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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.
Now that we have a good conceptual and working understanding of catalogs, I want to dig into the topic of working with folders and collections. Well, for starters, you can see that we're working in this catalog, LR3-Demo.lrcat, and in this catalog we've imported some images, and we have some folders here: we have a main folder and then some subfolders. Well, let's say that what I want to do is navigate to one of the folders; I can do so by clicking on it. Here we have some colorful photographs of this sculpture in Santa Barbara, California. Make those a little bit bigger so we can see them.
Well, upon investigating this folder, I realize, you know what? I want to rename this particular folder. To do so, simply right-click or Ctrl+C lick and then choose Rename. Here, I'll go ahead name this "sb_colors" and then click Save. You'll notice that it put it in a different alphabetical position in my folder structure here, and there I have that particular folder. Well, how else could I modify this? Well, another way that I could do this is I could right-click on this folder, and I could say locate this, or show this, in my Finder or in my Explorer, and here I'll go ahead and show that.
It's showing me this particular folder here is located in my Exercise Files folder, on my Desktop, sb_colors. Well, what would happen if I were to change this name another time? Here I'll click into that Name field, and I'll call this "santa_barbara_colors." Well, now once I've done that, I've done something behind Lightroom's back, and Lightroom isn't going to be very happy. I also misspelled that, so let me go ahead and correct my spelling error there as well. All right! Well, what we need to do is go back to Lightroom and see what's going to happen.
Now, when we go back to Lightroom, all of a sudden it shows us this question mark icon. It says, "You know what? something is wrong. Something has happened that we're not sure how to really link this up, where these files are located," because in reality this folder doesn't exist anymore. Well, in order to relink these files, you can click on this little question mark here. So I'll go ahead and select this file. It's arch_01, and I'll click on the question mark, and it says, "Hey, do you want to locate it? Sure." I'll go ahead and navigate to that folder and select the file and then find my nearby missing photos as well and click Select, and what it's going to do is then update that folder.
Now, what happened? Well, you'll notice that what happened is it created a new folder for me right here, which is called santa_barbara_colors, and it has those ten images in that folder. So in a way we were able to fix this, yet we still have this old folder here. To get rid of it, click on it, right-click, and then just say Remove, and that is now gone. So again, keep in mind that you can work both ways, and I show that because sometimes things will happen outside of Lightroom and you'll need to figure out how to fix them up. All right! Well, let's do one last thing here with this folder.
Let's right-click it and choose Rename. I'm just going to take this back to the original name, just to keep things organized so that we can keep track of that. Now that we've covered the topic of folders, let's dig deeper into the topic of collections, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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