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Using collections to group images

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 06 Creating Slideshows and Web Galleries

Video: Using collections to group images

Before you begin your work in the web module, typically it's a good idea to do some organizational work in the library module. Now, here, I'm going to assume you have a good working understanding of the library module, yet what I want to do is focus in on how we can group together some pictures. If you take a look at the exercise files folder, there are a few sub folders. But in this main folder, if you scroll through the images, you'll notice that they're all kind of just mashed together. And this is really typical, right? We'll have folders of pictures, but inside of that there's some photographs that somehow we need to separate or pull out of those folders.

Using collections to group images

Before you begin your work in the web module, typically it's a good idea to do some organizational work in the library module. Now, here, I'm going to assume you have a good working understanding of the library module, yet what I want to do is focus in on how we can group together some pictures. If you take a look at the exercise files folder, there are a few sub folders. But in this main folder, if you scroll through the images, you'll notice that they're all kind of just mashed together. And this is really typical, right? We'll have folders of pictures, but inside of that there's some photographs that somehow we need to separate or pull out of those folders.

This is especially true when it comes to online web galleries. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that here, using collections. First, though, in your tool bar below. Make sure you have the Sort option turned on. You can access this by clicking on this icon here, and choose Sorting. And then, from the pull-down menu, choosing File Name. That way, we can sort all of our images in the same way. Let's go ahead and scroll back to the top, and start up with the first group or set of images. We'll here we have some pictures of some family friends that I captured down at the beach.

I want to take these images which are in this folder and somehow set them apart, and we'll do that by creating a collection. So click on the first image, then hold down the Shift key and click on the last image in this set. The last image in this group of pictures that we want to separate. Next, we'll go to the collections panel, we'll click on the plus icon, and choose create collection. I'll name this Butterfly Beach, which was the beach where these photographs were captured, place this at a top level, include these pictures.

No need to make virtual copies just yet, but we'll talk about that a little bit later. And having this collection will actually give us some great flexibility when it comes to creating different types of web galleries. So for now though, we'll leave that off. Next we'll click Create And this will create this collection, grouping those pictures together. Now, it hasn't moved the pictures, it hasn't changed anything. It just built this new way to, kind of, organize or group these pictures in this little set, in this collection. Let's do this with a few more sets of pictures.

Back to exercise files, we'll scroll down. The next set are these pictures, which were captured in Mexico. They're really colorful, easy to identify there. Click on one, and then hold down the Shift key. Click on the last one. And once again, create another collection. I'll name this one Mexico, with those same exact settings. So we'll just click Create. And then one more. Back to Exercise Files and then, down to this last one here, we'll click on this image. Hold down the Shift key, click on the last one in this set, these photographs of this guy here, Jeff Johnson. Let's create a collection.

We'll click on the plus icon and choose create collection. Now this work that we're doing here, it's really essential. Because it's setting the stage for the rest of our work. And what it will do is it will give us some flexibility in regards to reordering our photographs or renaming those pictures. And having these collections setup this way just gives us kind of organizational structure, which eventually will lead to creating more effective web galleries.

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  1. 1m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
  2. 20m 52s
    1. Introducing web galleries
      3m 13s
    2. Overview of domain names and hosting
      3m 56s
    3. Using collections to group images
      3m 13s
    4. Renaming and reordering images
      4m 57s
    5. Creating collections of virtual copies
      5m 33s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Using web gallery templates
      6m 17s
    2. Selecting images with flags
      5m 27s
    3. Creating web gallery collections
      3m 49s
    4. Customizing web gallery site info
      5m 46s
    5. Changing the gallery's color and appearance
      4m 1s
    6. Adding captions and titles
      2m 35s
    7. Saving custom templates
      2m 47s
  4. 19m 14s
    1. Working with JPEG compression and using the Quality slider
      1m 37s
    2. Adding watermarks and sharpening photos
      5m 40s
    3. Uploading HTML galleries
      3m 50s
    4. Uploading Flash galleries
      5m 44s
    5. Exploring online web gallery resources
      2m 23s
  5. 39m 28s
    1. Creating an impromptu slideshow
      2m 56s
    2. Slideshow and collections
      3m 31s
    3. Using slideshow templates and customizing the layout
      5m 27s
    4. Adding slideshow overlays
      6m 39s
    5. Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates
      2m 40s
    6. Customizing the background
      4m 56s
    7. Adding beginning and ending title slides
      2m 26s
    8. Working with a soundtrack and playback options
      4m 31s
    9. Slideshow playback options
      1m 30s
    10. Exporting slideshows as JPEG, PDF, or video
      4m 52s
  6. 9m 58s
    1. Selecting the video files
      2m 28s
    2. Changing image order and customizing the layout
      3m 27s
    3. Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels
      4m 3s
  7. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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