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Creating a collection to group images together

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Creating a collection to group images together

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.

Creating a collection to group images together

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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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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