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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Another helpful feature, in regards to organizing and accessing your photographs, is Sorting. By default, Lightroom will always sort your photographs based on capture time. That kind of makes sense, right? The first image you shot, then the second, and then third, and so on, and so forth. You can change that really easily. All you need to do is to navigate to the toolbar, and here you can see I have Sort option. If this option isn't visible, we'll click on this little triangle here, where you can turn this on and off. I'll go ahead and deselect sorting, and then reselect that, so I can see my options.
Well, currently, it's from the first file to the last. If I want to flip that, we'll just click on the A to Z icon. Now you can see this image is in the last position. If I scroll up top, what was last is now first. So again, we can flip this around quite a bit. We can also define a few other sort criteria. If you click on this icon here, you'll notice that we can select Added Order, Edit Time, Rating. What happens if we click Rating? Well, you're going to see that images with the highest rating first, and then it's going to go down the line.
Couple other options: Labels, File Names and also User Order. Now User Order is really helpful, because sometimes what will happen is let's say you're scrolling through your images and you decide that what you want to do is create maybe a slideshow, or you want to create a Web gallery. The sequence of images needs to be reordered. Well, all you need to do is click on one, and then go ahead and click and drag that to the new position, and here you're going to see that that image with the red label is now next door to the other image with the red label.
So again, it's just as simple as clicking and dragging. You can also do that down here in the filmstrip. Click on an image, and then I'll go ahead and drag it over. You can see that it repositioned it in the filmstrip as well as in my Grid view up top. Now you can also access Sorting inside of your collections. So let's go ahead and scroll down to one of our collections. Here we have Picks number 1. In this particular folder, let's say that I want to open up with this image. Well I'll click on it. Then I'll change my Sorting to good old User Order there.
Then I'm going to click and drag and reposition that, so that image comes first. Again, this type of sorting is really helpful, especially if we're going to create some kind of a slideshow, or a Web gallery, and we want to create a particular flow. Yet one of the problems with this is it you'll notice that this particular image is beach_family_43. So while I'm reorganizing the sort order inside of Lightroom, if I were to export these files, this image would actually still show up last, because this image here, which is named beach_01, by default, would show up first.
So what I actually need to do is to rename my files. In other words, I need to change my sort order and then take a look at how we can rename the files, so that this sort order is a little bit more permanent. Well, let's take a look at renaming our files in the next movie.
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