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Going further with collections

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Going further with collections

Here we're going to pick up where we left off and continue to talk about collections. Well, so far we've looked at how we can navigate to different folders say, and find an image and then to add that image to the collection, drag-and-drop. There has to be a better way, right? All of this dragging-and-dropping is going to get a little bit tedious and monotonous. Well, there is a great shortcut technique that you can use in order to add pictures to collections. Here's how it works. You target the collection by clicking on it and then right-click or Ctrl+Click.

Going further with collections

Here we're going to pick up where we left off and continue to talk about collections. Well, so far we've looked at how we can navigate to different folders say, and find an image and then to add that image to the collection, drag-and-drop. There has to be a better way, right? All of this dragging-and-dropping is going to get a little bit tedious and monotonous. Well, there is a great shortcut technique that you can use in order to add pictures to collections. Here's how it works. You target the collection by clicking on it and then right-click or Ctrl+Click.

And when you do that, you'll see a contextual menu and you can set this as the target collection. You'll see a little Plus (+) icon which will show you which collection is targeted. Next, navigate to your image library. Here I'll go ahead and just choose this folder and then navigate to a new image like this one here, and then press the shortcut key, the B key, in order to add that photograph to the collection. And you can do this in any view, I can be in the Loupe view, press the B key. That image is now added to the collection. All right! Well, so far, so good.

We're learning how to work with collections. Well, how to take this even up a notch in regards to kind of the structure of collections? Well, so far all of these images in this collection, they really are portraits. And what I want to do is create a set, kind of like almost if it were a file cabinet, a big file drawer, and inside of that I would have subfolders of these different sets of images. Well, how could I do that? Well, what you do is you click on the Plus (+) icon and choose Create a Collection Set. Here I'm going to name this collection set "Portraits." Next, I want this to be just next to the collection Train Bridge.

I want it to be on the upper level here and I'll click Create. Well, now there aren't any files in this. In order to add a collection to this, well, simply click on it and then click-and-drag in order to bring that into this collection set. If you already have a collection set, what you can do is, go back to your image library. Say for example, I'll go here. Here's another portrait. I want to add this to the portrait collection. In order to do that, just click on the Plus (+) icon and here I'll create a collection. This time I'm going to name this one Graduation, I want this one to be inside of the set Portraits, include this photo, and then hit Create.

So here you can see I now have two collections inside of this main collection set. What's interesting about this is, you can view the images just in that one collection, or if you click up top, you can see all of the pictures. In order to illustrate this, let's go to the Grid view and I'll zoom out a little bit. Here you can see we have all of the pictures from both of these different collection sets. So as you can imagine, collections and collection sets give you this new ability to organize your images and video files in a way that isn't dependent on file or folder location.

What's great about this is you can have collections or collection sets which are really specific, may be based on topic or type of photography or based on output. You could have a collection which is all about prints, and then you could add images that you need to print or you could create other types of collections as well. And as you move through the different modules, you'll see that collections will be really valuable in different ways as well.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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