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I've prepared a couple of exercise files that you'll have access to if you're a premium subscriber to Lynda.com. If you are, download the exercise files, and I suggest that you put the Exercise Files folder on your Desktop, as I have here. I'll open that folder, so you can see what's inside. Inside the Exercise Files folder, there are two subfolders: start, and finish. Inside the start folder is one file, venice.dng, the RAW file with which we'll start this course. We'll be processing this file throughout the course.
I've also included a subfolder called finish. Inside that folder there is a single file: venice-Edit.tif. That's an example of how the photo will look if you work through all the lessons in this course. Now let's talk about how to access the start photo to begin working along with me through this course. To do that, you need to import the exercise files into your copy of Lightroom. Let's jump over to Lightroom to see how to do that. Here in Lightroom, I'm in my Library module. I don't happen to have any photos in this particular Library.
You can import the exercise files into an empty Library like this, or into your ongoing Lightroom Library. To import the Exercise Files, go down to the big Import button at the bottom left of the Library, and click there to open the large import window. In the import window, go to the Select a source menu at the top left, and if you've put your exercise files on your Desktop, then choose Desktop here. Then navigate in the Source panel on the left into the Desktop folder, and there you'll find the Exercise Files folder.
Select the Exercise Files folder, and you should see thumbnails of these two photos here in the center portion of the Import window; venice.dng, and venice-Edit.tif. Make sure that Includes Subfolders is checked in the column on the left. In the center, make sure that Add is selected, and you can leave everything else at its defaults. Then come down and click the Import button. That will close the import window, and take you back to the Lightroom Library. Over in the Folders panel on the left, you should see the Exercise Files folder, and it's two subfolders: finish, and start.
When you're ready to start the course in the next chapter, click the start subfolder, and that will show you the starting file; the RAW file called venice.dng. To start working on that file in Lightroom's Develop module, which is where we start the course, just select that thumbnail, and then click the Develop module label at the top of Lightroom. And here you can see our starting file opened in Lightroom's Develop module, and you're all ready to begin working with me to process this file in Lightroom, and in Photoshop.
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