Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Lightroom: Presets.
You're welcome to work along with me using your own photos and your own presets. If you're a member of lynda.com online library, you have access not only to some photos that I've collected for use during the course, but also to a folder of over 90 developed presets that I made from scratch for you to use during this course. And I'm happy for you to keep those and use them on your own photos later. I'll show you how to install develop presets shortly. In this movie, I want to concentrate on how you can import the photos that are in the exercise files into a Lightroom catalog.
So, that you can access them from there during the course. You can see that I've organized the exercise file photos into three chapter folders. And inside each chapter folder, there are some folders that correspond to movies in that chapter. And inside each of those folders, there are photos that I used during that particular movie. Not all movies have their own exercise files, so you may see some gaps in these lists. So, that's how the exercise files folders are set up, but you won't have to come into these folders to get your photos. Instead, you'll have to access those photos from the inside Lightroom. So, let's see how to import the photos in the exercise files into Lightroom, so you can use them during the course.
Lightroom relaunches with a brand-new empty catalog. Let's go down and click the Import button at the bottom of the screen to import the exercise files into this catalog. That opens the Import window. Here, go to the Select a Source menu, and choose your Desktop if you put your exercise files folder there. In the Source panel, click on the exercise files folders, not the x files cat. That just contains the catalog files, but rather the exercise files folder. And in the center of the Import window, you should now see a thumbnail version of each of the photos in the exercise files folder.
Leave them all checked. And make sure that at the top of the screen, Add is highlighted. Not move, not copy, not copy as DNG. Just add. And then go over to the right. In the file handling panel, leave render previews at one to one. Leave everything else here unchecked and blank and click the big Import button. And that brings the files into your Lightroom catalog. You'll see a progress bar up here at the top left, as Lightroom imports files and builds one to one previews of all these files. Now, it may take a couple of minutes, depending upon the speed of your processor.
When the import is finished, take a look at your folders panel. There you'll see the name of your hard drive and under that you should see the exercise files folder. To access exercise files during the course, click the arrow to the left of the exercise files folder, and then click the arrow to the left of the chapter folder. Click on one of the movie sub-folders, and in the grid in the center, you'll see thumbnails of the photos in that folder. If we're working in the develop module, with any of those photos selected, click on develop in the module picker at the top of the screen, or just press D on your keyboard.
And that will take you over to the develop module with one of the photos in that folder open and ready for editing. To access other photos in that folder, you can go down to the bottom of the develop module,and if it's not already open, open your film strip, by clicking the black bar there. And then you can select another photo in the film strip and it will appear here. So, that's how to import and access the exercise files for the course. Notice that the presets did not get imported into the Lightroom catalogue. That's because the preset files are not image files. If you're wondering how to bring presets into a Lightroom catalogue, then stay tuned.
- What is a Develop preset?
- Installing Develop presets made by others
- Building your own Develop presets
- Applying and layering Develop presets
- Making copyright and contact metadata presets
- Building import presets
- Making file-naming presets
- Creating text watermarks
- Making export presets