Posts tagged "Working with Catalogs"

November 26, 2013

Catalog Questions from creativeLIVE

After my 2-day class on creativeLIVE, I had a number of great questions that I wanted to answer. Today we will focus on working with Catalogs. Fortunately, I have videos already recorded that will answer these questions!

1) MQuinn: So you ALWAYS create a new CAT when you are on the road?

JK: Yes, I always create a new catalog when I’m on location so that I don’t mess up the files inadvertently when doing demos. And, in fact, I have posted a new video tutorial on this exact subject – How to Use Lighroom 5 On-Location

4) jjack: If you want to put all of your files on a new HD, how do you deal with your LR Catalog and Previews?

JK: I think this video (How to Migrate Lightroom to a New Computer), will help explain all of the components of Lightroom and what you might need/want to move to a new machine:  Or, if you simply want to move files, this video, will show you how (Questions About Lightroom and Photo Management).

5) AlexSanDiego: How do you merge catalogs, ie secondary catalog to Master?

JK: This video (Merging Individual Catalogs into a Master Catalog), will demonstrate how to merge catalogs.

6) Wayne: How do you export a catalog from one computer and import the catalog on another computer?

JK: This video (Questions About Lightroom and Photo Management), covers 3 topics including how to export a catalog. You might want to skip to 6:20 where I start discussing how to export a catalog.

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November 25, 2013

Develop Module Questions from creativeLIVE Lightroom 5 Course

After my 2-day class on creativeLIVE, I had a number of great questions that I wanted to answer. Well, I’ve finally had some time to sit down and answer them so that’s what I’llbe concentrating on this week. Today we’ll look at the questions about the Develop Module:

1) Guest6550: I created a folder for presets but couldn’t make another folder within that… is it possible?

JK: Unfortunately, no – you cannot “nest” a folder of presets within another folder of presets in Lightroom.

2) lizj: can Julieanne show us how to install a preset we download from her blog (or from somewhere else)?  Thanks.

JK: The easiest way to download the presets on my blog would be to do a search (in the upper right corner) for .zip. Look through the search results for the presets you desire – the instructions on how to install will be listed with each blog that has presets.

3) SSchwarz: Is there a way to auto-balance several flash images? For example, when the flash’s power differs and thus brightness. In Photoshop, I could manually check histogram info average brightness and change one picture until it’s the same as another. Can this be done in Lightroom automatically?

JK: Select all of the desired images in the Grid view and choose Photo > Develop Settings > Match Total Exposures. Each image might still need a bit of refinement (using Quick Develop or in the Develop Module), but this might allow you to automate some of the process.

4) peter-minneapolis: regarding post-crop vignetting: if you perform one vignette with color priority on one virtual copy and create another virtual copy  with highlight priority, can you mask out the color-distorted highlights or shadows then merge the two images like HDR? Would you need to export the images first, then re-import them to merge like HDR?

JK:There isn’t an automated way to do this (like the Merge to HDR Pro command) but you could open both files in Photoshop and use layer masks to hide and show the areas that you prefer. 

5) Spencer:  Is there -any- possible way to create a preset that rotates an image a set amount or set cropping?

JK: Presets can’t contain cropping information, but you can modify one image and then copy and paste and/or synchronize the crop setting between images. 

6) BKlock: I have another Preset question: does the version of lightroom matter?  Understanding they are just starting points for further tweaking.

JK: Yes, the version of Lightroom can matter. If Lightroom makes changes to the slider between versions ,it would change the preset. This is why it might be a good idea, when saving presets, to include the Process Version. 

7) Cosmo: Q: If you make a bunch of edits to a photo then discover that you accidentally auto-sync’d it to several other photos, how can you undo the sync’d changes without undoing the first photo’s edits?

JK: There isn’t an easy answer for this one. If you use the Undo command (multiple times if necessary), it will undo all of the changes to all of the images – but that means that you are also Undo-ing the changes made to the primary image that you wanted to keep. If it’s more important to you to keep the changes to the primary image, then it becomes a manial process of Undo-ing all of the other images (disable auto sync, click on each of the other images that were changed and use the History panel to move back in time – unfortunately specific History states can’t be synced).

So, your decision will probably be based on whether it will take you more time to reset the images you didn’t mean to change, or redo the changes you made to the primary image.

9) WheresMyTiara: Would like to know where the “brightness” and “fill” sliders went from the develop module?? They are very important to my style of editing. Please help!

JK: In Lightroom 5, the process version was updated in the Develop Module in order to raise the quality of raw processing. In a nutshell, the “brightness” and “fill” sliders were greatly improved and as a result the sliders were renamed the “highlights” and “shadows” – they had to be unique because their behavior was changed). If you want to revert back to the older technology, you can change the process version for an image by selecting Settings > Process > 2010 but I wouldn’t recommend it as the new process version (2012 technology) is better. This video (Lightroom 4 Develop Module), might help explain in more detail the changes that were made to the process version. Note: you can skip the intro on how to upgrade your catalog and go directly to 2:00.

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October 23, 2013

Video Tutorial – How to Use Lightroom 5 On Location

In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to Use Lightroom 5 On Location), Julieanne demonstrates how to create a “template” catalog on the computer that she uses on-location. Then, she shows how to retain all of the edits made to images while in the field (including collections, virtual copies, ratings, saved output projects, etc.) by merging the on-location catalog with her master catalog upon return.

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August 17, 2012

Backing Up The Lightroom Catalog

A while ago I posted how to create an incremental Backup of your Lightroom catalog:

• To create a backup of your Lightroom catalog, select Catalog Settings > General.  In the Backup area, select how often Lightroom should create an backup of your catalog. (Remember, this is only creating a backup of the Lightroom catalog – NOT your images.) 

