Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Import speed tips, part of Lightroom Classic CC: Working Faster.
- [Instructor] Here I want to begin by sharing with you a few import tips which will help you speed up your workflow. This first tip is Mac specific and this is a tip which has really helpful when you have a folder of images that you want to import into Lightroom. You can see I have a folder of images right here and if I want to bring these into Lightroom, and if I go to Lightroom and click on the Import dialog, what I then have to do is I find that particular folder here, so I go down to my users, my username, my desktop and you can get the gist of this, I have to do a lot of searching to finally, finally find that folder of images that I want to bring into Lightroom.
There has to be a faster way, right? If you're on a Mac, there is a faster way and what you can do is go into your finder window and you can find a folder or a single image, either way, this'll work and then you simply click on it and drag and drop this to the Lightroom icon. What that will then do is it will launch the Import dialog as you can see here with this folder selected and then I can say okay, great, what I want to do now I add these photos to my Lightroom catalog. As far as file handling and what not, we'll talk about this a little bit later but for now I'm just going to use the Standard setting for my preview and then we'll click Import.
What this will do obviously import all these photographs in and in my Folders panel, we'll begin to see that it populate my various folders with these images, it will build previews of these so that I can begin to work with these files. So, this first tip really is all about dragging or dropping a single image or a folder onto that Lightroom icon down below. Next, let me show you another way that we can import in and this this either by using the Import button or the File, Import pull down menu item right there or the shortcut.
The shortcut is one that I recommend you learn. On a Mac, it's Shift + Command + i, on Windows, that's Shift + Control + i and what that allows you to do is just open that import dialog and then you can find if the photos that you want to bring in, they could be on media card or they could be located somewhere like this is located on my desktop. And then here again we'll just click Import. So, the second tip here really is all about using that shortcut which you an find right here. It's Shift + Command + i on a Mac or Shift + Control + i on Windows and that's a really quick way to launch the Import dialog.
The next and final tip at least for this movie is to talk about how we can relocate folders of images. If you look here, you can see that I have this folder, Alexa, saved in a certain location but I've all of my other photographs inside of this main folder called Photos. And I actually want Alexa to be inside of that and the easiest and fastest way to do that is just to drag and drop this into that folder, Lightroom will give you a warning message saying hey, you're moving files, great, that's what I want to do, so I click Move and that will then relocate and move those files on my hard drive so they are now all in one exact location.
We have more to cover when it comes to importing, so let's do that in the next movie.
- Importing with Develop presets
- Customizing the interface
- Choosing modules and panels
- Processing your photos
- Batch processing multiple images
- Tips for enhancing your workflow
- Creating folders and collections
- Cleaning up and exporting presets