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Renaming and relocating images

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Video: Renaming and relocating images

Here we are going to start to talk about how we can organize our images and media files by using the Library module. In particular, we are going to be focusing in on three different topics. We will look at how we can locate our files in a particular folder on a hard drive. We will also talk about how we can most effectively relocate those files; in other words, how we can move those files to different folders. And then we will talk about how we can rename our images or movie files. Well, let's start off with this image here. With this image, what I want to do is take a look at the file name, and I want to look at that as some information which is overlaid on top of the image.

Renaming and relocating images

Here we are going to start to talk about how we can organize our images and media files by using the Library module. In particular, we are going to be focusing in on three different topics. We will look at how we can locate our files in a particular folder on a hard drive. We will also talk about how we can most effectively relocate those files; in other words, how we can move those files to different folders. And then we will talk about how we can rename our images or movie files. Well, let's start off with this image here. With this image, what I want to do is take a look at the file name, and I want to look at that as some information which is overlaid on top of the image.

So let's go ahead and press Command+J on a Mac or Control+J on Windows to open up our Library View Options. In the Loupe Info, make sure you have the File Name option here, then go ahead and press the I key in order to turn that information overlay on. Well as you can see with this file name, it's the generic file name that came straight off the computer. Well, what I want to do is I want to change that file name. To do that we will go ahead and press the F2 key. Once we've done that, we can go ahead and click on this pulldown menu. Here I will choose Custom Name.

I will go ahead and name this file lake_casitas, because that's where it was captured, and then I'll click OK. Now we can see that this file has a new name. Next, I want to take a look at a few other images. As I click on these other images, I notice that there are some custom names here; Santa Barbara Harbor 01 and 03. Yet actually what I want to do is make a new sequence, or I want to rename a sequence of images. So I want to reorder my images. To do that, I can either work in the filmstrip here, and I can click on a photograph, and then click and drag it, or if you press the G key to go to the Grid View, you can also click and drag to rearrange your images.

I want these three images to have a name which reflects the sequence. So here, we'll go ahead and select those three images. You can select those files by doing this either in the grid, or in the filmstrip. You click on the first image, hold down the Shift key, then click on the last image in the sequence, however long the sequence is. Next, press the F2 key, and here in our File Naming pulldown menu, this time we will use Custom Name - Sequence. I will go ahead and name this sb-harbor, and then I'll go ahead and click OK.

In this way, if we press the E key, you can see we have one file named sb-harbor-1, here is sb-harbor-2, and then we have sb-harbor-3. So you can see that we can rename either single images, or images that are in a sequence. Well, what about locating a file in a particular folder on a hard drive? Well, to do that, you simply click on the image that you want to target or locate. And here, then, we'll press Shift+Command+D on a Mac, or Shift+Control+D on Windows to deselect the other photographs.

Next, you can right-click or Control+click, and then select Show in Finder, or Show in Explorer, depending upon the operating system that you're using. In my case, I'll click on Show in Finder. This will then pull up my Finder window, and it will point to that folder, which is titled Other, and there you can see the image. The reason why I wanted to highlight this here is it is helpful to know how to locate those files on particular hard drives, and it's also helpful to point out that when you view your images in these folders, you don't want to make any changes here. You may be tempted to relocate the file, or to change its name here; you don't want to do that.

Changes like renaming or relocating files, you always want to do those right inside of Lightroom. So let's go ahead and close this Finder or Explorer window. Next, let's go to the People folder. In the People folder, if you press the G key, you can see that the top two images are not people photographs; these images are in the wrong folder. So hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows, and click on both of those images in order to select them. Now, if we want to relocate these, say we want to take these to the Travel folder, we can go ahead and hover over the image, and then click and drag on those images to this Travel folder.

This will open up a dialog which is saying, hey, you are moving these files on the disk; they are now being moved from one folder on your hard drive to another folder. This will cause these files to be moved. This cannot be undone. So that's exactly what we want to do, so here we will simply click Move in order to relocate these files to a new folder. If we go to the Travel folder, we will now see those files, and we will now see that they reside inside of that folder. Also, if we were to select one of these images, then we could go ahead and right-click or Control+click on the image, and you can select Show in Finder, or Show in Explorer, and that will then open up that particular folder on our hard drive, in this case, the Travel folder, and here you can see those two images reside in that folder.

