Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Has the ability to create aliases to folders inside the iPhoto package file been disabled or removed?

I used to sync up my LightRoom library with iPhoto by using an alias to the Originals/Masters folder inside the iPhoto library package. But it now appears as disabled in the finder file menu and completely gone in the context menu and cannot figure out a way to create aliases to these type of folders.

Am I going to have to ditch iPhoto completely or is there a workaround for this?

Edit: Example of what I mean

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

This still is possible via a work around.

The right-click contextual menu does not contain an option Make Alias for the Originals/Masters directories, but it does for subdirectories. The option Make Alias always shows in the menubar under File → Make Alias but is greyed out for the Originals/Masters directories.


  1. Go to a subdirectory of Originals/Master in Finder.
  2. Create your alias, +L.
  3. Open the Info of the created alias folder, +I.
  4. Click the button Select new Original
  5. Press ++G to enter a custom path.
  6. Enter your path, e.g. /Users/my_name/Pictures/Aperture Library.aplibrary/Masters
  7. Rename the Alias folder.

enter image description here enter image description here

share|improve this answer
awesome worked like a charm except its shift command g think you had a typo there – Chris McGrath Jul 30 '12 at 16:51
Oh yeah, will fix that... – gentmatt Jul 30 '12 at 16:51
and it wouldn't let me do it in a subfolder i had to go up to a parent folder not sure if this has anything to do with the fact i have this on a secondary drive or not but subfolders gave me the same disabled menu option – Chris McGrath Jul 30 '12 at 16:53
@ChrisMcGrath That's strange. I can create an alias for any folder in any subdirectory of Masters. I don't know about Originals as I don't have such a folder. But Aperture and iPhoto can now share the same Library. So it should work for both. – gentmatt Jul 30 '12 at 16:56

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.