9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 28, 2012 1:29 PM by Kirby Krieger
Harveypj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All,

 

I'm brand new to Aperture and am having some trouble I was hoping you could help me with.

 

So here is the problem. I imported a large and very poorly organised folder of images (with subfolders) into Aperture.  It was imported it into the Aperture Library as a project ("My Photos") with the same structure as the former folder of images.  Silly.  (I deleted the old folder. There is a backup by I'm out of the country for some time and so can't get to it)

 

Subsequently, I have been importing shots as projects separated by date (so, one project for Aug 26, 2012, and another for Aug 27, 2012).  I like this.

 

What I would like to do is re-organise the project "My Photos" and separate it into projects by shot date (as I now do).

 

Is this possible? Hopefully this is clear enough.

 

Cheers

 

Harv


Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • 1. Re: Organising Project View
    gail from maine Level 6 Level 6 (11,610 points)

    Hi Harvey,

     

    I am also new to Apeture, but when I looked at the Preferences option, under Import, it has Project options as follows:

     

    When Camera is connected open with: (default is iPhoto)

    Default Import Location: (new Project)

    Autosplit into Projects: (default is One Project per Day) - other options for this one are:

                                                                                               One Project per Week

                                                                                               Two-hour gaps

                                                                                               Eight-hour gaps

     

    Sounds like the default settings would automaticaly be splitting up the Projects by day?

     

    Hope this helps!

     

    Cheers,

     

    GB

  • 2. Re: Organising Project View
    Harveypj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Gail,

     

    Thanks for your reply.  This is what I do now, but it doesn't help me with the folder (My Photos) that I've previously imported and now deleted, does it? That's just for new imports.

     

    Cheers

     

    Harv

  • 3. Re: Organising Project View
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    First, read this short naming of the parts I wrote.  It will help us understand each other, and may help you master Aperture faster.

     

    There are many ways to re-organize your existing Project (the one with too many Images in too many Folders and -- I assume -- Albums).  How many Images are there?  Have you made any adjustments to them (more pointedly: do you care if you lose those adjustments)?

  • 4. Re: Organising Project View
    gail from maine Level 6 Level 6 (11,610 points)

    Looks like we have a master to learn from Harvey! Thanks Kirby. I'm getting ready to import my entire iPhoto library to my Mac Air from Macbook Pro, so your post will be invaluable.

     

    Thanks!

     

    GB

  • 5. Re: Organising Project View
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    gail from maine wrote:

     

    I'm getting ready to import my entire iPhoto library to my Mac Air from Macbook Pro, so your post will be invaluable.

    Gail:  no need to import.  The most recent versions of iPhoto and Aperture share the same Library format.  A Library created in either program can be opened in either program.

     

    Read these Apple support articles:

    Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture

    How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries

  • 6. Re: Organising Project View
    gail from maine Level 6 Level 6 (11,610 points)

    Hi Kirby,

     

    Unfortunately, the iPhoto Library is on my other Mac, so I'm importing the iPhoto library from my Pro to my Air. I am sure, however, that once I get my photos on my Air, the two articles you have listed above will be very useful for understanding the relationship between iPhoto and Aperture. I'm a real fan of manuals and support articles!

     

    Thanks for sharing the additional information!

     

    Cheers,

     

    GB

  • 7. Re: Organising Project View
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    "Photos" has no useful meaning in Aperture.  There are image (and video) files -- which you import, which thereafter are called "Originals" -- and there are Versions, which are what you see when you use Aperture.  It is -- strictly imho -- vital to understand the parts of Aperture in order to use it well.

     

    .

  • 8. Re: Organising Project View
    Harveypj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Kirby,

     

    Thanks for that link, it was very helpful.

     

    In answer to your questions:

    (1) I have about 10,000 images

    (2) I have not made any alterations since importing the files

     

    Cheers,

     

    Harv

  • 9. Re: Organising Project View
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    I suggest creating a new Library, thus:

     

    1. Select all the Images in your huge Project and "File➞Export➞Originals".  Put them all in one Finder folder.
    2. Select all the other Projects, and "File➞Export➞Project(s) as New Library".  Check "Copy Originals" and "Copy Previews"
    3. Close Aperture.
    4. Double-click, in Finder, the newly created Library.
    5. Set "Aperture➞Preferences➞Import➞Autosplit into Projects" to "One Project per day".
    6. Import all the files you exported as Originals using "File➞Import➞Files".  Check "Automatically split projects".
    7. Confirm that you now have what you want.  Confirm that you have NO Referenced Originals (you should not).
    8. Delete your old Aperture Library.