I import RAW+JPEG originals into projects. Short term that is fine, but long term that takes up too much space. Now that I have rated and (mostly) edited them, how can I delete the RAW originals for the less interesting images? Below are the steps I follow. I hope this is a useful summary for others.
It may help to answer questions like:
How can I delete the RAW originals?
How can I keep only the JPEG originals?
How can I delete the JPEG originals?
How can I keep only the RAW originals?
- In case you need to abort and return to the current state, please backup the Aperture Library first. Time Machine backups should be fine.
- Create smart album to find exactly the photos to change. (Those where you wish to delete the RAW originals and keep only the JPEG originals.) I use these rules:
- Set rules to ALL that MATCH
- Source is the PROJECT (I have not tried doing multiple projects.)
- RATING less than or equal to 2 stars (Excludes my better photos. I want both originals for those.)
- Adjustments ARE NOT APPLIED (Excludes any modified photos. I want both originals for those.)
- File Type IS RAW+JPEG
- Export VERSIONS (full sized Jpegs) of smart album photos into a new/empty directory (When I used originals, I lost the auto-rotation.)
- As a sanity check, make sure the number of files in the new directory is twice the number of photos. You should have a jpg and raw file for each.
- Use FILE > DELETE ORIGINAL IMAGE AND ALL VERSIONS to delete those images you are changing from Aperture.
- Use FILE > IMPORT > FILES… with IMPORT SETTINGS Raw+Jpeg Pairs set Import JPEG FILES ONLY
- Do some a sanity checks. Did you get the correct number of images? Do the reimported images have only jpeg originals. Etc.
- If desired, move images back into original project.
- Some time later, after you are sure everything is fine, empty the Aperture trash.
I hope this is useful. Your feedback is welcome. I acknowledge much in this summary is derived from a posting by leonieDF and I appreciate his/her contributions.