Importing from Your Digital Camera or Card Reader

Using the Import browser, you can import images from a digital camera or card reader into Aperture in two ways. You can either import all images on the camera or card reader at once, or you can import a selection of images from the camera or card reader.

You can also:

Note: When connecting your camera directly to the computer, make sure that you turn the camera on and set it to the mode for transferring images (PC, PTP, Normal, or another mode, depending on the type of camera). Some cameras automatically select the correct transfer mode when connected to a computer. See your camera’s manual for specific instructions. If you have a card reader, it’s preferable to transfer images using the card reader rather than the camera. Using a card reader saves you time and doesn’t require the use of your camera’s battery.

To import images from a camera or card reader into Aperture
  1. Connect your camera or card reader to your computer.

    The Import browser appears, showing the images on the camera or card.

    Note: If iPhoto opens when you connect your camera or card reader, quit iPhoto. Then, in Aperture, choose Aperture > Preferences and click Import. Choose Aperture from the “When a camera is connected, open” pop-up menu. Disconnect and reconnect your camera to have Aperture open the Import browser.

    Figure. Aperture main window showing the Import browser.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you want to import the images into a new, empty project: Choose New Project from the Destination pop-up menu to create a new project, and enter a name for the project in the Project Name field.
      Figure. Destination pop-up menu in the Import browser.
    • If you want to import the images into an existing project: Select the project in the Library inspector.
      Figure. Project shown selected in the Library inspector to import images.

      The selected project appears in the Destination pop-up menu.

  3. Choose a location to store the master image files 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 store imported masters as referenced images in the Pictures folder on your hard disk: Choose Pictures from the Store Files pop-up menu, then choose whether you want the image files moved or copied to the Pictures folder by clicking the “Move files” or “Copy files” button.
    • 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. In the dialog that appears, choose a location to store the imported masters, then click Open. Choose Project Name from the Subfolders pop-up menu to specify that the files be stored in a folder with the same name as the project. Choose whether you want the image files moved or copied to the new location by clicking the “Move files” or “Copy files” button.
  4. To add controls for additional import settings, choose an option from the Import Settings pop-up menu.

    For more information about Import Settings, see Adding Additional Import Options.

  5. Do one of the following:

    Figure. Check All and Uncheck All buttons in the Import browser.
    • To import all images from the camera or card reader: If necessary, click the Check All button.

      The checkboxes for all the images in the Import browser are selected.

    • To import a subset of images from the camera or card reader: Select the checkboxes for the images you want to import. If you only want to import a small number of images out of many, click the Uncheck All button to clear the checkboxes for all images, and then select the checkboxes for the images you want to import.

      You can also Shift-click adjacent images and Command-click nonadjacent images, and then select the checkbox for one of the images. Selecting a single checkbox selects the checkboxes for all of the selected images.

      Note: You can double-click a thumbnail image to see a larger version of the image, if you want to verify its contents before importing it.

  6. Click the Import Checked button.

    Figure. Import Checked button in the Import browser.

    The import process begins and an indicator appears next to the project’s name, showing the progress of the import. When the images are imported, a dialog appears.

  7. Click Eject Card, Erase Imported Items and Eject Card, or Done.

    Note: The options offered in this dialog depend on the way your camera is made available when it is connected. Some cameras connect as mass storage devices. When you import from these cameras, the Erase and Eject options appear. Other cameras simply connect as cameras, and you will not see either Erase or Eject after the import is completed. In that case, you can erase the images directly in the camera.

As the images appear in the Browser, you can begin working with them. Images may temporarily appear as gray boxes until the loading process is complete.