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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.
Here, I want to take a look at how we can remove and delete our photographs from Lightroom. In order to understand how this works, what I am going to do is select an image and then right-click or Ctrl+click and choose Show in Finder or Explorer. This will allow me to view the image on the hard drive. Well, here we can see this photograph outside of Lightroom. This is living inside of this folder, which is Wedding, and it's inside of these other subfolders here. Well, this file physically actually exists in this location.
You'll notice it's titled wedding-2.CR2 and it's about 20 Megs. Well, let's say that what we want to do is we want to remove this image from our Lightroom catalog. We don't want Lightroom to recognize this file anymore. We don't want to know it exists. In order to remove a file, you can press Delete or Backspace. This will open up a very important dialog. This says do you want to delete the selected master photo from disk, or you just want to remove it. Deleting, well, it's going to move it to the Finder's Trash and removes it from Lightroom.
Well, let's say I have a picture I just don't want to have as part of the Lightroom catalog. Well, in that situation I am going to choose Remove. It's now gone, but it's not really gone. Let me explain. Let's right-click this image and go back to that window that Finder window. Well, it's still right there, it hasn't disappeared, it's just that Lightroom doesn't know about it anymore. Well, let's say that I want to bring this file back. I accidentally removed it from this location or you can do something which is called Synchronize. You can synchronize a folder.
To do that, you hover over the folder and then you right-click or Ctrl+click and choose Synchronize. What this does is it tells Lightroom to look at this folder on the hard drive and say, is there any difference between the Lightroom catalog and the actual folder. Well, here it says yeah, there is an image in that folder. Here it is, you may want to bring that in. Sure! I'll synchronize that. It will then bring in that image, and so now if we go back to this Wedding folder, well, there it is wedding-2.
So, that's how we can remove photographs. Now, sometimes you want to do that perhaps because you just don't want to have certain images kind of clutter up your Lightroom catalog but you still want those files to exist. Now, there're other situations where you have a file and the exposure is just so far off, it's not worth keeping at all. You just need to kill it; you need to get rid of it. Well, in order to do that you press Delete or Backspace and then you click on this button here, which is Delete from Disk. This will remove the file from Lightroom's catalog; it also will remove it from your hard drive and put it in the Trash or Recycling Bin.
So that's a really important step, and if you take that, make sure you just keep in mind that that will really and definitely delete the file. Well, I actually don't want to delete this file, so I am not going to press this button now, but what I did want to do was just the illustrate the difference between Remove and Delete.
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