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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
All of this talk about collections can get a little bit confusing, so let's break it down. Well here, I am working from this Melissa folder and we've talked about previously how you can select images, click and then Shift+click and add those to the Quick Collection. Let's go ahead and do that because we have done that before just so we have this quick collection of photographs. Well, a lot of times what you want to do is once you have a Quick Collection, you probably want to create a real collection or a normal collection out of that. The reason is because this Quick Collection, you'll lose it.
There isn't any built-in memory here. So let's scroll down to our Collections panel and out of these images, these six photographs, let's create a collection. So here what I am going to do is go ahead and click on the Plus (+) icon and we have a few options, Create Collection, Smart Collection, Collection Set. Let's start at the top and let's create a collection. Here what I am going to do is name this as "Train Bridge" because all of these pictures were captured on a train bridge. We'll just place this at the top level for now, we'll change it later, but for now let's leave it there.
I want to clear these selected photos. Go ahead and click Create and you'll see in the Collection panel that you now have these six train bridge photographs. Now what's great about this is these pictures, they live in this little collection. And in a sense, it's virtual, it doesn't really exist. It's not like a real folder, you're not going to see this on your hard drive. You're only going to see this inside of Lightroom. It's part of this Lightroom catalog, the database. Let's say that we look at these pictures and we zoom in on one of them like this one here and realize, you know what, this one doesn't really show the train bridge.
So I want to remove it from the collection. Well, removing an image from a collection is actually really simple. All that you do is press the Delete or the Backspace key, and voila! It's gone. You now notice in our Train Bridge collection we have five photographs. Well, over here in the Melissa folder, we still have all six. It didn't delete the file off the hard drive; it just removed it from this kind of grouping, from this collection. Let's say, how can we add more pictures to this collection.
I'll go ahead and click on this Jeff folder. Notice in here that I have some of the same train bridge captured, I want to add these to my collection. Well, to do that we can simply drag and drop, it's really nice and easy, and we can add pictures to this collection. I'll just add a few here so we can see how this works. And then, I am going to go ahead and click on the Train Bridge collection and I'll take this to the Grid View by clicking on the Grid icon and here you can see now in this collection I have all of these eight photographs here inside of the collection.
And so this collection, what it did was, it allowed me to organize or group images in a way that wasn't dependent on file or folder location. It didn't move the images; it just created this nice little grouping of them which I can then access inside of this Collections Panel. All right! Well, as far as a first glance at collections, I think this is pretty good. There's obviously more to talk about in regards to collections. So let's continue our conversation and continue to talk about collections right where we're leaving off here and let's do that in the next movie.
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