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Importing shortcuts

From: Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Video: Importing shortcuts

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.

Importing shortcuts

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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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