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Importing images and videos

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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.

Importing images and videos

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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Lightroom Power Shortcuts

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Tips for getting the most out of this course
      55s
  2. 24m 51s
    1. Using advanced shortcuts for the Full Screen and Lights Out modes
      3m 0s
    2. Minimizing different areas of the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Exploring background and panel shortcuts
      3m 34s
    4. Advanced panel navigation
      2m 58s
    5. Choosing the different modules
      4m 9s
    6. Accessing contextual menus in each module
      2m 25s
    7. Adjusting preferences and catalog settings
      1m 11s
    8. Looking up keyboard shortcuts
      4m 7s
  3. 10m 10s
    1. Working with the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Importing images and videos
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding tethered capture
      2m 36s
  4. 20m 22s
    1. Zooming in on images
      4m 0s
    2. Exploring the Survey and Compare views
      4m 53s
    3. Rotating the image
      1m 52s
    4. Exploring view options
      3m 47s
    5. Creating a layout overlay
      2m 38s
    6. Finding and selecting images
      3m 12s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Renaming and relocating images
      4m 55s
    2. Adding labels, stars, or flags
      4m 58s
    3. Deleting images quickly with flags
      1m 59s
    4. Changing labels, stars, or flags
      3m 17s
    5. Filtering based on labels, stars, or flags
      2m 3s
    6. Finding images quickly
      1m 45s
    7. Working with stacks
      3m 22s
    8. Working with collections and target collections
      3m 5s
    9. Using and showing Quick Collections
      2m 46s
    10. Creating, using, renaming, and moving folders
      2m 59s
    11. Removing and deleting with shortcuts
      3m 16s
  6. 7m 17s
    1. Adding and editing keywords quickly
      3m 7s
    2. Using keyword shortcuts and enabling keyword painting
      2m 0s
    3. Using keyword lists and saving metadata
      2m 10s
  7. 5m 21s
    1. Working with a second monitor
      2m 37s
    2. Exploring advanced dual-monitor shortcuts
      2m 44s
  8. 9m 6s
    1. Exporting a photograph
      3m 39s
    2. Editing in Photoshop
      4m 19s
    3. Emailing a photograph
      1m 8s
  9. 4m 30s
    1. Viewing video
      1m 47s
    2. Setting in and out points
      1m 52s
    3. Exporting video
      51s
  10. 28m 53s
    1. Correcting tone and white balance automatically
      1m 40s
    2. Correcting white balance
      1m 29s
    3. Making adjustments in the Basic panel
      4m 9s
    4. Navigating between basic panels
      2m 46s
    5. Resetting the image to its default settings
      2m 27s
    6. Understanding how to show and correct clipping
      5m 1s
    7. Synchronizing and copying settings
      6m 34s
    8. Viewing before and after
      2m 6s
    9. Quickly converting to black and white
      1m 37s
    10. Showing information overlays
      1m 4s
  11. 28m 16s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      5m 39s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      3m 40s
    3. Using Snapshots to save settings
      3m 36s
    4. Creating custom presets
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 37s
    6. Creating strong black-and-white conversions
      1m 54s
    7. Making better split-toning adjustments
      1m 27s
    8. Sharpening and improving the details in your photos
      2m 43s
    9. Soft proofing shortcuts
      3m 16s
  12. 18m 10s
    1. Exploring tool strip shortcuts
      54s
    2. Cropping and resetting a crop
      2m 10s
    3. Changing the crop overlay
      2m 35s
    4. Switching the crop orientation
      1m 28s
    5. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      2m 24s
    6. Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 14s
    7. Using the Graduated Filter
      2m 25s
  13. 6m 18s
    1. Zooming in on the map and changing the map style
      1m 31s
    2. Finding a location and adding images
      3m 53s
    3. Adding GPS information and moving markers
      54s
  14. 9m 23s
    1. Viewing the book project
      1m 51s
    2. Toggling the visibility of guides
      2m 31s
    3. Working with type
      3m 23s
    4. Making selections
      1m 38s
  15. 8m 20s
    1. Playing an impromptu slideshow
      1m 52s
    2. Playing and viewing a slideshow
      1m 42s
    3. Creating a custom template and saving the slideshow
      2m 55s
    4. Exporting as PDF, JPEG, and video
      1m 51s
  16. 7m 28s
    1. Choosing the Print module and changing the page settings
      1m 21s
    2. Customizing the layout and viewing the guides
      2m 35s
    3. Modifying the print settings
      1m 51s
    4. Creating a custom template and saving the print
      1m 41s
  17. 3m 40s
    1. Exporting and reloading
      1m 30s
    2. Previewing in a browser and saving your web gallery
      2m 10s
  18. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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