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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to continue our conversation, and this time I want to talk about collections. Now, as a side note, I know that some of this content is review for a lot of you, yet for some of you it's new content. Well, either way, what I'm hoping is that by listening to this and by learning about these different topics in a new light, in a new context, that it will help reinforce what you already know, and also it will help build up some new knowledge and some new skills that will help you work more effectively with Lightroom. All right! Well, on to collections. Well, collections are great because they give us the ability to organize our files in a way that isn't contingent upon hard drive, folder, or file location.
Let me show you what I mean. Well, here in these images, I notice that I have some pictures of painted signs. I'm going to go ahead and hold down the Command key or Ctrl key and just select those. I'll scroll through here, and I'm just going to select some of these signs that are handmade that I kind of like. And I'll go ahead and scroll down, and here I'm seeing some other folders. In this case, there's a hand-painted sign on a truck, hand-painted surf sign, and you get the deal here. As I'm selecting all of these different sign photos out of the entirety of my library, what I can then do is click on the plus icon and then choose Create Collection.
Here when I create the collection, I'm going to call this one "Signs," and I'll go ahead and include the selected photos, and then I'll click Create. This will then create this collection, which just has the signs. Now, these are images which are pulled from different folders in different locations in here, in my folder structure, and the nice thing about this is it gives me really quick access to exactly what I want. Now, let's say that I want to add some images to the Signs folder; I decide that I also want the signs that aren't hand-painted.
Well, all that I need to do is to go back to a particular folder here, I can select that, and then choose a sign, and drag that into this particular collection. Now, another great thing that you can do is right-click or Ctrl+Click that collection, set it as the target. You'll see a little Plus sign next to it. Then as you're making your way through your photos--let's go ahead and find one here--what you can do is you can find a photo-- in this case let me see if I can find a good one, this one right here-- and I love this sign actually, this little boat painted on it, and what I can do is I can add this to the collection, the target collection, by pressing the B key.
Now, when I press the B key, it automatically adds that to this collection. So if I go ahead and click on Collections, we can see that that image is now part of this particular collection here. Well, how do you remove images from collections? Well, if you decide, you know what? I really do just want those hand-painted signs. Well, click on an image. Press Delete. Now, it's not deleting the image. It's just deleting that from the collection. So Delete, or Backspace, acts differently when inside of a collection.
And just to illustrate now, if we go back to the sb_harbor here, we'll be able to find that sign that I deleted from the collection. Here it is right here. It still exists. It's still on the hard drive. Because remember, when we get to collections, it doesn't have to do with physical content. It doesn't have to do with a hard drive or a folder location. So where are collections saved? Well, the easiest way to think about that is to go to the Finder and to keep in mind that in your Lightroom catalog--which is right here-- you have that information.
That Lightroom catalog creates the collection structure that's inside of this catalog. So as you're discovering, this catalog contains a lot of really valuable information that doesn't exist anywhere else; therefore it's worthwhile to really get to understand how we can work with catalogs more effectively, and we'll continue to do that throughout some of the following chapters.
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