Join Colin Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a watched folder to automatically import images, part of Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers.
When I told you there were two strategies for importing pictures, I kind of exaggerated. There is actually a third way, and that's what we're going to automatically import images from a Watched folder. What does that mean? Well, what is means just go to our Desktop. On the Desktop down here I created a new folder, and it's a blank empty folder here, and I just called it Auto Import. Now you can create that anywhere you want on your machine. Let's go back into Lightroom and then what we can do is we can set that as a Watched folder.
So let's go under File, and we're going to use the Auto Import, and we're going to choose the Auto Import Settings. Now see we have an option here called a Watched Folder, nothing is specified yet. We're going to Choose--we're going to go to the Desktop here. If you remember we put that on the Desktop. Let's collapse everything, and there is the folder I created called auto import. Now you can have yours any way you want. In my case, I just called it the auto import on the Desktop, because that means if I drag images into that folder on the Desktop, if Lightroom is running, it'll automatically import those pictures into the Lightroom catalog, and it'll actually put them wherever I specify on the hard drive.
At the same time if Lightroom is not currently working, as soon as you launch Lightroom, it's going to look in that Watched Folder, immediately it's going to import those images. So let's click OK. So now we have set our auto import. And now what we want do is we want set a Destination, and we're once again back in our Pictures folder, and you could anywhere you want it, and that Picture folder basically what that's going to do is it's going to move those images from that Watched Folder in to this folder and then bring them into Lightroom.
Now there is a Subfolder which is going to be in that Pictures Folder. In this case it's called Auto Imported Photos. I could change it whatever I wanted, I could change it to Auto Import or Watched Folder or whatever you want to call it. In this case we'll just keep with the old name. And there we have got some File Naming, we can choose the Current Filename or we can do different names here, Custom Name of Sequences, for example, if you're working on a project, you could use a Custom Name. For example, say you're doing a big shoot, we'll call it bigShoot, and then we will start at 1, and we'll just keep adding in and would rename those images, or we could just go to the Filename, which is what I'm going to use it, or just won't change the file name, it'll just bring them in there with their original filenames.
And once again, we can set our Metadata, Keywords and all that kinds of stuff. For Metadata maybe you want to choose the Colin Import, and in one of the early lessons I showed you how to create those Metadata templates, and I am just going to put my basic copyright information in there, and I'm just going to click OK. All right, now we're all setup for the auto import. Well, how is this going to work? Well, let's have a look. Let's go down to our auto import folder here, and we're going to take some images here.
Let's say we have got four images here. I'm going to grab those four images, and I'm just going to drag those into our Watched Folder. And Do we want to copy those file? Yes, we'll copy them, and we'll just copy them all here. And now you'll see those images going into that folder. There we go. Now let's go back to Lightroom, launch Lightroom, and now just sitting a quite happily, what we can do now is we just go into the Auto Import, and now what we want to do is we want to enable this, because what we have done is we have set it up, but we haven't enabled it.
Now when we enable this it'll stay enabled, and I just turn the option on. Now Auto Import is enabled, so it is going to look at that folder, and there we go, it looked in that folder, and it saw those images, and it was bringing those images one at a time, and it's bringing those into Lightroom, and if we go back to our Desktop, see our Watched Folder there? It's now empty. And so now that we have enabled it, I can drag any image in there and immediately those images that are dragged in there will now we imported into Lightroom.
You'll notice here the Previous Import now only has one image. So if we could go to the Auto Imported folders--there we go, there's our Auto Imported Photos under the Folders, because remember it created that auto import folder, and there's the images that are brought in, so we're all set up for auto import.
There's nothing more frustrating than having hundreds of digital pictures clogging up one's hard drive. Photoshop Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers teaches picture-takers how to import, organize, develop, and output images with ease. Instructor Colin Smith breaks down even the most complex tasks into quick and easy-to-understand techniques, and demonstrates multiple methods that work in real-world situations. He teaches photographers how to work efficiently with metadata; create custom keyword sets; and understand Lightroom's ratings, flags, and labels. Colin also shares some of his secret tips!
- Importing images from a hard drive
- Working with the panels efficiently
- Understanding and managing catalogs
- Customizing the HTML galleries
- Adding music to slideshow presentations
- Converting grayscale images
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. The Library and Catalogs
6. Advanced Adjustments
9. Lightroom for the Web
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