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Compare and Rate Your Images in Aperture

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In this lesson, you’ll start by comparing images first in the Viewer and then in the Light Table. Next, you’ll assign simple and advanced ratings to images. Finally, you’ll add keywords and metadata to images and create a Smart Album to group some images by specific search criteria.

Goals

Sort and compare images using the Viewer and the Light Table

Rate images using several methods

Create a Smart Album to group images by specific search criteria

Add metadata to an image and customize its display

Now that your images are organized and stacked, we can start photo editing. Aperture is designed to beautifully streamline the process of viewing, comparing, rating, grouping, and applying keywords to large numbers of full-resolution photographs, including RAW images.

In this lesson, you’ll start by comparing images first in the Viewer and then in the Light Table. Next, you’ll assign simple and advanced ratings to images. Finally, you’ll add keywords and metadata to images and create a Smart Album to group some images by specific search criteria.

Editing the Photoshoot

The first step is to set up the optimal workspace layout.

  1. From the Browser click to select the image named Tibet 05 – 049.
  2. Click the Ratings and Keywords Layout button in the upper-right area of the toolbar.

    The Browser moves to the left, setting the Viewer to the right. You’ll also see the Keywords controls added to the control bar below the Viewer. This layout is designed to help you rate and apply keywords to your images easily.

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