Importing Images from iPhoto

There are many ways to import images from your iPhoto library into your Aperture library. You can import your entire iPhoto library when you first open Aperture, import your entire iPhoto library from within Aperture, or import individual images from your iPhoto library using the iPhoto Browser in Aperture.

For more information, see the following sections:

Importing Your iPhoto Library

When you first open Aperture, a dialog appears that allows you to import your iPhoto library. You can import your iPhoto library, copying the images into the Aperture library, or you can simply allow Aperture to access images in the iPhoto library as referenced images without storing them in the Aperture library.

The organization of your iPhoto images and albums is maintained in projects in the Library inspector. Each image’s name, EXIF information, keywords, rating, and any applied adjustments are maintained as well. Once your iPhoto images are imported into Aperture, you can modify the metadata and adjustment settings, as needed.

If you decide not to import your iPhoto library right away, you can do it later.

To import your iPhoto library
  1. Choose File > Import > iPhoto Library.

  2. Select the iPhoto library in the dialog that appears.

  3. Choose a location for the imported images by doing one of the following:

    • To store imported masters in the Aperture library: Choose “In the Aperture Library” from the Store Files pop-up menu.
    • To import the files as referenced images stored in their current location on your hard disk: Choose “In their current location” from the Store Files pop-up menu.

      Tip: Choosing “In their current location” is recommended. When you choose this option, Aperture refers to the original files in their current location and does not have to duplicate the files, which doubles the disk space needed to store the files. For more information about referenced images, see What Are Managed Images and Referenced Images?

    • To store imported masters as referenced images in the Pictures folder on your hard disk: Choose Pictures from the Store Files pop-up menu.
    • To store imported masters as referenced images in a location other than the Pictures folder: Choose “Choose” from the Store Files pop-up menu and select a folder. Choose “No folder” from the Subfolders pop-up menu to specify that the files be stored as separate, individual files in the selected folder. You can also specify that Aperture create a hierarchy of subfolders with specific folder names to hold your files. For more information about creating folders to hold your imported images, see Importing Masters for Referenced Images into Folders.
  4. Choose whether you want the image files moved or copied to a new location by clicking the “Move files” or “Copy files” button.

  5. If you want to prevent Aperture from importing images that are already in the library, select the “Do not import duplicates” checkbox.

  6. Choose a naming convention from the Version Name pop-up menu to specify how you want the images named.

    For example, choose Master Filename from the Version Name pop-up menu to have your files stored using the current master filenames from your camera or card. Choose a name format from the Version Name pop-up menu to have your images stored using a specified name. If you choose a custom name format, enter a name in the Name Text field. You can apply the name format to the masters as well. Choose Edit from the Version Name pop-up menu to define a new naming scheme. For more information about naming files, see Automatically Naming Your Imported Images.

  7. Click Import.

    Your iPhoto library is imported into Aperture.

If you store the photos imported from your iPhoto library in the Aperture library, Aperture makes a copy of each image file and places it in the Aperture library. This doubles the amount of disk space the image files occupy on your computer. To save space, you can import the photos in your iPhoto library as referenced images. You can also delete images from your iPhoto library after importing them, but you will no longer have access to those images within iPhoto. If you don’t delete the images in your iPhoto library, any changes you make to those images in iPhoto are reflected in the duplicate images in Aperture.

Note: You can also import individual images or albums from your iPhoto library. For more information, see Browsing and Selecting Images in Your iPhoto Library.

Browsing and Selecting Images in Your iPhoto Library

You use the Aperture iPhoto Browser to review iPhoto images and import specific images into the Aperture library. The iPhoto Browser gives you a handy way of looking for certain images without having to import your entire iPhoto library.

Figure. Controls in the iPhoto Browser.

The iPhoto Browser window allows you to navigate through the contents of your iPhoto library and display thumbnails of your images in a grid view, a list view, or a large icon view. You can sort images within these different views to locate the images you want. The iPhoto Browser Action pop-up menu reveals the Finder location of an image file. You can also search for images by entering text in a search field.

Note: You can also share the images in your Aperture library with any iLife or iWork application that has a Media Browser by selecting the “Share previews with iLife and iWork” checkbox in the Previews pane of the Preferences window. For more information about working with the Preferences window, see Setting Aperture Preferences.

To open the iPhoto Browser and select images
  1. Choose File > Import > Show iPhoto Browser (or press Option-I).

  2. Select the iPhoto roll or folder that you want to browse.

You can display larger previews of the thumbnails in the iPhoto Browser. When you double-click an image, it appears in the Preview window. You can reposition the window and resize it as needed.

Figure. Preview window.
To see a preview of an image in the iPhoto Browser
  1. Double-click a thumbnail image in the iPhoto Browser.

    The Preview window appears.

  2. Drag the resize handle to enlarge the image as necessary.

  3. Click the Next Image and Previous Image buttons to display other images in the Preview window.

To search for an image in the iPhoto Browser
  1. Click the Search button (with a magnifying glass icon) in the upper-right corner of the iPhoto Browser.

  2. Type text in the search field.

    Any images that do not match the search criteria are removed from view. Click the Reset button (with an X) in the search field to start a new search.

You can refine your search in the iPhoto Browser by adding additional search criteria.

To add additional search criteria to the iPhoto Browser
  1. Click the Add (+) button just below the search field.

    Controls for additional search criteria appear below the search field.

    Figure. Additional search criteria controls in the iPhoto Browser.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • To locate images that match all of the search criteria: Choose All from the “of the following are true” pop-up menu.
    • To locate images that match any of the search criteria: Choose Any from the “of the following are true” pop-up menu.
    • To exclude images that match the search criteria: Choose None from the “of the following are true” pop-up menu.
  3. Specify the search criteria using the controls and enter a value to search for in the search field.

    Any images that do not match the search criteria are removed from view.

  4. Add additional search criteria as necessary by clicking the Add (+) button.

After locating images that you want to transfer to your Aperture system, you can drag selected images from the iPhoto Browser (or from the Preview window) into Aperture.

To import images from the iPhoto Browser
  1. In the iPhoto Browser, select the images that you want to import.

  2. In the Library inspector, select the item you want to import your iPhoto images to.

  3. Drag the selection into the Browser, the Viewer, or the selected item in the Library inspector.

    Images dragged into the Browser and Viewer are imported into the item that is selected in the Library inspector.