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So one thing that can happen when you start enjoying the flexibility of multiple libraries, there can be some confusion between projects and libraries. So, what happens is actually when you bring libraries back in, let's say you want to merge them into your master library, then they do show up as projects again. So, a project is a container within a library that contains everything for that particular set of images, but the library, that is the big container that's the master container.
So we exported this project here as a standalone library. So, it exists outside of this library and actually now what I want to do is I want to show you how to merge libraries. So, I am going to get rid of this project. We don't need it right now. So, I am just going to right click on it and I am going to go to Delete Project and it's gone. So, when you hit Delete Project, you better have it backed up because that thing exists no more. Or does it? Wait a minute! Those images are still in the Trash.
What happens is when you delete anything in Aperture, it goes into the Trash first. So, you sort of have a second chance to retrieve it if you need to. If we open up this Trash, we'll see that we have some things in here. So, what I am going to do is I am going to right-click on the Trash and I am going to empty the Aperture Trash right now. Now, I get a warning. So, we are back here to just our regular life.
What I want to do now is that project that we exported out as a standalone library, the iPhone Shots, I want to show you how to merge libraries together because that's another advantage to this whole thing. So, we are going to go up to File, we are going to go to Import, and we are going to import Library/Project. It takes us to the Exercise Files. Here's the library that we want to merge to Import.
I am going to click on Import. Now, look, here's our iPhone Shots. Everything is here and guess what it shows up as? You've got it, a project. So, when libraries back into your master library or whatever library you are merging with, they show up as projects. If you think about it, that is a logical thing because that is a container that holds all the work for those particular shots.
So, we have gone full circle with our iPhone Shots. We have sent them out as a standalone library. We could open them as a stand-alone library and now we have brought them back home. So you could see the use for this. Let's say that you go to Hawaii a lot. So, you have a Hawaii project. You know you are going to Hawaii so you export out your Hawaii project as a standalone library, put on your laptop. Go to Hawaii, you have a great time, go sparkling, take a lot of pictures, you add to that library.
When you come home, you go, I want that library to be back in my master library. So, you import it or merge it as we say and it comes back in as a project container. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is that you may want to delete that other project container too, so you don't have redundancy. Aperture can even help you with that. So, there you go. I hope you have this all straight. Maybe you took notes, maybe not. You can always replay the movie and that's the cool thing about lynda.com.
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