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In the Lightroom community people go crazy over Collections, because Collections give you the ability to organize or group your images and media files in a way that isn't dependent upon the file, folder, or hard drive location. Collections give you a lot of flexibility and efficiency when it comes to organization. So if you're not familiar with collections, you definitely want to get familiar with them. Well, here what I want to do is share with you just a couple of shortcuts which will help you to work more efficiently with Collections.
I've selected this People folder, and inside of this folder, I've noticed that I have a number of photographs of people who ride waves. You know, I do a lot of portraits of surfers, so I want to create a Collection which is called Surfer, and then I want to add a few photographs to that Collection. Well, how can we do that by way of a shortcut? To create a new Collection by way of a shortcut, we first want to select one or more photographs. Here I'll click on this image here than hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows, and click on this image.
Next to create the new Collection; press Command+N on a Mac, or Control+N on Windows. I'll name this Collection Surfer. Next I'll place this at the top level, I'll include those selected photos, then I'll click Create. Well now that I've created this collection, I've realized that there are other photos that I want to add to it as well. To add images really easily to a Collection, what you can do is right-click or Control+click the collection name. Next, set the Collection as your Target Collection. You'll see a little plus icon will show up next to the Collection name.
Then go back to your image library. In this case, I'll go to this folder, People, than I'll select another photograph; this one here. And to add it to the Surfer Collection, I don't need to click and drag this to the Surfer Collection. Rather, you can press a key on your keyboard. The key is the B key. By pressing that, you can see it was added to that Surfer Collection. Here I'll go ahead and click on a few more images, and press the B key, and by doing that, you can see that I'm adding all of these images to these Collections.
And next I'm just scrolling down to see if there are any others which I want to add here, and I've now added all of those photographs to that Collection. Next, we can go ahead and click on this Collection here, and see that we have these images set apart, or grouped together. And what's great about Collections is that we can group images together in a way like this that isn't dependent upon where they're saved. For example, if we click on a different folder -- I'll go ahead and click on this Sunrise folder. Inside of this folder, I have two pictures of surfers: this one here, as well as this one.
So I'll hold down the Command key and click on both of those images, hold down the Control key on Windows, and then I'll press the B key. By doing that, it will add both of these images to our Collection, so that if we click on the Surfer Collection, now we can see all of those photographs.
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