Lightroom Classic – Importing Images

Command + Shift + I (Mac) | Control + Shift + I (Win) displays the Import dialog (regardless of the currently selected module). 

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Pre-con Class at Texas School of Professional Photography

I’m excited to be returning to the Texas School of Professional Photography on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, Texas to teach a full day pre-conference class on Lightroom Classic and Photoshop!

In the morning session, I’ll be covering Lightroom Classic’s Library and Develop Module – Insider Secrets!

In this information–packed seminar, join Adobe’s Principal Evangelist, Julieanne Kost as she demonstrates first hand why capturing the image is only half of the photographic equation. Discover what goes on under Lightroom’s hood when it comes to importing and organizing images, working with collections and virtual copies, and saving culling and sequencing shoots. Then learn how to quickly elevate your photography by making subtle adjustments using the most powerful, flexible, nondestructive global and local editing tools and techniques. Finally, Julieanne will show you how to increase your productivity by creating custom default processing settings, use profiles, and saving presets in order to to quickly apply these effects to multiple images.

In the afternoon, we’ll Unlock Photoshop CC to Expand Your Creativity

If you’re tired of weeding through hours of tutorials trying to find practical Photoshop techniques, little known features, and hidden gems that are relevant in your work, then this class is for you. Geared towards intermediate to advanced Photoshop users, Julieanne Kost will walk you through a combination of new features as well as time-tested techniques to help you gain efficiency and reach your creative vision. If you’re looking to deepen your Photoshop skills and unlock the power of image editing to take your Photography to the next level, then this seminar is for you.

Click here to find out more about Texas School of Professional Photography. Click here to register for my course.

I hope to see you there!

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Lightroom Classic – Previewing Destination Folders on Import

When importing files using either the “Copy as DNG” or “Copy” option, select “Destination Folders” (at the top of the grid view) to preview how images will be organized. This is an excellent way to preview how images will be grouped when using organizing files by date.   

In addition, Lightroom has the ability to view “All Photos” or only “New Photos” (files which have not been previously imported).

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Lightroom Classic – Import a Partial Shoot

To import a subset of images from a card (or in a folder), simply uncheck the ones that you don’t want (in the upper right of the image in Grid view). If there are a large number of images  that you don’t want to import, it might be easier to click the Uncheck All button, select the desired images, and click to enable the check box (all selected images will be checked). You can also use the Sort drop down menu to sort by Checked State (to display checked images at the top of the grid). 

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Lightroom Classic – Previewing Images on Import 

By default, images are displayed in Grid view in the Import dialog. Double click an image to preview the image in Loupe view (fit in view). Once in Loupe view, you will automatically be given the zoom tool; click to view the  images at 1:1(100%). While viewing at 1:1, click-drag in the image preview to pan the image, single click to return to Loupe view, or double click to return to Grid View.  In addition, the Import dialog shares the same shortcuts as the Library module – tap G for Grid view and tap E for Loupe (or use the icons at the lower left of the preview area to change Views, and the Zoom icons in the lower right).

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Lightroom Classic – Docking Folders on Import

Double click on any folder in either the Source or Destination panels in the Import dialog in order to “doc” that folder while hiding others that are on the same level. This feature can be very helpful when navigating complex, multi-level folder structures.

Here we can see all of the subfolders folders of “01 Image Vault” (2014, 2015, 2016, etc.).

Double clicking on the “2018” folder “docs” it – hiding the other folders at that level (2014, 2015, etc.), while revealing the subfolders of “2018”.

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Choosing Additional Scratch Disks in Photoshop CC

As changes are made to documents, Photoshop needs space to make the necessary calculations. Photoshop will first try to perform the calculations using RAM, but if it runs out of RAM, Photoshop will need to perform the calculations on a “scratch disk”. By default, Photoshop uses the hard drive on which the operating system is installed as the primary scratch disk  however you can change and/or add additional drives for Photoshop to use. To do this, choose Preferences > Scratch Disks, and select the desired drive from the list. 


Note:  When launching Photoshop, Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) prompts you to choose an additional scratch disk folder. Note: there is a very short window between clicking the Photoshop icon to launch it and needing to hold down the keyboard shortcut, so get your fingers ready ahead of time!

Here are Adobe’s recommendations for setting scratch disk preferences:

For best performance, connect the scratch disks to a compatible port that has the highest bandwidth limit of all the available ports. The bandwidth limits for various ports are as follows:

Thunderbolt = 10GB/sec

eSATA = 600MB/sec

PCIe = 500MB/sec

USB3 = 400MB/sec

USB2 = 35MB/sec

To improve performance, set the scratch disk to a defragmented hard disk that has plenty of unused space and fast read/write speeds. If you have more than one hard drive, you can specify additional scratch disks. Photoshop supports up to 64 exabytes of scratch disk space on up to four volumes. (An exabyte equals 1 billion GB.)

