5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 19, 2013 6:39 AM by Kirby Krieger
William Hooper Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

When performing adjustments on an image, I end up with several pictures of the same image. If also do an editing with Adobe and save it, I add even more versions. It becomes cluttered. Once I have arrived at the edited image that I like how can I hide the versions and original picture that I no longer wish to view?

 

In the past, I think I have been making a significant mistake, by trashing the original.

 

Thnx


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Is there a way of hiding the original and versions?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    If you want to keep all inermediate versions, but want to view only the final version, you could use version stacks. Select all versions and use the command "Stacks > Stack ⌘K". This way you will only see the version that is set as the stack pick.

     

    You could set Aperture to automatically stack new versions, if you want to work this way (In the "General" tab of the "Preferences" panel: "Automatically stack new versions".

     

    Regards

    Léonie

     

    In the past, I think I have been making a significant mistake, by trashing the original.

    How have you trashed the original image? As long as you have an edited version of your image in your Aperture library, Aperture will maintain the original image file you imported. If the original image file were gone, you would not be able to edit the image version or to export it. Or have you deleted the original version, after you used an external editor? If you only have the externally edited version left, then yes, you will have lost your originally imported image file.

  • 2. Re: Is there a way of hiding the original and versions?
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    William Hooper wrote:

     

    When performing adjustments on an image, I end up with several pictures of the same image.

    Is this intentional? Are you making a new version from the last edited version to work on or do you have the Create new version when making adjustments preference set?

     

    Unless your workflow calls for it (and from the sound of your post I don;t think it does) there is no reason to keep making new versions when you are adjusting an image.

     

    Once I have arrived at the edited image that I like how can I hide the versions and original picture that I no longer wish to view?

    As Léonie wrote you could stack them and put the final image as the stack pick. Or if you really don;t want them just delete these versions. But as I wrote above you don;t have to be making these intermediate versions.

     

    One other point you are never seeing the original image unless you specifically request to see it (View->Show original image or by pressing the M key in viewer mode).

     

    regards

  • 3. Re: Is there a way of hiding the original and versions?
    William Hooper Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thank you so much for your time and input.

     

    I have noted that I have checked in Preference to "auto-stack" before. However, when I have several versions, they only stack and appear as a single image when I select a group of versions of the same image and then proceed to Stacks>Close Stacks. Is there a way to always have Close Stacks occur automatically?

     

    I terms of the original images, I am not sure what I have done but it could very well be using an outside editor that I have had issues of deleting the original version.

     

    Regards

     

    W

  • 4. Re: Is there a way of hiding the original and versions?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,720 points)

    . Is there a way to always have Close Stacks occur automatically?

    I don't know of any such option, but I use the keyboard shortcuts; they are much quicker then the menu commands:  ⇧K to open and close the current stack and the shortcut for close all stacks - on my keyboard it is bound to ⎇ö - for you that is probably a different shortcut - look at the menu entry.

  • 5. Re: Is there a way of hiding the original and versions?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    Hi William,

     

    A suggested workflow.  Try it out, then modify as needed.

     

    Check "Aperture➞Preferences➞General➞Automatically stack new versions".

    Un-check "Aperture➞Preferences➞Advanced➞Create new versions when making adjustments"

     

    Import files.  Select one.  Make adjustments.  Note that your adjustments are shown live and are automatically saved.  (Note, too, that your imported file is never altered -- just press "m" to see an image of this file instead of the adjusted one.)  If you want to see what you Image looks like without an adjustment you have added, un-check the box at the top left of the Adjustment Brick on the Adjustment Inspector.

     

    When you want to create a _variant_ of an Image (maybe a grayscale rendering of your color original), so that you have two (or more) variants based on the same imported file, create a new Version.  (This will be done by either "Photo➞Duplicate Version" {gives you a new Version with all the adjustments you've made} or "Photo➞New Version from Original" {gives a new Version with _none_ of the adjustments you've made}.)  Aperture will yoke these to each other in a Stack.  As above, make your adjustments (they are shown live and auto-saved).

     

    The left-most Image in a Stack is designated the "Stack Pick".  This is the Image that shows when the Stack in a Project is collapsed (all the other Images in the Stack are hidden "below" the Pick).  Using Stacks this way you can try several different ways to process a digital negative, keep them for reference (they take up _very_ little room -- this is one of the significant advantages of a DAM such as Aperture), but keep all but the "best" one out of the way.

     

    When you have two Versions based on the same original file that are equally valuable to you -- so that you want to see each of them all the time -- you can un-stack them.  This is most easily done by selecting one in the Browser, dragging it outside the Stack, and dropping it where you want it in the Project.

     

    HTH.

     

    --Kirby.