Preparing for import
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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