Creating Versions of an Image

Occasionally, you may want to make a second version of an image. For example, you might want to create another version of an image and apply different exposure settings or other adjustments, or change it for a specific use, such as for placement in a webpage or book.

When you create a new image version, you can duplicate either the original master image or the currently selected version with any changes you’ve made. For example, if you’ve made a series of adjustments to an image and now you want to start from the original master image and make different adjustments, you can duplicate the master and start with a fresh, unchanged image.

To create a new version from a master
  1. Select the image you want to duplicate.

  2. Choose Photos > New Version From Master (or press Option-G).

If you’re creating a number of image versions showing incremental changes to an image, you can duplicate the last version you made and make more changes. For example, if you plan to use the same cropping and exposure adjustments in multiple versions, it makes sense to perform those adjustments first and then make duplicates of the image version before proceeding.

To duplicate the selected image version
  1. Select the image you want to duplicate.

  2. Choose Photos > Duplicate Version (or press Option-V).

If you create multiple versions of an image, Aperture groups the versions in a stack. The stack represents all the versions of a particular image that you've created. You can open the stack and see the different versions. For example, you might open a stack of versions and select a specific image version to duplicate. The entire stack appears in all the projects or albums in which the image appears.

To open a stack to see all the versions
  • Click the Stack button on the stack.

    Figure. Open stack in the Browser.

When a stack is open, you can select any of its image versions to display that version in the Viewer.

For more information about working with stacks, see Stacking Images and Making Picks.