by Julieanne Kost
While creating a new folder (or a subfolder) in Lightroom might be straightforward enough (simply click the plus icon in the Folder panel header and select Add Folder or Add Subfolder), what many people don’t realize is that this is also the way to make Lightroom aware of an already existing folder on disk – one that has yet to be imported and, may even be empty. Lets say for example, you have created a folder on an external drive that you want to archive/move images into yet Lightroom has not been told to display that folder in the Folder panel. To add this folder to the Folder panel (so that images can be moved to it) click the plus icon on the Folder panel and select Add Folder. Navigate to and select the desired folder. If the folder is empty, Lightroom will simply add it to the Folder panel. If there are images in the folder, Lightroom will display the Import dialog so that you can decide what to import, what metadata to apply etc..