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Let's rate the actual images themselves. Before I do that, I want to talk a little bit about why you should spend time rating your pictures. Here's my feeling about that. Aperture is very powerful. You can do a lot of things in it and image editing is as easy as it's ever been. However, my feeling is that you should really only image-edit the images that are your good images and not go through and spend a lot of time working on the stuff that isn't your best work.
For example, if you have a bunch of shots in a series on a location, then you want to go through and do some rating to pull out the ones that are good. These shots here are the shots that I liked from this series of shooting this buck. There were a lot more shots that I threw away or didn't include in this library because there is no need for you, the user, to download a bunch of stuff that isn't good. The way I decided that was by rating my images.
I went through them once. The stuff that I wanted to keep got two or three stars. Everything else didn't get rated and then all I did was just gather up the star rated images and put them in this library to share with you. And I would do the same thing for a client. I would do the same thing if I'm deciding printing, all that kind of stuff. So rating allows you to focus on your good stuff. You know your good stuff just by looking at the metadata overlay here and then you only spend your time dealing with the good stuff.
So let's talk about how we actually do that. Because rating is so easy, there's really no excuse not to do it. You want to look at your pictures anyway. So I'm going to hit the V key here and we will go to this larger view. The way that I do it, I like to go through my images twice. The first time through I'm just deciding if it's a decent image or not. If it's a decent image, I give it a two star rating and I can do that just by hitting the 2 key, give it a two star rating.
Then I hit the Right Arrow key and I go to the next image. Two star rating. Let's go back one. This one here, that's of me camping. I'm not going to give that a rating. I don't really find that a flattering shot. That doesn't mean I'm going to throw it away. I'm just not going to consider it one of the better shots in the album. So I'll leave it alone, hit the Arrow key, hit the Arrow key, two stars, two stars. By just deciding is something going to make a basic cut or not, that also gives me a chance to look at all the images in this collection, because the problem is if you try to set your final rating just one time through, you're looking at images, you're rating them, but you haven't seen all the pictures yet.
So you can't really gauge the good from the bad in this shoot. You really need to see them twice. So now we'll go through and give it a two star rating, two star rating, these are all decent, two star rating, two star rating. I'm not really wild about this one, so I'm not going to rate it. Two star rating. That one has already been rated, because we've been playing around. Two star rating, here we go and here we go. Then I go, oh no, maybe not that one.
So then I can do a couple of things. I can hit the minus key to back off or hit the plus key to add. So you can do it that way. If you decide that you don't want to rate it after all, after I've looked at everything, let's go back through a second time and let's decide which shots are the ones that are sort of the keepers, the ones that sort of warrent future attention. So we'll go here. I like this shot. I'm going to give it three stars. So I will just hit the 3 key.
This one's fine, but I'm going to leave it at two. Definitely leave it at two, two. I like this one, this one is going to go up to three, leave that at two, leave that at two, same with these. We will leave that one at three, two, two, and then leave that one nothing. Now, what I can do is I'm going to hit the V key and we're back in our thumbnail view here.
One thing that I like to do after I've gone through and rated the images is then I like to sort by that rating. So I'll go up here to the top, go to Rating, and all of my good stuff is at the top and the stuff I like less is at the bottom. Now if it doesn't go that way for you, then you probably have this thing set at Ascending where your bad stuff is at the top, which is really great when you pull up your Aperture library and you have all your garbage. First thing that other people see. No, no, no, no, don't go, don't do that.
Don't do that, go back. Switch it to Descending so that your good stuff is on top. When I open this particular project, we'll go back here to Project view, I have my rating set. So the first thing I see are the images that I think are worth spending my time on and then everything else is still here, but it's just farther on down where I'm not distracted by it. So this is one useful way to do your rating. If you wanted to, you could select for instance all of your three star images.
We have a lot of them here. I would probably have fewer in real life. I'm holding down the Shift key, and then you could make a new album that you called three stars and then have them all in a collection by themselves. You can also do a Smart Album and have this happen automatically where it's updated automatically. That's another way to go about it. I'm going to go ahead and get rid of this three stars just for a moment, because we don't really need it. So I'm just going to delete the album and we'll come back here.
Remember album is just a virtual collection of things so we can go ahead and do stuff like that and not worry. You can't do the same thing with your project, because then your images go bye-bye. Now we have another tool here and that's our Labels. So let's talk about Labels for just a second and this allows us to assign a color label to an image independent of its star ratings. So now we can have two types of labels for each image.
So let's say that I wanted to have all of my tent images that are three stars or above labeled blue and I wanted to have my deer images labeled yellow. So I can do that. I just click on an image, label it to blue right here, and it shows up and by the way we do have keyboard commands for that. If you go over them, you can see them. There is our Command+Numbers. To tell you the truth I have a hard time remembering that Command+5 is blue.
So I don't do that. What I do instead is this is where Lift & Stamp is very nice. Let's go ahead and label this one blue. I'll show you on the next one. So these are blue. I'll show you on the deer shots. Let's decide that the deer is going to be yellow. Now instead of going through and doing that on each of these, because this doesn't work. You would think this would work where you select a bunch of them and then apply the label yellow. Well, it only does it to the one with a thicker outline, so that's not going to work.
So instead though what you can do, this is where Lift & Stamp is really handy. So we just click on the image with the yellow label, go down here to our Lift & Stamp. We don't want to do Adjustments. All we want to do is Lift & Stamp our label. So we have that checked, there is yellow. Now all I have to do is select all the images that I want to have the yellow label and I'm going to hold down the Shift key. All of these now are selected and all I have to do is Stamp them and they all have the yellow label.
So we can label and star rate independently and then we can use those labels for specific things and we can even give our labels names. Yes, we can! Go here to Labels and we can say that this is Deer, if we want. Now the yellow label is the Deer label. So we'll go here, ta-da there it is. I want to show you one more thing. This is sort of fun. This is very Apple.
The thing about the color labels that's fun is that if we export this image, that label travels with the image and it will work on our Mac. So let me show you that and we'll go to this one right here. Let's export it. I just right-clicked on it, go to Export > Export Version. We will just do a JPEG. We'll send it to the Desktop. Here we go. Now let me just hide our interface. Here is our little deer right here and look at this.
Let's do Get Info on it. I'll do a Command+I and look, our yellow label persisted. It traveled with the image. So I think labeling is a wonderful addition, because we can use it with star ratings, we can give the labels like client names and the star ratings can judge the merit of the photograph and use them together. They are easy to use. I do think however that Lift & Stamp comes in very handy for applying labels.
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