Posts tagged "The Library Module"

February 15, 2019

Showing and Hiding Folders in Lightroom Classic

There are times when you may have imported multiple folders into Lightroom Classic yet can not see the parent folder (the folder higher up on the hierarchical structure). For example, in the illustration below, we can see my folders for 2014- 2019 but not the “Image Vault” folder that they are contained within (in the operating system).

To display the parent folder, Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) any of the subfolders (2014-2019 ) in the Folder panel and choose “Add Parent Folder”.  In the illustration below, we can now see the subfolders in their hierarchy.

If you have the opposite dilemma, where you have too many levels of folders showing, Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) the top most (parent) folder and select Promote Subfolder to remove the parent folder and promote the child folder(s). One caveat: if there are photos in the parent folder that you are removing, it’s just like removing any other folder and Lightroom will warn you that “If you continue, all photos in the root folder will be removed from the Lightroom catalog but the folder and files will remain on disk”.


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February 14, 2019

The Easy Way to Create Subfolders in Lightroom Classic

To quickly create a subfolder without having to scroll to the top of the Folder panel, Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on the desired parent folder and choose “Create Folder Inside “xxx”…” from the list (you don’t actually have to click on the folder to select it, Lightroom will know where you control/right -clicked). This can be very useful as you create more and more folders in the Folders panel.

Here, I right-clicked on the USVI folder in order to quickly  create a folder inside of it (as opposed to clicking on the + (plus) icon and having to navigate to the USVI folder).

You can also use this shortcut to select “Import into this Folder” to display the Import dialog while automatically setting the destination folder. 

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February 13, 2019

Displaying Disk Space, Photo Count, or Status in Lightroom Classic

To display Disk Space, Photo Count, or Status (on/offline) in the header for any drive, Control -click (Mac) | Right -click (Win) on the volume header in the Folder panel and select the desired option. 


Lightroom also provides a hint as to the available disk space on a drive by displaying a color-coded Disk icon in the Folder panel’s header. Green means that you have a significant amount of free space, yellow hints that the space is becoming limited and red warns that the drive almost full. When the header of a drive is gray, the drive is off-line. 

In addition, clicking the + (plus) icon on the Folder panel header provides three choice for displaying the Root folder’s path (the Root folder refers to the top most parent folder(s) in the panel). Choose from Folder Name Only, Path from Volume, or both Folder and Path. 

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February 11, 2019

Working with the Folder Panel in Lightroom Classic

In Lightroom Classic, clicking on a folder in the Folder panel displays not only the photographs in the selected folder, but also any photographs in subfolders. This may be confusing if you are accustomed to viewing images in the operating system or in Adobe Bridge where the default view would display the photographs in the folder and folder icons for any subfolders. 

To change Lightroom’s default view to display only the photographs in a folder (hiding any images in subfolders) select the Library menu and disable Show Photos in Subfolders (or, on the Folders panle,  click the + (plus) icon and disable Show Photos in Subfolders).  

Note: With Show Photos in Subfolders off, the photo count (displayed in the Folder panel) will most likely change (because Lightroom is counting only the photos in the folder and does not include any photos in subfolders). If you store all of your images in subfolders, don’t be alarmed if the parent folder displays a count of zero (because it’s not counting the photos in the subfolders). 

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April 3, 2017

Lightroom Classic – Shortcuts and Quick Reference Guide (PDF)!

Although I really appreciate that you can search my blog for Lightroom tips and shortcuts, several customers have requested that I create a single, condensed document that contains the Lightroom CC shortcuts that I use most often. So, click here to view/download the document.

The PDF file is 20+ pages long, and still doesn’t contain every shortcut… If you run across any mistakes/typos, please let me know and I’ll update the document.

And, if you’re looking for more information about my Lightroom workflow, be sure to check out my book Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom”.

Have a great week!

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March 24, 2017

Quickly Apply a Preset using the Painter Tool in Lightroom CC

A very powerful, but seldom used feature of the painter tool is it’s ability to “spray-on” presets in the Library module. Select the Painter tool, set the Paint option to the desired preset, and click on an image to apply it. Note: you can also click -drag across multiple images to add a preset.

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March 22, 2017

Assigning Keywords using the Painter Tool in Lightroom CC

In this video (Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC), you’ll discover how to access Recently Used Keywords as well as Saved Keyword Sets using the Painter tool in Lightroom CC. Note, the link above should take you directly to the keywording portion of the demo (1:50 – 2:55).

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March 20, 2017

Using the Painter tool to Add Images to a Collection in Lightroom

To use the Painter tool to add images to a collection in Lightroom, in the Library module, right-click on a regular collection (not a smart collection) and choose Set as Target Collection. Then, select the painter tool and choose Target Collection from the list of Paint options. While the painter tool is selected, clicking on an image in the grid to add it to the collection. You can also click – drag across multiple images to add them to the target collection.

The video below demonstrates how to set a target collection when creating collection, tapping the “B” key to add an image to the targeted collection as well as using the Painter tool to add images to a collection (2:15):

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March 8, 2017

Filtering Collections in Lightroom CC

To quickly find a collection in Lightroom CC, type the name of the collection in the search field.

Filtering collections a huge time-saver as I have (literally)  hundreds of collections of images in my Lightroom catalog).

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March 3, 2017

Convert Smart Collections to regular Collections

I often use Quick Collection in Lightroom to create a temporary collection of images (to submit to a client, use in a demo, etc.). However there are times when, after making the Quick Collection, I want to convert it to a regular collection. To do so, Control-click (Mac)  | right-click (Win) on Quick Collection in the Catalog panel and choose Save Quick Collection. In addition:

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

• 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.).

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

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March 1, 2017

Automatically Add Photos to a Collection on Import in Lightroom

When importing files into Lightroom, under the File Handling options, enable the Add to Collection option to automatically add the imported images into a collection. You can select a collection from the list or, click the plus (+) icon and add a new collection.

If you forget to add your images to a collection on import, and you want to quickly create a collection from a folder, drag the folder from the Folders panel into the Collections panel. If you drag a folder that contains subfolders, it will create a single collection including all of the files in the parent folder and all subfolders.

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June 26, 2015

The Painter Tool in Lightroom

In this Quick Tip, Julieanne will show you a few of her favorite uses for the little-known Painter tool in Lightroom.

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May 29, 2015

Mastering the Mysterious “Multi-Select” in Lightroom

In this Episode of the Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost reveals essential shortcuts and little known features that will make navigating the grid view in Lightroom far more efficient.

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May 19, 2015

Quick Tip – Saving Changes to Files in Lightroom

In this quick tip, you’ll find out how to save changes in Lightroom and view them in applications such as Adobe Bridge.

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May 15, 2015

Quick Tip – Working with Smart Collections in Lightroom

In this quick tip, you’ll discover how Smart Collections use search criteria to help you find your images.

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