As we all know, Aperture creates an empty library every time we start a new one. There’s no such thing as a “Project Preset”. This is a problem for many of use that like to create elaborate Projects that contain Smart Folders, Albums, Slideshows, Books and other useful things.
This is especially useful for people like me that routinely have audio attachments, video files, and stills on any given shoot. I also like to have five Smart Folders for every star rating.
So, how do I duplicate a project that doesn’t yet exist? I have a “Standard Project” saved to a folder on my desktop called “Aperture Resources” that contains all the good stuff I like. Every time I start a new Aperture library I simply drag that “Standard Project” into my Aperture Library and rename it. Then, throughout the life of that library, I simply Control Click —> Duplicate Project.
This is the best way I know to have consistent Projects through out my libraries, but I’m not afraid to change and customize them as the need arises.