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Using targeted collections with increased speed

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Here I want to focus in on a new feature that we'll encounter which will speed up our workflow when it comes to working with collections. If you've been working with Lightroom for some time, there's a good chance that you've encountered collections and that you've discovered that collections are powerful. They are powerful because they allow us to group or organize our images together in a way that isn't dependent upon where those images live. If they are in different folders or different hard drive, that's fine. We can organize or group these images together in the collection.

Using targeted collections with increased speed

Here I want to focus in on a new feature that we'll encounter which will speed up our workflow when it comes to working with collections. If you've been working with Lightroom for some time, there's a good chance that you've encountered collections and that you've discovered that collections are powerful. They are powerful because they allow us to group or organize our images together in a way that isn't dependent upon where those images live. If they are in different folders or different hard drive, that's fine. We can organize or group these images together in the collection.

Let's take a look at a typical collection workflow. Currently, I have a lot of images in my library but one of the things that I notice is I have some portraits of men and also some portraits of women. I want to create two different collections and add some photographs to those collections quickly. One way that we could do this would be to select an image, in this case, a portrait of a guy. Here I'll click on my Plus icon in my Collections panel and I'll choose Create Collection. I'll name this collection Portrait-Men. Next, I'll leave the default settings as is and simply click Create.

Now that I have created this collection, what I can do is I can define this as a targeted collection. To do that, you right-click or Ctrl+Click on the collection name and then choose Set as Target Collection. Notice that when I do that, there's a little Plus icon just to the right of that collection name. Then I can go back to another folder and when I was back in another folder, I could find a photograph like this one here, a portrait of one of my good friends, and I could add it to that collection by way of a shortcut because it's a targeted collection.

If you have a collection which is targeted, you can press the B key and that will then add the photograph you selected to the collection. When I click on this, we can now see that I have these two photographs inside of this collection. There's a new feature which allows us to target collections much more efficiently. Let me show you what it is. I'm going to navigate back to another folder, in this case this folder here and then I'm going to create a new collection. To do that, we'll click on our Plus icon located in the top right corner of the Collections panel and choose Create Collection.

This time I'll go ahead and name this out Portrait-Woman. Next, what I want to do is turn on a new option. Here is the new feature. You can now turn this option on to set this as the target collection. So you can target it upon the creation of the collection. Here I'll click Create and as I do that you'll notice that this one now has this icon showing me this is the targeted collection. Then I could go back to my folder or my files, I could find images that I want to add to the collection.

Here, I'll just press the B key in order to add all of these photographs to this particular collection. Now in doing this, I can really just quickly go through a large volume of photographs and then add those photographs to this particular collection as you can see here. The great thing about this is that these images, they live in different folders. If I click back to the folder, you can see how I have certain photographs there, other photographs here. If ever I want to have these pictures all in one collection, we'll just select the photograph, press the "b" key and then by default, that will be added to this targeted collection.

All right, so in summary the next time you go to create a collection, click on the Plus icon and choose Create Collection, but then be sure to click on this option here, set as Target Collection, because that will help you to work with collections in more efficient ways.

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Lightroom 5 New Features

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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 9m 28s
    1. Using the aspect-ratio crop overlay
      3m 25s
    2. Viewing your work in true full screen
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing the grid and guide overlays
      2m 36s
  3. 15m 55s
    1. Automatically leveling your photographs with Upright
      3m 47s
    2. Fixing perspective with Upright
      5m 43s
    3. Achieving great results in difficult situations using Upright
      6m 25s
  4. 17m 37s
    1. Applying more flexible and precise retouching
      4m 35s
    2. Removing large distractions
      3m 39s
    3. Making linear and free-form corrections
      5m 0s
    4. Spot Healing tips and shortcuts
      4m 23s
  5. 15m 52s
    1. Introducing the Radial filter
      5m 43s
    2. Radial filter tips
      4m 29s
    3. Using the Radial filter in your workflow
      5m 40s
  6. 23m 23s
    1. What is a Smart Preview?
      6m 36s
    2. The advantage of Smart Previews
      2m 48s
    3. How to generate Smart Previews
      5m 14s
    4. Filtering for Smart Previews
      3m 48s
    5. A real-world scenario with Smart Previews
      4m 57s
  7. 8m 11s
    1. Adding text with ease
      1m 51s
    2. Including page numbers
      1m 37s
    3. Identifying favorite page layouts
      1m 29s
    4. Creating custom page templates
      3m 14s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Building a slideshow with still images and video files
      4m 48s
    2. Playing slideshows with still images, video, and a soundtrack
      4m 14s
  9. 24m 39s
    1. A better way to import photographs
      3m 3s
    2. Using targeted collections with increased speed
      3m 38s
    3. Improvements with Smart Collections and Smart Filters
      2m 24s
    4. Adding direction metadata
      1m 20s
    5. Collection consistency
      54s
    6. Dragging photos to saved Map locations
      50s
    7. Importing and working with PNG files in Lightroom
      4m 22s
    8. Tethered capture shortcuts
      3m 59s
    9. Validating DNGs
      3m 12s
    10. Viewing LAB color values in the histogram
      57s
  10. 16m 29s
    1. Improved Spot Removal with feather control
      7m 38s
    2. Spot Removal autoselection
      5m 29s
    3. Better color noise reduction with smoothing
      3m 22s
  11. 5m 50s
    1. Lightroom for mobile
      5m 50s

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