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Indexing Photos Using Faces and Places in Aperture 3

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How can you precisely determine where a photo was taken or who is in the photo? Thankfully, there are easy and engaging ways in which Aperture can help you.
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In Lesson 3, you learned that metadata can come from the camera, or it can be entered manually in the form of keywords, captions, ratings, and so on. Those types of metadata are great for identifying when and how the photo was taken. But how can you precisely determine where a photo was taken or who is in the photo? You could take scrupulous notes while shooting...yeah, me neither. Thankfully, there are easy and engaging ways in which Aperture can help you.

In this lesson, you’ll examine two features that first appeared in iPhoto but have grown considerably more sophisticated in Aperture 3: Faces and Places provide a very natural way to index photos. Faces is a feature that not only detects faces of people in your photos, but with some minor assistance from you it can also recognize those people. The second feature, Places, uses GPS data to identify where photos were taken.

Because this lesson covers iPhoto features that have migrated to Aperture, we’ll also explore migrating your iPhoto library to Aperture.

Moving from iPhoto to Aperture

For many iPhoto users, switching to Aperture is a natural progression. Aperture includes almost all the fun and elegant features of iPhoto while adding more comprehensive image management, editing, and output capabilities. You can make the move from iPhoto to Aperture in one of two ways: You can move your entire library at once, or you can selectively move Events, albums, or individual photos.

Browsing an iPhoto Library

Aperture includes an iPhoto Browser to preview and import images, albums, or Events. The iPhoto Browser is a handy way to look at your iPhoto images without importing the entire library.

To open the iPhoto Browser:

  1. Choose File > Import > Show iPhoto Browser, or press Option-I.
  2. Double-click the Tasmania iPhoto Event to see the contents of the Event.

    The iPhoto Browser lets you view your photos and events as a grid. When you click an Event, you can also display the images in a list or detailed view.

  3. Click the View List button, and then click the View Details button.
  4. From the Sort pop-up menu, choose Size.
  5. In the Details view, double-click the first image to see a larger preview of the image.
  6. Click the Next Photo button.
  7. Close the Preview window.
  8. Close the iPhoto Browser.

Whether you’re importing an entire Event or just a single image, you can select the image or Event and drag it into the Aperture library, which creates a new project. Dropping an item onto an existing Aperture project imports the item to that project.

In the next exercise, however, you want to import all the images from your iPhoto library, so let’s look at an alternative way to do that.

Migrating an Entire iPhoto Library

Because Aperture and iPhoto are both Apple applications, they are designed to share information. For example, albums that you organized in iPhoto will seamlessly become Aperture albums with the same structure. The EXIF data, keywords, ratings, flags, and any applied adjustments will be maintained.

To import an entire iPhoto library:

  1. Choose File > Import > iPhoto Library.

    Aperture automatically navigates to the location of your current iPhoto library on your hard disk. In the Import window, some of the same Import Browser settings are available, such as the master file name and where to store files. The least complicated way to import an iPhoto library is to store the photos in the Aperture library.

  2. In the file browser, select the APTS iPhoto Library.
  3. From the Store Files pop-up menu, choose “In the Aperture Library.”
  4. Click Import to add the images to your Aperture library.
  5. After the import process is complete, click OK on the dialog that confirms the number of images you have imported.
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