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If I import 10 photos and edit 5 of them, can I export back out the 5 edited and 5 unedited pictures with one command?

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I am thinking of buying aperture and I have a question about exporting.


Let's say I import 10 pictures.  I edit 5 of them but leave the other 5 untouched.  Tomorrow I want to export them.  I want to export the edited 5, and the unedited 5.  Do I need to export versions for the first 5 and then go back and export masters for the unedited 5?  Or can this be one operation?


In iPhoto, you could choose "current" or "jpg" and it would automatically send the "last edited" photo.  This is one operation - the software automatically knows which ones I want to export.  I could export events of hundreds of pictures, with some edited and some original.


Is there a similar process in Aperture? ie. it will know I want 5 versions and 5 masters.... right?  In other words, I don't have to keep track of which ones have been edited and which ones are just masters. 


Thanks - I hope that this is a stupid question with an easy answer :-)



Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,555 points)

    It's a bit more complicated, but the gist of the answer is: Yes, you can.


    You import files.  If they are RAW, Aperture converts them into a viewable format.  For each file you import, Aperture creates a Version.  This first Version, which contains no adjustments, can be thought of as a _null_ Version.


    When you export Versions, you select a file format and the specifications for that format.  Aperture creates new files.  If you have made no adjustments, the image described by the file may look the same, but unless you specify exactly the same settings and file format, and don't use a format that compresses the data, the file will be different.


    When you export Originals, Aperture copies them where you tell it to.


    You cannot mix Originals and Versions in the same export batch.  It would be unusual to want to do so, IME.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,555 points)

    (Sorry for the delay.  Apple cored my response yesterday.)


    Hi Mark,


    I can assure you that Aperture is well-designed and implemented.  The issue you foresee simply does not exist as an issue.


    You can select any number of Images and export them.  Some Images have had adjustments made.  Others haven't.  Some have had changes made to metadata.  Others haven't.  All Images are exported in their current state.


    My suggestion -- some see this as pedantic -- is to be careful with your terms.  "Photo" has no set meaning in Aperture.  "Get my photos out" is un-specific speech which is likely to lead to mis-understanding and unexpected results.  "Export" in Aperture, means "Make me a file from the selected Image(s) using these settings".  "File➞Export➞Versions" works the way you want it to work: it creates a new file from each selected Image in its current state.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,660 points)

    I don't really want to ~mix~ originals and versions.  ie. I don't want both the original and its edited version.  I just want whichever of the 10 that have been edited and the remainder that have not been edited.


    Do I understand you correctly? Your intended workflow is to import images to Aperture, procss some then export them all out again?

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,555 points)

    Hi Mark,


    The simple answer, again, is "Yes".  That is how Aperture works.  You do not have to ever worry about the concern you raised.


    Your formula shows that you haven't yet mastered Aperture's terms.  "Master" (changed to "Original" in one of this year's updates) is what Aperture calls the files you import.  When you use the "Export Versions" command, Aperture creates new files based on _the current Version_.  These files may or may not be the same file format, image size, file size, compression ratio, or any of the many other parameters you can set, as your Originals.


    If your selection contains Images that have not had adjustments made or metadata changed in Aperture, exporting Versions will create new files to the settings you select (in your Image Export Preset) of your Originals.






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