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Discover what's new in Photoshop Lightroom 5, the popular photo management, enhancement, and publishing program from Adobe. Get a sneak peek at Upright, for automatic perspective correction, and Smart Previews, for viewing large RAW images more quickly at a smaller file size, even when they are disconnected from your main catalog. Author Chris Orwig also reviews the extra flexible and precise healing and retouching tools, new Radial filter, video slideshows, and new features for expediting your workflow.
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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