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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.
After having covered some of the basics of importing photographs and video files in the Lightroom, here what I want to do is take a look at some unique or more specialized situations for importing. I want to start off by looking at how we can drag photos right into Lightroom. So in order to do this, what I am going to do is minimize the Lightroom interface. I am just going to make this little smaller here so that we can see my Desktop. On the Desktop, you'll notice I have the Exercise Files folder and here all the files over here in Lightroom, but I have a couple of images outside of that folder and I want to bring those into Lightroom.
Well one way to do that is to simply select the image and then drag it into Lightroom. For example, I am going to select this photograph of Keith Carter, a great mentor and friend, an amazing photographer, and on the Mac Operating System, you can either drag this to the Application icon, in the Dock or on Windows or Mac you can simply just drag it right into Lightroom. What will happen is it will open up the Import dialog. Now here you would go through the normal procedure, and again, it's just a quick way to kind of trigger that Import dialog.
So in this case, I want to move this photograph, I want to move it to a specific location. I am going to put it in this People folder, not a subfolder there Becky, but just the main People folder and then I could go through my other settings here. Lightroom will remember what we've done previously, so there isn't really going to be a huge need to make many changes here, but just changing this so that it's relevant for this file. All right! Well so far so good. It comes from the Desktop; it's moved over to this folder here, my People folder.
I am ready to go, I simply click Import. Now what will happen is it will bring that photograph in, we can see that it now lives here inside of this People folder, and I can view it and work with it right inside of Lightroom. You also will notice that it's gone from the Desktop, because I use that function of Import which was to Move. It moved this file to a new location which is now inside of the Exercise Files folder. All right! Well that wraps up our look at how we can drag and import photos into Lightroom.
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