9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2010 3:04 AM by alex.lyons
alex.lyons Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
I have searched for a while to na avail, maybe someone can help!

Is there a way to hide photos in Aperture 3? Just like in iPhoto. I don't use iPhoto, but I do know that that feature is pretty handy. There is about 100 images dotted around my library that I want to hide. I don't really want to have stacks with some random image as the pick, because that creates a few problems when I go to edit the pick and there is random images in the stack along with adjusted images. So basically is there a way to hide them?

Regards

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  • 1. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    Walter A. Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    As far as I can tell, Apple has left out a "hidden photos" feature from Aperture 3, just as they left it out of the previous two versions.

    Aperture only offers two workarounds, and neither is satisfactory...

    1) You can create separate libraries for any images that you want hidden or kept separate from the others. This, of course, requires you to restart Aperture to switch between libraries and makes it impossible to view all of your images at once.

    2) You can rate images as "rejects" (which is one step below the default 'unrated') and then those images will be filtered out by default, unless you reveal them by selecting "show all" in the search/filter controls. This is a clunky solution that is difficult to manage because of the way in which the filter settings are saved when you navigate from one project or view to another.
  • 2. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,865 points)
    This, of course, requires you to restart Aperture to switch between libraries and makes it impossible to view all of your images at once.


    This is no longer the case with Aperture 3: File -> Switch to Library...

    Regards

    TD
  • 3. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    alex.lyons Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
    its all a bit annoying that they haven't included such a simple yet handy feature. I had noticed in some of the documentation that you can now switch between libraries on the fly, but to be honest that wouldn't really be great as I'd have to manually remove them and then import them into a new library. I'm never really going to use the images so a dedicated library is a bit overkill, but I want to keep them and not have to search for them in finder if I ever do need them,that's why hiding would be so good.

    The idea of rejecting them had crossed my mind, but I'm not sure I understand about the filters. Would it mean I would have to look at all my photo's through a virtual filter? So if I was to click on a specific project in the sidebar, it wouldn't be filtered so the images would be there? That is definitely a bit clunky if it is correct.

    I may resort to stacking them with photo's that are rejected...

    Regards
  • 4. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,865 points)
    but to be honest that wouldn't really be great as I'd have to manually remove them and then import them into a new library.


    No you won't. Make a project with them and the File -> Export -> Project as New Library.

    The idea of rejecting them had crossed my mind, but I'm not sure I understand about the filters.


    Filtering is essentially a Smart Album. For instance, keyword all these photos as "hide" and then make a smart album that shows you everything except the ones keyworded "hide" - or use ratings or labels to do the same.

    Regards

    TD
  • 5. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    alex.lyons Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
    Terence Devlin wrote:
    No you won't. Make a project with them and the File -> Export -> Project as New Library.


    I just though of this when I hit post, the idea of a second library is a bit much, but I guess I'm just being picky!

    Filtering is essentially a Smart Album. For instance, keyword all these photos as "hide" and then make a smart album that shows you everything except the ones keyworded "hide" - or use ratings or labels to do the same.


    But that would mean all 25500 other images would be in one project, unless I created separate smart albums for each project that contains any of these images, which is a fair few of them..

    Thanks for the help

    Regards
  • 6. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    Walter A. Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    alex.lyons wrote:
    The idea of rejecting them had crossed my mind, but I'm not sure I understand about the filters. Would it mean I would have to look at all my photo's through a virtual filter? So if I was to click on a specific project in the sidebar, it wouldn't be filtered so the images would be there? That is definitely a bit clunky if it is correct.


    It's definitely clunky.

    The gist of it is that, by default, Aperture hides any photos that have been "rejected." Think of rejected as a negative one star rating, and unrated is zero stars.

    -1 star Rejected
    0 stars Unrated
    1 stars
    2 stars
    3 stars
    4 stars



    By default, Aperture displays only unrated or better, so the only ones that you've rejected are normally hidden from view.

    Ideally, you'd have a global setting to toggle whether rejected files are displayed or not. But in reality, to view the rejected files you need to change the filter setting for the project you're currently viewing - and then remember to change the filter back when you're done. The filter settings are separate for each and every project/folder/album, etc.
  • 7. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    alex.lyons Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
    You've actually just solved it believe it or not.

    If I reject them, they're not in the projects, without the need for filters, something I didn't realise. If I do want to see them, I can go to the rejected smart folder and view them there. I don't necessarily need to have them dived by project. So all I have to do is reject the photos I want hidden, and they'll be gone except for the smart folder. Perfect!

    Thanks for all the help

    Regards
  • 8. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    Walter A. Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    alex.lyons wrote:
    You've actually just solved it believe it or not.

    If I reject them, they're not in the projects, without the need for filters, something I didn't realise. If I do want to see them, I can go to the rejected smart folder and view them there. I don't necessarily need to have them dived by project. So all I have to do is reject the photos I want hidden, and they'll be gone except for the smart folder. Perfect!


    Cool, just keep in mind that they're all still located in their respective folders, even if you can't see them in the default view mode.
  • 9. Re: Hide Images in Aperture
    alex.lyons Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
    freediverx01 wrote:
    Cool, just keep in mind that they're all still located in their respective folders, even if you can't see them in the default view mode.

    ye got that cheers. I actually still haven't got around to sorting through them would you believe!