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Using the exercise files

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Video: Using the exercise files

The very best way to learn the material in this course is to work along with me. You can use your own photos to do that or if you are a premium member of the lynda.com training library. You can use the exercise files that I've prepared for you. You can download those exercise files and I suggest you put them on your desktop as I've done here. Inside the Exercise Files folder, you'll find some Chapter folders. And inside each Chapter folder are sub-folders that correspond to the movies. And inside a Movie folder, you'll find some photo files that I'll be using during that movie. Not all movies have exercise files, so you'll find a few numbers skipped here. In order to use the exercise files for your own practice photos during the course you need to import them into a Lightroom catalog. So lets launch Lightroom, if its not already open and create new catalog for these files.

Using the exercise files

The very best way to learn the material in this course is to work along with me. You can use your own photos to do that or if you are a premium member of the lynda.com training library. You can use the exercise files that I've prepared for you. You can download those exercise files and I suggest you put them on your desktop as I've done here. Inside the Exercise Files folder, you'll find some Chapter folders. And inside each Chapter folder are sub-folders that correspond to the movies. And inside a Movie folder, you'll find some photo files that I'll be using during that movie. Not all movies have exercise files, so you'll find a few numbers skipped here. In order to use the exercise files for your own practice photos during the course you need to import them into a Lightroom catalog. So lets launch Lightroom, if its not already open and create new catalog for these files.

Here you can see the default catalog that Lightroom creates when you first launch the program. I suggest that you keep your exercise files or your practice files for this course separate from your personal photos. And to do that, I recommend that you make a new catalog for just these files. To do that, I'm going to go up to the File menu in Lightroom. If you don't see a file menu, then hold down the Shift key and press the F key a few times to change the screen mode in Lightroom until you see a menu bar. Then, go to the File menu and choose New Catalog.

In the window that opens, navigate to your desktop, where we'll store the catalog files so they're easy to access during this course. Then give the new catalog a name, on a PC in the file name field and here on a Mac in the Save As field. I'll call this catalog Exercise Files Catalog. Then come down and press the Create button on a Mac or the Save button on a PC. That will create a new folder on your desktop for the exercise files catalog, separate from the actual exercise files. Lightroom will relaunch with that catalog, an empty catalog now, and it's time to import the exercise files into this catalog. So, go up to the File menu in Lightroom and choose Import Photos and Video. That opens the Import window.

Go to the From Menu at the top left of this window and from there choose Other Source and navigate to your desktop and then to the Exercise Files Folder. This is the folder that contains the photos that I showed you earlier. Do not choose the Exercise Files Catalog folder. If you look inside of that one, you'll see the database files that make up the catalog. So we want the Exercise Files folder, and then come down and click the Choose button. Now you should see thumbnail previews of all of the photos that are in the Exercise Files. Now this is important, go up to the top of the Import window and make sure that Add is highlighted here.

Don't click Move or Copy or Copy as PNG. We just want to add the Exercise Files to the catalog in place. So with add selected here, we will go over to the column on the right. Here if the file handling panel isn't open then click it's title bar to open it. You can choose the size of the previews that you want to render. I suggest that you render one to one previews, so you won't have to do that later when you're working in Lightroom. It may take a little longer to render the one to one previews, but I think it's worth it. If you're in a hurry, then you can choose Minimal instead.

Leave everything else unchecked. Don't fill in any of these fields. Just click the big Import button at the bottom right of this window. That closes the import window, and will take you back to the Lightroom library. Where you can see from this progress bar that Lightroom is importing the exercise files, and building previews of them. That may take a few minutes depending on the speed of your processor. So you can sit back and relax while Lightroom finishes importing the exercise files. Now, in Lightroom's library module, in the folders panel on the left, you'll see the name of your harddrive with a green light meaning that your drive is online.

Under that, you'll see the exercise files folder. Click the arrow up to the left of the exercise files folder to expand it and here you'll see the Chapter folders for the course. If you click on the arrow up to the left of one of the Chapter folders you'll see the sub folders for the movies in that chapter. And to see its thumbnail previews of the photos in a particular movie folder, just click on that movie folder like this. And then just follow along with me working on these files throughout the course.

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Up and Running with Lightroom 5

40 video lessons · 20042 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 5m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 22s
  2. 30m 31s
    1. Understanding catalogs
      4m 21s
    2. Organizing your photos before importing
      3m 10s
    3. Deciding where to store your photos
      4m 28s
    4. Importing photos from a drive
      8m 14s
    5. Importing photos from a camera
      10m 18s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Library module workspace
      7m 21s
    2. Viewing and sorting photos
      6m 16s
    3. Selecting photos
      7m 9s
    4. Reviewing and rating photos
      8m 41s
    5. Organizing with collections
      6m 27s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      6m 21s
    7. Keywording
      4m 51s
    8. Finding photos by keyword
      5m 40s
    9. Finding photos with the Metadata filter
      4m 53s
    10. Moving files and folders
      7m 16s
    11. Renaming photos
      4m 18s
    12. Working with Smart Previews when traveling
      6m 6s
  4. 54m 18s
    1. Develop module workspace
      6m 14s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      4m 25s
    3. Fixing perspective with Upright
      7m 19s
    4. Setting white balance
      4m 41s
    5. Using the histogram to evaluate tones
      4m 5s
    6. Adjusting tone and color in the Basic panel
      8m 45s
    7. Fine-tuning colors in the HSL panel
      3m 35s
    8. Converting to black and white
      3m 56s
    9. Using virtual copies
      3m 43s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      3m 24s
    11. Sharpening
      4m 11s
  5. 26m 21s
    1. Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 45s
    2. Spotlighting and vignetting with the Radial filter
      6m 0s
    3. Gradual editing with the Graduated filter
      4m 5s
    4. Removing dust spots with Spot Removal circles
      6m 12s
    5. Removing content with Spot Removal brushstrokes
      3m 19s
  6. 30m 40s
    1. Exporting photos
      9m 22s
    2. Setting up a connection to Facebook
      6m 22s
    3. Sharing photos to Facebook
      5m 44s
    4. Printing photos
      9m 12s
  7. 26s
    1. Next steps
      26s

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