Collecting Images in a New Smart Album

You can collect images based on any of the information you can search for using the Smart Settings HUD. For example, you can create a Smart Album that gathers images based on a specific keyword or a combination of keywords, ratings, dates, or other metadata. You can narrow or broaden the Smart Album search criteria in the Smart Settings HUD at any time.

To create a Smart Album that searches only within one project
  1. Select a project in the Library inspector.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New Smart > Album (or press Command-Shift-L).

    • In the Library inspector, Control-click the project, then choose New > Smart Album from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Smart Album from the New pop-up menu in the toolbar.

    A new, untitled Smart Album appears within the project, and the Smart Settings HUD appears to its right.

  3. Rename the Smart Album by entering a new name.

    Figure. New Smart Album in the Library inspector.
  4. In the Smart Settings HUD that appears, specify search criteria.

    Figure. Smart Album Smart Settings HUD.

    The controls in the Smart Settings HUD are nearly identical to the Filter HUD. For more information about using the Filter HUD and specifying search criteria, see Searching for and Displaying Images.

  5. Click the Smart Settings HUD’s close button.

Aperture finds the images within the project that match the specified search criteria and displays them in the Browser. You can now work with these versions of your images in the same way you work with images in any project or album.

To create a Smart Album that searches across the entire library
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New Smart > Album (or press Command-Shift-L).

    • In the Library inspector, Control-click Library Albums, then choose New > Smart Album from the shortcut menu.

    • Choose Smart Album from the New pop-up menu in the toolbar.

    A new, untitled Smart Album appears in the Library inspector.

  2. Rename the Smart Album by entering a new name.

  3. In the Smart Settings HUD, specify search criteria.

    Figure. Smart Settings HUD opened next to the Library inspector.

    For more information about using the Smart Settings HUD and specifying search criteria, see Searching for and Displaying Images.

  4. Click the Smart Settings HUD’s close button.

Aperture finds the images in the library that match the specified search criteria and displays them in the Browser. You can now work with these versions of your images in the same way you work with images in any project or album.