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Here I want to share with you a few shortcuts that you can use when importing photographs and video files into Lightroom. For starters, you can import images or video files directly to a folder by selecting the folder, and then by right-clicking or Control+clicking. In this contextual menu, you can choose Import to this Folder, and it will open up the Import dialog, so that you can start your importing process. Another way that you can access or open the Import dialog is by using a key combination. On a Mac press Shift+Command+I; on Windows press Shift+Control+I. In this case, you can see that it's opened our Import dialog, and here I'm importing some photographs from a compact flash card.
Next, we're viewing the images currently in this Grid View mode. If we want a larger view of these photographs, we can go ahead and, say, select one. Then you can press the E key. Think the E key for the Loupe View. To navigate back to the Grid View, well, here we can go ahead and press the G key. Another way to navigate between the Grid and the Loupe View is by double-clicking. Double-click on a thumbnail; the image becomes large. Double-click again, and it becomes small in the Grid View.
Well, let's say that you want to change the thumbnail size. To do that, press Command+Plus on the Mac, or Plus on Windows, and then press Command+Minus on a Mac, or Minus on Windows, in order to change the size of those thumbnails. Well, how else can we change the view that we have here with our photographs? Well, if we navigate through our pictures, and find an image that we want to import -- let's say this one here -- let's say that we'll double-click it in order to take it to this Loupe View mode. Then we want to see if we have good detail on the photograph. Well, we can either simply click in order to zoom in, or you can press Command+Plus on a Mac, or Plus on Windows in order to zoom in.
Here I'm zooming into this one to one ratio in order to evaluate the detail that we have in this photograph. To zoom back out, just go ahead and click. So you can zoom either by clicking on your photograph, or by using those shortcut key combinations of Command+Plus or Command+Minus on a Mac, or Plus or Minus on Windows. All right, well, let's say that we've decided that we only want to import a few photographs from this set. Well, let's take a look at how we can select pictures. In order to do that, I'm going to press the G key, just so that we can see that currently all of these images are checked to be imported.
Well, let's say that we want to uncheck all of the photographs. To do that, you can press Command+A on a Mac, or Control+A on Windows. Then you can press the U key. Think U for uncheck. In order to select the photograph that you want to import, go ahead and click on it. Then you can press the P key. This also works inside of the Loupe View mode. So here, I'll press the E key to go to that Loupe View mode. You can see that this one is checked off to be included in the import.
If we use that same shortcut, which was the U key to uncheck, the P key to check, you can see that we can turn that option on and off. Last, but not least, what you may start to do as you import your photographs is you may start to create some of your own presets. I talk about how you can do that in one of my other courses, so I'm not going to mention how we do that here. Yet, what I do want to mention is that if you're working with presets when you are importing, what you'll probably want to do is minimize the Import dialog.
To do that, you can press the Tab key. The Tab key will show you a smaller version of this import dialog; really all of the essential information there. To view all of the rest of the interface again, we'll just press the Tab key one more time, and it will bring back the larger view of the Import dialog interface.
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