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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module
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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

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One of the reasons why Lightroom is such a widely used application is because built within Lightroom is a catalog, a database. And in a sense what this catalog does is it gives us this structure. And if you think about structures for a second, like this structure here, this pier, they allow us to do interesting things, like this pier which runs out over Lake Tahoe in California, it allows people to literally walk on or above water. And in a sense that's what the Lightroom Catalog does.
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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module
6h 13m Beginner Mar 05, 2012

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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the interface
  • Importing from a memory card
  • Auto-importing from a watched folder
  • Considering color management with tethered capture
  • Working with catalogs
  • Comparing two images in a library
  • Working with multiple hard drives
  • Stacking photos in groups
  • Using smart collections and quick collections
  • Using Quick Develop to process images
  • Editing the color and tonality of video
  • Adding copyright data to photographs
  • Exporting, emailing, and publishing photographs
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management Sharing Photos
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Introducing catalogs

One of the reasons why Lightroom is such a widely used application is because built within Lightroom is a catalog, a database. And in a sense what this catalog does is it gives us this structure. And if you think about structures for a second, like this structure here, this pier, they allow us to do interesting things, like this pier which runs out over Lake Tahoe in California, it allows people to literally walk on or above water. And in a sense that's what the Lightroom Catalog does.

It allows us to do something that we couldn't have otherwise done. Here's a trick with Lightroom. We can't actually see the structure, and because of this whole idea of catalogs and databases, it can be a little bit vague and even confusing. Now because of this, what I want to do is take some time to try to deconstruct catalogs. What is a Catalog? Because I think if you can have a strong working understanding of catalogs, it can really help you out as you're working in Lightroom.

All right, well for starters, here we are in the Lightroom and let's navigate to the Window pull-down menu and then go to the Screen Mode and choose Normal. This will give us the ability to see what catalog we are working on. You con see that up top. There is my catalog. Command or Ctrl+Click that, you'll see where it saved, in this case in the Pictures folder in a subfolder and there is the catalog file. Now this catalog file it actually does quite a bit, and because of that, what I want to do is jump to a few other slides to begin to deconstruct and demystify what catalogs are all about.

All right, so for starters, what is a Lightroom catalog? We've already talked about this idea that the catalog, it's a particular file saved in a location on your hard drive, typically in your pictures folder. It's actually made up of two separate files, the catalog file itself and then also the preview information for your images and videos. Now these particular files they are key, they are integral to Lightroom. So as we deconstruct what a Lightroom Catalog is, here is an initial definition. It's how Lightroom tracks the location of files and remembers information about them.

In a sense, it is a database. Now if you are like me, that's where database may seem a little bit intimidating or vague or confusing so what's in the database? Well here are few things I think you might want to write down. Inside of the Lightroom Catalog, inside of this database file, here's what it contains, Previews, File Location, Metadata, Develop Module Settings, Ratings, Keywords, and Collections. So why then do we have catalogs? Well in a sense we have catalogs because they give us flexibility in managing, identifying, and organizing photos and media files.

Now if you are like me, you maybe thinking, okay, well that's nice. I kind of get it but not really. This doesn't quite make sense. Well because of that, what I want to do is in the next movie I want to talk about catalogs in a comparative or analogous way. I want to try to make this a little bit more practical and see if we can't understand this even better. So let's continue to talk about catalogs and let's do that in the next movie.

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