5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2007 1:51 PM by BarbaraS
BarbaraS Level 1 (0 points)
1. How do I find which of my images is my 'master' image?
2. If I export a 'master' and work on it in Photoshop, and bring it back to Aperture is it still the 'master' image? If not how do I export the 'master' to bring it back as the 'master'.
3. In preferences should 'create new versions when making adjustments' be clicked?
4. Is there a reference I can refer to so I know what the 'icons' are that show up in the lower right of my images?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • David G Chapman Level 4 (1,390 points)
    Hi Barbara.

    1. Versions have a badge icon, but an easier way is to go to Preferences and check "Create new versions when making adjustments." That way you'll see the master and any version(s) as a stack.
    2. Any image brought into Aperture is regarded as a Master, whether from camera or round-tripped to Photoshop. However, in the case of a roundtrip, is therefore a second master for the original. Personally I think Aperture messed this naming convention up at this point, and such a "master" should have been automatically added to the stack for that image.
    3. I prefer it checked (see answer 1 above). Try it both ways.
    4. Help files are good. There is a good video tutorial by Ben Long /Peachtree for around $30 which helps with workflow ideas, how to decide use of folders/projects or projects/folders as well as nuances in use of tools etc.

  • BarbaraS Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi David,
    Thank you for the information. I am still unsure of the 'master'. To get started I imported only 4 images into Aperture. Right now there is only one image that does not have an 'icon' on it. I did adjustments on all of them. So if the adjusted images become 'versions' I should have 4 images with no icons....or am I not getting this correctly. I did look on 'help' and I put in 'icons', but nothing came up. Is there another place I can look to tell me what these icons represent. I have been watching several videos on Aperture, I don't have Ben Long's, but I have not seen an explanation of these icons. I have several images with 3 icons! How do you manage your files when you take it out to Photoshop and bring it back and when it left it was the 'master'? When I take it out of Aperture am I taking out a 'copy' of the master or the original? Thanks for your help.
  • PhotoMacGuy Level 1 (80 points)
    Barbara Hi
    You are never work with the real master if you are using the a manage library. If you want to get up to speed in Aperture fairly fast you might want to think about the training at Lynda.com it helped me a lot and if you want you can just do it for a month 25$ It will be one of the best 25$ you can spent.
    Just a thought
  • David G Chapman Level 4 (1,390 points)

    The icons I referenced are called "badges" and if you do a Help search, you should see the details.

    I agree that basic training will really help you. Until then, I suggest you open Preferences and check the "Create new versions when making adjustments" item in the top panel. It will make it much more obvious of the master and the version(s).

    When you set Photoshop as your external editor in Preferences, Aperture manages round-tripping to Photoshop for you when you right click an image and choose "Open with external editor". What Aperture does is create a new master image from the master or version selected and launches it in PS. It creates it as a PSD or TIF based on the settings made in Preferences (I use PSD at 600dpi). When you save the image in PS, the image automatically refreshes in Aperture. But it is regarded as a master for a key definition in Aperture:
    *- A master is an image data file*
    *- A Version is a set of parameters to be applied to an image file*
    Aperture never changes a master image file, whether a camera image, an imported scan or a round-trip PS file .... in the roundtrip, PS changed the master not Aperture and Aperture merely reflected the changes.

    Again, I suggest you open Preferences and check the "Create new versions when making adjustments" item in the top panel. It will make it much more obvious of the master and the version(s).

    Have fun, and once you have a handle on masters and versions, Aperture really is easy to use .... but training makes a world of difference if you don't have time or inclination to play around.
  • BarbaraS Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your help!