If your startup disk is a hard disk, as opposed to a solid-state disk (SSD), try using a different hard disk for your primary scratch disk. An SSD, on the other hand, performs well as both the primary startup and scratch disk. In fact, using an SSD is probably better than using a separate hard disk as your primary scratch disk.

Scratch disks should be on a different drive than any large files you are editing.

Scratch disks should be on a different drive than the one your operating system uses for virtual memory.

RAID disks/disk arrays are good choices for dedicated scratch disk volumes.

Defragment drives with scratch disks regularly.

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Increasing Photoshop CC’s Font Size 

To change the font size for Photoshop’s interface, choose Preference > Interface > UI Font size and enable Scale UI To Font.

UI Font size set to Small.


UI Font size set to Large.

You can also increase the size of the tabs (which can be handy when working on touch screen devices), or enable a narrow Options bar (for smaller monitors), by selecting Preferences > Workspace.

Note: changes won’t take effect until the next time you restart Photoshop.

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Choosing a Color Theme in Photoshop CC

There are four “Color Themes” or levels of brightness that you can choose to display Photoshop’s interface. By default, the second-to-most dark theme is selected. You can change the theme by clicking on the color swatches in Preferences > Interface > Appearance, or use the shortcut Shift + F2 to move to a lighter color theme or Shift + F1 to cycle to a darker theme. Note: depending on your keyboard, you might have to add the function (fn) key). 

I prefer the default interface as it allows me to focus more on the image and not the interface. Plus, it’s easier on the eyes to look at a darker screen all day.  

My free video from LinkedIn Learning (Customizing the Photoshop Interface), steps through changing the Color Theme (starting at 1:35).

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Customize the Appearance of Screen Modes in Photoshop CC

Tapping the F key cycles through Photoshop’s three screen modes: Standard Screen Mode, Full Screen with Menu Bar and Full Screen Mode.  To change the background color in any of the screen modes do any of the following:

  • Control -click (Mac) | Right -click (Win) in the area surrounding your image and choose a color option from the context sensitive menu.

  • Select Preferences > Interface and customize the Appearance menus. Note; the Border can also be customized to Drop Shadow, None, or Line. 

  • Use the nostalgic (I had to walk uphill in the snow – both ways!) legacy method: select your desired color as the foreground swatch and Shift-click in the area surrounding your image with the Paint Bucket tool.  : )
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Quick Access to Document Information in Photoshop CC

By default, Photoshop displays the Document Size at the bottom of the document window in the Status Bar.

Click the arrow to the right of the Status bar to choose from additional options to display (such as Document Profile, Document Dimensions etc.).

Click and hold in the information area to display the documents width, height, channels and resolution (except while a Save is in progress). 

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Lightroom Classic – Import: Compact View

In the Import dialog, tap the Backslash (\)  key to display the window in it’s “Compact” format for ease of use on subsequent imports. Tap it again to toggle to Expanded View or, click the small triangle in the lower left of the Import window.

The Import dialog’s default “Expanded” view.


The Import dialog’s streamlined  “Compact” view.

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Lightroom Classic – Single -Click Expand / Collapse All Panels

Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) a panel header to expand/collapse all panels with a single click. Or, Control -click (Mac) | Right -click (Win) on any panel header and choose Expand All / Collapse All from the list.

Note, the Navigator, Histogram, and Preview panels are exceptions to this rule. 

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Lightroom Classic – Using Presets when Importing

To help minimize mistakes, set up your preferred settings for importing files in the Import dialog and then save them. For example, select your source on the left (select your device, navigate through connected drives, or use the arrow to select from common/recent locations). Then, select how Lightroom should import the files (Copy as DNG, Copy, Move or Add), and choose the options that make sense for your workflow on the right (File Handling, File Renaming, Destination etc.). When finished, at the bottom of the import window, click on the Import Preset drop down menu.

 Select “Save Current Settings as New Preset”, give it a name, and click Create. You can create as many different presets as you need for your workflows.

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Lightroom Classic – Hiding Unused Panels 

To toggle the visibility of a panel, Control -click (Mac) | Right -click (Win) on the panel header and select/deselect them from the list.

There are a few panels that can’t be hidden ((although their contents can still be collapsed using the disclosure triangle). The exceptions are: 

• Library and Develop Modules: Navigator and Histogram Panels

• Map Module: Navigator and Metadata Panels

• Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web Modules: Preview Panel

In the Develop Module, Control -click (Mac) | Right -click (Win) on any panel header on the right of the screen (except the Histogram panel), and select Customize Panels Option to toggle visibility as well as reorder the panels.


Drag the grabber handle to reorder panels. Use the checkbox to toggle visibility.

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