Posts tagged "The Library Module"

October 22, 2013

Advanced Smart Collections In Lightroom 5

Did you know that you can have Lightroom automatically display all of the images in a catalog that are missing keywords or has an Unknown  Copyright Status? Or, that you can have Lightroom show you all of your best images in the past 90 days? If not, it’s time to explore Smart Collections! As you can see in the screen shots below, there are numerous settings that can help Lightroom create task-oriented Smart Collections of images to expedite your workflow.




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October 17, 2013

Synchronizing Folders in Lightroom

I often download files into a folder, import them into Lightroom and then find that I have additional files to add to that folder. When this happens, I simply copy the additional files into that folder using the operating system. Then, in Lightroom, I Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the folder in the Folder panel and choose Synchronize Folder (or choose Library > Synchronize Folder). In the Synchronize folder dialog, you can choose to display the import dialog to add additional metadata or toggle it off and add any necessary metadata in the Library module.


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October 1, 2013

Re-linking Files and Folders in Lightroom

If files and/or folders have been moved  using the operating system (instead of from within Lightroom), Lightroom will lose the link to the file and display a warning icon (!) next to the missing image in the Grid view (as well as in the Histogram panel) or next to missing folder in the Folder panel.


Clicking on the “!” icon will allow you to locate and re-link any files (Lightroom will prompt you to find the files that you moved. In the subsequent dialog, be sure to check the option to Find nearby missing photos if more than one image from the same folder is missing).

You can re-link folders that have been moved or renamed by Control (Mac) / right mouse -clicking on the folder name in the Folders panel and selecting Find Missing Folder.

To view all missing files in your library, you can also choose Library > Find All Missing Photos and then relink them.

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September 5, 2013

Using Lightroom with Two Monitors

I’m often asked if Lightroom’s panels can be moved to a secondary screen like you can do in Photoshop. And, while you can’t physically separate the panels in Lightroom and move them, Lightroom does have the option to use two monitors to display images. This video was recorded with a previous version of Lightroom but the information is still valid today. Click here to learn how to take advantage of using the different display options to compare images using multiple views, achieve a consistent look between images, and use two monitors in a sales environment.


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August 26, 2013

A New Preference when Importing into Lightroom 5

There is a new Preference in Lightroom to control whether or not Lightroom displays the files as they are being imported. Choosing Preferences > General > Import Options and checking “Select the ‘Current/Previous Import’ Collection During Import” tells Lightroom to display the images being imported (by revealing that collection in the Catalog Panel in the Library module). If you uncheck the preference, Lightroom will keep the focus on the last previously viewed images (prior to Import), avoiding any interruption by switching folders/collections.


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August 22, 2013

Video Tutorial – Share Images Online with Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial, (Sharing Images online with Lighroom 5), Julieanne will demonstrate the many ways that Lightroom can help you share your images including creating web galleries, automating photo sharing (via Publish Services), and  quickly sending images via email.

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August 19, 2013

DNG Verification in Lightroom 5

There is a new command in Lightroom 5 that will verify the integrity of any Adobe created DNG files (Library>Validate DNG Files). If it finds any invalid DNG files, they will automatically be placed in a special collection.

This validation is helpful when we want to check to make sure that files haven’t been corrupted after copying then from one drive to another. It can also be helpful if we want to know with certainty if anything has changed in the original source image. If something has changed, then we know that something has gone wrong and it can (hopefully) be solved before more damage is done (like additional files are copied or changed).

It’s important to note that the data that Lightroom is verifying is the “original source image” – which, in a DNG file is never supposed to change. Lightroom is checking this information independently of the other information (that may have changed) in the file.

Here is a little more detail (and please understand that this is a bit of an oversimplification): the DNG file contains many different “kinds” of information. It’s helpful to imagine that the DNG file is really more like a file cabinet and each different “kind” of information is stored in a different folder in that cabinet. This enables certain segments of the file (one folder) to be altered independently of another segment (or folder).

