You are here

4 posts / 0 new
Last post
Smart list for all BW fotos in library? #1
Esteban Ulmi's picture
by Esteban Ulmi
August 6, 2013 - 10:21pm


Is there an easy way to create a smart album that would detect all my black and white fotos in my entire Aperture library?

Until now I did it with adding a keyword, but I'm sure there are smarter guys around than me

Scott Davenport's picture
by Scott Davenport
August 6, 2013 - 10:39pm

If your black & white treatments are only done in Aperture using the Black and White brick, you can create a smart album with an Adjustments rule. Set it to “includes” and choose “Black & White” from the pick list.

However, this isn’t a general solution to finding *all* black & white photos. For example, if you remove color by dialing down saturation, applying a gray color monochrome, or use a plugin like Silver Efex or OnOne Perfect B&W … such photos won’t be caught by the smart album.


Esteban Ulmi's picture
by Esteban Ulmi
August 6, 2013 - 10:46pm

Thanks, but yes, I do my BW mostly in Silver Efex, so I would wish to inlcude them.

Scott Davenport's picture
by Scott Davenport
August 6, 2013 - 11:18pm

Then I think the keyword route is your best bet. I do the same thing … keyword photos with any plug-ins used on them.

Would an AppleScript be of use here? Instead of directly invoking the plug-in, invoke a script that:
- determines what plug-ins are installed
- present you a list
- launch the plugin
- when returned to Aperture, apply a keyword with the plug-in name to the photo

I’ve waffled on actually writing the thing. The script would avoid having to remember to apply the keyword. But it would be more cumbersome to launch (a right click on the image is about as easy as it gets :). And not bulletproof for suites like OnOne, where you can bounce through several plug-ins before finishing the roundtrip to Aperture.

It would be nice if the plug-ins offered a preference to apply a keyword on the resulting image. I recall the Photomatix plug-in has that, but haven’t seen it in other plug-ins.


You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
Passwords are case-sensitive - Forgot your password?