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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Before we completely wrap up our conversation about importing photographs or videos from a CompactFlash card, I want to highlight another step that you can take, which is creating an import preset. Now this can be really helpful and let's take a look at how we could do this. Again, what we'll want to do is connect our CF card so that we can then open up this Import dialog. Now when we do this, you notice that what we can do of course is dial in the various settings. We can choose to Import from the CF card, we know this, how we want to copy it, how we want to handle the files, how we want to rename those images, etcetera.
Well typically, what happens is that when you're importing to a particular folder, you do that again and again and again. In other words, in most scenarios, you'll have a folder which maybe just called Photos or My Photographs for Photography or something like that, and you almost always import into that folder. Now in my own workflow what I typically do is I import these files and I organize them by date and so these come into this particular folder by date.
I don't put them in a subfolder; they just go into the year and then the date. Now again, whatever is typical for you in regards to your import settings, it may be a good idea to create a preset so that you can remember those. And in order to do that, all that you need to do is to go down to Import preset and then choose Save current settings as a new preset. You can go ahead and name this and I'll just name this Chris Orwig - Typical Import or whatever you want to name it and then click Create.
And the nice thing about this is that you now have this as a preset. And in the Import dialog, when you're in a hurry what you can do is collapse this. You can collapse this either by clicking on the icon over here on the left or by pressing the Tab key. The Tab key will toggle this bigger or smaller. Let's try that. Press Tab once, it becomes big; press Tab again, it becomes small. In other words, you don't need to dial in all of those different settings because you have them all saved in this preset.
And that can be really helpful especially, say, when you're on location and you're shooting for an entire day, and you have to clear off a number of CompactFlash cards, or maybe your assistant is clearing off those cards for you. You can say to that assistant, okay, well just use this preset and when you import just select the preset, hit Import and we'll be good to go. So again, creating these presets can really speed up your overall workflow. And so if you ever find yourself doing something over and over again ask yourself, well hey, could a preset help out in this situation.
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