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Moving iPhoto folders into Aperture projects?

1212 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 28, 2011 5:07 PM by Kirby Krieger RSS
lsb Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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Sep 25, 2011 11:49 AM

Hello,

 

I haven't been quite convinced that I imported my iPhoto library correctly into Aperture.  Following import, my Aperture sidebar has a series of new projects created since I started using Aperture.  At the end of the projects, there is a folder "iPhoto Library" which holds all my photos in a series of yearly folders such as "2002", "2003", "2004", etc.

 

I have created a new project for 2002 and moved the folders from the iPhoto Library to the Aperture project-does this mean the iPhoto library is now in Aperture and will all edits remain in these photos?

 

Thanks.

lsb

iMac, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Sep 25, 2011 1:47 PM (in response to lsb)

    When you import an iPhoto Library into Aperture everything in the iPhoto Library is place in a folder called  iPhoto Library. Events in iPhoto are turned into Aperture projects in a subfolder called Events.

     

    Under the iPhoto Library folder will be albums, smart albums and other containers from iPhoto. Remember iPhoto slide shows and books will NOT be carried over to Aperture. The images in those will be placed in albums with the names of those items.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Sep 25, 2011 5:17 PM (in response to lsb)

    Are you sure? Take a look in the iPhoto Library folder. Here is what an iPhoto import should look like:

     

    Screen shot 2011-09-25 at 20.12.10.png

    Folders, albums and smart albums from iPhoto appear under the Events folder.

     

    The Events folder holds the projects that were made from the events in iPhoto

     

    Screen shot 2011-09-25 at 20.14.28.png

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Sep 26, 2011 6:53 AM (in response to lsb)

    Its been a long time since I used iPhoto but I'm pretty sure the images at some point had to be in events no matter what the rest of the iPhoto library sttructire was.

     

    And as for Aperture the only place images actually live is in projects. If you have no projects in the Aperture library you have no images in the library.

     

    If you go to Project View what do you see?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Sep 26, 2011 9:29 AM (in response to lsb)

    The organization of the Aperture library is totally in your hands. The structure created when the iPhoto library is imported is there merely as a convenience. You are free to rearrange it as you wish.

     

    Don;t worry about the questions that's why the forum is here. And don;t worry about coming to grips with Aperture right away. Most of us, even after years, are  still learning things about the program. In my own case I imported my Aperture library at least a half dozen times before I finally got a structure I was comfortable with. And even after that I was and still am tweaking it.

     

    Spend some time with the user manual it has a lot of useful information in it especially the first part on the structure of the library.  Also The Aperture 3 book by Scoppettuolo is, imo, a useful addition.

     

    Just make sure from the beginning you have a good working backup. Knowing you have the ability to roll back should anything go wrong is a powerful learning tool. You'll be more likely to experiment if you have the peace of mind of knowing you can get ti all back

     

    good luck

  • johnfromgroton Calculating status...
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:01 PM (in response to lsb)

    I "imported" and "copied" my iPhoto library into Aperture.  The iPhoto Folder structure - described elsewhere in this discussion thread - was created for me in Aperture.  I "deleted" my old iPhoto Library by saving it on an independent, external hard drive (for safekeeping).  Aperture works fine without the iPhoto Library present, however I am puzzled why I still have the iPhoto Library folder structure on the left column of my Aperture screen.  When I try deleting this folder within Aperture, I lose all my photos (fortunately, "undelete" gets them back).  I'm still on the learning curve with Aperture so this is probably a naive question, but could someone please explain why these iPhoto folders are still present when I'm supposedly independent from my iPhoto library now?

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:07 PM (in response to johnfromgroton)

    Those are not your iPhoto folders.  They are Aperture Folders and containers selected and organized to match what Aperture found in your iPhoto Library.

     

    As Frank says upthread:

     

    The organization of the Aperture library is totally in your hands. The structure created when the iPhoto library is imported is there merely as a convenience. You are free to rearrange it as you wish.

     

    In general, don't post to threads already marked "Answered".  As Frank also says -- ask questions! -- just put them in a new thread (it helps everyone navigate the forum more expeditiously). 

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