Posts tagged "Collections"

March 27, 2012

Video Tutorial – Lightroom 4 – Select, Rate and Prioritize Your Images

In this video tutorial (Select, Rate and Prioritize Your Images), you’ll find out which method of tagging images works best for the photography you do in order to simplify the creation of collections of images.

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March 1, 2012

Lightroom – Collections or Folders?

It’s a personal preference whether you use folders, collections or a combination of both to organize your workflow. Most of the photographers that I talk to have some type of folder structure to help them organize their images. Some common example are naming folders by date, client names, location or events – with all related files stored in that folder.

Then, to combine images into groups (without moving the originals from their folders), they create collections. For example, they might have a collection of their best of the portraits for 2011 for your marketing pieces, or a collection of the best bird photographs from across North America – these images are still in the original folders, but can now also appear in a collection(s).

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February 23, 2012

Lightroom – Collections – Three Questions Answered

• The difference between a Smart Collection and a  regular Collection is that the Smart Collection is based on the search criteria you specify in the Smart Collection dialog. Once you set up the criteria, Smart Collections constantly monitor your entire catalog looking for any photograph that meets the criteria set in the Smart Collection – which is why they are smart  – they can add and delete images dynamically if you make changes to an image.

• In order to organize your collections, use the plus icon on the Collections panel and select Create Collection Set, name it and then drag and drop your Collections and Smart Collections into the Set.

• In order to target a collection (as oppose to the Quick Collection), Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click a  regular collection. And choose “Set as Target Collection”. Then, tapping the “B” key will add the selected images(s) into your targeted collection instead of the default Quick Collection. Caps Lock (or add the Shift key) will auto advance to the next image while adding to the Quick/Target Collection.

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January 23, 2012

Lightroom 4 Beta- Enhancements to the Library Module

• In the Folder panel, you can now move and/or delete multiple folders at one time.

• In the Collection panel, Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) a collection to duplicate it. More specifically, if the collection is loose (it’s not in a Collection Set), Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) until a thicker line appear between two items (indicating that the collection will be duplicated), and release.  To duplicate a collection within a Collection Set or to duplicate the collection into a different Collection Set, Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win)  the collection on top of the Collection Set icon (watch for the highlight) and release.

• Stacking is now available in Collections.

• At the top of the Filmstrip bar, the selected image’s folder or collection is displayed. (This is really handy when in other modules.)

• The Flag attribute is now global.

• You can filter and/or search images based on their Metadata status. Images will be assigned one of several different statuses including Changed on Disk, Conflict Detected, Has Been Changed, Unknown and/or Up to Date).

• You can also search/filter on Map Locations and GPS Data (GPS Location or No GPS Location).

• That folder structure that you carefully crafted in the Develop module to hold your presets is now maintained both in the Import dialog box as well as the Quick Develop panel.

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November 22, 2011

LR 3 – Quick Collection Shortcuts

Here are several shortcuts to make working with Quick Collections more efficient.

• Tapping the “B” key adds the selected image(s) to a Quick Collection. Tap “B” again to remove the image(s).

• Command + B (Mac) | Control + B (Win) will  display the contents of a Quick Collection. Tapping it again returns you to your previous location (folder, collection etc.). This is a really useful shortcut that I just learned from the team.

• Command + Shift + B (Mac) | Control  + Shift + B (Win)  will delete the contents (clear) of a  Quick Collection.

• Command + Option + B (Mac) | Control + Alt + B (Win)  will convert (or save) a Quick Collection to a regular Collection.

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November 4, 2011

LR3 – The Painter Tool

Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + K will enable the painting tool in the Library module. For those of you not familiar with the Painting tool, it allows you to pick an attribute (such as keywords, labels, ratings, target collection etc.) and apply to images by clicking on the image thumbnail in the Grid view. Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click with the Painter tool will remove the information. When finished, tapping the Escape key will put the tool away.

I thought that you had to click on each image with the Painter tool in order to apply its “attribute”. However, you can also drag across multiple thumbnails with the Painter Tool in Lightroom to spray them all at once.

