Exporting Images into Folders in the Finder

When you export versions and masters, you can have Aperture place the files individually into a selected folder or create subfolders to hold the files. For example, you might have the exported files placed in subfolders identified by date. You can create folder name formats that you can quickly choose to select the folder structure you want.

To create a folder name preset, you select the name elements you want in the Folder Naming dialog. You can compose subfolder name formats that combine the following name elements:

You can specify a combination of name elements to create custom folder names.

You can also create a hierarchy of folders within folders. For example, you can specify that Aperture place your images in a subfolder named Date, and within that folder you can create subfolders identified by the time the image was taken. To create the folder name format, you drag the elements you want into the Format field and drag the slash element between the elements where a subfolder should be created.

To create a folder name preset
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Aperture > Presets > Folder Naming.

    • In the Export dialog, choose Edit from the Subfolder Format pop-up menu.

    The Folder Naming dialog appears.

    Figure. Controls shown in the Folder Naming dialog.
  2. Click the Add (+) button to create a new folder name format, or select the preset folder name format you want to change.

  3. Drag the name elements you want into the Format field in the order you want them.

  4. Drag a slash between the elements where you want subfolders created.

  5. Enter a custom name in the Custom Name field, if you wish.

    Note: The Custom Name field is dimmed unless “Custom Name” is one of the elements in the Format field.

  6. Click OK.

Your new folder name format now appears in the Subfolder Format pop-up menu.

When using a counter in your folder name format, you can specify the starting number and the number of digits, from 1 to 6, that appear in the counter. When you use a folder name format with a counter, make sure to reset the initial starting number, if necessary. Otherwise, on the next export Aperture will continue numbering the folders containing the exported images starting from the last number of the previous export.

To reset the starting number of a counter in a folder name preset
  • In the Folder Naming dialog, type 0 (zero) in the “Incrementing counter starting at” field.