Starting out with Git and Sourcetree - importing an existing project

I'm new to both Git and Sourcetree. Currently my projects have no formal version control, but I do have a sprinkling of files that have been renamed when there's been a revision. The usual 'filename.php' and 'filename2.php' stuff. Projects also contain a fair number of images and similar files which are unchanging and also directories which I'd probably want to exclude from Git altogether.

It seems that if I set up a repository in the root directory of my project I get a lot of stuff included that I really don't want. I'm looking for a way to filter it out that's a bit cleverer than going through the file list in 'Working Copy Changes' and deleting one by one (or even in blocks).

For example, is there a way to exclude the entire 'images' directory ?

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The easiest way would be to edit the gitignore file by hand. You can open this file by going to your Repository Settings > Advanced > Repository-specific ignore list > Edit.

http://git-scm.com/docs/gitignore

Thanks, I think I can work out what to do now, provided I can get to grips with the pattern matching.

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