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I've included the project photo that we will work with throughout this course in the exercise files. You'll have access to the exercise files for the course if you are a Premium Member of the lynda.com library. I've downloaded the exercise files to my desktop and I'm going to open the exercise files folder so you can see what's in it. In this folder there are two subfolders. The photo that we will work with throughout this course is in the start subfolder, it's called gothic.dng. It's a raw file. I've included a second subfolder called finish, which contains a completed version of the project photo, complete with all the adjustments that you'll see me adding to the photo throughout the course.
I have included this just for your reference, so you have a sense of where we're going as we work through this project. If you want to use the project photo to work along with me, you'll have to import the exercise files into your Lightroom catalog, so let me show you how to do that. Here you can see a Lightroom Library. This is a new Lightroom library, one that doesn't yet contain any photos. You can use a new Lightroom Library or your ongoing library to import the exercise files for the course. To import those files I'll go down to the big Import button at the bottom left of the Lightroom Library and I'll click there to open the Import dialog box.
Here I'll go up to the Select a source menu and if you have saved your exercise files on your desktop as I have, choose Desktop here. In the Source panel, make sure that Include Subfolders is checked and navigate to the exercise files folder. Leave both of the images checked in the center portion of this dialog box, leave Add selected at the top of the dialog box, so that you'll be adding these photos to your Lightroom Library rather than moving them or copying them, and over on the right open the File Handling panel and change Render Previews to 1:1 and click Import.
Back in your Lightroom Library in the Folders panel, you should now see the exercise files folder, and inside of that the finish subfolder and the start subfolder; and in the grid portion of your library you should see two thumbnails, the start image and the finished image. To work along with me select the start subfolder, select the single photo in that subfolder and bring it into the Develop Module by pressing D on your keyboard or clicking the Develop Module label at the top of Lightroom, and that will open the unprocessed version of the exercise file here in the Develop Module all ready for you to work along with me through this course.