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Rating Images

As a photographer, you’re constantly evaluating the quality of the images you shoot. Ratings in Aperture allow you to tag individual images according to their quality, from excellent (five stars) to poor (one star). You can also leave images unrated, or rate images with the dreaded Reject tag. This allows for a total of seven ratings.

Rating images is an area where Aperture really shines. You rate images in the Viewer, where flexible controls and tools enable you to closely inspect your images. You use the buttons conveniently located in the control bar at the bottom of the main window.

Imagine we’ve heard back from Grande Agency. The art director can’t decide where he wants to hold the photo shoot. He wants to let his client make the decision, so he wants you to send him more shots of all three locations, including shots that show a wider variety of scenery.

So your next task is to select images for the retailer. To do so, we’ll use Aperture’s rating feature to identify five-star “selects” that we want to send, and then we’ll make a Smart Album that contains the selected images.

Making Selects

For this task, we’ll keep it simple: a Select rating means we’re sending the image to the fashion retailer; any other rating (or lack of rating) means the image is out of the running. We’ll start with the images of Colonia, Uruguay.

  1. In Aperture, select the South America project in the Projects panel.
  2. Press Command-Option-R to switch to the Ratings and Keywords layout.
  3. With the first image, DSC_0966, selected, Command-click DSC_0975 and then Command-click DSC_0999 to select and show all three images in the Viewer.
  4. Click the DSC_0975 image in the center of the Viewer to make it your primary selection.

    Notice the metadata icon in the lower right corner of the images in the Viewer. Because ratings are a type of metadata in Aperture, the metadata display must be on for you to see the star ratings we’re about to apply.

  5. If the icon does not appear on the three images in the Viewer, press the Y key to display it.

    Before continuing, let’s quickly adjust the workspace to better accommodate the three landscape images in the Viewer.

  6. Press Shift-W. Aperture rotates the workspace, moving the Browser below the Viewer. Now, our selected images appear larger in the Viewer, and we’re ready to start rating them.
  7. Click the Select button, which displays a green checkmark, on the control bar below the Browser.

    Five stars appear on each of the selected images in the Viewer, as well as on the images’ thumbnails in the Browser. The problem is that we wanted to apply the five-star Select rating only to the primary selection.

  8. Choose Metadata > Unrated to remove the Select rating you just applied to the three images.
  9. Click the Primary Only button on the control bar. This allows you to make changes to the metadata of the primary selection only.

    When you toggle on the Primary Only button, the two images in the Viewer on either side of the primary selection become deselected.

  10. Click the Select button to apply a five-star rating to just the primary selection.

The Primary Only button is useful when you want to view multiple images but rate only the primary selection. Now let’s continue rating the images from Uruguay, learning our way around the Viewer as we go.

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