Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing exercise files into Lightroom, part of Using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements Together.
- To work along with me through this course, you can use your own photos or use the Exercise Files that I prepared for this course if you have access to them as a Lynda.com premium member. Either way, you'll need to import photos into a Lightroom catalog to start. So let me walk you through that process. If you're using the official Exercise Files, download them and unzip the Exercise Files folder. I put my folder on my desktop to make it easy to find. Then switch over to Lightroom to import some of the Exercise Files into a Lightroom catalog.
You can use your regular Lightroom catalog or you can use a brand new catalog in order to keep these photos separate from your personal photos. To do that, go up to the File menu and choose New Catalog and follow the instructions. When you're ready, go down to the Import button at the bottom left of Lightroom's Library module and click that button. That opens the big Import dialog. In the Import dialog, go to the column on the left and in the Source panel, navigate to your Desktop, the Exercise Files folder, and click on the Lightroom Photos folder inside the Exercise Files folder.
That will show you in the center of the screen thumbnails of all of the photos in the Lightroom Photos, Exercise Files folder. If you wondered why I don't want you to import all of the Exercise Files at this time, it's because there's another folder of Exercise Files, the Elements Photos folder here that we'll be using later in the course when I show you how to start with an Element's catalog and upgrade that catalog to a Lightroom catalog. So it's important that these Elements Photos not all ready be in Lightroom at that time. So we're just selecting the Lightroom Photos folder in the Exercise Files and then go up to the top of the screen and make sure that Add is selected there.
This will cause Lightroom to add a record of these photos to this catalog when you import without moving or copying the photos. It will just leave the photos where you put them on your Desktop and that's what we want. Then go to the column on the right of the Import window and you can leave all of the settings as you see them here on my screen. Make sure that Build Previews is set to 1:1. So that later, if you enlarge a thumbnail in Lightroom's Library module, you won't have to wait while the photo renders. Finally, go down to the bottom right of the import window and click the import button.
Clicking the Import button starts the import process, closes the Import window, and take you back to Lightroom's Library module which you see here. When the import is finished, you'll see in the catalog panel that Previews Import is selected. And in the center section, you should see thumbnails of all of the photos in the Lightroom Photos folder. To use one of these photos in the lesson in this course, go to the folder's panel and click on the Lightroom Photos folder that you see there and then go to the center of the Lightroom Library module and select the photo that you want to use.
If the movie starts in Lightroom's Develop module, with that photo selected in the Library module, press the letter d on your keyboard and that will switch you over to the Develop module with the selected photo ready to edit. Then at the bottom of the Develop module is a filmstrip. If your filmstrip isn't opened, then go to the very bottom and click on the black bar there. And in the filmstrip, you'll see thumbnails of all of the photos in the Lightroom Photos folder. So if you need to switch to another photo, you don't have to go all the way back to the Library module. You can just click on a thumbnail in the filmstrip and that photo shows up in the Develop module ready for editing.
Now that you've imported the Lightroom Photos, Exercise Files to a Lightroom catalog, you're ready to start the Lightroom to Elements round-trip workflow that will start showing you in the next chapter.
In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili shows how to combine both programs. She begins with details on how to set up Lightroom and Photoshop Elements for maximum compatibility. The course then covers strategies for working with photos in a variety of formats (including raw), and practical scenarios for using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements together. Learn how to composite multiple photos with layers and selections, retouch portraits, and add creative effects and text to photos. Want to move to Lightroom permanently? Jan also shows how to upgrade a catalog from Elements to Lightroom.
- Why should you use Lightroom and Elements together?
- Setting up Elements as Lightroom's editor
- Editing raw photos and TIFFs, PSDs, and JPEGs
- Blending bracketed exposures
- Stitching panoramas
- Adding creative effects, text, and graphics
- Upgrading a catalog from Lightroom to Elements