Understanding Badge Overlays

When you apply adjustments, keywords, or other changes to an image, Aperture marks the image with a badge overlay. Badges can appear on images in the Viewer, the Browser, and the Light Table, in book pages and webpages, and in Full Screen view.

Figure. Viewer displaying an image with a keyword badge.

How Badge Overlays Appear in Aperture

The following table shows badges that appear on images in Aperture.

Badge
Definition
Figure. Adjustment badge.
One or more adjustments have been applied to the image.
Figure. Keyword badge.
One or more keywords have been applied to the image.
Figure. Stack badge.
Images are contained in a stack. The number indicates the number of images in the stack.
Figure. External editor badge.
The image has been edited with an external editor, and is therefore represented by the master created when the file was exported to the external editor.
Figure. Album pick badge.
The image is an album’s pick image, the identifying image for that album, webpage album, web journal album, Light Table album, slideshow album, or book album.
Figure. Badge indicating a low-resolution image.
Because of low image resolution, the image’s print quality may be affected. This badge appears on images placed in book pages and webpages.
Figure. Badge showing the number of times an image has been used.
The number indicates the number of times the image has been used in a given book, web journal, or Light Table arrangement.
Figure. Referenced image badge.
The image is a referenced image.
Figure. Offline master badge.
The referenced image’s master is offline.
Figure. Badge indicating that a referenced master cannot be found.
The referenced image’s master has not been found.
Figure. Badge indicating that an image was imported from a Facebook album, Flickr set, or MobileMe album online.
The image was downloaded from Photo Stream or imported from a Facebook album, Flickr set, or MobileMe album online.
Figure. Location badge.
A location has been assigned to the image.
Figure. Badge indicating that an image has an audio attachment.
The image has an audio file attached.
Figure. Badge indicating a video clip.
The thumbnail image represents a video clip.
Figure. Badge indicating that the image’s master is the RAW file in a RAW+JPEG image pair.
The image is part of a RAW+JPEG image pair, and this image’s master is the RAW file.
Figure. Badge indicating that the image’s master is the JPEG file in a RAW+JPEG image pair.
The image is part of a RAW+JPEG image pair, and this image’s master is the JPEG file.

Displaying Images with Badge Overlays

Badge visibility is determined by the metadata overlay view that is displayed. You can control whether badges are visible by choosing a metadata overlay view that includes badge overlays; you can also control whether badge overlays are visible by turning metadata overlays on or off.

Important: Badge overlays appear only in the Aperture application; they do not appear on images exported or printed from Aperture.

To display badge overlays on images in the Viewer
  1. Do one of the following:

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

    • In the tool strip, choose Edit from the Metadata Overlays pop-up menu.

    The Browser & Viewer Metadata dialog appears.

  2. Choose a Viewer metadata overlay view from the View pop-up menu.

  3. In the Metadata Fields column, click the Aperture disclosure triangle to reveal the metadata fields below it, then select the Badges checkbox.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Make sure both Show Metadata and the metadata overlay view you just modified are selected for the Viewer in the Metadata Overlays pop-up menu in the tool strip.

Badges are now visible in the Viewer.

You can turn off the display of badge overlays in the Viewer by turning off the display of metadata. For more information, see Turning the Display of Metadata On or Off.

To display badge overlays on images in the Browser in grid view
  1. Do one of the following:

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

    • In the tool strip, choose Edit from the Metadata Overlays pop-up menu.

    The Browser & Viewer Metadata dialog appears.

  2. Choose a Browser Grid View metadata overlay view from the View pop-up menu.

  3. In the Metadata Fields column, click the Aperture disclosure triangle to reveal the metadata fields below it, then select the Badges checkbox.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Make sure both Show Metadata and the metadata overlay view you just modified are selected for the Browser in the Metadata Overlays pop-up menu in the tool strip.

Badge overlays are now visible in the Browser.

You can turn off the display of badge overlays in the Browser by turning off the display of metadata. For more information, see Turning the Display of Metadata On or Off.