I have, in the past, assigned ratings to images based on whether they looked good/bad as an adjusted image - but then even if I do a delete, the originals are left. And at 20mb each that takes up alot of space....what do people do for a workflow to assign ratings to images so you can then delete or move or whatever them and not have alot of images in the Library? Do you rate originals lst? or work off the adjusted? Any suggestions?
Victoria Herring wrote:
All this is helpful...I think the short answer is that I should just go ahead and adjust the 'masters' ...
Victoria -- I want you to get over this one hurdle -- I think it is holding you back. Your Masters are the files (files!) you import into Aperture. They are never ever ever altered (you cannot adjust a Master). The whole set-up of Aperture is that you give it files, it keeps these unchanged while letting you develop versions through the use of metadata and adjustment tools, and then when you want an image file of one of your adjusted Versions (or even just a copy of the Master) to use in another program or to print, you create that file (to your specifications) by exporting.
Versions occupy very little space and require very little computer overhead (this is brilliant) -- there is no reason not to have as many Versions as you find useful.
You keep your Library from getting bloated the same way you keep any storage area un-bloated: throw out stuff you will never need. When you throw out the last Version of a Master, Aperture will discard the Master as well.
So how do you know which is the last Version? Always Stack all Versions. (This is set at "Aperture➞Preferences➞General➞Always Stack New Versions".) If there is no Stack, that Version is the only one -- the last one -- based on its Master.
This way all Versions based on the same Master always stay together, and you have to knowingly delete the Master.
A general workflow:
- Import files. Aperture calls them "Masters" and stores them where you tell it to.
- For each file, Aperture creates a Version and shows you this Version in a Project.
- Make whatever changes you wish to make: add metadata, add Adjustments.
- Delete metadata and delete Adjustments.
- Make new Versions -- by duplicating existing Versions or from the Master file -- whenever you need to.
- Delete Versions whenever you don't need them (but remember, Versions are tiny compared to your Masters).
- (Note that pressing "Delete" when Versions are selected in an Album only removes them from the Album.)
- When you delete the last Version of a Master, Aperture puts both the Master and the Version in the Aperture Trash
- When you empty the Aperture Trash, Aperture puts the Masters in your System Trash. Any Versions that were in your Aperture Trash are un-recoverable.