About the Filter HUD

The Filter HUD is an easy-to-use window with options for specifying search criteria. For example, you can enter the text “action” in the Filter HUD, and Aperture locates files that include that text in their metadata. To show the Filter HUD for a selected project, you click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) next to the search field in the Browser.

Figure. Aperture main window showing the Filter HUD open above the Browser.

You can use the Filter HUD to display particular images within a project, album, or folder, which are automatically gathered based on search criteria. You specify where you want to search by selecting the project, album, or folder that contains the images you want to see.

The most common reason to perform a search is to display a selection of images within a project. By selecting a project and using the Filter HUD, you can quickly display specific images, hiding the rest from view. For example, you might isolate and display only those images of a certain subject, pose, rating, or location. Your search doesn’t change the contents of the project; it only temporarily changes the images you view in the Browser. If you cancel the search criteria in the Filter HUD, all of your images appear in the Browser again. The Filter HUD is preset to show images that are unrated or better, hiding rejected images, but you can change the Filter HUD criteria to show rejected images if you wish.

Figure. Browser Filter HUD searching the contents of the project selected in the Library inspector.

You can also create special albums, called Smart Albums, whose contents are gathered automatically, solely by search criteria. For example, you might create a Smart Album that searches for and displays all portrait images from the entire library. When you create a Smart Album, you use the Smart Settings HUD—whose controls are similar to the controls in the Filter HUD—to define criteria for the images that should appear in it. In this case, you can set the Smart Album to locate and capture images with the keyword Portrait assigned to them. As you add portrait images to your library over time, they automatically appear in the Smart Album you created to track them. For more information about creating and using Smart Albums, see Grouping Images with Smart Albums.

Aperture can locate images based on many types of information associated with the images. When you import images into Aperture, certain information is automatically assigned to each image, including EXIF metadata such as image date, photographer, camera technical data, filename, and much more. You can also assign your own metadata to images, including keywords, summaries, captions, and information used by IPTC fields, and then locate your images by searching for the metadata. In addition, you can search for images based on the type of adjustment applied to them as well as the version of the RAW decoding process used to decode the RAW master.

The search criteria that you use can be simple or complex. The following illustration shows some of the search criteria you can specify using the Filter HUD.

Figure. Filter HUD showing search options.

To search using a particular type of search criteria, you select the checkbox to turn on the search option and then specify the criteria that Aperture should look for. For example, to find images taken on a specific date, you select the Calendar checkbox and select a date or range of dates.

Figure. Filter HUD showing the Calendar search options.

The images taken on the dates you specified are displayed in the Browser, where you can review and work with them.

To show the Filter HUD
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F).

  • Click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) beside the search field in the Browser.

  • Click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) beside a Smart Album in the Library inspector.

For more information about the controls in the Filter HUD, see Filter HUD.

To show the Smart Settings HUD
  • In the Library inspector, click the Smart Settings HUD button to the right of the Smart Album whose search criteria you want to modify.

For more information about working with Smart Albums, see Grouping Images with Smart Albums.

The following search options are available in the Filter HUD and Smart Settings HUD.

Search for images based on the type of adjustment that has been applied to them in Aperture, as well as which RAW decoding version was used to render the image.
Aperture Metadata
Search for images with Aperture-specific metadata applied to them, such as version name and project name.
Search for images based on whether they have audio attachments.
Search for images by date they were taken as registered in the EXIF data.
Color Label
Search for images that have color labels assigned to them.
Search for images based on their creation date.
Search for images using any EXIF information recorded by the camera.
Search for images based on the faces that have been assigned names.
File Status
Search for images based on whether they are managed images, referenced images, or online or offline images.
File Type
Search for files of a specific type, such as RAW or video.
Search for images that you have flagged in Aperture.
Import Session
Search for images that were imported at a specific time or on a specific date.
Search for images based on any IPTC information assigned to them.
Search for images by any of the keywords that you’ve assigned to them.
Photo Usage
Search for images that have been employed for a specific purpose in Aperture, such as images currently used in a book, emailed images, and prints ordered via the Apple print service.
Search for images by the location information assigned to them.
Search for images based on the ratings assigned to them in Aperture.
Search for images based on any text associated with an image.