Viewing Keywords Applied to Images

The following sections describe the various options you have while working with keywords:

Displaying Keywords in the Viewer and Browser

You can turn on the display of image keywords in the Viewer and Browser using metadata overlay views. Your keywords are displayed in overlays that appear across the bottom of the image or below the image. However, you must choose a metadata view that includes keywords, such as General or Caption & Keywords.

For more information about turning on metadata overlays in the Viewer and Browser, see Displaying Metadata with Your Images.

You can also view an image’s keywords using metadata tooltips. When you turn metadata tooltips on, basic metadata, including keywords, is displayed over the image when you place the pointer over it. You turn metadata tooltips on and off by pressing the T key.

Figure. Metadata tooltip for an image selected in the Browser.

Viewing an Image’s Keywords Using the Metadata Inspector

The Metadata inspector and the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD provide views of the metadata associated with a selected image. When you show the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD and then select an image, you can see the keywords assigned to your image, including IPTC keywords.

To view an image’s keywords using the Metadata inspector
  1. If necessary, show the Metadata inspector by doing one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press I), then click the Metadata tab.

    • Click the Inspector button in the toolbar, then click the Metadata tab.

  2. Choose a metadata view that includes keywords, such as General or Caption & Keywords, from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

    Figure. Options in the Metadata View pop-up menu in the Metadata inspector.
  3. In the Browser, select an image to see its keywords.

Any keywords applied to the selected image appear in the Keywords field of the Metadata inspector.

To view an image’s keywords using the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD
  1. If necessary, show the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD by choosing Window > Show Inspector HUD (or pressing H), then click the Metadata button.

  2. Choose a metadata view that includes keywords, such as General or Caption & Keywords, from the Metadata View pop-up menu.

    Figure. Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD showing options in the Metadata View pop-up menu.
  3. Select an image to see its keywords.

Any keywords applied to the selected image appear in the Keywords field of the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD.

Viewing Keywords in the Browser in List View

When the Browser is set to list view, Aperture can display a column that shows the keywords assigned to images.

To view keywords in the Keywords column of the Browser
  1. To set the Browser to list view, click the List View button (or press Control-L).

    The Browser switches to list view.

  2. Choose View > Metadata Display > Customize (or press Command-J).

    The Browser & Viewer Metadata dialog appears.

  3. Select a list view option from the View pop-up menu.

  4. Make sure the Keywords checkbox is selected in the Metadata Fields column by clicking the IPTC and Content disclosure triangles.

    The Keywords checkbox can be found in the Content category.

  5. Click OK.

  6. In the Browser, you can resize the Keywords column by dragging the edge of the column heading to view all the keywords assigned to the image.

    The keywords for each image appear in the Keywords column.