8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2013 6:02 AM by Frank Caggiano
ms868iMAC Level 1 (0 points)

just started using Aperture, after import, I created few albums from those photos in the open project. 

can I now delete that project? will photos stay in the albums for later use.



Aperture 3, OS X Mavericks (10.9), iMac user
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    No you have to keep the project. All images in Aperture have to be in a project. Albums just contain pointed back to the project(s) for the image(s) they contain.


    See The Well-Trod Path: a Beginner's Guide to how Aperture's major parts inter-relate for information about the various parts of the Aperture library.

  • ms868iMAC Level 1 (0 points)

    so i will have a very long list of projects...haha

    thanks for the help

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Well you can put the projects in a folder or multiple folders depending on how you want to set up your library.


    How do you now have your projects setup? What do they represent for you? For me I have one project for each days shooting and then each project is in a month folder and all the month folders for the year are in a year folder. So I can expand and collapse what  I see.


    Others setup their projects differently, say a project for a client or for a particular job.


    If you have a long list of projects you need to rethink how you have the library setup.



  • léonie Level 10 (90,540 points)

    so i will have a very long list of projects...haha

    thanks for the help

    Move your projects into a hierarchical structure of folders, so you can get them out of the way by collapsing the folders.

  • ms868iMAC Level 1 (0 points)

    right now i have 1 project...but it had over 1000 photos..first time use..i dumped a folder for pics from last few months.

    from that i created albums by event.

    moving forward...

    i can set a project for each month or year? and sub folder all new projects during that shooting timeframe?


    also--can i move contents of a project to another project?



  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Take the time to think about how you will use Aperture.  Léonie just posted an excellent overview of this here.


    We hear all time from user's complaining that something they've encountered should not happen in a "Pro" application (I am _not_ referring to you) -- as it turns out, you've stumbled on one of the things that _is_, imho, a great part of a "Pro" app:  it's a kit in a box, not an assembled appliance.  You get to build the appliance you want.

    Take the time to do this right, now, and Aperture will become a robust Transformer/Leatherman.  (Don't take the time and you'll likely end up with some kind of sprawling Tinkertoy.)


    Here is what I do.


    Good luck.  Ask away.



  • ms868iMAC Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks Kirby for you assistance. 


    give me a few days I might have some more questions  :-)

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)
    also--can i move contents of a project to another project?


    Yes, not a problem just select the image or images in the source project and drag them to the destination project.


    I recommend you set up a new library as a playground. This way you can try out all the different commands and setups and not worry about losing anything. If it gets hopelessly messed up delete it and start again.


    Once you are comfortable switch back to your real library. Also make backups an integral part of your workflow from the beginning. Nothing is a liberating as knowing that no matter how much you mess up you can always recover everything.