Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Lightroom 5: Sharing Photos Online.
You can use your own photos to work along with me through this course. Or if you're a premium subscriber the the lynda.com library, you can download some exercise files that I've prepared for this course. Download the Exercise files and put them on your Desktop. As you can see inside my Exercise Files folder, the Exercise files are organized by chapter number and then by movie number. Not all of the movies have Exercise files. In order to use the Exercise files for your own photos during this course, you'll have to import them into a Lightroom catalog. So go ahead and launch Lightroom.
Let's make a new catalog for the course files to keep them separate from any personal files you may have in your Lightroom catalog. To do that, go to the File menu at the top of the screen and choose New Catalog. In the window that opens, navigate to your desktop and in the Save As field, that's the file name field on a PC, type a name for your catalog. I'll call mine Ex files Cat. And then click Create or Save on the PC. I'm going to skip backing up because I don't have any files in this catalog.
That will create a new catalog on your desktop for the Exercise files that separate from the actual Exercise file themselves. Lightroom will re launch with that new empty Ex Files catalog. To import the Exercise files into this catalog, click the Big Import button at the bottom left of the library module. That opens the Import window. In the Import window, go to the Select a source menu at the top-left and choose Desktop. And then in the Source panel here, navigate to the Exercise Files folder on the Desktop.
Now you see thumbnails of all the photos in the Exercise Files folder. And now this is important. You want to check at the top of this window and make sure that the word Add is highlighted. So that you're adding these photos to your Lightroom catalog without moving them or copying them. And that's about all you have to do. If you like, you can render the previews at one to one view, although that may take some time as you're importing the photos. So, I'm going to set my Render Previews menu to minimal for now. And then I'll click the Big Import button at the bottom left of the Import window.
And up here, you'll see a Progress bar as Lightroom imports the photos and builds the previews. Now in Lightroom's library module, you can go to the Folders panel in the column on the left. And there you'll see the name of your hard drive with a green symbol on it, meaning that your hard drive is online. And under that, you should see the Exercise Files folder. If I click the arrow to the left of the Exercise Files folder, I can see my chapter folders. In fact, click the arrow to the left of a chapter folder, I can see the movie sub-folders in that chapter. And if I click on one of those sub-folders, here in the grid in the middle, I'll see thumbnails of all of the photos in that Movie folder.
You can set the size of those thumbnails to your liking by moving the Thumbnail slider down here. And you can choose whether or not to see information around the thumbnails by pressing the J key on your keyboard to cycle through the various views of those thumbnails. And now you're all ready to use the exercise files or your own photos to work through this course with me.
- Exporting photos for the web
- Choosing export settings
- Creating a Photoshop action to export Lightroom photos
- Setting up a Lightroom-to-Facebook publish service
- Exchanging Facebook comments via Lightroom
- Working with collections in a publish service
- Publishing photos to Flickr, Google+, and Behance
- Exporting to a hard drive
- Emailing photos