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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.
One of the limitations of the previous versions of Lightroom was that it didn't allow us to import pictures from other applications like iPhoto or Aperture. Well now that's changed and what I want to do here is demo how we can import photographs from application, say, like iPhoto. So, first what I am going to do is minimize the Lightroom interface, just so we can take a look at a couple of other elements. Well, here on my Desktop, you'll notice that I have copied over my iPhoto library. Now typically, you'll find this in the Pictures folder.
You can do a couple of searches in order to find where your iPhoto or Aperture library is stored, but basically, you want to find that. I am just going to double-click this in order to open up iPhoto just to illustrate what I have here. These are a number of different photographs that I capture of some family friends of ours down at a local beach at sunset. And I have these photographs inside of iPhoto which is great, but I actually want to bring them all into Lightroom, so I can start working on them in Lightroom. Well how do I do that? Well I am going to hide iPhoto here, navigate to the iPhoto pulldown menu and than just choose Hide iPhoto.
What I really need to do is to work with this library. There are a couple of different ways to access this. Inside of Lightroom, you can go to the File pulldown menu and then you can choose Import from Application. In this dialog, you can choose the catalog's export folder or the Library folder in this case, and then you can add this to the existing catalog or create a new catalog for that matter. So, one way is to use that pulldown menu. Another way is to simply drag and drop. You can find these libraries wherever they are stored and then simply drag them and drop them into Lightroom.
Now when you do that, it will give you this Import dialog, and what's great about this is it gives you the option to determine where you're going to save these files and how you're going to work on them. Well, now that we can see this inside of Lightroom. What I want to do is expand things a little bit, so I have a bit of a larger view here of this preview window, then I want to scroll through these. Now when scrolling through these, one of things I am noticing is that I have images, but I also have this face detection, these little thumbnails that iPhoto has picked up for me.
Now I may not want to bring all of those into Lightroom, so I may choose to select just certain images that I want to bring in. So in this case, what I am going to do is go ahead and turn on my Sort option and sort by File Name, and what you can see is it's now sorting these files by filename and it's including these other files in between them. Another way I can sort of course was by Capture Time. Now Capture Time will show me all of the original images here and then as I go down, it will then show me these other smaller thumbnails which were captured or created after-the-fact once I've brought them into iPhoto.
In this case, I don't want any small thumbnails, so I'm going to go ahead and click on one scroll down, click on another, and then click on the checkbox. This is then telling Lightroom to not import all of these small little crop versions of these faces. Again, you want always have to do things like this, especially if you don't have face detection turned on in iPhoto, but I just want to highlight again how we can work with the import dialog. All right! Well the next step of course is to go through our panels on the right, let start up at the top.
File Handling, we know how to do this, no need to back those up to another location at least for this step. Standard preview there. File Renaming, leave the files as this. Apply during import, sure, that metadata there. We'll add a couple key words, beach and family. Next step of course is Destination. Where should we save these files? I'll save them to my People folder, put them in a subfolder that I am going to title Beach Family, they're all going to go into that one folder, and actually let me separate this folder with an underscore their, so I have good naming convention not a space that was an accident.
And then the next step, of course, is to simply import, so here will click on the Import button. What's great about this is it will bring these files into this Lightroom catalog and now I can start to work on them. You'll notice there all inside of this People folder subfolder Beach Family. It's rendering the previews for me and I can now work with these files which were previously perhaps in other applications, and this type of integration is really nice, because it allows us to tap into some of these other photo applications that we use and now bring everything to Lightroom, so it can kind of be our one-stop shop for working on our photographs.
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