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Working with multiple catalogs

From: Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

Video: Working with multiple catalogs

I generally prefer to work with a single catalog within Lightroom to manage all of my images. While it's true that some images may fit into a separate category that might lead me to think it's best to separate them, for example, commercial versus personal images. In my experience I find that generally, I prefer to have all of my images accessible at once. Any distinctions I create between images Tends to get a little blurry over time. That said, even if you're working with a single catalogue you might want to create a second catalogue anyway. A test catalogue that allows you to experiment around a little bit without concern for whether or not you're updating the real information I your photos.

Working with multiple catalogs

I generally prefer to work with a single catalog within Lightroom to manage all of my images. While it's true that some images may fit into a separate category that might lead me to think it's best to separate them, for example, commercial versus personal images. In my experience I find that generally, I prefer to have all of my images accessible at once. Any distinctions I create between images Tends to get a little blurry over time. That said, even if you're working with a single catalogue you might want to create a second catalogue anyway. A test catalogue that allows you to experiment around a little bit without concern for whether or not you're updating the real information I your photos.

At the moment I'm working with a test catalogue that I've been using to experiment with some workflow ideas... But I want to get back to my real catalog, so I can start managing my images in Lightroom 4. Let's take a look at how we can work with multiple catalogs. To begin with we can switch between catalogs, relatively easily. I'll go ahead and go to the File menu, and then choose Open Recent, and you can see that I have a test catalog, and my real catalog both available. Because I've opened them both recently. I'll go ahead and choose the Lightroom four catalog option. Whenever I open a new catalog, Lightroom needs to close and restart. So when I choose this option, Lightroom will close and then restart, opening this new catalog.

As you can see, this particular catalog does not contain any images yet. I'm just getting ready to get started managing my images in Lightroom 4, so I'll be raedy to import images very soon. In the meantime though, let's take a look at how you can create a new catalog. Whether that's to manage different images with a separate catalog, or so that you have a playground for you to practice with various techniques in Lightroom. If we go to the File menu, we can choose New Catalog. We can then specify a location where we'd like to save that catalog. For example, I'll save mine in my Pictures folder, and I'll call this Lightroom Test, catalog 2.

This is my second test catalog for Lightroom. I'll go ahead and click Save, and once again light room will close and then re-launch and then I can configure settings for this specific catalog. But in this case, I want to get back to my real catalog so I'll go back to the File menu and choose Open Recent, and then Lightroom 4 Catalog. And there you have it. As you can see, it's quite easy to work with multiple catalogs within Lightroom. Generally speaking, I prefer to work with a single catalog. But again a test catalog can be a great way to help make sure that you're able to experiment and explore around in Lightroom, without worrying about applying permanent changes to your master photos.

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Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

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  1. 1m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
  2. 44m 45s
    1. Library module overview
      3m 20s
    2. Preferences for image management
      10m 6s
    3. Catalog settings
      7m 57s
    4. Catalog backup settings
      2m 22s
    5. Backing up with Export
      2m 56s
    6. Working with the Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    7. Grid view display options
      6m 37s
    8. Loupe view display options
      3m 19s
    9. Working with multiple catalogs
      2m 47s
  3. 27m 50s
    1. Folder structure considerations
      3m 20s
    2. Importing existing images
      6m 53s
    3. Importing new images
      9m 36s
    4. Importing subsequent images
      4m 4s
    5. Using tethered capture
      3m 57s
  4. 28m 54s
    1. Locating images to review
      4m 10s
    2. Getting a quick overview of photos with Grid view
      3m 7s
    3. Reviewing images in detail with Loupe view
      4m 11s
    4. Zooming and panning in images
      4m 19s
    5. Using Compare view
      6m 16s
    6. Using Survey view
      3m 42s
    7. Working with videos
      3m 9s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Configuring the toolbar
      3m 8s
    2. Picking and rejecting photos with flags
      6m 30s
    3. Assigning star ratings to photos
      5m 39s
    4. Configuring color labels
      3m 20s
    5. Using color labels to identify images
      5m 13s
    6. Auto-advancing during image review
      2m 56s
    7. Working with image stacks
      4m 33s
    8. The Quick Collection
      3m 52s
    9. Using collections to organize photos
      5m 21s
    10. Using Smart Collections
      5m 33s
    11. Basic metadata updates
      5m 8s
    12. Adding keywords to photos
      4m 35s
    13. Using the Painter tool
      3m 13s
    14. Synchronizing metadata
      2m 53s
    15. Writing metadata to images
      3m 17s
    16. Correcting capture time
      2m 51s
  6. 35m 49s
    1. Setting image sort order
      3m 54s
    2. Catalogs, folders, and collections
      2m 30s
    3. Basic image filtering
      4m 32s
    4. Advanced image filtering with the Library Filter
      8m 3s
    5. Locking the Library Filter
      2m 47s
    6. Finding images on the map
      9m 54s
    7. Dealing with offline images
      4m 9s

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