Sometimes I use Bridge to look at images, and from there I decide which ones to import into Lightroom. It is then easy to simply drag the images over into Lightroom. Size your Bridge and Lightroom windows so that you can see both. In Lightroom, go to Library Grid view (shortcut G). It does not matter what folder or collection of images are showing. In Bridge, select the images you want to import. Click and drag from Bridge over onto the Lightroom grid (thumbnail area). Let go. The Lightroom import dialog will open. Specify import options as usual.
I have written about moving your Lightroom work from your laptop to your desktop (or any two computers) here. This involves exporting your work on the laptop as a catalog, then importing it into your desktop catalog. Sometimes though you may want to simply move your catalog. Mine was initially on an external hard drive; I then decided to move it to my internal C: drive because it would read and write faster. The first step in doing this is finding out where it is stored currently. In Lightroom go to Edit>Catalog Settings on the PC, or Lightroom>Catalog Settings on the Mac. In the General Tab, the location of your catalog is shown. Click on the Show button to open […more]
I thought I would address this commonly encountered issue as I am learning to do videos. Sorry it is a little repetitive, they will get better. Bottom line if you don’t have time to watch the video: make sure you are in a bottom-level folder, and also that you are not in a smart collection. watch video If you have any issues watching this video, please shoot me an email — I would appreciate hearing so I can make future videos better.
You’re on vacation, at a workshop or shooting on location commercially, loading your images onto your laptop and working them in Lightroom. Will you be able to successfully and easily transfer all your Lightroom work to your desktop Lightroom catalog? Absolutely! This method will transfer everything you may have done — keywords, flags, stars, color labels, other metadata, as well as Develop settings, collections and virtual copies. Let’s say your folder of images on your laptop is named “Vacation”. In the Library module in Lightroom, right-click on the folder name, and choose Export This Folder as a Catalog. Choose a location to store this temporary catalog. I recommend the desktop because it will be easy for you to find. Another […more]
From my experience teaching, I know that some folks love shortcuts and others much prefer to use menus. But even if you are in the second group, you will find that learning and using just a handful or so of the most important shortcuts will really speed up your Lightroom experience. I dare say, you will not go back! G takes you to the Library Grid view E takes you to the Library Loupe view D takes you to the Develop Module Tab hides and reveals your left and right panels Shift-Tab hides and reveals both the panels and filmstrip hides and reveals the filter bar at the top. 0-5 assign 0 to 5 stars to your image. 6-9 assign […more]
Just a quick post for today, with my most used shortcuts. I can’t recommend these enough — they work everywhere, Photoshop, Camera Raw, Lightroom, and in places where other shortcuts don’t necessarily work, like in Photoshop filters. First, the left bracket key [ and right bracket key ] for decreasing and increasing brush size … paint brush, healing brush, clone stamp, adjustment brush, spot removal tool, eraser, etc, etc.. Don’t waste your time going into brush menus for this! Similarly, shift [ and shift ] control how soft or hard your brush is, in 20% increments. Second, for zooming in and out on an image, I use Ctl/Cmd + and Ctl/Cmd -. Again, in all of these programs. Holding the […more]