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One of the important new features in Lightroom 3 that I have emphasized throughout this training is collections and collections are indeed much more powerful. There's another new feature in regards to collections that I want to showcase here. Now what you can do with your collections is you can take advantage of all of your organizational work, and then you can export your collections as a catalog. Because you know there are times when you have all of these images grouped in a certain way. You may want to pull them out of your main catalog. For example, one of my colleagues and peers, Ralph Clevenger, is a nature photographer.
So he has collections which are all grouped around an animal type, like he has a lion collection, a great white shark collection, a dog collection, a frog collection. You can get the picture. So let's say he wants to take all of his great white shark images and then export those as a catalog so that someone else can work on the files or so that he can just begin to focus in on those images. Well, what you can do, if you have a nice collection, you can navigate to your File pulldown menu and choose Export as Catalog. Another way you can access this same functionality is by going to the collection and right-clicking or Ctrl+Clicking and choose Export this Collection as a Catalog, and that's what we're going to do here.
I'm going to go ahead and export this to the desktop and I'll save this one out as letters. What I want to do is export all of the images, the previews, everything, and I'll export that catalog. Now once I've done that, to reopen Lightroom with that catalog all I need to do is choose Open Catalog and in here I'm going to go to my Desktop to letters, and I'll choose that particular catalog file. In this case, you can see it's in a folder called letters. Catalog is letters.lrcat, and I'll click Open.
What's going to happen when I click Open is it's going to say "hey! Lightroom has to relaunch." Sure, no big deal. I'll go ahead and close down Lightroom, and then it is going to reopen Lightroom. Now it's just those images that were inside of that particular collection. Now another thing that's actually kind of interesting is that you can take advantage of your Smart Collections. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to go ahead and create a new Smart Collection. Now, a lot of times what you'll do with Smart Collection, you'll say give me images where the rating is greater or equal to one star and then in addition, I want you to give me the images that have this particular keyword, surfing, and then let's say I do something else.
I want to have something that has a particular camera or the camera's serial number is whatever. A lot of times Smart Collections have a number of different criteria. So if I go ahead and create that Smart Collection, we can see that I have it here. In your own workflow, your Smart Collections are going to be really relevant to how you shoot, what you shoot, how you organize your work, etcetera. Well, sometimes what you're going to need to do is to get all of those organizational attributes out of your catalog and you can do that really easily.
Again, it's right-click or Ctrl+Click and then Export Smart Collection Settings, and then you can also choose to import them. It's a pretty seamless and easy process. The whole point here is that collections are a great way to organize your work. You can take advantage of all of that heavy lifting, all of that organizational work that you've done in some pretty unique ways in situations especially when you need to either export a particular collection or a particular smart collection and all of its settings that you've worked so hard to create.
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