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Introducing the Import dialog

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Video: Introducing the Import dialog

As I've mentioned previously, one of the great new features in Lightroom 3 is the Import dialog. Now, because the Import dialog is actually really functional and it's a little bit complex, I want to break this down for size. And in this first movie, I simply want to introduce you to the dialog, talk about some of the shortcuts, how you can begin to work with this particular dialog, and then in the next few movies we'll take a little bit more of a functional look. To open up the dialog, you can simply click on the Import button or you can navigate to the File pulldown menu and choose Import Photos.

Introducing the Import dialog

As I've mentioned previously, one of the great new features in Lightroom 3 is the Import dialog. Now, because the Import dialog is actually really functional and it's a little bit complex, I want to break this down for size. And in this first movie, I simply want to introduce you to the dialog, talk about some of the shortcuts, how you can begin to work with this particular dialog, and then in the next few movies we'll take a little bit more of a functional look. To open up the dialog, you can simply click on the Import button or you can navigate to the File pulldown menu and choose Import Photos.

Or of course you can use the shortcut key which is listed here. Now, this is one of those shortcuts that I definitely recommend you jot down on a scratch piece of paper, because it's something that you're going to be doing quite often. It's Shift+Command+I if you are on a Mac. If you're on a PC, the shortcut is Shift+Ctrl+I. All right. Well, let's go ahead and open up the dialog by clicking here. And one of the things that you'll notice in regards to the dialog is that it looks a lot like Lightroom. We have panels on the left, we have this Grid View in the middle, then we have panels on the right.

It looks a lot like Lightroom and it functions a lot like Lightroom. Well, currently what I'm doing is I'm importing photos from a compact flash card. You can see the little camera icon here. And the way to think about this dialog is that it flows from left to right, and the arrows kind of help us out with that. So we're importing from a card. Then we can copy these files as DNG and bring them to a new location, add them to the catalog, or we can simply copy them to a new location and add them to the catalog. Now, we can't move or add these photos, because they exist on the CF card and we need to copy or bring those off of that card.

Now, over here on the right we have a number of different options in regards to how we want to handle the files, rename them, apply settings or define the destination, where we want to actually save the files when we import those into our catalog and onto a particular hard drive. What about the situations where you're not importing from a compact flash card, but what you're doing is you're importing photos that already exist in a folder? All you do is select the files here, and I'm going to navigate to my Desktop, and on the Desktop, I'll go ahead and select the exercise_files folder, and here you can see all the files inside of that folder and all the subfolders as well.

Now, in this particular case I have a couple of options. I can copy as DNG of course, Copy, or now I can also choose to Move. I can say, hey, take all these photos, put them in a new location, and then add them to my catalog. Or I may decide, you know what, leave them where they are. I like the organization. We're going to simply add these photos to my catalog. And in that particular case, you may notice that the panels over here change, and it makes sense. When I select Move, for example, I now have the ability to change the Destination. If I'm going to move the files I need to define the destination, but if I'm simply adding the files to a different location, I don't need to rename them or change their destination.

So again, just keep in mind that your panels on the right are contextual. In other words, what you select up top effects what you have access to over here on the right-hand side. All right. Well, so far we can see that we have all of these images in this thumbnail grid View, and they're all currently selected. Now, there are a couple of different ways that we can work with this. Let's say that I like this image here, and I wanted to find if I really want to import this image or not. Well, I can increase this slider here to get a larger thumbnail, but it's really not big enough.

Now, to make this even bigger, there are a couple of different techniques that we can use, which are the same techniques we have in the Library module. Here's one of them. If you double-click the image, it will actually take the image to what's called the Loupe View mode. If you double-click again, it will go back to the Grid View mode. You can also toggle between these two view modes by clicking on these icons here. This one is obviously for Grid, and this one here is for the Loupe View mode. Now, of course there are shortcuts. The G key is the shortcut for the Grid View and then the E key, that's the shortcut for the Loupe View.

Now, the nice thing about this is that, what we can do is we can use some more functionality that we have inside of the Library module in regards to determining if this image is a keeper or not. You may recall that in the Library module there's a shortcut for flagging. You can flag as Pick, or you can flag as a Reject, and that shortcut is either P or X. Again, jot those two shortcuts down. Now, P is Pick, X is Reject. So if I press X right now, it's not going to include this in the import. If I hit P, it's going to then include it in the import.

So it's a nice way to be able to take advantage of shortcuts that you already know or to learn a few more shortcuts and then apply those in Lightroom, as well as apply them in the Lightroom Import dialog. Well, I'm going to go back to this Grid View mode, and in this Grid View mode, I'm going to currently Uncheck All. I don't want to import all these images. I just want to import the surfers. So I'm going to go ahead and check those on or click on the image and press the P key to mark this image as selected. Well, currently these images are just kind of in the wash of all of these other files and I scroll down and say, this is a picture of a surfer, and it's kind of hard to scroll through all these, so it would be nice if I could sort them based on if they're picked or not.

Well, we can do that by simply going down to the Sort option here and choosing Checked State. Now, in that case, make the thumbnails a little smaller so you can see this, you notice that it grouped all of these together. Now, if I add another image by clicking on it, you can see that it adds us to this particular Sort order. So again, lots of functionality here that we can take advantage of in order to make our importing a little bit more efficient and ultimately a little bit more effective. Now that we've learned a little bit about this Import dialog, let's take a look at a couple of different scenarios in regards to how we can actually use this dialog and we'll do that in the next few movies.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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