New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Using filters in Aperture

From: Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

Video: Using filters in Aperture

I have a few tips for you, in Aperture, for filtering your images, and this is the payoff that you get for doing ratings, and adding labels, and stuff like that, because you don't want to just do it, and then not benefit from it. In addition to being able to, let's say, find the best shot in a series of shots, as we talk about with star ratings, filtering is also fun, where you can see a whole group of best shots or shots that you have labeled for a particular reason. So the filter is up here, one of the main filters, and right now we are filtered by date, and it can go descending or ascending.

Using filters in Aperture

I have a few tips for you, in Aperture, for filtering your images, and this is the payoff that you get for doing ratings, and adding labels, and stuff like that, because you don't want to just do it, and then not benefit from it. In addition to being able to, let's say, find the best shot in a series of shots, as we talk about with star ratings, filtering is also fun, where you can see a whole group of best shots or shots that you have labeled for a particular reason. So the filter is up here, one of the main filters, and right now we are filtered by date, and it can go descending or ascending.

Now, descending would mean that the most recent shot is at the top, and then of course ascending would mean that the oldest shot is at the top. So right away you have two ways to look at any filter. So here's the date. Now, the one that I'm more interested in, and that I use more often, is rating. I want to see all of my highly rated shots on top, working my way down to the lower rated shots. A lot of times I leave my library, or a particular project like this, in for a reason: because when I open up Aperture, and I am going to show them a shot or something, I want all my good shots up on top.

I don't want my cruddy shots to be the first thing that they see. And this way they will think that I am a good photographer, because my Aperture library comes up, and they are just looking at good stuff. So there is a hidden reason for using these filtering tools. Let's say that I also label my images, and you have these different color labels that you can use. And this is true in Aperture, and this is true in Lightroom, and also Adobe Bridge. They have labels in addition to star ratings across the board.

So you can apply this technique with any of these applications. Let's say that I use the blue label to indicate images that I want to make prints of. So while I am going through and rating things, and doing all the other work that I do, I decide that wow, that would be a great image to make a print of. So then, I can also filter that way; go up, filter by Label, and then all of those images that I want to make prints of come up to the top, and then I can start working on them right away. Fire up that printer, and get going.

So there is a payoff for this legwork that you do, and filters are a great way to sort your images. Most of the time I find myself sorting them so that the best stuff is up top, not only for other people that may be looking over my shoulder, but for my own use in Aperture.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos
Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

49 video lessons · 14901 viewers

Derrick Story
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  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

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.