Rotating Multiple Images

by Ben Long

Aperture's Rotate tools, the ones that sit in the Toolbar at the top of the Aperture window, provide a simple facility for rotating images right or left. Select either the clockwise or counter-clockwise rotate tool and then click on any image and it will rotate 90°. If you hold down the Option key while clicking, you'll get the opposite rotation from either tool.

However, if you select multiple images and click on one of them with the Rotate tool, only that image will rotate (regardless of the state of the Toggle Primary Select button). This might seem unintuitive, but don't worry, there's still a way to rotate entire groups of images. Just select the images as normal, and then use the ] key to rotate clockwise, and the [ to rotate counter-clockwise. Alternately, you can use the Rotate commands found under the Images menu.

Also, don't forget that you can rotate single or multiple images upon import, by using the Rotate commands found in the Aperture Import dialog.

3 Comments

Steven R.
2007-05-07 22:55:58
I've been curious about that. Just yesterday I was needing to rotate images en masse.


Alas, your technique isn't working for me. It's just a single image which rotates like before. I've tried different tools loaded and every key besides the power button. What am I missing?

Heath Clayton
2007-05-11 09:58:45
If you have a set of multiple images you need to rotate, click on the oppropreiate rotate tool (rotate left or rotate right), then click on the first image to rotate it, then while holding down the shift key, click on the last image. All of the images between the first and last will all rotate in the same direction. This is the same way you can select multiple image by clicking on the first one then shift clivcking on the last one, except you use the rotate tool to click.


Hope this helps.


Cheers__ Heath

jmi
2007-05-14 15:12:22
Steven R., try simply pushing "S" before - that's the shortcut for the command "Primary Only" under the menu "Edit". Having set "Primary Only" prevents Aperture from editing multiple items at once.