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Working with collections

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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.

Working with collections

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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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