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As you're working on your photos in Aperture, adding metadata, making image adjustments, you may wonder, where exactly are my photos? I upload them into Aperture, I do stuff to them, but I don't know where they actually live. I'm going to show you that right now. So, we're going to minimize Aperture, and we're actually going to work in the file system for your computer. Now what Aperture does when you first launch it, it creates a library. And that is this container right here.
Chances are it will put it in your Pictures folder, but it can be anywhere, and Aperture will keep track of it for you. Now, inside this container is everything that you need, your metadata, your photos, all of that. The funny thing is, however, if you just double-click on the Library container itself, you don't get to see inside. It will just launch Aperture with that library. And if you click on a different library container that isn't open right now in Aperture-- let's do that right here-- Aperture will ask you to switch.
But you notice that it cleverly does not show you what's inside, but we're going to do that right now. Now, before I take you inside, you have to make me a promise. You have to promise me that you will look and not touch, because if you do something behind Aperture's back, you can really mess things up, and then you will be sad, and we don't want that to happen. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to right-click on Library, and I'm going to do Show Package Contents. Now, we're looking inside the Aperture library.
And you can see, there is all the stuff going on, your previews are in a folder, your thumbnails are in another, there is other stuff going on, the Database is right here, and your Masters, the images that you upload into Aperture, they're in this folder. And you think, okay, I'll just double-click that folder and look at them. So, you can see Aperture has its own way of doing things. It's got its own file system. But if you hang in there long enough, you will get to your images. Here are those original RAW files that we're looking at in Aperture.
Now again, look only, not touch. I just want you to know where everything is. It's safe and sound here. We're going to back all the way out. If you want to actually move something out of Aperture, maybe share it with someone else, you don't do it here. What you do is you come back to Aperture, click on the image, do File > Export. That's the proper way to move an image from your Aperture library to somewhere else, and even then it only makes a copy. Your original image is safe and sound in the library container.
So now you know that's where they live.
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