Now that I’ve finally picked up Aperture 3, I’m going to start posting tutorials to help you get the most out of the software.
Here’s the first lesson.
As I’ve discussed, it is vitally important to keyword your images in Aperture. Effectively keywording your images helps you find images what you’re looking way quicker than simply scanning through projects and folders manually, and this is doubly true when you’re dealing with a very large photo library.
It also helps future-proof your photo library. If you ever switch programs, you’ll still have those same keywords in your EXIF data. Plus, if you use Flickr, keywords embedded in your metadata wiill show up as tags – a big help when you’re uploading lots of images at once.
Now the best time to add keywords to your photos in Aperture 3 is during the photo importing process. It’s not that it’s easier – but if you get in the habit, you’re unlikely to postpone and forget keywording altogether.
However, you can still do it after the fact.
Here is the best way to add keywords to multiple images at the same time in Aperture 3.
Fire up a project, and then select the images you’d like to keyword:
- To select a series of images that are next to each other, hold shift while you click the outermost ones.
- If they are not in a row, hold down command while you click each one.
If you look at this picture, you’ll see that I selected all the photos in the middle row: (click to see bigger)
Next, hit Control + Shift + B, which the shortcut for “Batch Change,” which you will find in the Metadata menu on the toolbar.
You’ll see this dialog box come up:
Next to where it says “Add Metadata From,” you may need to select “Basic Info,” which brings up a series of fields including the one we’re looking for – keywords.
Now, stuff that field with anything relevant to the photo – where you took it, who is in it (first names, last names, and nick names), what kind of picture it is (landscape, portrait, etc.), any equipment that’s not in your EXIF data (meaning other than camera and lens. Yes, it’s tedious, but you’ll thank me later when you have no trouble finding anything in your photo library.
Once you’re done, just hit OK and that’s that!
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