10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 2, 2013 8:07 AM by ashleyrey
ashleyrey Level 1 (0 points)

Can anyone tell me how to define the desired finished size of a lighttable in Aperture 3?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), + 2 iphones and ipad
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,722 points)

    I've asked the hosts to move this to the Aperture community.


    In the meantime could you explain what you mean by  the finished size of a light table?

  • ashleyrey Level 1 (0 points)

    Thought that might appear a bit vague after the event.  What I am looking for is the ability to define a finished size - in this case 16" x 12" - and have that clearly shown on the light table so that I can work within it.


    Presently I can only find the grid (which isn't given a value) so I have little idea of the finished size of anything I am working on.  I am trying to put together a compliation of photos for a memento presentation.

  • léonie Level 10 (91,124 points)

    in this case 16" x 12"

    Do you want to print the Light Table?


    It does not have any physical dimensions until you print it. The printed Light Table will have the paper size you select in the print settings.  To print the table with 16" x 12" side length, arrangethe images in  4 times 3 cells of the grid.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,722 points)

    Light tables in Aperture are not real things so do not have dimensions.


    Think of the size of a light table as being infinite, it can hold as many images as you wish.


    It seems you are trying to model a real world space. Not sure of the best way to go about that in Aperture.

  • ashleyrey Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Leonie.  Unfortunately the photo sizes do not fit comfortably all being the same.  They are old photos of varying quality and bringing them all to the same size would make some very pixillated and others too small to be useful.

    All I am trying to do is to finish up with a montage/compilation of the size stated.  My last two efforts have been too wide and then too shallow (top to bottom).  Regrettably it is the sort of thing which was standard in Microsoft, but the switch to Aopple is obviously still giving me hassle!

  • ashleyrey Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Frank

    Seems like I am trying to do the impossible.  I received another helpful response from Leonie - see my reply for further info.  Don't give up on me!

  • léonie Level 10 (91,124 points)

    Unfortunately the photo sizes do not fit comfortably all being the same.

    Sorry, I did not mean to imply that you should size the photos to the same size on the grid. Use the grid to show you the boundaries you were asking about.


    Enable the grid, and use multiples of 4 and 3 grid cells to indicate the boundaries of a 16x12 inches paper.  4x3 cells, 8x6 cells, 16x12 cells etc.


    Arrange your images freely within these boundaries and then print the layout on 16x12 inches paper.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,722 points)

    I don;t use light tables much myself but it sounds to me like you are trying to use them for something they wern't really intended for.


    Léonie's idea might work for you but if it doesn't you might bebetter of exporting the images from Aperture and using a collage creating app.


    It might be possible to do this in Preview, especially if it is a one time thing. If you'll be doing this often you might want to lookin into something like CollageIt Free

  • ashleyrey Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Leonie

  • ashleyrey Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Frank