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In this course, author and digital imaging expert Tim Grey teaches you how to use the Library module in Adobe Lightroom 4 to manage your images, ensuring that you'll always be able to find any image you need, when you need it. Learn how to make full use of the Import feature, sort and organize your images, add keywords and otherwise identify key images, filter and search images, create backups, and much more. Plus, get lots of tips on configuring the Lightroom interface to suit the way you work, making everything you do faster and easier.
A large part of organizing your images in Lightroom involves reviewing those images, so that you can evaluate the quality or how much you like the image. Find your favorites, mark images in a variety of ways for example, assigning star ratings, keywords, or other metadata. And in order to actually review your images, you need to be able to find the ones that you need to review. And there are a variety of ways you can go about that within Lightroom. In the Library module over on the left panel, you'll find several sections that allow you to determine which images you want to review. In the catalog section we can choose all photographs.
Now in this particular case, I have a catalog that I'm using just for training purposes, and I only have at the moment 71 images contained within that catalog. So it wouldn't exactly be difficult to find any particular image relatively quickly. But obviously with time, in a real world scenario, you're going to end up with a rather large number of images being managed in Lightroom. In fact, in my own Lightroom catalog I have almost a quarter of a million images being managed in Lightroom. We also have the Quick Collection.
The Quick Collection allows us to designate images essentially temporarily as being part of this collection, so that we can use those images in a variety of ways, such as sharing them through a slideshow or a web gallery. We can also access the previously imported images. The last time we used the Import command, which images were brought into Lightroom, those will be available right here. I can also navigate to a set of images based on folder structure. If I click on my primary photos location, in this case Tim Grey photos, you'll see that I have 71 photos.
Those images aren't actually contained in the Tim Grey photos folder. In fact, there are no images in the Tim Grey photos folder, all of the images are contained in sub-folders below that folder. The reason I'm able to see all images in other sub-folders by clicking on this Tim Gray Photos folder, is that on the Library menu, I have the show folders and sub-folders option turned on. If I turn that option off, you'll see that Tim Gray Photos contains zero images, but there are of course images in sub-folders underneath. I like having the option turned on to Show Photos in Sub-folders, because then I can see a cumulative count of images very, very easily in this folder structure.
But of course, generally speaking, I wouldn't want to see all of my photos, I'd want to see photos from a particular photo shoot. And so I can specify based on the folder name which images I want to review. Now of course in some cases, that can be a very long list of folders, here I only have a handful so far in this test catalog. But you might need to scroll fairly significantly to get to the specific folder full of images that you want to work with. As that list of folders gets longer, then you might start using a search function for example, to locate particular images or a folder containing images.
Scrolling down a little bit further we'll see that we have an option for collections. At the moment I've not yet created any collections, but these are essentially virtual folders. I could create a collection for a particular project, for example. Maybe I'll have a collection for a calendar project, or a book project, or a magazine article I'm working on. I could define a collection based on any criteria I like. Maybe I'll make a collection for flowers and I can put all of my favorite flower photos into that collection. We can also work with Smart Collections and these are essentially saved searches. I can specify for example, that I want to see all of my five star images in a particular folder.
I can even scroll up and choose all photographs, and then in my Smart Collections I can choose five stars, and I'll see all of the images in all folders that have a five star rating. As you can see there are a variety of basic ways that you can navigate to specific images that you want to review. And of course that's just the beginning, once you navigate to that location, you'll want to spend some time carefully reviewing those images so you can find your favorite images from a given shoot.
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