• You might also want to change the location of the backup catalog. When prompted to backup (depending on the schedule you set above), select a secondary drive (if possible) so that if the primary drive fails, you will still have your backups on the secondary drive.

I wanted to take a moment to add that this incremental catalog backup was designed so that if the most current catalog is harmed in some way (becomes corrupted, is accidently deleted, etc.), you can go back in time to the most recent backup (ideally losing little or no work). The incremental backups were not designed for catastrophic failures (floods, fire, theft etc.). So please, adopt a backup system that works for you that includes multiple copies of the most recent catalog (as well as your images) on multiple drives – ideally in multiple locations.

Note: I have multiple LaCie RAID drives that I backup routinely using Intego Backup Manager software (which comes with the drive). I keep multiple copies of my entire image library at home as well as at work. Obviously there is a wide range of backup strategies: I encourage you to find one that meets your needs.

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April 11, 2012

Upgrading your Lightroom 3 catalog to Lightroom 4

When you upgrade from Lightroom to Lightroom 4, be sure to upgrade your catalog. The first 2 minutes of this video will show you how.

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December 9, 2011

LR3 – Selecting a Catalog when Launching Lightroom

Holding the Option (Mac) | Control (Win) key when launching Lightroom will display the “Select Catalog” dialog box which allows you to choose to open recent catalogs, choose a different catalog, or create a new catalog.

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November 29, 2011

LR3 – Import from Catalog and Export As Catalog

In the Library module, holding the Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) key toggles the Import and Export buttons (at the bottom of the panels) to “Import Catalog” and “Export Catalog”.

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November 15, 2011

Video Tutorial – How to Export a Catalog

In this video (How To Move & Archive Images and Export A Catalog), you will learn how to create a smaller subset of your images to take home with you to work on “off-line”. Because this tutorial answers three questions, you will want to jump to 6:20 in the movie. And yes, it is the same video as in yesterday’s post – I have now learned NOT to mix different topics in one video – even if they’re all popular questions!

(This Episode was first published on 2010/03/09 but I neglected to blog about it.)

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October 19, 2011

Video Tutorial – How to Migrate Lightroom to a New Computer

In this episode of the Complete Picture, (How to Migrate Lightroom to a New Computer), I explain how to transfer all of your Lightroom Catalogs, backups, presets, preferences and supporting files from one computer to another. I will also provide tips on how to re-link any missing files and folders if the paths to your images change along the way.

 

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October 12, 2011

Quick Tip – How to Prevent Lightroom’s Previews File from Taking Over the Hard Drive

In this quick tip (How to Prevent  Lightroom’s Previews File from Taking Over the Hard Drive), I explain what makes Lightroom’s Preview file (.lrdata) grow and how to set your Catalog Settings to prevent it for getting out of hand.

 

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September 1, 2011

LR3 – Creating a “Template” Catalog

If your workflow includes making a new catalog for each client, you might want to think about making a “template” catalog to save time. Simply open a new catalog (File > New Catalog), and customize it the way you want ( by adding smart collections, your identity plate, watermarks etc.). Then, instead of having to recreate this process every time, simply duplicate the template. Note:  you might want to rename the template to differentiate them from one another:

Click here to learn how to rename a Lighroom catalog.

Click here for more information on when to use a single vs multiple catalogs in Lightroom.

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July 13, 2011

Video Tutorial – Merging Individual Lightroom Catalogs into a “Master” Catalog

In this Episode of The Complete Picture (Merging Individual Lightroom Catalogs into a “Master” Catalog) I will demonstrate how to combine individual Lightroom catalogs into a single, “Master” Lightroom catalog to simplify a photographers workflow and enable multi-shoot searching.

 

 

 

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May 17, 2011

LR3 – Storing Presets and Templates with a Catalog

The option to store presets and templates with a specific catalog is particularly useful when there is a need for the photographer to work on several different computers. For example, in an educational “lab” environment, a student might have all of their images and catalog on an external drive making it easy to move from one machine to another during each “open lab” session. If they choose Preferences > Presets > Location  and check the “Store Presets with Catalog” option, any user-created preset (such as metadata templates, develop presets etc.) will be stored within the same folder as the associated catalog (instead of in the default location).  The advantage is that whichever computer you launch your Lightroom catalog on, you will see your presets and only your presets (as opposed to all of the other students’ presets).

If, however, you are working on a single computer, I would suggest that you do NOT check the “Store Presets with Catalog” option. Instead, save your presets (and templates) to the default location so that your presets will be accessible if you decide to create multiple catalogs.

 

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May 16, 2011

LR3 – Moving Presets Between Machines

Lightroom’s presets can be found/copied/deleted here:

• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom

• Win (user)/ Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom

Or, Control (Mac) / right mouse (Win) -click on any preset in Lightroom’s Develop module (or any Template in the output modules) and choose Show in Finder (Mac ) / Reveal in Explorer (Win) to automatically display the corresponding presets folder. Then, copy and paste (using the operating system) the preset files to the same location on the other machine.

 

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May 4, 2011

LR3 – How to Back up the Lightroom Catalog

To create a backup of your catalog, select Catalog Settings > General.  In the Backup area, select how often Lightroom should create a backup of your catalog. Remember, this is only creating a backup of the Lightroom catalog (NOT your images).  The backup might use a little disk space, but it’s well worth the investment just in case something happens to the primary catalog.

It is also wise to change the location of the backup catalog. When prompted to backup (depending on the schedule set above) select a secondary drive (if possible) so that if the primary drive fails, you will still have your backups on the secondary drive.

 

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