Overall, I’m pretty happy with my Aperture-based workflow. Here’s how I usually do things:
1) Import Photos Into New or Existing Projects, Keywording Everything
2) Rate Photos Using the Star System
3) Delete the Junk
5) Edit the Good Stuff with Aperture 3 and the Nik Complete Collection
6) Export Edited Photos
7) Backup to External Hard Drive a Second Time (VERY IMPORTANT!)
Up until now, I haven’t found much use for Aperture’s system of color labels, which are pretty much what they sound like – color labels you can assign to photos.
Here’s how they work:
Select a photo or photos, and then click on the Metadata tab on the top of the screen. You’ll see Label as the second item in the drop-down menu, under which you’ll see the colors options ranging from red to gray:
Just click on one to assign a color rating to the selected photo(s). Alternately, you can click the Command Key along with a number from zero (which assigns no label or removes an existing label) to 7 (gray).
You’ll then see colored circles in the lower-right hand of each of your images:
Now we know how to assign color ratings. But what should we actually do with them?
My idea is this – use the color labels to mark an image’s editing status. I mean, is it untouched? Partially edited? Or finished?
For my own work, I’m going to keep it simple:
No Color Label = Untouched
Yellow Color Label = In Process
Green Color Label = Finished