Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing collections to synchronize in Lightroom for desktop, part of Learn Lightroom Mobile: The Basics.
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- In order to have a connected and synchronized workflow between Lightroom for desktop and Lightroom for mobile, we need to begin by creating some collections in Lightroom for desktop. So, here what I want to do is provide a little bit of a refresher on how we can create collections. I'll show you a few different techniques. And then I'll also talk about how we can select collections to synchronize them so that begin to work on those images and video files on those other devices. All right, well, let's get familiar with Lightroom for desktop for a moment. Here you can see I have a folder of images, and if I scroll down even further, you can see I have a number of different collections down here.
And basically, I have all of my collections in one main collection set which is called Shoots. And so, when I open that up, you can see, I have a number of different shoots, and if we click on those, you can see that there are different images inside of those various shoots. Now, there's another one that I want to create here, which, this was for one of my other courses. For one of those courses I did a few different shoots and one of them was for a person holding a prop. And so, here you can see I have some photographs. And one of the reasons why it's nice to create collections is it just gives you another way to group or organize your images together, and, second, it's just essential if you want to use Lightroom for mobile.
And a lot of Lightroom users use collections, they find them to be incredibly helpful, not just for mobile, but just for their overall workflow. So, if you want to dig more into that, you can check out one of my other courses where I get more into the topic, but for now, let's just say that we want to add some of these images to a collection, or create a collection. Well, to do that, you want to click on one image, hold down the command key on a Mac, control key on Windows, and click on others. Or you can just click on one, hold down the shift key and you click on another to select a whole set. Or if you want to select everything, press command-A on a Mac, or control-A on Windows.
In other words, first step is to select the images. The second step is to use one of these methods, which is to either go down to the collections panel and click on the plus icon, and choose create collection. That's a great option. Notice it says, "Create Collection..." that means, when you click on this, it would open up a dialog. Or another method is to go to the library pull down menu, and I want to show you this one because of the shortcut listed here. You can choose new collection, or just press command-N on a Mac, or control-N on Windows.
That's one of those shortcuts you want to write down. Really, it's one of the shortcuts I use almost every day, every time I'm in Lightroom. So, it's a great way to create a collection. So, either way. You can go ahead and just use one of those methods. Here, I'll click on the plus icon and choose create collection. And, either way, this will take us to this dialog. I'm going to go ahead and name this collection props because it's a person holding a prop. And, actually, I'll just use the word prop, there. I want this one inside of another collection set which was the course which this was captured for, it was a five day photo challenge, so I'll select that. I already have that down here.
I want to include all these photos which I've selected. No need to have virtual copies, no need to set this as a target, but I do want to choose this option, which is a new feature to the latest version of Lightroom, to be able to sync this with Lightroom mobile. So, we'll go ahead and turn that option on, and then click on the create button. Now, when we do this, you'll notice it will create the collection for us, here we are in the collections panel. And it's also going to start to synchronize this across the Creative Cloud. And that's the case is, if you've already logged in to your Creative Cloud account, which I have, and so it's beginning that synchronization.
Currently, it's showing me it's syncing the 52 photos. As it updates, you'll see that that number will become lower. And this all happens behind the scenes, which is great. So, here we can then continue to work and do other things. All right, well, so far we've seen a few different methods for creating a collection. Now, what about another scenario? Perhaps where you just have a collection and what you want to do is you want to synchronize it after the fact. You did want to create the collection first, and then synchronize it. Well, I have some images which I captured just a couple days ago in San Francisco, and these are some photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge.
And, you can see here, as I scroll through them, these are just unedited files, and I want to begin to work on them while I'm traveling around, so I'm not going to necessarily use my laptop computer, but I want to use one of my mobile devices, my phone, or maybe a tablet. So, or I want to turn this entire folder into a collection and then synchronize it. Well, one great little secret tip here is you can click on a folder and just drag it down into the collections panel, notice how there's a little plus icon, there. When you let go, what it actually does is it turns that entire folder, with the same exact name, into a collection.
So, here it is, right there, I have all those images inside of that collection, now. So, it's just a, kind of a quick shortcut way to create a collection. Now, with this one, one of the things you'll notice is there is this empty box over here on the left whereas all of these other collections have this, kind of zig-zag, it's almost like a sideways Z or, looks like an electrical current or something. Well, that's because I've already chosen to have all of these as synchronized. This collection here, it isn't synchronized. It's only available on my desktop computer. If I want to begin to work with these on my iPad or iPhone or something, what I would need to do, or what we would need to do is click on this little box right here.
That then says, "Hey, we're going to sync this one "via the Creative Cloud to your other devices." And so, you can see, it's now showing me the update, it's going to sync this one and all those photos will then be sent via the Creative Cloud. Now, this will take some time because these are really high resolution files, and what it's going to do is it's going to generate this lower resolution, kind of smart preview file which it's going to send over there, but that's the first step. It's creating a collection, and then choosing to synchronize a collection, here. Now, if you get to a point where you've decided that, you know, I don't want these photos, right here, on my mobile device, well, you can just click on that little icon there and it says, "Hey, do you want to stop syncing these photos?" If you do this, this collection and all of its photos will be removed from all of your other Lightroom mobile devices.
In my case, my iPhone and my iPad. Any comments on the photos will be deleted, so, it's just saying, "Hey, if you want to remove that, "sure, just make sure you're doing the right thing." And then you would click stop syncing. In this case, I don't want to do that, so I'm going to leave that there. But I did want to show you, it's really just as simple as clicking that little icon, right there. All right, well now that we have a bunch of collections which we have chosen to synchronize over to the mobile device, we're going to begin to look at how we can use that device and use Lightroom for mobile, and we'll do that in the next movie.
- Importing photos in the Lightroom mobile app
- Synchronizing collections in Lightroom for desktop
- Rating and organizing photos with flags and stars
- Making photo adjustments
- Cropping photos
- Applying presets
- Fine-tuning color
- Applying a vignette
- Sharing photos from Lightroom for mobile
- Retouching with Adobe Fix
- Combining photos with Adobe Mix
- Editing photos offline
- Working with gestures