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3 - Basic Workflow: School Computer

1 - Change Backup Setting

By default, Lightroom backs up the catalog only once a week.

Let's say you return from a trip.

You organize and edit lots of photographs.

Then, Lightroom crashes.

All of your organizing and editing are lost.

Change the default setting to Every time Lightroom exits.

Do the following—at home.

Press Ctrl + Alt + , (Windows) or Cmd + Option + , (Mac).

The Catalog Settings window opens.

Click the General tab.

Look for Backup section at the bottom.

Select Every time Lightroom exits.

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1.5 - Opening Lightroom at Home

You're at home.

Windows

Do the following—once.

1) Close Lightroom if it's open.

2) Plug in your flash drive.

3) Press the Windows key + e.

The Windows key looks like a wavy flag.

It's to the left of the space bar.

4) On the left side of the window, look for your flash drive.

It will be under Computer or This PC.

5) Click your flash drive to open it up.

6) Look for the Lightroom Catalog folder.

7) Click the folder to open it up.

8) Click the file called Lightroom Catalog.

Lightroom will open your catalog.

Lightroom now knows where your catalog is located.

The next time you open Lightroom at home—and thereafter:

• Insert your flash drive.

• Click the Lightroom icon in the task bar at the bottom of your screen.

Mac

Do the following—once.

1) Close Lightroom if it's open.

2) Plug in your flash drive.

3) Go to the Dock and click Finder, the blue double-face icon on the left end.

4) Look for your flash drive on the the left side of the window under Devices.

5) Click on the flash drive to open it up.

6) Look for the Lightroom Catalog folder.

7) Click the folder to open it up.

8) Click the file called Lightroom Catalog.

Lightroom will open your catalog.

Lightroom now knows where your catalog is located.

The next time you open Lightroom at home—and thereafter:

• Insert your flash drive.

• Click the Lightroom icon in the Dock.

2 - Import Your Photographs

A - Preparation

You have photographs on your camera that haven't been imported into Lightroom.

Plug your camera into your computer.

Plug in your flash drive.

Open Lightroom.

Press g to make sure you're in the Library module.

B - Open the Import Window

Click the Import button in the lower-left corner.

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Import Button

The Import window opens.

If the Import window doesn't fill most of the screen, click the Show More Options button in the lower-left corner of the Import window.

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Show More Options Button

C - The Left Side of the Import Window

Look at the left side of the Import window.

Lightroom should have selected your camera.

If not, click on your camera.

D - Previews

Previews (thumbnails) of the photographs in the folder are displayed to the right.

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If you don't want to import a photograph, deselect it by clicking the white check mark.

Photographs that have already been imported are grayed out.

Note the grayed-out preview below outlined in red.

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The grayed-out photograph has been imported already.

E - The Top & Center of the Import Window

At the top of the Import window, in the center, Copy should be selected.

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Copy

Copy is used when the photographs are not located on your computer.

If you were importing photographs already on your computer, Add would be selected.

F - The Upper-right Corner

Look at the upper-right corner, the "To" corner.

By default, Lightroom selects Pictures as the destination for your photographs.

But, we want to put the photographs into the folder called Lightroom Photos.

Do the following.

1) In the upper-right corner of your screen, click the "To" corner to open the menu.

2) Click Other Destination.

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3) On the left side of the window, click on your flash drive open it up.

4) Click on the Lightroom Photos folder.

5) Click Select Folder in the lower-right corner of the window.

G - The Right Side

You have to change one of the default settings in a panel on the right side of your screen.

Once you've made the change, at home, you won't have to make them again.

The computers at school are wiped each night.

The change will have to be entered again at school.

Do the following.

Look for the Destination panel on the right side of the Import window.

If the panel isn't open, click the Destination tab.

In the Organize menu, select Into one folder.

H - Import

Click Import in the lower-right corner.

A timeline will appear in the upper-left corner of your screen.

3 - Make a Collection

Let's make a collection.

