Add metadata at import

You can add metadata to your photos as they are imported into Aperture. Adding metadata during the import process helps you keep track of your photos and quickly locate them using the Smart Settings HUD and Filter HUD. For example, you can add IPTC keywords and other metadata to the photos.

Add metadata to photos during import

  1. In the Import browser, choose Metadata Presets from the Import Settings pop-up menu.

    The Metadata Presets controls appear in the Import browser.

    Figure. Metadata controls in the Import browser.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • To show the metadata fields for a metadata preset: Choose a metadata preset from the Metadata pop-up menu.

    • If you don’t want to modify the metadata of the files during import: Choose None from the Metadata pop-up menu.

    • To create a new metadata preset: Choose Edit from the Metadata pop-up menu, then create a new metadata preset using the Metadata dialog.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To add metadata to the photo while maintaining any associated metadata: Click Append.

    • To add metadata and overwrite any associated metadata: Click Replace.

    When you choose a metadata preset, Aperture displays the list of metadata fields and metadata for that preset. You can edit the metadata preset to store any metadata that you want to apply frequently to your photos using the Info inspector. For more information, see Create metadata presets.