Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video The Quick Collection, part of Lightroom 5: 01 Organizing Your Photos.
Lightroom provides a variety of opportunities to identify specific images as being grouped together in some way. That includes, at a very basic level, the folder structure that you're using for your photos as well as collections. One such collection that has unique status is the quick collection. The quick collection is essentially designed to allow you to temporarily group images together. For example, if you wanted to identify some images that you wanted to share with others, and after sharing the images, you didn't really need to get back to that particular group of photos, you could utilize a quick collection for that purpose.
There's only one quick collection, and so generally speaking, you'll want to clear out the quick collection before utilizing the quick collection for another set of images. So, for example, I can right click on the Quick Collection and choose Clear Quick Collection to make sure it's clear. Of course, in this case, I see the number zero to the right of the quick collection, indicating that no images are currently included in the quick collection. There are several ways you can add an image to the quick collection. When you mouse over an image on the film strip or in the grid view, you'll notice that there is a circle toward the top right of the thumbnail.
If you click on that circle, the image will be added to the quick collection and you can see that that circle is now filled in. Also notice that the Quick Collection now shows the number one to the right, indicating that one image is included in the quick collection. Another option is to select an image and then go to the Photo menu and choose Add to Quick Collection. But you can also simply press the letter B on the keyboard in order to add an image to the quick collection, or remove the image from the quick collection. And it's important to keep in mind that this is a toggle, so if I select an image and then press B to add that image to the quick collection, if I later press B again, thinking that I'm adding this image to the quick collection, I'm actually removing it from the quick collection because it was already in the quick collection.
So in the case of using this keyboard shortcut, it's important to be aware of whether or not the image that is currently selected is in the Quick Collection. And of course, I can view which images are included in the Quick Collection by simple clicking Quick Collection in the Catalog section of the left panel in the Library module. While there's only one quick collection, you can actually achieve the behavior of multiple quick collections in Lightroom if you'd like to. The key is to specify a different target for the keyboard shortcut associated with the quick collection.
So, for example, I already have a collection for a calendar project and if I'd like to make that calendar collection the target of the quick collection short cut I can simply right click on that collection and then choose Set as Target Collection. Now, if I navigate among my various images and find an image I'd like to add to my calendar project, I can simply press the letter B, for example, to add that image to the target collection, in this case, that's the calendar collection. You'll notice that there's a plus to the right indicating that that is the target collection.
And at any time I can revert that target collection to the quick collection by right clicking on the Quick Collection and choosing Set As Target Collection for the quick collection. Generally speaking, the concept of the quick collection is exactly that, quick. It's intended for grouping images together for a temporary purpose. But as you've seen, by changing the target collection, you can also use the same basic capability across a wide variety of collections for a variety of different purposes.
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- Importing images
- Setting up Lightroom preferences and catalog settings
- Backing up your catalogs
- Reviewing images with the Grid and Loupe views
- Renaming photos
- Adding flags, star ratings, color labels, and keywords to images
- Mapping photos
- Working with image stacks
- Locating images