Planning Your Import Strategy

Before you import images into Aperture, it’s a good idea to plan the organization of your images. Eventually your image library may contain many thousands of images that you’ll want organized in a flexible and easy-to-manage system. It’s important to take a long-term view of what makes for an effective and efficient organization of your projects based on your specific type of photography.

You may already have a large digital portfolio that you eventually want to import into the Aperture library. As an import strategy, it’s best to try out importing images in a series of steps:

After you’re familiar with Aperture, you can begin to create and organize your personal photo management system.

When you connect a digital camera or select an item in the Import pane, the Import browser appears.

Figure. Import browser.

You use the options in the Import browser to specify how and where images are imported. The Import browser shows thumbnails of your images that you can enlarge or reduce in size using the Thumbnail Resize slider. You can select individual images to import or import all the images at once. You can also set the Import browser to display images in a list by clicking the List View button. In list view, you can click a column heading to sort images by category. If you are unsure whether or not a specific image should be imported, you can click the Viewer button to visually inspect a high-resolution version of the image.

When you import images, Aperture automatically checks to see if any of the images are duplicates of previously imported images. Aperture checks the filename of the master to determine if an image is a duplicate of one in the library. Select the “Do not import duplicates” checkbox to prevent Aperture from importing duplicates. If this checkbox is unselected, Aperture imports all images, even if they are duplicates, and creates a new master with a different name for each duplicate. Aperture never overwrites or replaces a master that has already been imported.