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Working with collections

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In this movie, we're going to focus in on collections and in Lightroom 3, collections have gotten much stronger, and they work a lot better than they have previously. Now, collections give us the ability to group and organizer our images in a way that isn't contingent upon file location. In other words, we can take images that are located in a number of different folders or a number of different hard drives for that matter, and we can group them together with collections. A lot of Lightroom users and photographers are really starting to use collections a lot.

Working with collections

In this movie, we're going to focus in on collections and in Lightroom 3, collections have gotten much stronger, and they work a lot better than they have previously. Now, collections give us the ability to group and organizer our images in a way that isn't contingent upon file location. In other words, we can take images that are located in a number of different folders or a number of different hard drives for that matter, and we can group them together with collections. A lot of Lightroom users and photographers are really starting to use collections a lot.

So it's good news that collections have gotten better. Let's talk about some of the new features and in order to do that, we have to start with the basics. So let's go ahead and open up the Collections panel. Here we are in the Library module. We'll click on the plus icon, and we'll create a collection set. I'm going to create a set called People, and I'll go ahead and click on the Create button. You can think of a set as like the main folder or the main filing cabinet drawer, and then we're going to put some collections inside of that. We'll go ahead and click on the Plus icon, and we're going to create a collection. I'm going to call this one Surfer.

I want it to be part of the People set, and I'll choose Create and I'll create a couple more here. Click on the plus icon, create a collection. This time I'll choose Inspiration, people who'd inspire me. And then the plus icon, I'm going to create one more. This time, I'm going to make a mistake. You create a collection, call it Photographers, and let's say accidentally what you do is you don't choose set because perhaps it didn't have a set. By default, select it and it's on None. I'll click Create.

Now I need Photographers to be part of People. So all I do is simply click and drag and reposition that so it's now part of that set. If I open and close this, we should see that all of those fit inside of this main set there. How then to begin to group my images? Well, if I go to the exercise_files folder, let's say we're going to go to Surfers. What I want to do is find some surfers here. In here, I have three images. I'll go ahead and select those three images. I can simply drag those to this particular collection.

Once it's highlighted, those are now part of that particular collection. One of the things that you may have noticed is that there's now a new badge on these images, and this is the new collection badge, and this is brand-new to Lightroom 3. It tells me that the photo is part of a collection, and it's not just for show. Now, if you can't see that, press the J key again to toggle through those different views until you see the little badges there. Well, if I click on this, it will actually take me to that particular collection. So I'll say yeah, go to that Surfer collection, just show me those three images. Voila! I'm good to go.

Let's keep working with collections and see what else we can do. Another thing that's really helpful in regards to collections is let's say that I have some images, and this is of David Duchemin, and I want to put these particular images in this Photographers folder here. I want to do this a little bit differently. What we've done previously is we've looked at how we can drag images over to a collection. Well, there's a couple of other techniques that you can use. One technique is you can use a spray can. Now, the spray can, by default, if you choose Target Collection, is just going to put your files in the Quick Collection.

Now, the Quick Collection isn't going to be very helpful for us because what it's going to do is it's going to put these files right here in this Quick Collection. It's a temporary collection of files. What I really want to do is I want these to be part of this collection. So I need to remove this particular mark, and I can do that. New to Lightroom 3, is if you hold on the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and then click there, you can erase whatever you added with this particular tool. Well, how then could I target a collection which would be one of these? What I can do in that situation is if I Ctrl+click or right-click the collection, I can say, hey, set this one up as my target.

Well now that there's a plus sign there demarking that this is hey yeah that's the target, showing me yeah this is the target. When I click on these particular images as I've done so here, you can see that it's now added those. You don't always have to use the paint can. You can use another shortcut as well. Let's say Inspiration. Down here we have Lynda Weinman, she inspires me in huge ways, and I want to add these photos to the Inspiration collection. What you can do again Ctrl+click or right- click and then say set this one as the target.

Plus sign is showing me Inspiration it is. If I press the B key, which is the shortcut to add to a collection or the target collection, it's going to then add this particular image to Inspiration. So I'll go through, and I'll press the B key a few times. Now all of those images have been added to this particular collection. Now by default, if you don't have a target collection, the B key typically adds your images to a Quick Collection. The difference here is that what we did was we right-clicked or Ctrl+clicked, we defined the target as something other than the Quick Collection, and it gave us this new functionality.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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