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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, I want to take a look at some techniques that we can use to speed up our overall importing workflow. I've selected a file. I'm going to go ahead and double-click on that file in order to zoom in on that. Now, when I zoom in on this file, it's a photograph of Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper at this concert in someone's backyard. It was quite a show. What I want to do is I want to add some metadata to this image. So, I'm going to go ahead and open up the Apply During Import panel. I'm going to click on the Metadata pulldown menu. What I want to do is create a new metadata preset.
So, I'll go ahead and select New. Now, this will open up the Metadata Preset dialog. There are a huge range of options that we can choose here. In order to just cover one of the essentials, what I'm going to do is I'm going to create a preset, which includes my copyright information. So, I'll go ahead and navigate down to the IPTC Copyright field. I'm going to add my information here. I'm going to include the copyright status of that particular image. Now once I've done that, I'll click Create. Now again, keep in mind there are a number of other options that you can include there as well. I'm just including the essential.
So, now in this particular case, I have this copyright that I can access from this pulldown menu. If you have other metadata needs and other metadata presets that you've created, you could access those here as well. All right. Well, now that we've dialed in our copyright metadata, there's one more thing that we might want to do to speed up our overall workflow. It has to do with our Import Preset. At the bottom you may have noticed this tab here where currently I have None. What I can do is I can save these current settings as a new preset. What I'm going to do is name this ldc for lynda.com, lr3 for Lightroom 3, and then click Create.
Now what that will do is it'll remember all of my different settings that I've dialed in here. Now, in contrast, I've created another one just to compare it. This one's called Lightroom 3 essentials. Now when I select that option, you notice that there isn't any metadata being applied and it's applying different keywords. So, what you can do is you can define different settings in regards to your Render Previews, your different options in all of the different panels that you have. Keep in mind that when you're copying files as DNG, you even have more options in regards to the panels over here on the right-hand side. All right.
Well, let's go back to Add, because that's what we want to do. Let's go back to the preset that we had previously, which was ldc_lr3, lynda.com, Lightroom 3. Now this is really nice, because a lot of times what you'll discover is that when you import files into Lightroom, you'll start to create a pattern. And you'll do the same thing over and over and over again. So rather than having to dial in the settings every time, you can create a preset to speed up your overall workflow. In addition, there may be times when you'll want to collapse this dialog.
You can do so by clicking on this triangle icon in the bottom left-hand corner, which will then give you a much smaller view. In this case, what it's doing is it's giving you a highlight of some of the options that you've chosen here. Now, if these are the options that I didn't want, I would simply choose my other preset. In this case, you can see that it goes back to those different settings here. Now again, what I want to do is go back to the preset we just created, because that one's good. Because we're new to importing, I'm going to go ahead and expand this dialog, so that I can see all of my options.
I'm going to go to my Grid View mode, just to make sure that I have all of these images selected. Definitely, they're all selected. I'm now good to go. And I'm going to go ahead and import these photos. So, let's click on the Import button. What we'll see here is that it's importing the files from their current location. It's going to give us progress of that. Then once that's complete, it's going to then go through and render those Standard sized previews. Now, at this rendering time, you don't really have to wait for. What it's going to do is go through the files in a linear fashion.
You can see that it's working through these, in this case. What I could do is zoom in on one of the images and start to work on it while it's rendering the others in the background. Now, there are those who say, "you know what, this just takes too much time for me. It's not worth rendering all of these." You have to keep in mind, this rendering happens in the background. Even if you choose 1:1, you can still have a really quick and efficient workflow. And it's one of the reasons why Lightroom is such an effective tool. In other words, it can be generating these huge previews. Meanwhile, you can start to work on image 1, image 2, image 3, and by the time you get to image 5, it's already going to have been rendered.
In other situations, what I'll do is I'll start import of my files, and I'll click Import, and then I'll walk away, or I'll go and check e-mail, or I'll go and do something else. In that way, the render time becomes somewhat meaningless, because I'm occupying myself with some other task. And then I come back to Lightroom, once the task has been completed, and everything is good to go.
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