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Preparing for import

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Video: Preparing for import

Well, one of the most important things to working with your images is to get them in your Aperture Library to begin with. So, let's do a quick overview of the Import dialog box, which is really improved in version 3. Now I have connected a memory card to my computer and I am going to go to the Import arrow here, and Aperture will see that I have a connected memory card reader. And it identifies it right there and then I get to take a look at the pictures that are on my memory card.

Preparing for import

Well, one of the most important things to working with your images is to get them in your Aperture Library to begin with. So, let's do a quick overview of the Import dialog box, which is really improved in version 3. Now I have connected a memory card to my computer and I am going to go to the Import arrow here, and Aperture will see that I have a connected memory card reader. And it identifies it right there and then I get to take a look at the pictures that are on my memory card.

So, that part is pretty much the same as before. However, you'll notice that we don't have the arrow thing anymore. That's gone. The way that we control where our images go is up here in this default brick. We have a number of bricks to choose from that are available via this pop-up menu. But this one right here will show up, because this is our destination. So, right now these photos, if I were to hit the Import Checked button, they would all go into a new project and I would give that project a name right here, and it would show up in our library.

If I decided, since these are outdoor shots, that I wanted them to go into an existing project, then all I have to do is click on that project here. That changes up here, and that's where those images will go. We have to decide where the master is going to be stored, either in the Aperture library or in a different location and I have dedicated a whole movie to that. And then we have to decide about the actual images themselves.

Right now they are all checked. Everything that's checked goes into the project. Now, if I were to click the Uncheck All button, then all of these will not go anywhere. They are all unchecked. What if I only want to bring some in? Let's say I just want to bring in these four tent shots, I could click-and-drag, select them all. Now they are not going to go in yet, because the boxes aren't checked, then just check one of the boxes and for everything that's selected, it will also get a checkmark.

Remember only things that are checked actually go in. So you can select, then check. Same thing, just click, drag, check. You can also use your Command key right where you do one, hold down the Command key, hold down the Command key. But remember, if it's checked, it's going in even if it's not or is selected, the checkmark is what determines what's happening. All right! So we're going to Uncheck All of them right now for the moment and just take a look.

Now you notice that I have both RAWs and JPEGs here, and that leads us to our next brick. And that is if you shoot RAW plus JPEG. Now you have the option to import only JPEGs, only RAWs, and you can import them both and decide which one is going to be the master, and I am going to dedicate a movie to that because that is a major improvement that I am so happy to see. So, if I only wanted to import the RAWs, for example I could do that and then you'll see that all the JPEGs have gone away.

We'll just change it back to Both for the moment, while we're working on the rest of the bricks. Well, let's see what else we have. So we'll go up to Import Settings. We have File Info. That's nice. That tells us information about that file. If I don't want to see it, I just go back and it goes away. We can also rename files on import as before. And that's very nice where we get to choose from a variety of options on how to rename our files.

That's all handled right here. And if you don't have an option that you like in this list, you can create your own by going to the Edit button. That's very cool. We'll get rid of that for the moment. Time Zone, again if you have your timestamps set wrong on your camera and you want to correct it. Let's say that you live in California and fly to New York, you forget to change your time stamp. You can fix that right here. You just say what the camera time is and then you choose what the actual time is and Aperture will fix it for you.

So very, very handy. Once again, we have Metadata Presets, so you can actually add metadata on import. And I love this. Now a change in Aperture 3 is that you can actually create a metadata template on the fly right here in the dialog box, and I am going to show you how to do that. I love that. Nothing like having metadata added on import, so you don't have to go back and do it later. You can also make some basic image adjustments on import.

And we have some nice ones here, some exposure fixes, some color fixes, and basically everything that's imported gets that adjustment preset. Now I don't use this a lot myself, but some people have specific workflows and I have heard it comes in very handy. File Types, Aperture isn't just for photos anymore. You can include videos and audio files. You may want to import those at different times. So you may want to import your photos first, then go back and do your videos or your audio files.

