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Adding and importing photos from a folder

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Another common way to bring photos into Lightroom is to import photos that already exist in the folder hierarchy, and we just want to keep that as is. Let's go ahead and do that here. We'll navigate to our File pulldown menu and choose Import. This will then open up the Import dialog. We need to select a source. So go to exercise_files. The interesting thing about this folder is there are a number of different subfolders inside of it. Lightroom is able to see through to those, all of these different folders here, because this option is turned on. Now, if you turn this off, it will always tell you, "hey, there aren't any folders there." You can include subfolders, and then that will show you what are inside of the different folders.

Adding and importing photos from a folder

Another common way to bring photos into Lightroom is to import photos that already exist in the folder hierarchy, and we just want to keep that as is. Let's go ahead and do that here. We'll navigate to our File pulldown menu and choose Import. This will then open up the Import dialog. We need to select a source. So go to exercise_files. The interesting thing about this folder is there are a number of different subfolders inside of it. Lightroom is able to see through to those, all of these different folders here, because this option is turned on. Now, if you turn this off, it will always tell you, "hey, there aren't any folders there." You can include subfolders, and then that will show you what are inside of the different folders.

Now, one of the things that we want to do here is not Copy as DNG or Copy or Move. We simply want to add the files. We want to say, hey, bring all of these files into our Lightroom catalog. We just want to recognize that they exist. All right. Well, let's move over to File Handling. Well, in File Handling, we don't want to import suspected duplicates. This is going to be important, because this lynda folder is here, that's the folder we've already imported. We don't want to re-import that. We also don't need to make a backup copy anywhere, because we're assuming we probably already have a backup copy in another place. Now, Apply During Import, the one thing I do want to do is apply this particular metadata.

Let's say that I decide I want to add some more keywords. I am going to go ahead and add keyword Lightroom 3 essentials and lynda.com and training. Now that I have all of these keywords, one of the things that I can do, I have my Metadata, my File Handling is I can create a preset. If you notice there is an Import Preset down below. Currently it's turned on to None. I can save all of these current settings as a preset. I'll just call this lr3 for Lightroom 3 and Essentials. Then I'll go ahead and click Create.

Well, now what this particular preset is going to do is it's going to remember all of these settings. Let me illustrate that. Let's cancel out of this Import dialog for a second and then go ahead and reopen Import. I'll select the folder exercise_files. You notice currently there aren't any keywords applied. My File Handling I have here. Let's say I go to Add, and I have my Standard, Apply During Import. I don't have any keywords. Well, if I choose from my Import Preset that particular preset I just saved previously, you notice that it will then apply all of those settings.

So as you can imagine, presets are really nice. If you tend to import files in a particular way, with particular types of keywords or particular types of settings or rendering content, or whatever it is, this can really speed up your overall Import workflow. Well, let's go ahead and click on the Import button and bring all of these Exercise Files into Lightroom. Here you can see that it's going to work pretty quickly to bring all these files in. It's rendering previews again really fast. One of the things that you'll notice is that it's brought in all these files, including these Lynda images here.

Now, the only problem with this particular organization is that I have this one movie file, and it doesn't really belong in this lynda folder. So let's say that what I want to do is create a new folder. How can I do that? Well, one of the things that you can do is, let's say, click on exercise_files. Then I'll right-click or I'll Ctrl+ click, and that gives me this contextual menu which says, "Create a Folder inside of exercise_files." I'm going to do just that. I'm going to create a folder, and I'm going to call the folder movies.

Now that I have that folder, when I go back to my lynda folder and I have this little movie, I can drag and drop that into that location. It says, "hey, you're going to move this file on your hard drive. Do you really want to do that?" Heck yeah. I'll go ahead and click Move, and now that particular file is inside of this movies folder. It's really easy to change your folder structure after the fact if you need to, or if you need to shuffle things around a little bit. All right. Well, that wraps up our look at how we can import images from a preexisting folder.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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