Aligning and Arranging Images in the Light Table

As you drag images in the Light Table, you’ll see yellow guidelines appear that mark the vertical, horizontal, and center points of the stationary, unselected images in relation to the images you are dragging. Using the guidelines, you can make sure that your selected images visually align with other images in the Light Table.

You can also select a group of images in the Light Table and automatically align them according to their top, bottom, or side edges, or by their centers. In addition, you can have Aperture arrange a selected group with equal space between each image.

Figure. Light Table showing an image being dragged and yellow guidelines appearing to help you align the image.
To manually align images
  1. In the Light Table, select the images you want to align, making sure that the image or group of images you want to align with remain unselected.

  2. Drag the selected image or group of images.

    Figure. Image being dragged and yellow guidelines appearing to help visually align the image with other images in the Light Table.

As you drag the selected image or group of images, yellow guidelines appear as a visual cue to help you align the selected images with the unselected ones. When you quit dragging, the yellow guidelines disappear.

You can also have Aperture automatically arrange the images in the Light Table.

To automatically arrange images in the Light Table
  • In the Light Table, Control-click beside the images, then choose Arrange All Items from the shortcut menu.

If some images in a group are hidden behind other images, you can also reveal, or uncover, all images in the group.

To reveal images in the Light Table that are covered by other images
  1. Select the top image in the group.

    Figure. Light Table showing a selected image covering other images.
  2. Click the Uncover button (or press Shift-X).

    Figure. Light Table showing the same group of images spread out.
  3. Select an uncovered image.

The images are regrouped, with the selected image on top.