- I've prepared some exercise files that you can use if you're working along with me through this course. If you're a premium member of the Lynda.com training library, you can download the exercise files from the course page on the Lynda.com website. I suggest that you put them on your desktop so they're easy to find. If you're not a premium member, you can use your own photos to work along with me through the course. In this movie we'll make a Lightroom catalog for the exercise files or for your own practice files, and we'll import those files into that Lightroom catalog.
I suggest that whatever files you're using during the course you import them to a separate catalog than your personal Lightroom catalog in order to protect your personal catalog while you're learning the program. To make a new catalog for just this course, I'll go up to the Lightroom File menu and I'll choose New Catalog. In the window that opens, I'll navigate to the Desktop, which is where we're going to put the Lightroom catalog to make it easy to find. I'll go to the Save As field and I'll type a name for the new catalog. Let's call this ExFiles Catalog.
Then I'll click Create. Lightroom opens the new, empty ExFiles Catalog. Now I'll import the exercise files into this catalog. I'll go to the File menu at the top of the screen and choose Import Photos and Video. In the big Import window that opens, I'll go to the Source column on the left and I'll look for my Desktop folder. If that isn't open, I'll click it to expand it. There I'll find the Exercise Files folder. I'll select Exercise Files and now I can see previews of all the exercise files in the Exercise Files folder.
Now make sure that this box is checked, Include Subfolders, or you won't be able to see the files inside the subfolders in the Exercise Files. Now I'll go to the top of the Import window and I'll make sure that Add is highlighted. That way Lightroom will leave the exercise files where they are rather than move them or copy them during import, which is what we want. Then I'll move over to the right side of the Import window. If the File Handling Panel isn't open, I'll click its title bar to open it. Here I'll go to the Build Previews menu and I'm going to set that to Standard.
This controls the size of the photo previews that Lightroom's going to make for me during import. All that's left to do is to come down to the bottom of the column on the right and click the big Import button. That closes the Import window and takes me back to Lightroom's Library module, where up at the top left I can see the progress that Lightroom is making as it imports the exercise files and creates these previews of the exercise files. As we'll see during the course, Lightroom just displays previews of photos. The actual photos remain where they are, in this case on the Desktop in the Exercise Files folder.
The photos are not actually put inside Lightroom. Lightroom is just making a record of each of them in this catalog, which is a database. We'll learn more about that shortly. For now, notice that Library is highlighted in the bar at the top, which means that you're looking at Lightroom's Library module, the part of Lightroom that's dedicated to organizing and accessing photos. Over on the left side of the Library module, you'll see a number of titles of panels. Look for the Folders Panel. If it isn't open, click on its title bar to open it.
In the Folders Panel you'll see the name of your hard drive with a green light next to it, meaning that that drive is online. If there's nothing showing under the name of your drive, then click on that bar and you should see a folder for the Exercise Files. Click the arrow to the left of the Exercise Files folder to expand that folder, and here you'll see the Chapter folders for the course. If you click one of the Chapter folders, in the center of the screen you'll see thumbnail size previews of all the photos in that folder.
So now you're all ready to work along with me using these photos in Lightroom.
- Understanding the Lightroom catalogs
- Importing photos from multiple sources
- Organizing photos in the Library module
- Reviewing and rating photos
- Creating collections
- Tagging faces
- Making basic corrections in the Develop module
- Making local photo edits with the adjustment tools
- Stitching together panoramas
- Fixing perspective
- Converting to black and white
- Printing and exporting edited photos
- Fixing missing photos