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Tips for getting the most out of this course
      55s
  2. 24m 51s
    1. Using advanced shortcuts for the Full Screen and Lights Out modes
      3m 0s
    2. Minimizing different areas of the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Exploring background and panel shortcuts
      3m 34s
    4. Advanced panel navigation
      2m 58s
    5. Choosing the different modules
      4m 9s
    6. Accessing contextual menus in each module
      2m 25s
    7. Adjusting preferences and catalog settings
      1m 11s
    8. Looking up keyboard shortcuts
      4m 7s
  3. 10m 10s
    1. Working with the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Importing images and videos
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding tethered capture
      2m 36s
  4. 20m 22s
    1. Zooming in on images
      4m 0s
    2. Exploring the Survey and Compare views
      4m 53s
    3. Rotating the image
      1m 52s
    4. Exploring view options
      3m 47s
    5. Creating a layout overlay
      2m 38s
    6. Finding and selecting images
      3m 12s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Renaming and relocating images
      4m 55s
    2. Adding labels, stars, or flags
      4m 58s
    3. Deleting images quickly with flags
      1m 59s
    4. Changing labels, stars, or flags
      3m 17s
    5. Filtering based on labels, stars, or flags
      2m 3s
    6. Finding images quickly
      1m 45s
    7. Working with stacks
      3m 22s
    8. Working with collections and target collections
      3m 5s
    9. Using and showing Quick Collections
      2m 46s
    10. Creating, using, renaming, and moving folders
      2m 59s
    11. Removing and deleting with shortcuts
      3m 16s
  6. 7m 17s
    1. Adding and editing keywords quickly
      3m 7s
    2. Using keyword shortcuts and enabling keyword painting
      2m 0s
    3. Using keyword lists and saving metadata
      2m 10s
  7. 5m 21s
    1. Working with a second monitor
      2m 37s
    2. Exploring advanced dual-monitor shortcuts
      2m 44s
  8. 9m 6s
    1. Exporting a photograph
      3m 39s
    2. Editing in Photoshop
      4m 19s
    3. Emailing a photograph
      1m 8s
  9. 4m 30s
    1. Viewing video
      1m 47s
    2. Setting in and out points
      1m 52s
    3. Exporting video
      51s
  10. 28m 53s
    1. Correcting tone and white balance automatically
      1m 40s
    2. Correcting white balance
      1m 29s
    3. Making adjustments in the Basic panel
      4m 9s
    4. Navigating between basic panels
      2m 46s
    5. Resetting the image to its default settings
      2m 27s
    6. Understanding how to show and correct clipping
      5m 1s
    7. Synchronizing and copying settings
      6m 34s
    8. Viewing before and after
      2m 6s
    9. Quickly converting to black and white
      1m 37s
    10. Showing information overlays
      1m 4s
  11. 28m 16s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      5m 39s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      3m 40s
    3. Using Snapshots to save settings
      3m 36s
    4. Creating custom presets
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 37s
    6. Creating strong black-and-white conversions
      1m 54s
    7. Making better split-toning adjustments
      1m 27s
    8. Sharpening and improving the details in your photos
      2m 43s
    9. Soft proofing shortcuts
      3m 16s
  12. 18m 10s
    1. Exploring tool strip shortcuts
      54s
    2. Cropping and resetting a crop
      2m 10s
    3. Changing the crop overlay
      2m 35s
    4. Switching the crop orientation
      1m 28s
    5. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      2m 24s
    6. Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 14s
    7. Using the Graduated Filter
      2m 25s
  13. 6m 18s
    1. Zooming in on the map and changing the map style
      1m 31s
    2. Finding a location and adding images
      3m 53s
    3. Adding GPS information and moving markers
      54s
  14. 9m 23s
    1. Viewing the book project
      1m 51s
    2. Toggling the visibility of guides
      2m 31s
    3. Working with type
      3m 23s
    4. Making selections
      1m 38s
  15. 8m 20s
    1. Playing an impromptu slideshow
      1m 52s
    2. Playing and viewing a slideshow
      1m 42s
    3. Creating a custom template and saving the slideshow
      2m 55s
    4. Exporting as PDF, JPEG, and video
      1m 51s
  16. 7m 28s
    1. Choosing the Print module and changing the page settings
      1m 21s
    2. Customizing the layout and viewing the guides
      2m 35s
    3. Modifying the print settings
      1m 51s
    4. Creating a custom template and saving the print
      1m 41s
  17. 3m 40s
    1. Exporting and reloading
      1m 30s
    2. Previewing in a browser and saving your web gallery
      2m 10s
  18. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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