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In part two of Chris Orwig's Lightroom Essentials, you'll learn how to add important metadata to your images that will help you find and filter your library, process images and video, and export, email, and share photos—all from within the powerful Library module in Adobe Lightroom. First you'll learn how to flag, rate, and rank your photos and use the information to find images that match those criteria. Then tag them with locations and add keywords and identifying information that clearly distinguish the subject and your copyright. Chris also shows you how to make image adjustments with Quick Develop, and play, trim, and edit video. Lastly, find out how to export your photographs to a hard drive, email them to friends and clients, and upload them to sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook.
Let's take a look at how we can create collect sets and collections in order to begin to see how me might integrate collections into our work flows. Alright well lets begin by navigating to the Collections panel. Here we'll click on the plus icon and we're going to choose the menu item that says create a collection set. You can kind of think of this like the main, or over arching folder. Like the larger folder. And then you'll have smaller collections inside of it. So go ahead and click on that menu item to create a collection set.
And lets give this one a name. And I'm going to name this one People-Photographs. Next we'll go ahead and click Create. In doing that, essentially what we've done is we've just created, sort of an empty box. There's nothing inside of it. Well now I want to create some collections inside of this collection set. To do that, what you'll often do is select one or more photographs, and then create a collection. So let's go ahead an take a look at how we can do that. You know, in the People's folder, you'll notice that we have some portraits which are located in Portraits one, two, three, and four.
I want to create a collection which allows me to combine together all of these images which reside, or live, in different folders. And often that's why you'll create collections, to group images together which don't live in the same location. Well, to do that, we'll go ahead and click on Portraits one. Now, here, when we click on Portraits one, we can see these six photographs. Well, I want to add all of these pictures together. To do that, hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on windows. And you can click on multiple folders in order to view the contents of all of those folders.
And this doesn't necessarily relate to collections. But this was just a trick to be able to view all of these contents in these four folders. Well now that we can see all those contents, let’s select the images by pressing Cmd+A on Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows. After you’ve selected one or more photograph, the next step is to click on the plus icon. When you click on the plus icon located to the right of the Collections panel, you want to choose create collection. This will open up the Create Collection dialog. Here, let's go ahead and give this one a name.
We'll name this one Portraits. We want to include this inside of the collections set, or the big box as I like to think of it, people photographs. Include these selected photographs. No need for virtual copies, and no need to set this as a target collection. We'll talk more about that later. Let's go ahead and simply click the create button. In doing this, this will create a collection here for us which now contains all 14 of these images. So now we can simply see and work on these images by clicking on this particular collection.
And what's great about this is we can actually add photographs to this collection as well. If we navigate back to the People folder, perhaps we'll come across a photograph like this one here. If we want to include this pictures inside of this collection set, we can just drag and drop it into that set. And then it will become part of that group or that collection. Now when we click on the Portraits collection, we'll see that we have all of these pictures. And you know what, this collection is called Portraits. And this image really isn't a portrait, so I want to get rid of it.
But I don't want to delete it from the main folder. Well, when you're inside of a collection. If you press delete or back space, it will simply remove the image from the collection. You'll notice that, back here in the folder. Well, this image, it still lives there. It's still alive. It's just no longer a part of this collection. Or, in a sense, this virtual folder. Let's look at how we can add other photographs as well. We'll click on the Steven folder. An to add these pictures into our collection, we can click on one photograph an drag an drop it here, or you can hold down the Cmd key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows, and click on multiple photographs, and then drag an drop those into this collection. An in this way, when we click on the collection portraits we'll now see all 20 of these photographs, which reside in this various folders above. And so what collections allow us to do is your seeing they allow us to create these groups of images.
And often you can create these groups or these subgroups of your photographs. In order to group together important pictures. Perhaps you have a collection which is called portfolio. Or maybe you have a collection which is title landscapes, or people or portraits or whatever it is. And this allows us to have various folders. And then to also group these images in all of these various folders together In a way which makes a bit more sense and by having collections what it gives us is this extra layer of flexibility, so that we can then, group and organize our photographs as you can see here.
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