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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.
Here we are going to explore how we can take advantage of using collections when we are interested in printing a set of photographs. If you are already familiar with collections, feel free to skip ahead into the next movie. Well, you'll discover that I've selected this folder, beach_family. And I took a number of different photographs for this family. If we scroll through this, we'll see we have a lot of photographs to work with. So in order to whittle this down to the actual images that I want to print, I'm going to create a collection. To do so, let's scroll down to our Collections panel.
The first thing I'll do is click on the plus icon, and then I'll select Create Collection Set. This will give me the ability to organize this. And I'll name this Beach Family. Next, inside of that set, I want to create another collection. So click on the Plus icon and then choose Create Collection. I'll just name this collection, Print, and then hit Create. Now that we've set this up, what we want to do is target this little collection here as our target collection. To do that, right-click or Ctrl+Click and then choose Set as Target Collection.
Once we've done that, you'll notice there is a little plus icon next to the collection. What this allows us to do is to go back to our folder beach_family and then to zoom in by double-clicking, and we can easily add these images to this collection simply by pressing the B key. And that's the shortcut key to add a photograph to the target collection. So here, I like this image, so I'll press the B key. Notice that my collection now has one photograph in it. From here what I can do is simply use my arrow keys and scroll through these photographs, looking for the photographs that I want to add to this overall collection.
And again, we're just simply going to press the B key. And the great thing about this is that if we're not sure in regards to which images we actually want to print, well we can easily remove these from the collection. And I'll show you how we can do that in just a minute. All right. Just selecting a few more photographs here so that we have some fun ones to work with and then I'm going to make my way over to a couple of these other images here. And I'm thinking, which images will the family enjoy? Of course, they are photographs that I enjoy, but I also want to keep them in mind, knowing their personalities and whatnot and wanting to give them something that will last for quite a bit of time. All right.
Well, again, I'm almost done with my edit here, simply adding a few of these images to this collection. Well, once I've done that, what I can then do is click on the collection name, in this case Print. These are the photographs that I want to print. Now, here we can see we have a smaller set of photographs, 24 images. Well, what you can do now is scroll through these images using the arrow keys. And if you happen upon a photographic that you think really isn't worthwhile to print, well, you could either simply leave it in the collection or you could remove it.
For example, I don't necessarily like this image here. The other one right next to it is much better. So in order to delete or remove this from the collection, all that we need to do is to simply press the Delete key. That will then remove that. You'll notice I now only have 23 photographs in the collection. Well, now that we've defined which images we want to print, we're ready to navigate to the Print module and begin to talk about how we can print these photographs. And we'll do that in the next few movies.
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