Importing Folders of Images from the Finder

If you’ve spent time organizing your images into a meaningful hierarchy on your computer and you want to keep that organization, you can import a folder of images as a project or drag it directly into the Library inspector. When you import a folder of images or drag it into the Library inspector, the top folder becomes a folder in the Library inspector and any subfolders become projects within the folder.

To import a folder of images from the Finder using the Import command
  1. Choose File > Import > Folders as Projects.

  2. Select the folder of images that you want to import. You can select multiple folders to import by Shift-clicking them.

  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.
    • 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 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. 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. Choose whether you want the image files moved or copied to the new location by clicking the “Move files” or “Copy files” button.
  4. 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. 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.

    Click the “Apply to Master filenames” checkbox to rename the master files as well.

  5. Click Import.

The top-level folder is converted to a project. If the folder you imported contains a hierarchy of subfolders and images, the subfolders appear as albums.

When you drag folders into the Library inspector, Aperture uses the last import settings you specified to determine how the folders are imported and where they are stored.

To drag folders into Aperture
  1. In the Finder, locate the folder containing the images you want to import.

  2. Drag the folder to the Library inspector.