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How to Safely Rename Your Lightroom Catalog

Many of you have Lightroom 5 catalogs with filenames such as “Lightroom 4 Catalog-2-2″. While Lightroom doesn’t care what the catalog is named, I of course find it less confusing that the filename reflect what it actually is. In this short video tutorial, I’ll show you how to safely rename your Lightroom catalog and the associated Previews file. You’ll also learn in this video how to move your catalog. For best quality, hit Play, and then click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom left and choose 720 HD from the Quality dropdown. Related Posts: About Your Images and The Lightroom Catalog

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How to Use Pick and Reject Flags to Sort Through a Photo Shoot in Lightroom

Lightroom comes with three tools to help you mark photos as you sort through them — pick and reject flags, rating stars (1-5) and color labels. If you talk with 10 different photographers, they may have 10 different ways to use these tools. I use pick and reject flags for a first pass to identify keepers and rejects, and then rating stars to identify my best photos. (I reserve color labels for short term projects, or to flag for needed editing in Photoshop.) In this article, I’ll explain: How to assign pick and reject flags How to see just your picks, rejects or unflagged photos How to delete rejects. How to Assign Pick and Reject Flags Start by selecting the [...more]

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Don’t Forget to Create Your 2014 Lightroom Copyright and Contact Information Preset!

I recommend adding copyright and contact information to your photos as you import them into Lightroom, so that when you share photos with the outside world, this data automatically tags along with them and people can get in touch with you if they come across your photos and want to use them. For photos already in Lightroom, it’s not too late — you can also add this information in the Library module. In this video tutorial, I show you how to: Create and update a copyright and contact information “metadata preset” Apply your preset to photos as you import them View copyright and contact information for your photos using the Metadata panel in the Library module Apply your preset to [...more]

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Lightroom Quick Tip: How to View Photos from More Than One Folder

Sometimes it’s handy to be able to see two or more folders of photos together in Lightroom when you are in Grid View (G) in the Library Module. This is simply a matter of using the Folders panel to select more than one folder. If the folders are all next to each other, click on the first, then Shift-Click on the last. If they are not, click on the first, then Ctrl/Cmd-Click on each of the others. Thank you for all your support in 2013. I wish you a creative, healthy and happy 2014! Related Post: Must See Video Tutorial: Using the Folders Panel to Reorganize and Manage Your Photos and Folders

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Three Easy Ways to Add Keywords to Photos in Lightroom

Do you spend a lot of time searching through your folders in Lightroom, looking for particular photos? If so, it’s time to add keywords to them — words or phrases that you can then find your photos based on. In this short video tutorial I discuss three easy ways to add keywords: in the Import dialog with the Keywording panel with the Painter tool For highest quality video, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel ( ) in the bottom right of the video and choose 720/HD.   Related Posts: Video Tutorial: How to Find Your Photos in Lightroom (based on keywords and more) Organize Your Lightroom Keywords into Keyword Hierarchies Shortcuts for Adding Keywords in Lightroom Don’t Forget [...more]

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When Panels, Modules, Tools and More Go Missing in Lightroom

I get a fair number of emails from frantic users who have lost some critical part of the Lightroom interface. In this video I show you how to find missing panels, tools, and more.  Watch the video to learn not only how to find what you have lost, but also how to hide what you don’t need. For those of you who need to just get to what you are looking for, below is what I cover and where you can find it in the video: Find your missing Lightroom: module (0:30) panel (0:50) panel strip / filmstrip (1:30) toolbar (1:52) library filter bar (2:15) tool in toolbar (2:43) hidden settings in panel (3:06) grid view photo information (3:42) loupe [...more]

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Lightroom Tip of the Week: “I” is for “Information”

Have you ever wondered how to turn off (or on) the information that displays over your photos when you are in Loupe view (single-photo view) in  Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules? The secret is to type the keyboard shortcut “I“, for “Information“. If no information is showing, typing “I” once displays one set of information about your photo: Typing “I” a second time displays a second set of information: And typing “I” a third time will hide the information. To change what information displays, in the menu bar in the top left, go to View>View Options. On the Loupe View tab, the three fields you choose under Loupe Info 1 display when you type “I” the first time; the three [...more]

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Travel Light with Lightroom 5 Smart Previews

Lightroom 5 smart previews allow you to develop your photos, even when the masters are offline. Imagine traveling with your laptop, and leaving your big heavy external hard drive with all your photos back at home. Work on your photos on the road, and when you get home and reconnect your hard drive, your work is seamlessly applied to your masters. All you need on the road are your laptop your catalog, and smart previews of your photos.  Not interested in traveling with your photos? Smart previews may still give you a performance benefit in the Develop module.  Finally, Adobe has hinted that at some point in the future, smart previews will enable us to work with our photos in [...more]

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Quick Tip: How to Import Your iPhone and iPad Photos into Lightroom

In the past I have used iCloud to transfer photos taken on my iPhone and iPad over to my main computer, and then I have imported them into Lightroom. However, there is an even easier way to copy them to your computer and import them into Lightroom — simply plug your iPhone or iPad into your computer with its USB connection, open up Lightroom’s Import dialog, and select your iDevice in the Source panel on the left.  Set your import settings just like you would for a memory card, so that your photos get copied into the correct destination folders. I picked up this tip from Adobe’s Phosphors blog – “Illuminating Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge”. For more on importing [...more]

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Lightroom Filmstrip Quick Tips

In Lightroom, the strip of photos along the bottom of the screen in each module is called the filmstrip. Here are a few tips for working with it: The filmstrip shows whatever photos you have selected in the Library module — a folder, a collection, or a catalog selection. You can navigate through your photos in the filmstrip with the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard. You can hide or unhide the filmstrip by clicking on the triangle at the bottom center of your Lightroom window: The shortcut for  hiding and unhiding it is shift-F6.

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