This allows you to control that. If this card were to have movies on it, if I check this box, I would only see the still images, and then I could do another import where I uncheck this box and then I exclude the photos. It gives you a lot of control over what happens when you import your pictures or your movies or your audio files. If you're into AppleScript, you can actually automate this process further by creating the AppleScript and then choosing it under the Actions brick.

And then finally, I have got to tell you about this one. This was another one on my list. I can connect a hard drive to my computer. I can call it out here by choosing it. On import, not only will Aperture import my photos to where they are supposed to go, where we normally keep our photos in the Aperture library, wherever that happens to be, I can also backup a second set to another drive all at the same time. That means when I am done with the import process, not only have I added metadata and done all the other cool things, I've actually Backed up my images, which means then I can take that card, erase it, and start shooting again knowing that I have those images in two places.

I love backup on import, and I think this is a very nice enhancement. So you control all of that stuff up here at the Import Settings. Set it up the way that you want. Aperture will remember your setup. So if I were to close this dialog box and then open it back up. However I had this setup here, that's the way it would reopen when it came back up. You enable it up here as I said before with the import arrow, and if you decide that you don't want to do an import, all you have to do is click this box right here, and the dialog goes away and you are back to your normal Aperture interface.

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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the system requirements
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding key Aperture terms
      6m 5s
    3. Touring the interface
      4m 43s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing the top toolbar
      2m 5s
    6. Setting up two monitors
      2m 44s
    7. Configuring for faces and places
      5m 37s
    8. Understanding RAW files
      5m 5s
    9. Following the recommended Aperture workflow
      3m 23s
    10. Running Aperture Library First Aid
      1m 53s
  3. 45m 49s
    1. Preparing for import
      7m 38s
    2. Using managed libraries or the referenced file approach
      8m 7s
    3. Creating metadata presets
      5m 23s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      1m 44s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 48s
    6. Using the RAW+JPEG option
      3m 36s
    7. Importing movies from your digital camera
      3m 10s
    8. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 29s
    9. Importing images from an iPhone
      3m 48s
    10. Importing live images from an iPad or an iPhone
      3m 6s
  4. 39m 22s
    1. Working in Projects view
      6m 33s
    2. Working in Photos view
      3m 22s
    3. Viewing in full-screen mode
      5m 25s
    4. Zooming to actual size
      1m 23s
    5. Using the Loupe for a closer look
      3m 24s
    6. Showing focus points
      1m 28s
    7. Using Quick Preview
      1m 22s
    8. Proofing profiles and on-screen proofing
      2m 58s
    9. Customizing metadata overlays
      5m 26s
    10. Managing previews
      5m 34s
    11. Learning the heads-up displays
      2m 27s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Creating projects and albums
      3m 22s
    2. Rating images by stars and color
      9m 52s
    3. Flagging images
      2m 0s
    4. Organizing a series with stacks
      5m 47s
    5. Grouping images with Smart Albums
      3m 20s
  6. 17m 22s
    1. Understanding the Aperture 3 library
      2m 45s
    2. Switching between Aperture 3 libraries
      2m 21s
    3. Exporting single or multiple projects as libraries
      3m 0s
    4. Merging multiple libraries into one
      3m 53s
    5. Splitting libraries
      3m 5s
    6. Sharing libraries
      2m 18s
  7. 58m 21s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 47s
    2. Working with the Adjustments pane
      6m 28s
    3. Updating RAW processing from previous versions of Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Reading a histogram
      2m 8s
    5. Adjusting white balance
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting exposures
      4m 37s
