Searching by Image Name, Caption, or Other Text

You can search for images using any text that you’ve associated with an image. For example, you might search for images based on text in an image’s caption or keywords, or in any other text entry. You can also search by multiple text entries.

To search for images by text
  1. In the Projects & Albums section of the Library inspector, select the item you want to search.

  2. Click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) beside the search field in the Browser (or press Command-F).

  3. Select the Text checkbox, then enter the text you want to search for in the search field.

    Figure. Browser Filter HUD showing text entered in the search field.

    You can enter multiple text items, separated by commas. Aperture locates any images that have a match for all the text items.

  4. If you want to limit your text searches to creation date, version name, caption, filename, and project name, choose Limited Text Search from the search field pop-up menu (with a magnifying glass icon).

    The Full Text Search option, which is chosen by default, searches all metadata associated with the image for matching text.

  5. Choose Any from the Any/All pop-up menu in the top-left corner of the Filter HUD, if it’s not already chosen.

The images that match the search criteria are displayed in the Browser. To save your search results, see Saving Your Search Results.

To search for images by multiple text entries
  1. In the Projects & Albums section of the Library inspector, select the item you want to search.

  2. Click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) beside the search field in the Browser (or press Command-F).

  3. In the Filter HUD, add as many text fields as you need by choosing Text from the Add Rule pop-up menu multiple times.

    Figure. Browser Filter HUD showing the Add Rule pop-up menu.
  4. Select the Text checkboxes and enter text in each field to locate the images you want.

    Figure. Browser Filter HUD showing the Text search options.
  5. If you want to limit your text searches to creation date, version name, caption, filename, and project name, choose Limited Text Search from the search field pop-up menu (with a magnifying glass icon).

    The Full Text Search option, which is chosen by default, searches all metadata associated with the image for matching text.

  6. Choose Any from the Any/All pop-up menu in the top-left corner of the Filter HUD to locate images that have matches for any of the text entries, or choose All to locate images that have matches for all of the text entries.

The images that match the search criteria are immediately displayed in the Browser. To save your search results, see Saving Your Search Results.