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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.
One of the things that happens quite often to us photographers is that we shoot a lot of different types of pictures, and we may have pictures even on one compact flash card of different subjects, or different scenes or scenarios or perhaps we just have a folder with different types of photographs in it. We want to select a few, kind of set those aside. Well, one of the things that we can do in order to do that is to use what's called Quick Collections. Now Quick Collections are kind of interesting. You can find them if you open up the Catalog panel, there will be an option for Quick Collection.
What you can do is select a photograph, say like this one here, and then simply drag-and-drop it into that Quick Collection. You can also click on a photograph and add it by way of a shortcut. Now the shortcut in my opinion is a lot easier, so I want to give that to you here. The shortcut is B, the B key will add the photograph to the collection. Press it again, and it will remove it from that Quick Collection. Now you may notice that the Quick Collection has an icon next to it, this little Plus (+) sign, that shows us that this is the indeed targeted collection, the Quick Collection.
So here I will go ahead and press the B key and then select a few other images to add to this Quick Collection. All right! Well now that I have done that, let's say I just want to view, out of my entire library here, out of all these pictures, I just want to see the photographs that are in that Quick Collection. Well, to do that we simply click on this area here, it will then show us these six pictures which we could then work on. Now what's interesting about Quick Collection is that it doesn't have any built-in memory.
In other words, if we quit Lightroom and reopen it, it's not going to remember what was in our last Quick Collection. If you can think back to Photoshop for a second, if you are a Photoshop user there is something called Quick Mask, it just kind of a temporary way to generate a quick little mask and then to do something else with that. Well, here it's a same thing. It's a temporary or just kind of this quick way to make a selection of photographs. Well what we typically would want to do here, is turn this Quick Collection into a collection that we could then save, or to save this set of photographs in some sort of a way.
Well, in order to do that we would need to create just a regular or a normal collection. Let's take a look at how we can create regular or normal collections in the next movie.
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