A collection is like an album.

Do the following.

1) Press g on your keyboard to make sure you're in the Library module.

2) Look for the Catalog panel tab on the left side of your screen.

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Catalog Panel Tab

3) If the panel isn't open, click the Catalog panel tab to open it up.

4) Click Previous Import in the Catalog panel.

5) To select all of the photographs, press Ctrl + a (Windows) or Cmd + a (Mac).

6) Look for the Collections panel tab on the left side of your screen.

7) Click the gray + icon in the right end of the tab.

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Collections Panel Tab

8) Click Create Collection.

9) Enter the name for your collection.

10) Make sure Include selected photos is selected.

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Include Selected Photos

11) Click Create.

The selected photographs are now in a collection.

4 - Develop Module

You can begin to edit a photograph.

Do the following.

1) Press g to make sure you're in the Library module.

2) Click on the preview of a photograph that you want to edit.

3) Press d to go to the Develop module.

4) Look for the Basic panel tab on the right side of your screen.

5) If the panel isn't open, click the Basic panel tab to open it up.

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Basic Panel

6) Experiment with the sliders.

7) If you want to start over, click the Reset button below the panels on the right side of your screen.

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Reset Button

8) To compare your unedited photograph with the edited photograph, press the letter y on your keyboard.

Press y again to see only your edited photograph.

5 - Export

Lightroom doesn't edit your original photographs.

Rather, it saves the editing instructions in the catalog.

Lightroom applies the editing instructions to newly-created JPEGs when you export.

When you need to send photographs to a lab—or send some in an e-mail—you export the photographs from Lightroom.

Make a Folder

Windows

1) Press the Windows key + e.

The Windows key looks like a wavy flag.

It's to the left of the space bar.

2) On the left side of the window, click on your flash drive to open it up.

3) Make a folder on your flash drive:

a) Press Shift + Ctrl + n.

b) Enter Lightroom Exports.

c) Click Enter.

Mac

1) Go to the Dock and click Finder, the blue double-face icon on the left end.

2) On the left side of the window, click on your flash drive to open it up.

3) Make a folder on your flash drive:

a) Click the File menu at the top of the screen and select New Folder.

b) Enter Lightroom Exports.

c) Click Return.

Export

Do the following.

1) Press g on your keyboard to make sure you're in the Library module.

2) Look for the Collections panel tab on the left side of your screen.

3) If the panel isn't open, click the Collections panel tab to open it up.

4) Click the collection you created previously.

5) To select all of the photographs, press Ctrl + a (Windows) or Cmd + a (Mac).

6) Click the Export button in the lower-left corner of your screen.

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Export Button

Next

7) At the top of the Export window, make sure Hard Drive is selected in the Export To menu.

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Export To: Hard Drive

Export Location Section

8) Look for the Export Location section.

If it's not open, click the tiny gray triangle in the tab for the section.

We want the exported photographs to go to the Lightroom Exports folder.

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Export Location Section

In this section, do the following.

a) Select Specific Folder in the Export To menu.

b) Click Choose.

c) Navigate to your flash drive and click it to open it up.

d) Click on the Lightroom Exports folder.

e) Click Select Folder in the lower-right corner of the window.

The Choose Folder window closes.

Back in the Export Location section, do the following.

f) Deselect Put in Subfolder.

g) Deselect Add to this Catalog.

h) The Existing Files menu should be at the default, Ask what to do.

File Naming Section

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File Naming Section

9) In the File Naming section, deselect Rename To.

File Settings Section

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File Settings Section

10) In the File Settings section, do the following.

a) Format should be JPEG.

b) Quality should be 100.

c) Color Space should be sRGB.

d) Deselect Limit File Size To.

Other Sections

11) In the sections below the File Settings section, deselect any boxes that are selected.

12) Click Export in the lower-right corner of the window.

JPEG files will be created in your Lightroom Photos folder.

Note

The exported photographs are not in Lightroom.