Go from iPhoto to Aperture.

You’ve done some great things with iPhoto, and now you’re ready to do more. Aperture 3 is designed to make the move from iPhoto easy and seamless.

Go from iPhoto to Aperture 3 without losing a pixel. Watch this video
or follow the five steps below to see how simple it is.

  1. 1

    Open Aperture 3 with a new empty library.

    Aperture 3 application showing creation of a new Library with a Save dialog window
  2. 2

    Choose iPhoto Library from the Import menu to import your entire library.

    iPhoto Library menu option highlighted (under the File -> Import menu)
  3. 3

    Choose ”In their current location” to store files. With this option, Aperture won’t duplicate your photos in the Aperture library — it uses the ones you already have in iPhoto.

    File browser window showing selection of iPhoto Library file for import into Aperture 3
  4. 4

    Aperture 3 creates a new folder named iPhoto Library and a subfolder named Events. The Events folder contains your projects.

    iPhoto Library folder selected in the Aperture 3 Library pane
  5. 5

    After experimenting with Aperture features, you can (1) delete the Aperture library and keep your images in iPhoto or (2) choose “Consolidate Masters for Library” to move your masters and your work from iPhoto to Aperture. If you chose to consolidate your masters, you can delete the iPhoto library once the consolidation is complete.

    Contextual menu with Consolidate Masters for Library option selected in the Aperture 3 Project Library