Rating Images

Aperture provides a set of seven possible image ratings:

Rejected images appear with a white X overlay. Positive ratings appear with white star overlays. If no overlays are displayed on the image, the image is considered neutral or is not rated. You can rate a single image or apply a rating to several images at once.

Rating Individual Images

You can quickly rate a selected image using the rating buttons in the Metadata inspector or in the control bar.

To rate an individual image using the rating buttons in the Metadata inspector
  1. Select an image.

  2. In the Metadata inspector or the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD, click a rating button.

    Figure. Rating buttons in the Metadata inspector.

    Note: As long as the image is selected, you can change its rating.

To rate an individual image using the rating buttons in the control bar
  1. Select an image.

  2. To show the control bar, choose Window > Show Control Bar (or press D).

  3. Click the rating buttons in the control bar to assign a rating.

    Figure. Rating buttons in the control bar.
    • To assign the highest rating to the image: Click the Select button.
    • To assign a rating of Reject: Click the Reject button.
    • To increase or decrease the image rating: Click the Increase Rating or Decrease Rating button.

    Note: As long as the image is selected, you can change its rating.

  4. To select the next image, press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow key, or click the Move Selection Left or Move Selection Right button in the control bar.

Rating Multiple Images

For quick and efficient rating, you use the arrow keys to select images and then use the appropriate keyboard shortcuts to apply ratings. For more information about keyboard shortcuts used to apply ratings to images, see the Aperture 3 Keyboard Shortcuts card that came with Aperture.

You can apply a rating to several images at once. If the images are already assigned various ratings, you can increase and decrease their ratings by equivalent amounts, such as one star.

To apply the same rating to multiple images at once
  1. Select the images you want to rate.

    For more information, see Navigating Through and Selecting Images.

  2. Click a rating button in the Metadata inspector or control bar, or press the keyboard shortcut for a rating.

    Figure. Group of images with the same rating applied to each image.