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Import and Folder Organization

Lesson 6 from: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Workflow for Photographers

Daniel Gregory

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6. Import and Folder Organization

Explore the new additions to the folder tools and a new option to automatically import any images added to a watched folder on your hard drive. Start cleaning up your library with tools for searchable keywords for folders and collections.

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Import and Folder Organization

couple a little quick, um, quick things from a workflow standpoint that we will look back in on in the library. You can now actually put labels on the folder so I could come in and add a color label on a folder so I could say that Fuller's got a green color label. And then I can actually search and sort by labelled folders and favorite Fuller's like Identify a folder is a favorite or labelled one. If I choose labelled folders, just the labelled folders in my folder collection will show up noise bad for me in my workflow. Too much junk, easily distracted by have 30 folders to click into. I click into all 30. Maybe there's a more fun photographed edit. Okay, so this allows me, even in my folder way start to constrain some of that down. So that was, ah, recent addition that came in. There's another thing than light room that a lot of people don't using its originally for tethered shooting, and that is on auto imports. So under auto import, you can enable auto import, and then there's auto...

import settings. When you click on that, what this says when it's enabled is I've got this watched folder on my desktop called Super Secret Import Spot. I don't want anybody to know about it. And if they come to my desktop, I certainly don't want them to know that it's a secret. So it's on my desktop. And then when photos were imported. So when a photo hits that folder, it's light Room is watching that all the time to see. Is there a new something new there? If it does see something new there, it will then imported and move it, actually into this folder inside by normal structure into a sub folder in this case called Pinball. Now this has been added where I can add it to a collection so we're starting to see add to collection in A lot of places were actually, when we get to the import world where you'll see it, it's in the import dialog boxes in a bunch of places to add collection. So we click on that. It will then ask me what collection do I want to put it into? And so if I'm using a watched folder and the way the Watch folder would work as you can literally just start throwing photos in it or, if you're shooting tethered photos could just drop into their that way. Light room will see it automatically imported and put it in the collection automatically for me. So this wasn't there. Was there an import? But this wasn't there on the auto watched folder. So if you do any kind of tethered shooting or whatever and you're organizing by collections, which hopefully by the end of the day, if you're not, you will be. This is a place to come in and add those. So those are some of the kind of the small little tweaks they've added. Some of the big tweaks they've added in tow light rooms. There's, I mean, a lot more that we'll touch on the in the class, but as kind of the highlight when those are the big ones, those kind of the foundation of one that I think if you haven't tried, there definitely were trying to definitely worth experimenting with, so we'll return back to some of those later. They won't create more profiles will just apply in that world of finding what you're looking for and in attempting to get what you're looking for we talked about the folders you can actually go in and label folders help get it back to the library view. You could label folders you can also mark. A folder is a favorite, so if I come back and remove my folder piece, it's in that same spot. If I choose the this 2019 folder, I could Market is a favorite and then come back up and look at just my favorite folders. This is a search bar for folders. Those if I go back to all and in this case you can see some of these folders I labeled by name. There's a date and a name on them, and then some of them are just by date. So this is in that world of you've done a number of different organizational things. How do I get start to get myself cleaned up? So if I search for Valley, that's every folder that has the word valley in it, So it's not the photographs that are in there. This search is limited to just the folders that same pieces down here in felt, uh, in a collections I can search for collection. So if I search for the word print. These are all of my collections that have the word printer prints in them print in them, and then, in this case, you're seeing the actual collection set there in. So instead of just giving me a list appears print, I actually can also see where those live. This is the other piece that was added that I think, is a really great feature. Small one. It's cognitive development. Module one doesn't seem like that big a deal. But if you're in the world of doing sync collections back upto light room CC and having cloud access and put them into Adobe Portfolio and all those great things in that search, you can come in and ask for it to show you on Lee your sync collections. So before when you look at a sink collection, help get rid of this search for I'm actually looking at all my folders here and remove the print word. None of those air ST There we go. A sink collection has this little icon next to it that tells me that it's actually being sink. So the old ways before doing that, you kind of the scroll through and look for that symbol. The knowable folder was thinking, If you work in a hierarchy that has embedded collections inside collection sets, it's hard to find. So this little piece right here about sync collections allows you to just narrow down and see what the same collections are, meaning these air. Also, what's up in your CC collection? I mean, what's being shared between the Adobe Cloud? This has been really helpful for me. When I started to use CC, it actually started to sink of some collections I was trying to figure out, like, how? Where are those and where's that collection? Because when you actually see some of the workflow I used, some of those things could be pretty buried. So having this little piece was was another little added piece for that. So one of the things I do get asked a lot is, how do you find out about these releases? Because adobe updates and people click OK to make the red ball death go away, they could go away. Update. Um, Adobe always has released notes. If you just go to Adobe's site for light room and there will be what's new and there's usually a tutorial in a little video about what the actual high level features are. Um, and so about every three months we're getting a release now for light room updates that has new features, new cameras, bug fixes and small updates. And it's always worth kind of taking a little look into those release notes and seeing what adobes actually released and what's nice. If you go up to the site, they'll actually show you the prior releases. You can just click and see what's kind of gone back in time. Sometimes they're cute releases, and you get a lot of information. Sometimes they're small, but they're significant cause if you have something weird happening, like in the book module was recently updated to include a bunch of new papers and layouts and let you change and send front to back and change a lot of things in the book module. Well, if you are a person who works in the book module, knowing what those are and where they are and also the bud fixes that were in there. So if you run into a problem and you're like this just doesn't work ever when I do it If you've told Adobe about it, you just send a budget request. And that's how it gets in the queue to get fixed. And those released notes list most of the major bugs they fix. That's another way to kind of find those little pieces that are there. So that's when you're looking for these things. Where are they outside of finding them on somebody's bloggers? Somebody follow every time there's an update from Adobe, just take a look at those release notes and see what they've actually put into their, because that's a great way to find those pieces.

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a Creativelive Student

I watched this course live. Really good!. Of course, I like all of Daniel Gregory's classes. It's a real treasure when one finds a really good teacher who thinks like oneself. I thought that I already knew Lr well so I was really surprised about how much I learned from this course. I learned so many ways to improve my workflow efficiency.

Anne Dougherty

I was impressed by the amount of information covered in depth, and by Mr Gregory’s teaching style. I’m somewhat new to Lightroom and found his explanations of its capabilities, and why you would use it rather than Photoshop for specific processes, enormously helpful. I especially appreciated his lessons covering printing. This is invaluable information. Great class.

Warren Gedye

This was a great course. Daniel certainly explains it well and in terms I can understand! Super worth it and learnt loads of new tricks! Great job!!

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