    7. Enhancing photos
      3m 24s
    8. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 34s
    9. Customizing auto adjustments for levels and curves
      1m 50s
    10. Adjusting tonality with the Levels tool
      5m 45s
    11. Adjusting colors
      5m 5s
    12. Converting color pictures to black and white
      4m 14s
    13. Sharpening edges
      5m 54s
    14. Using the Vignette effect
      3m 9s
  8. 41m 13s
    1. Cropping images
      4m 39s
    2. Retouching blemishes
      7m 39s
    3. Fixing spots
      3m 2s
    4. Using Straighten Crop and Flip
      2m 19s
    5. Fixing a chromatic aberration
      2m 9s
    6. Reducing visual noise
      3m 5s
    7. Making adjustments with the Curves tool
      8m 53s
    8. Rotating images
      1m 22s
    9. Removing the Vignette effect
      2m 0s
    10. Using the Color Monochrome and Sepia tools
      4m 27s
    11. Considering the Sharpen tool
      1m 38s
  9. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing brushes
      2m 53s
    2. Using quick brushes
      7m 7s
    3. Using adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    4. Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes
      5m 10s
    5. Creating multiple bricks for a single adjustment
      3m 25s
    6. Applying presets
      5m 46s
    7. Modifying presets
      2m 39s
    8. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      1m 51s
    9. Roundtripping to Photoshop
      3m 49s
    10. Using the edit plug-ins
      2m 52s
    11. Customizing the Adjustments pane
      1m 30s
    12. Batch processing with Lift and Stamp
      3m 9s
  10. 20m 41s
    1. Setting up face recognition
      4m 37s
    2. Searching for faces
      3m 43s
    3. Working with images that have existing tags in places
      3m 18s
    4. Adding geo tags using places in Aperture
      4m 28s
    5. Searching by place
      4m 35s
  11. 15m 42s
    1. Applying keywords
      4m 52s
    2. Creating unique captions quickly
      3m 17s
    3. Batch changing
      7m 33s
  12. 7m 0s
    1. Using the Search box
      4m 24s
    2. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      2m 36s
  13. 12m 48s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      9m 10s
    2. Using the export plug-ins
      3m 38s
  14. 6m 44s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 23s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      2m 18s
    3. Restoring from a vault
      2m 3s
  15. 29m 52s
    1. Viewing your images via a quick slideshow
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up complex slideshows
      8m 19s
    3. Customizing individual slides
      8m 6s
    4. Adding video to your slideshows
      4m 13s
    5. Pulling a still frame from a movie
      1m 37s
    6. Exporting slideshows
      3m 43s
  16. 21m 39s
    1. Preparing your book project
      7m 9s
    2. Adjusting your book
      4m 54s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 2s
    4. Outputting your book
      2m 34s
  17. 22m 21s
    1. Emailing a photo from Aperture
      3m 27s
    2. Seeing your Aperture library from other applications
      1m 59s
    3. Building a web page
      4m 57s
    4. Publishing a web gallery
      3m 22s
    5. Publishing images to Flickr
      5m 58s
    6. Publishing images to Facebook
      2m 38s
  18. 10m 58s
    1. Printing a single image
      6m 32s
    2. Printing multiple images
      3m 4s
    3. Ordering prints from within Aperture
      1m 22s
  19. 36m 8s
    1. Taking advantage of Retina display Macs
      1m 56s
    2. Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of the advanced white balance adjustment
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding the changes in the revised Shadows and Highlights tool
      5m 23s
    5. Using Professional Auto Enhance as a starting point for image editing
      3m 24s
    6. Creating your own Auto Enhance presets
      2m 6s
    7. Using iPhoto effects in Aperture
      1m 34s
    8. Increasing performance with Fast Browsing combined with Quick Preview
      3m 40s
    9. Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
      3m 52s
    10. Deleting images from your Photo Stream
      2m 2s
    11. Deleting images from the iPhone, reordering projects, and setting the desktop photo
      2m 33s
    12. Transferring photos into Aperture from the iPad and the iPhone
      2m 31s
  20. 1m 35s
    1. Looking ahead
      1m 35s

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