've got these Passion Flowers, we've got Cactus Flowers, we have got Sunflowers.

What if I wanted to have a collection of just the best images from all of these projects, so that I could just look at them, and enjoy them, and use them, and shown them to other people. I can do that with a Smart Album. I'll just come up here, I will go to Smart Album, and we give it a name. What I want to do is create a Smart Album of my 3 star images, or better. So we will just call that, so we will call it 3 stars or Better.

Now I have these different conditions here that I can choose from: Color Label, Flagged; I am going to use Rating, and greater or equal to, and then I am just going to move this little scale. 3 stars. And now I have a collection of my 3 star images. Now if I decide that one of these don't belong in here, for example, I decide that I don't like this one; I don't really think it's a 3 star image, because now that I see it's compared to the other ones, maybe it's really a 2 star image.

So I can just click on it, hit 2 stars, and it goes away because it no longer meets that condition. And by the same token this automatically updates. Let's go to, let's see, let's go to Passion Flower here, and here's a shot right here that's only a 2 star shot right now. I think it really belongs with my 3 stars. I'm going to change the rating to 3 stars right here, just like that. Click on it. Now let's go back to our Smart Album, and sure enough it has been added.

So these are living, breathing creatures; these smart albums. And as you make changes to your photos, if they meet the conditions of the Smart Album, they will be added. And if you want to change those conditions, you just click on the magnifying glass here and choose what you want. So these are fantastic tools, and a great payoff for doing that legwork that you do when you rate images, and you add labels, and do all that good stuff.

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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Why photo organization matters
      1m 32s
  2. 3m 21s
    1. Using media readers
      59s
    2. Using hard drives for storage and backup
      2m 22s
  3. 12m 26s
    1. Making sure your camera is set up correctly
      3m 22s
    2. Understanding how your camera stores photos and movies
      3m 29s
    3. Removing pictures from your card
      1m 33s
    4. Taking advantage of dual card slots on DSLRs
      31s
    5. Taking care of your memory cards
      1m 18s
    6. Creating a set of folders on your hard drive
      2m 13s
  4. 11m 39s
    1. Dealing with your legacy collection
      2m 11s
    2. Transferring photos to a Windows computer
      2m 35s
    3. Transferring photos to a Mac
      2m 22s
    4. Doing a software-assisted photo transfer
      4m 31s
  5. 8m 27s
    1. Viewing photos on a Windows computer
      2m 21s
    2. Viewing photos on a Mac
      2m 53s
    3. Viewing photos using file browsers
      3m 13s
  6. 15m 42s
    1. Understanding digital asset managers
      2m 39s
    2. Transferring images with Lightroom on a Windows computer
      5m 56s
    3. Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac
      5m 11s
    4. Transferring photos with iPhoto
      1m 56s
  7. 15m 46s
    1. Understanding keywords
      3m 49s
    2. Setting strategies for using keywords
      4m 17s
    3. Lightroom keyword tips
      2m 42s
    4. Aperture keyword tips
      4m 58s
  8. 16m 51s
    1. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 39s
    2. Flagging your favorites
      3m 58s
    3. Organizing in Lightroom
      1m 50s
    4. Using filters in Aperture
      2m 49s
    5. Organizing in iPhoto
      3m 35s
  9. 9m 52s
    1. Understanding albums and collections
      2m 27s
    2. Creating Smart Albums in Aperture
      2m 41s
    3. Working with collections in Lightroom
      2m 45s
    4. Setting up albums in iPhoto
      1m 59s
  10. 13m 32s
    1. Managing photos that you edit in Photoshop
      5m 24s
    2. Managing derivative versions in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    3. Managing derivative versions in Aperture
      3m 51s
  11. 16m 13s
    1. Choosing file formats
      4m 39s
    2. Backing up to hard drives
      3m 31s
    3. Deciding photos to archive
      1m 34s
    4. Backing up to your local area network
      2m 3s
    5. Backing up to the cloud
      2m 49s
    6. Working with multiple hard drives
      1m 37s
  12. 19m 40s
    1. Recovering in Lightroom
      5m 20s
    2. Recovering in Aperture
      6m 52s
    3. Recovering in iPhoto
      2m 46s
    4. Recovering from a file-system-managed backup
      1m 28s
    5. Making prints of your best work
      3m 14s
  13. 1m 54s
    1. Next steps
      1m 54s

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