Navigating Through and Selecting Images

Selecting images is a fundamental task in Aperture. Knowing the many ways you can select images can help increase your productivity and satisfaction while working with your images.

Navigating Through Images in the Browser

You can select one or several of the images in the Browser to work with them or to view them in the Viewer. Aperture identifies the images you’ve selected by displaying them with a white border. When you select a group of images, the actively selected image, called the primary selection, appears with a thick white border and the rest of the selected images appear with thin white borders.

Figure. Browser showing a primary selection with a thick white border and other selected images with a thin white border.
To navigate through images
Do one of the following:
  • Press an arrow key to move left, right, up, or down.

  • Use the scroll bar to scroll through the images in the Browser, then click the image you want to view.

  • Choose Window > Show Control Bar to display the control bar. In the control bar, click the Move Selection Left or Move Selection Right button.

    Figure. Navigation buttons in the control bar.

Selecting Images

Aperture provides fast and efficient ways of selecting images, depending on your work style and preferences.

You can select images in the following ways.

Select a single image
  • Click the image.

  • Press the arrow keys to navigate to the image.

Select a range of images
  • Select the first image, then choose Edit > Select to End (or press Shift-End) to extend the selection to the last image in the Browser.

  • Select the last image in a range, then choose Edit > Select to Beginning (or press Shift-Home) to extend the selection to the first image in the Browser.

  • Click the first image in a range, then Shift-click the last image.

  • Press the arrow keys to select the first image, then press Shift and an arrow key to select the last image in the range.

  • Drag a selection rectangle to select all the images that fall within the rectangle.

Select an image among selected images
  • Press Semicolon (;) or press Command–Option–Left Arrow to select the previous image in the selection. Press Apostrophe (’) or press Command–Option–Right Arrow to select the next image in the selection.

Select an image in a stack
  • Press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow key.

Select nonadjacent images
  • Command-click the images you want to select. Command-click the images again to deselect them.

Slide a selection
  • Press Command–Left Arrow or Command–Right Arrow to slide the current selection over by one image. For example, you can move a three-image selection left or right by one image at a time.

Select the next stack
  • With a stack selected, press Option–Page Up or Option–Page Down.

Select or set a compare image
  • Select the image, then press Option-O.

Deselect the compare image
  • Press Command-Return.

Select a different compare image
  • Select the image you want as a compare image, then press Return.

Select all images in the Browser
  • Choose Edit > Select All (or press Command-A).

Select only the primary image, deselecting all others
  • Choose Edit > Reduce Selection (or press Shift-E).

Deselect all images in the Browser
  • Choose Edit > Deselect All (or press Command-Shift-A).

  • Click the gray background of the Browser.

Deselect the current selection and select all unselected images
  • Choose Edit > Invert Selection (or press Command-R).