Importing Image Files Stored on Your Computer or Connected Servers

You can import image, audio, and video files stored on your computer and other storage devices. You have a choice of storing the imported files in the Aperture library; importing the files as referenced images, audio clips, and video clips and then leaving them in their current location; or importing the files as referenced images, audio clips, and video clips and then moving or copying them to a different location.

Note: If you have folders of images to import, you can import them using the Import Folders as Projects command in the File menu. For more information, see Importing Folders of Images from the Finder.

You can import image files in many common image formats, including images scanned from nondigital sources such as film and photographic prints. You can also import any QuickTime-compatible audio or video file. Adding these files to your Aperture database is as simple as navigating to the folder where they reside on your hard disk using the Import browser.

When you import files from a folder on your computer system, you can import the files into a new project or an existing one.

To import files stored on your computer’s hard disk or another storage device
  1. Click the Import button in the toolbar (or press Command-I).

    The Import browser appears.

  2. If necessary, select your computer.

    Figure. Import pane showing the import location selected.
  3. At the bottom of the browser, navigate to the folder containing the files you want to import.

    Your computer, connected servers, and connected storage devices are listed in the column on the left. Press Command-D to quickly select the desktop and Command-Shift-H to quickly access your Home folder.

    Figure. Files being selected in the Import browser.

    When you select the folder containing the files you want to import, thumbnail images appear in the Import browser representing the image, audio, and video files within it.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you want to import the files 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 files into an existing project: Select the project in the Library inspector.
      Figure. Selecting a project in the Library inspector to import files to.

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

  5. Do one of the following:

    Figure. Check All and Uncheck All buttons in the Import browser.
    • To import all the files in the selected folder: If necessary, click the Check All button.

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

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

      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. Choose a location for the imported 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 image files, audio files, or video files in their current location: Choose “In their current location” from the Store Files pop-up menu.
    • To store imported masters as referenced image files, audio files, or video files in the Pictures folder on your hard disk: Choose Pictures from the Store Files pop-up menu, and then choose whether you want the files moved or copied to the Pictures folder by clicking the “Move files” or “Copy files” button.
    • To store imported masters as referenced image files, audio files, or video files 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.
  7. 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.

  8. Click the Import Checked button in the lower-right corner of 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 import process is complete, a dialog appears.

    Tip: If you want to immediately import additional image, audio, or video files, Option-click the Import Checked button. The Import browser remains open, and you can immediately start importing additional items.

As the files appear in the Browser, you can begin working with them.

About Importing XMP Sidecar Files

You can import and export XMP sidecar files in Aperture. However, Aperture displays only metadata that adheres to the XMP 1.0 specification. Ratings, label values, and custom metadata created by third-party applications are not supported.