An Overview of Importing Images

When you import from a digital camera or card reader, Aperture places the images in a project. If you don’t select an existing project, a new one is created automatically.

As Aperture imports images, it generates a version file, preview, and thumbnail corresponding to each master.

Figure. Diagram of an Aperture workflow that involves taking images with a digital camera, importing them into the Aperture library on your computer's system disk, and then backing up the library containing the masters and versions to a vault.

You can import masters directly from a digital camera or card reader and from your hard disk drives.

When you import images, you can choose whether to have the masters stored in the Aperture library or on a hard disk outside of the library, where they can be accessed as referenced images. For more information about referenced images, see What Are Managed Images and Referenced Images?

As you import images, you can set Aperture to automatically name and record information about them. Aperture can assign filenames using custom naming conventions; record metadata such as captions, keywords, dates, copyright and credit information, and IPTC information; and adjust the time when the image was shot to the correct time zone. If the image has an XMP sidecar file, Aperture imports it as well and adds the metadata to the image version. You can even set Aperture to automatically back up your images as they are imported. For more information, see Backing Up Your Images.