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October 10, 2011

LR3 – Collection Sets

Clicking on a Collection Set will display ALL of the images within ALL of the Set’s collections.

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September 27, 2011

LR3 – Selecting Folders, Collections and Files in Lightroom’s Output Modules

If you find that you’re in one of Lightroom’s output modules but don’t have the correct images to work with, instead of returning to the Library Module, you can:

•  Choose a different collection using the Collections panel.

•  Use the Go Back and Go Forward navigation icons to view recently viewed folders (located above the Filmstrip on the left-hand side, in the little black strip)

•  Click the downward pointing triangle to the right of the path (above the Filmstrip, on the left-hand side, in that little black strip) and choose from Recent and Favorite Sources.

You can also refine the selection using the Content Selector in the tool bar – choosing between All Filmstrip Photos, Selected Photos or Flagged Photos.

And don’t forget, you don’t have to return to the library to reorder images either. Simply drag to reposition the images in the Filmstrip (be sure you have to click and drag in the thumbnail area – not the gray area surrounding the thumbnail to reposition). Note, there are certain circumstances when you can not drag to create a custom sort order. Click here to watch the short video on Custom Sort Orders.

 

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September 13, 2011

The Top 10 Ways to Automate Lightroom

I am posting the links to these two videos again after presenting the material at Photoshop World last week. My apologies for not including the links in the workbook.

In these episodes of The Complete Picture, I demonstrate how to streamline Lightroom 3 by taking advantage of presets, templates, collections, virtual copies (and more) in order to eliminate much of the repetitive post-capture tasks such as importing, tagging, developing, exporting and sharing photographs.

The Top 10 ways to Automate Lightroom Part 1

The Top 10 ways to Automate Lightroom Part 2

 

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May 30, 2011

LR3 – Smart Collections as Task Managers

As I am sure that many of you have found out, Smart Collections can be used as a way to double check if  “tasks” in a workflow have been completed. For example, creating a Smart Collection displays all images that are missing keywords or copyright information will let you quickly see if you’re neglected to apply that important information to your photographs. There are plenty of additional Smart Collection search parameters that you can choose from as well, including (but not limited to) date range, folder, treatment, aspect ratio, has adjustments etc.. Be sure to take a minute and check out all of the possibilities!

 

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LR3 – Smart Collections as Task Managers

As I am sure that many of you have found out, Smart Collections can be used as a way to double check if  “tasks” in a workflow have been completed. For example, creating a Smart Collection displays all images that are missing keywords or copyright information will let you quickly see if you’re neglected to apply that important information to your photographs. There are plenty of additional Smart Collection search parameters that you can choose from as well, including (but not limited to) date range, folder, treatment, aspect ratio, has adjustments etc.. Be sure to take a minute and check out all of the possibilities!

 

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May 5, 2011

LR3 – The Flag Tag (or Attribute) Seems Inconsistent

Lightroom has several different ways to tag images including flags, star ratings and color labels. Both the star ratings and color labels are global settings. If for example, you apply a star rating to an image in a folder, that star will travel with the image if you add the image to a Collection or Publish Services. The Flag tag (or attribute), on the other hand is specific to the folder/collection/publish services in which it is assigned. This “localized flagging” feature was designed so that you could flag images within a folder/collection/publish services independently of the other image’s other locations and so that you could then use that flag to further filter the images – to play for example, only a subcollection of images in a slideshow at any given time. The feature can, however cause unexpected results if you didn’t know that was the way that flags were designed to work.

 

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March 25, 2011

LR3 – Targeting a Custom Collection (Instead of Quick Collection)

Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click a  regular collection to “Set as Target Collection”. Then, using the shortcut “B” will add selected images(s) into the targeted collection instead of the default Quick Collection. Caps Lock (or add the Shift key) will auto advance to the next image while adding to the Quick/Target Collection.

 

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March 24, 2011

LR3 – Turning Quick Collections into Regular Collections

Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + B to promote (or save) a quick Collection into a regular Collection.

 

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March 23, 2011

LR3 – Clearing Quick Collections

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + B will delete the contents of  Quick Collection.

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Z will undo just in case you accidentally tap these keys!

 

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