Consolidating Your Masters

When you consolidate your referenced Digital Masters, you place them in the directory structure maintained by Aperture inside its Library package. You can either do this wholesale - by moving

Fig. 3.29 Rather than moving your referenced images using the Mac OS X Finder, you should relocate those files using the Relocate Master command within Aperture. This will allow you to define a folder structure and naming convention in line with that used in other parts of the Aperture working environment.

Fig. 3.29 Rather than moving your referenced images using the Mac OS X Finder, you should relocate those files using the Relocate Master command within Aperture. This will allow you to define a folder structure and naming convention in line with that used in other parts of the Aperture working environment.

them - or you can copy them so that a Version of the originals will remain in their current location. Obviously if you move them rather than copying they will be inaccessible to the file system without navigating through the Library package's folders, and so shouldn't be touched by any application other than Aperture.

Aperture already knows where the images can be found, as this was defined when they were originally added to the Library, or when you relocated your Masters following a folder move, and so once you have chosen whether you want to copy or move them it will go about the task of bringing them into the Library itself without any further intervention from yourself (Fig. 3.30).

Aperture will remove the referenced image badge from the lower-right corner of each thumbnail to indicate that they are now stored internally, rather than referred to in an external folder.

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