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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the most common tasks that we do inside of Lightroom is import images. And typically when we import images, we go to our File pulldown menu and we select Import Images, or Import Photos, yet there is a better way. Let me show you a couple of techniques that you can use in order to expedite your overall import workflow. One of the things that you can do is you can select a folder in your Folders panel, and you can import directly to that folder. And this is really helpful, especially because typically you have folders that you always are copying images into, whether you're clearing a CompactFlash card or simply importing images and moving them from an external device to another.
Well, either way, you can go ahead and select the folder and then right-click the folder and three quarters of the way down in this menu choose Import into this Folder. Now what's different once you get inside of this import dialog? Well, the one thing that's different is if you scroll over here to your destination, you notice that by default it is now selected, or defined, as the one where all of these images can be imported into. And the nice thing about that is that it can really speed up our overall workflow. Okay, well, let's cancel out of this, and let's take a look at another shortcut that can be helpful for importing.
Let's say that what we want to do is simply import, and we don't really know where we want to import our images into. So we are just going to go to our File pulldown menu and choose Import Photos. Well, rather than going to the menu, you can press a great shortcut. You have to write this one down, because you'll use it all the time. On a Mac, it's Shift+Command+I. On Windows, that's Shift+Ctrl+I, and that will open up our Import dialog. Now here what I am going to do is go ahead and select some photos. I will go into this Drobo drive here and just select one of these folders, so we have some images to begin to look out and work on.
What's happening currently is that it's currently selected to add these photos, so that Lightroom knows they exist. We have other options as well. We could copy them as DNG, we could copy, or we could move them. When we make those choices, we see that we have different menu options over here that show up in the panels on the right. Well, let's say that what we want to do is simply add these files-- so I am going to click on Add-- and I have all of these settings dialed in as is, and I want to view this Import dialog in compact mode.
Well, to do that, you can press the Tab key. The Tab key toggles back and forth between compact and expanded View mode. That's a great shortcut to know, especially as you create an import workflow that's a little bit more tightly integrated, so you don't need to choose the options every time. What else can we do here? Well, sometimes what will happen is we'll decide that we don't want to import all of these images, but rather we want a selection of photos. Well, to work on a selection, one of the things that you can do is click on one image-- you can see that this one is now selected--and then press Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on Windows to select all of them.
Now if I uncheck one of these, they are all unchecked. If I check one of them, they all become checked. In other words, this can speed up the way we select the photos. So here, I've clicked off all of the images. I could also do the same thing by clicking Uncheck All. Now let me show you why this shortcut can be helpful. Well, here I will go ahead and pick one image, and say you know what, I really want this image, this one and this one, and this one. Well, I have these four images selected. Now I can click on this option here, and it will automatically check all of those on.
Or in other situations, here's what you'll find will happen. You have all the images checked, and you'll go through and you'll all of a sudden see that five of them in a row are completely out of focus, or completely over exposed, so you don't even want to touch those files or import those files. No big deal. Click on one. Hold down the Shift key and click on another, so you're selecting contiguous files here and then uncheck any of those, and they will all be unchecked. In other words, it's just a quicker way to check or uncheck those files.
Now let's say though, that as you do that, you realize, I probably should evaluate these a little bit bigger. I should increase the view size. What we can do here is while we have an image selected, we can press Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus--Command+Plus on Mac, Ctrl+Plus on Windows. And you can see here that I'm zooming in or out by pressing Command+Plus or Minus on a Mac, Ctrl+Plus or Minus on Windows. Well, let's say we want a big view, so we only have one image. In that case, press the E Key. That will take you to this Loupe View mode.
In the Loupe View mode, you can use your arrow keys to move around your images, so you can go through your images, and as I'm toggling through these, I decide, you know what? I actually want to include this one. I can't believe I unchecked this photograph. I love this one. I like the composition. I want to include this on import. Well, you can use your shortcuts which you used in the Library module to pick or to unpick an image. So if you press the P key, that then checks it. You can see it's now included in the import. And then, on the other hand, let's go through, and let's say this image is checked.
I don't really like this photograph, here I will press the U key for unpick, and now that one is deselected. You can also do the same thing if you're in the Grid View. So let's go back there. Press the G key to go to the Grid View. Here what we can do is we can select an image and then press the P key. You can see it's not checked. Press the U key. That is now unchecked. So again, we can use these shortcuts to speed up our overall workflow, so that ultimately we can import our images more effectively.
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