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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Another organizational feature that you may want to take advantage of inside of the Library module is called Quick Collections. One of the things that you can do, as you are working through your images, is you can add your images to the Quick Collection by pressing the B key. So I am going to go ahead and press the B key, and you'll notice that in my Catalog panel, I now have one image inside of a Quick Collection. Well, why would I actually want to create a quick collection? Well, let's say in this particular case that I have photographed this family, one of the things that I am going to need to do is to give them an entire set of photographs.
But I decide that before I actually give them all the images, I am just going to pick maybe two or three images that I can e-mail them quickly. So in that case, I am going to add these images to this little Quick Collection. So, I'll go head and add a couple of others to the Quick Collection here. I'll click on an image. Press the B key. What I am doing is I am just looking for images that I think are kind of fun, and perhaps images that I think they are going to enjoy. So I'll go ahead and scroll over and find another image, and then let's say, select one and press the B key. Little bit different images yet nonetheless could be kind of fun to e-mail them to the client, in this case, the family.
Well, what we can do next is we can then click on this option here to view the Quick Collection, just these three images. Now, what we could do with these images is I could then export them from Lightroom. We'll talk about exporting later and then send them off to the client. So what you can see is that Quick Collections give you the ability to group your images, as the name implies, really quickly. Now, this is a temporary set. In other words, if I were to close Lightroom and reopen it, this Quick Collection would be back to 0.
There wouldn't be any images inside of it. So again, think of this as a way to temporarily group or organize photographs. Now, you may want to do this for a number of different reasons, again, perhaps just to evaluate certain images, or to send them somewhere else, or perhaps to organize them in a little bit more of a concrete way. In other words, what you could do is you could then convert this Quick Collection into a regular collection. Well, let's dig a little bit deeper into the topic of collections, and let's do that in the next movie.
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