Last week Josh introduced us both and gave three great tips. This week I’m going to be describing some of the ways I use Aperture in my everyday workflow. I thought I’d describe one way that I use Smart Albums and keywords. One of the features that I like about Adobe Bridge is that it allows you to both rate and/or label your pictures. The utility of ratings is obvious - I think picture A is better than picture B, which is better than C, but all are worth keeping. Aperture allows you to rate images too. But labels are equally useful in that they allow you to designate which pictures to use for specific purposes. For instance, I might look at a group of five star images and decide that I want to enter some in a contest or submit certain ones to a stock agency or make prints of some for a gallery show, etc. Unfortunately Aperture doesn’t have a labeling feature.
When working in Aperture, I substitute keywords and Smart Albums for labels. For example, last week I was preparing a submission to Nature’s Best magazine. The images needed to come from a number of different projects. So I created a new keyword “Natures Best.” Then as I went through my projects I applied the keyword to all the images that had potential
After applying the keywords, I created a new Smart Album based on the keyword “Natures Best.” With all the potential images in one place, it was easy to compare and quickly choose the images to send.
Of course you can apply this same basic concept to finding images for any submission, assuming that you regularly apply keywords to your images. For example, if someone needs pictures of trees, if you’ve keyworded your images reasonably, you can create a Smart Album using the keyword “trees.” Within seconds you’ll be looking at all the images you might submit. That speed means you can submit your pictures quickly and sometimes makes the difference in getting the sale.