Exporting Images to Use in Email

While it’s not the best method for delivering uncompressed or large image files, email provides a quick and easy way to deliver images. Aperture contains three export presets (Email Small, Email Medium, and Email Original Size) that create compressed JPEG files that are easy to send via email. If these export presets don’t meet your needs, you can create your own custom email export preset.

You can also have Aperture transfer an image directly to your email application. To specify that Aperture use a specific email application to send your images, choose the email application you want to use in the Export pane of the Preferences window. You can also specify the email export preset used to prepare the images.

To specify an email application and email export preset for Aperture to use
  1. Choose Aperture > Preferences, or press Command-Comma (,), then click Export.

  2. In the Export pane of the Preferences window, choose the email application you want to use from the “Email using” pop-up menu.

  3. To specify an export preset for Aperture to use when preparing images for email transfer, choose a preset from the “Email Photo Export preset” pop-up menu.

    If none of the presets meets your needs, choose Edit from the “Email Photo Export preset” pop-up menu and create a new export preset.

For more information about creating export presets, see Creating an Export Preset.

To send an image directly to your email application
  1. Select the image you want to send.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share > Email (or press Option-E).

    • Click the Email button in the toolbar.

The image is exported directly to your email application.

Note: Before you attempt to email an image, find out the maximum file size your email client supports. If your exported images exceed this maximum file size, consider using FTP software or another file-sharing technique to deliver your images.

To export an image or images to attach to an email message later
  1. Select the image or images you want to export.

  2. Choose File > Export > Versions (or press Command-Shift-E).

  3. Navigate to the location where you want the exported images placed.

  4. Choose an image file format from the Export Preset pop-up menu.

  5. Choose a name format for your files from the Name Format pop-up menu.

  6. When you’re ready to export files, click Export Versions.

You can now open your email application and attach the exported files.