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Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac

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What I'd like to do right now is bring in some images into Aperture, so you can see how this process works, and how you can use what you've already done, in other words, bringing them in by hand, doing drag and drop, and creating folders, how you can use that work in the Aperture environment. So what you're looking at right here is the Import dialog box. First, it looks like there is a lot going on, but it's really not that bad. I mean what you have up here is you have thumbnails of the images that you're going to bring into Aperture.

Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac

What I'd like to do right now is bring in some images into Aperture, so you can see how this process works, and how you can use what you've already done, in other words, bringing them in by hand, doing drag and drop, and creating folders, how you can use that work in the Aperture environment. So what you're looking at right here is the Import dialog box. First, it looks like there is a lot going on, but it's really not that bad. I mean what you have up here is you have thumbnails of the images that you're going to bring into Aperture.

And when I say, bring them in, I really mean log them into Aperture's database so that it acknowledges them, and it can keep track of them. And then down here we have where the images are residing right now. These are the virtual file cabinets that I created in earlier movies, and if you really look at them, they're going to look very familiar. Here's our virtual file cabinet for my 2011 pictures, and here are all the different file folders that I created with images inside of them.

So Passion Flower is already on my hard drive, and all I am going to do is log it into Aperture. And I control all of that over here on the right side. So, this is just a little information area so I can see what's going on with the files. Now, here's where I make some decisions about how these files come in. I should note right now that I'm going to give you an overview of this right here, but I have an entire eight hours of Aperture goodness: Aperture 3 Essential Training, right here on lynda.com.

So if this ends up being the digital asset manager that you want to use, then I would highly recommend that you go over there and take a look at that title, and that will give you all the details that I'm not able to cover right here. So I am going to create what we call in Aperture a New Project. This is an existing project, so we are going to create another one of those. Think of it as one of the file folders in our virtual file cabinet, except now it's in Aperture; it's not right there on our Desktop. And I'm going to give it a name, and the name is going to be the same as the file folder where the masters live.

Keep things consistent. Remember, consistency is so important when you're doing photo management. And I'm going to store those files in their current location. In other words, I'm not going to move them. I am going to say, you know what, I did a good job of organizing them before, I'm going to leave that organization intact, and I am just going to point this application to that organization. And Lightroom works essentially the same. Now, if I were bringing them in from memory cards, from my camera, then basically what I would do is I would create another one of these folders, and put them in there.

So you can go either way; you can bring in stuff that's already been uploaded, or you can take stuff off your camera and create these virtual file folders. Either way. I have some additional tools that I think are very handy. For example, I can do some file renaming. Now this doesn't change the name of the master file itself; it only changes the name of the file when you look at it in Aperture to make it a little easier for you to keep track of. So you can see right here I have this file.

Here's the original file name, and right here is the new version name that I'm creating, and this is how the file will appear to me in Aperture. So that's a nice little feature that you have right there. And then I can add some basic metadata on import. And adding metadata on import I think is one of the strong features of digital asset managers, because the more work you can do upfront means the less work that you have to do later on, knowing that work you have to do later on you probably won't get to.

We just have to be honest about that. So I can enter my caption right now. I can enter keywords. Right now, you can see I have three or four keywords right here, and then a little bit of information, including my copyright information. Once I have all of that ready to go, then I just Import Checked, and you can see that a new project is created. And again, think of this as your virtual file folder, only now it's in Aperture, and all these images are being pointed to.

I'll just click OK right here, and this little icon tells me that the master files are somewhere else, but Aperture has created previews for me. And then the metadata that I entered on import is associated with those pictures, and it's really that easy. Now, I can do all sorts of fun stuff with these. I can look at them more closely, I can rate them, I can organize them, I can even image edit them right here in this environment. So that is the process for bringing pictures into Aperture.

It's not threatening at all, yet you get all the power of a digital asset manager.

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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

49 video lessons · 15004 viewers

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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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