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iPhoto '11: Use iPhoto with Aperture

Use iPhoto with Aperture

If you have iPhoto 9.4 (or later) and Aperture 3.4 (or later) installed on your computer, you can use your photo libraries in either application. This is useful if, for example, you want to edit photos from your iPhoto library using the professional tools in Aperture, or if you want to create print projects in iPhoto from your Aperture photos.

You can also merge your iPhoto and Aperture libraries into a single library by importing your iPhoto library into Aperture. The merged library can then be used in either application.

To open your iPhoto library in Aperture:

In iPhoto, choose File > Open Library in Aperture.

If you’re in full-screen view, move the pointer to the top of the screen to make the menu bar appear.

iPhoto closes and Aperture opens. To switch back to iPhoto from Aperture, choose File > Open Library in iPhoto.

To switch to a different iPhoto or Aperture library:

  1. In iPhoto, choose File > Switch to Library.

    If you’re in full-screen view, move the pointer to the top of the screen to make the menu bar appear.

    A list of your photo libraries appears.

  2. Click a library to select it, and then click Choose.

iPhoto quits and then reopens with the library you selected.

If you selected an Aperture library, a new item called Events appears in the Source list. To view a complete list of your Events, move the pointer over the item and then click Show.

Show button

To switch back to the previous library, choose File > Switch to Library, select the library, and then click Choose.

To merge your iPhoto and Aperture libraries:

  1. Quit iPhoto if it’s open, and then open Aperture.

    If your Aperture library isn’t open, choose File > Switch to Library, and choose your Aperture library from the submenu.

  2. Choose File > Import > Library/Project.

  3. Navigate to your iPhoto library and select it (by default, photo libraries are located in the Pictures folder).

  4. Click Import.

Aperture imports your iPhoto library and merges it with your Aperture library.

Tip:   When you merge your iPhoto and Aperture libraries, photos that exist in both libraries are retained, resulting in duplicates. To save disk space, remove potential duplicate photos from one of the libraries before merging.

When working with your iPhoto and Aperture libraries, keep in mind the following:

  • All photos, albums, Events, and Faces and Places data can be viewed and edited in either application.

  • Smart Albums and slideshows can be viewed in either application but can be edited only in the application in which they were created.

  • Print products (books, calendars, and cards) can be viewed and edited only in the application in which they were created.

Note:   Your iPhoto or Aperture library can be opened in only one application at a time.

For more information about using your iPhoto library in Aperture, see Aperture Help.

Last Modified: Apr 23, 2013
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