For example, if you add IPTC data to a DNG file (by adding keywords, copyright etc.), the data in the IPTC folder changes, but the source image data (which is stored in another folder), remains unchanged. Even when you make edits to a DNG file in Lightroom’s Develop module (or Photoshop’s Camera Raw plug-in), all of the changes are made to the DNG file (as a set of instructions) and are stored in a separate folder so as not to change the original source image data. It’s then up to the software – PS or LR to take the original source data and then apply the set of instructions (from the other folder) and display the results on screen so that it “appears” as if the changes have been made when, in fact, the original source information has not been touched. Of course the benefit of not touching the original is that the entire workflow is then non-destructive: the changes can be modified or removed at any time without changing the original source data.

Here we can see that there are many types of data in a DNG file that can be changed. But the Source Image data should remain untouched.

Here we can see that there are many types of data in a DNG file that can be changed including EXIF, IPTC, AUX, RDF etc.). However, the Source Image Data should remain unchanged – and that is what the DNG verification feature validates.

So, it’s the best of both worlds, you can now validate an Adobe DNG file to confirm that the source image data has not changed, yet still make changes to other information in the file in order to add metadata and enhance the image.

Note: Only DNG files created by Adobe software can be validated (camera-‐created DNGs cannot be validated because they do not contain the necessary checksum).

For more information, be sure to check out Peter Krogh’s in depth explanation.

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July 19, 2013

Hierarchical Keywords in Lightroom 5

Hierarchical keywords are written in a much more logical (and visually obvious) manner in Lightroom 5.

For example if we have the parent keyword “Flower” and want to add the child keyword “Rose” it would be represented as:

Flower > Rose

In addition, it can also be written as:

Rose < Flower

They both result in the same keywords applied, with Flower as the parent and Rose as the child  (notice that the “>” is changing direction between the two examples).

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July 18, 2013

Video Tutorial – Creating Custom Collections of Images in LR 5

In this video tutorial (Creating Custom Collections of Images in Lightroom 5), Julieanne will show you how to simplify the creation of virtual groups of images using Collections, Smart Collections and Collection Sets in Lightroom.

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July 10, 2013

Video Tutorial – Organizing Your Images in Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Organize Your Images), you’ll learn how to organize your images in Lightroom using the Folder panel so that finding, moving and editing your images is a breeze.

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July 9, 2013

Video Tutorial – Importing Your Images into Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Importing Your Images into Lightroom 5), Julieanne will reveal how to quickly download and import your images into Lightroom. Then, you can decide which method is the most efficient for your workflow.




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June 14, 2013

Video Tutorials – Smart Previews in Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Smart Previews in Lightroom 5), you’ll learn how to create lightweight, efficient Smart Previews to work with offline images in Lightroom – including the Develop module!

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June 7, 2013

Quick Develop Increments in Lightroom

The double and single arrow buttons in Quick Develop (in the Library module) make the following changes:

• Exposure 1/3 stop, 1 stop

• All others (Contrast, Highlights Shadows etc.) 20 and  5.

• The Temperature and Tint sliders are dependent on the file format. When working with JPEG files, you guessed it, the changes are in increments of 20 and 5. For raw images, the increments for Temperature and tint are also 20 and 5. However in this case they are being calculated in relative percentage terms. (Camera raw translates the relative percentage amount to the absolute temperature and tint value using curve functions – both are quadratic and perhaps not as obvious!)

• Finally, holding the Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) in the Library module will change the Clarity and Vibrance settings to Sharpening and Saturation in the Quick Develop panel.

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May 17, 2013

Applying Virtual Copy Settings to the Master File

There have been times when I have decided that the settings that I had applied to the Virtual Copy are better than what are on my Master. In this case, I can quickly apply the settings from a virtual copy to the master, by selecting  Photo > Set Copy as Master (in the Library module).


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May 16, 2013

Creating A Smart Collection Based on Virtual Copies in Lightroom 5

Although it’s easy to find your Virtual Copies by using the Filter options in Lightroom, (use the Attribute filter and click the Virtual Copy icon on the far right),


it isn’t as readily apparent how one can create a Smart Collection that automatically finds your Virtual Copies – but it can be done! In Lightroom 5, choose Library > New Smart Collection and under the Match category, choose  File Name / Type > Copy Name. Then, set the pull down menu to “isn’t empty”.


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