Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Renaming and relocating images, part of Lightroom Power Shortcuts.
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Here we are going to start to talk about how we can organize our images and media files by using the Library module. In particular, we are going to be focusing in on three different topics. We will look at how we can locate our files in a particular folder on a hard drive. We will also talk about how we can most effectively relocate those files; in other words, how we can move those files to different folders. And then we will talk about how we can rename our images or movie files. Well, let's start off with this image here. With this image, what I want to do is take a look at the file name, and I want to look at that as some information which is overlaid on top of the image.
So let's go ahead and press Command+J on a Mac or Control+J on Windows to open up our Library View Options. In the Loupe Info, make sure you have the File Name option here, then go ahead and press the I key in order to turn that information overlay on. Well as you can see with this file name, it's the generic file name that came straight off the computer. Well, what I want to do is I want to change that file name. To do that we will go ahead and press the F2 key. Once we've done that, we can go ahead and click on this pulldown menu. Here I will choose Custom Name.
I will go ahead and name this file lake_casitas, because that's where it was captured, and then I'll click OK. Now we can see that this file has a new name. Next, I want to take a look at a few other images. As I click on these other images, I notice that there are some custom names here; Santa Barbara Harbor 01 and 03. Yet actually what I want to do is make a new sequence, or I want to rename a sequence of images. So I want to reorder my images. To do that, I can either work in the filmstrip here, and I can click on a photograph, and then click and drag it, or if you press the G key to go to the Grid View, you can also click and drag to rearrange your images.
I want these three images to have a name which reflects the sequence. So here, we'll go ahead and select those three images. You can select those files by doing this either in the grid, or in the filmstrip. You click on the first image, hold down the Shift key, then click on the last image in the sequence, however long the sequence is. Next, press the F2 key, and here in our File Naming pulldown menu, this time we will use Custom Name - Sequence. I will go ahead and name this sb-harbor, and then I'll go ahead and click OK.
In this way, if we press the E key, you can see we have one file named sb-harbor-1, here is sb-harbor-2, and then we have sb-harbor-3. So you can see that we can rename either single images, or images that are in a sequence. Well, what about locating a file in a particular folder on a hard drive? Well, to do that, you simply click on the image that you want to target or locate. And here, then, we'll press Shift+Command+D on a Mac, or Shift+Control+D on Windows to deselect the other photographs.
Next, you can right-click or Control+click, and then select Show in Finder, or Show in Explorer, depending upon the operating system that you're using. In my case, I'll click on Show in Finder. This will then pull up my Finder window, and it will point to that folder, which is titled Other, and there you can see the image. The reason why I wanted to highlight this here is it is helpful to know how to locate those files on particular hard drives, and it's also helpful to point out that when you view your images in these folders, you don't want to make any changes here. You may be tempted to relocate the file, or to change its name here; you don't want to do that.
Changes like renaming or relocating files, you always want to do those right inside of Lightroom. So let's go ahead and close this Finder or Explorer window. Next, let's go to the People folder. In the People folder, if you press the G key, you can see that the top two images are not people photographs; these images are in the wrong folder. So hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows, and click on both of those images in order to select them. Now, if we want to relocate these, say we want to take these to the Travel folder, we can go ahead and hover over the image, and then click and drag on those images to this Travel folder.
This will open up a dialog which is saying, hey, you are moving these files on the disk; they are now being moved from one folder on your hard drive to another folder. This will cause these files to be moved. This cannot be undone. So that's exactly what we want to do, so here we will simply click Move in order to relocate these files to a new folder. If we go to the Travel folder, we will now see those files, and we will now see that they reside inside of that folder. Also, if we were to select one of these images, then we could go ahead and right-click or Control+click on the image, and you can select Show in Finder, or Show in Explorer, and that will then open up that particular folder on our hard drive, in this case, the Travel folder, and here you can see those two images reside in that folder.
- Minimizing different areas of the interface
- Performing a tethered capture
- Finding, selecting, and labeling images
- Working with stacks, collections, and Quick Collections
- Adding keywords to images
- Working with a second monitor
- Exporting and emailing photos
- Correcting white balance
- Converting a photo to black and white
- Rotating and flipping images
- Creating virtual copies
- Making better split toning adjustments
- Retouching with the Spot Healing tool
- Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
- Adding geolocation information
- Creating impromptu slideshows and web galleries