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Importing from iPhoto or Aperture

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

Video: Importing from iPhoto or Aperture

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.

Importing from iPhoto or Aperture

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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  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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