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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.
Another essential element of working in the Library Module is working with folders and the images that are in those folders. We've been working from this folder here, it's titled Wedding, and here I have a few raw files. These are the files as captured straight out of the camera. Well, because I've selected these and I just have five, what I want to do is rename these images. Well, how can we do that? One of the ways that you can rename a file is simply by clicking it and then by pressing the F2 key on your keyboard. Well, this would be helpful if you just want to rename say one image, what about a sequence of files? Well, in that case what you'll want to do is click on a photograph, hold down the Shift key, and then click on the last photo in the set there, and then press F2 again, and here I'll go ahead and just name these wedding, it gives me an example, naming convention there -12345, click OK, and now I've successfully renamed those files.
What about renaming a folder? Over here in this Folder section, one of the things that you can do is move your cursor over a folder and then if you right-click or Ctrl+Click it, this opens up a contextual menu. Here we can rename this particular folder and we could go ahead and do that. Let's Rename this Wedding-Santa-Barbara, and then click Save. Well, here you can see the name of that folder has been updated. Of course if ever you make a mistake or want to go back, you can always right-click or Ctrl+Click and then rename that folder back to what the name was previously.
Okay. Well, what else can we do with folders? Well, so far you can see that I have a folder structure; I have a main folder and then subfolders. What if a subfolder is in the incorrect location? Say perhaps I want to move Wedding to a completely different spot? Well, all you need to do is simply click on it and then reposition it and let go of it. Lightroom will give you this warning message. It says, hey, you are actually Moving Files on a Disk. This isn't just a catalogue movement, meaning this isn't just inside of Lightroom, this is kind of real, this is on the hard drive.
That's great, that's what we want to have happen, we will go ahead and click Move, and that's really important. Now, what can happen is that you can also make movements "behind Lightroom's back". Now, if you do that, you can really get into trouble. Let me show you what I mean. I am going to go ahead and open up a folder here, and I have Exercise Files, and Wedding, and Wedding is currently in the wrong spot. It needs to be in the Photos folder. So behind Lightroom's back I am going to make this change.
I will go ahead and drag and drop that there. It's now in this Photos folder. Well, when I go back to Lightroom, all of a sudden I have a problem. This folder, the entire folder, and the images inside it have a question mark next to them. Something went wrong; we made a change without telling Lightroom what it was. Well, the good news is we can fix this. On a folder level all that you need to do is to right-click or Ctrl+Click and then select Find the Missing Folder. Here we'll go ahead and navigate to where this folder has been moved, in this case Wedding, and then click Choose.
What that will do is it will update the catalogue and it will reposition this folder here in the correct spot. Let's go ahead and look at that. You can see Wedding is now inside of that Photos folder. So that's really helpful to, because occasionally we'll accidentally make that mistake and we want to know how to fix it. Well, the last thing I want to highlight here is how we can add folders. Let's say, for example, in this Wedding folder we want a subfolder. Well, to create that, we click on the folder we want to work in, and then in the Folders panel, the far right-hand side, click on the Plus icon and choose Add Subfolder, and I'll go ahead and just name this demo, because that's all it is, is a demo subfolder, and click Create.
That will then create this subfolder inside of that folder. Now, if ever we want to remove that, we'll click on it and then hit the Minus button and that will delete or remove that folder.
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