Heads-Up Displays

Heads-up displays, or HUDs, are collections of related tools and controls contained in a floating window. You can move a HUD as far as your display screen extends. You can use HUDs in all the main window layouts and views as well as in Full Screen view.

Inspector HUD

The Inspector HUD provides access to three inspector panes: the Library pane, the Metadata pane, and the Adjustments pane. The controls in the Inspector HUD are the same as those in the inspectors in the Inspector pane. You can use the HUD in the Aperture main window or in Full Screen view. To open a pane, click the corresponding button at the top of the Inspector HUD. For more information about the controls in the specific inspectors, see Inspector Pane.

For more information about working with projects in the Library inspector or the Library pane of the Inspector HUD, see Working with the Aperture Library.

For more information about working with metadata in the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD, see Working with Metadata.

For more information about working with adjustments in the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, see An Overview of Image Adjustments, Making Image Adjustments, and Making Brushed Adjustments.

To show the Inspector HUD
  • Choose Window > Show Inspector HUD (or press H).

Figure. Controls in the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD.
  • Library button: Click this button to open the Library pane.
  • Metadata button: Click this button to open the Metadata pane.
  • Adjustments button: Click this button to open the Adjustments pane.
  • Always Show Inspector HUD control: Click this control to always show the Inspector HUD on the screen when in Full Screen view. When this control is set to On, the Inspector HUD is moved to one side of the image so the image and the HUD don’t overlap.

Individual Adjustment Tool HUDs

Many Aperture adjustment tools, including Lift, Stamp, Crop, and Red Eye work in conjunction with HUDs.

To view the HUD for an adjustment tool
  • Select the adjustment tool in the tool strip.

To learn more about the adjustment tools, see An Overview of Image Adjustments and Making Image Adjustments.

Brush HUD

The Brush HUD provides controls for setting brush attributes, erasing brush strokes, and identifying brush strokes with overlays.

To show the Brush HUD for an adjustment
Do one of the following:
  • Choose either “Brush [adjustment] in” or “Brush [adjustment] away” from the Action pop-up menu for an adjustment.

  • In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Quick Brushes from the Adjustments pop-up menu, then choose a Quick Brush adjustment from the submenu.

  • Choose a Quick Brush adjustment from the Quick Brush pop-up menu (with a brush icon) in the tool strip.

  • In Full Screen view, choose a Quick Brush adjustment from the Quick Brush pop-up menu in the toolbar.

Figure. Controls in the Brush HUD for the Dodge Quick Brush adjustment.
  • Brush button: Click this button to activate the brush.
  • Feather button: Click this button to feather the edges of previously applied brush strokes.
  • Eraser button: Click this button to activate the eraser used to remove portions of previously applied brush strokes for the currently selected adjustment.
  • Brush Size slider and value slider: Enter the diameter of the brush using the slider or value slider.
  • Softness slider and value slider: Enter the softness of the brush’s edge using the slider or value slider.
  • Strength slider and value slider: Enter the intensity of the brush stroke using the slider or value slider.
  • Detect Edges checkbox: Select this checkbox to detect edges in the image that the adjustment is brushed over, thereby preserving detail.

Filter HUD

The Filter HUD provides options for complex searches for media in the Browser. You can select checkboxes for search categories and specify what you want to search for, such as ratings, color labels, keywords, and dates. For more information about searching for images, see Searching for and Displaying Images.

To show the Filter HUD
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F).

  • Click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) next to the search field in the Browser.

Figure. Controls in the Filter HUD.
  • “Stack picks only” checkbox: Select this checkbox to prevent the search from querying within stacks. Only the picks of the stacks are made available to the search. The images within each stack are ignored.
  • New Album With Current Images button: Click this button to create a new album containing images that match the current search criteria.
  • New Smart Album button: Click this button to create a new Smart Album based on the current search criteria. For more information, see Grouping Images with Smart Albums.

Keywords HUD

The Keywords HUD contains a library of keywords, allowing you to efficiently organize and apply keywords to your images.

To show the Keywords HUD
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Window > Show Keywords HUD (or press Shift-H).

  • Click the Keywords button in the toolbar.

Figure. Controls in the Keywords HUD.
  • Search field: Enter text to search for keywords that match the text. Click the search field’s Reset button (with an X) to clear the field.
  • Disclosure triangle: Click the disclosure triangle for a keyword group to view all keywords in the group.
  • Lock Keywords button: Click this button to lock the Keywords HUD and prevent changes to the keyword library. Click it again to unlock the HUD.
  • Add Keyword button: Click this button to add a keyword to the keyword library of the Keywords HUD.
  • Add Subordinate Keyword button: Click this button to add a subordinate keyword, such as a keyword within a keyword group.
  • Remove Keyword button: Click this button to remove one or more selected keywords.
  • Import button: Click this button to import keywords into the Keywords HUD.
  • Export button: Click this button to export your Aperture keyword list as a tab-delimited text file.