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Working with collections

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Working with collections

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.

Working with collections

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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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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