Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is the key to what industry experts are calling the new digital workflow. Now you can learn exactly how to get started, and see how it can help you achieve the quickest, easiest workflow imaginable! Matt Kloskowski, NAPP Education and Curriculum Developer and host of the popular Lightroom Killer Tips podcast, walks you through the entire process and shows you how to get the best possible images in record time. In this course, Matt concentrates specifically on the importing and organizing process in Lightroom. You’ll start from scratch with the goal of always knowing exactly where your photos are and keeping your favorite ones so they’re just one click away.
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If you're upgrading from a previous version of Lightroom this lesson is for you. Matt will show you how to upgrade a copy of your existing catalog so that you can bring your work into Lightroom 4.
If you are brand new to Lightroom you'll want to start here. If you've upgraded an existing Lightroom catalog you should already have a system for storing your photos and you can skip to the next lesson.
In this lesson we'll take a look at all of the features of the Import dialog box, from where your photos originate to where they'll be stored and everything that happens in between.
If you've already got photos on your drive (and we're sure you do) you don't have to change where they are stored if you are happy with their current location. Lightroom can simply add them to the catalog.
This lesson will show you how to copy your photos from a memory card to a destination folder on your computer as they are imported into the Lightroom catalog.
Since Lightroom stores information about your photos in the catalog file (as well as previews in a special cache), you can still see your photos in Lightroom when a drive is offline.
To keep Lightroom's database up to date with where your photos are stored, it is critical that you use Lightroom to move your photos and folders when you need to move them to a new location.
We'll take a look at some of the preferences to make importing easier and faster.
In this lesson we'll cover what DNG is, how to use it and all of the features in Lightroom that let you work with your DNG photos.
Lightroom also supports video. We'll see just how to take advantage of the controls in Lightroom and all of the things you can do with your videos.
If you shoot in Raw+JPEG mode, Lightroom has a little feature that helps you out with this.
Once you've got your photos in Lightroom, you'll probably want to know how to get them out so that you can email them or put them on the web.
Lightroom has a feature that let's you watermark your photos all at once when you export them into JPEGs
If you use Flickr, Facebook or some other popular photo sharing services, you can actually upload your photos directly to the site from Lightroom.
A new feature in Lightroom 4 let's you email your photos directly from within Lightroom.
There's a lot of little tips and tricks in Lightroom. But in this video, Matt shows you 3 of his favorites for moving around Lightroom quickly.
The Library module has four ways to view your photos. Learn how to switch between Grid, Loupe, Compare, and Survey views.
Lightroom's primary purpose is to help you organize and manage your photos. Applying rating stars, flags, and color labels are tools to help you stay organized.
The Painter Tool's icon looks like a spray paint can because it can be used to "spray" various types of information and settings on to your photos while in Grid view.
The key to organizing your photo library is in finding and marking your keepers. Matt shows you his favorite method for quickly going through your photo library and flagging your best work (and rejecting your worst).
Collections are like albums and can be a very helpful tool for organizing and accessing your photos based on certain themes or topics.
Collection Sets are containers for collections and provide you with another level of organization for grouping related collections together into a set.
Smart collections are, well, collections that are smart! Actually, they're collections that automatically populate with photos based on the rules you define.
If you've got several photos of the same thing, then stacks are a great way to help stay organized and reduce the clutter.
Keywords are useful for helping you find your photos no matter where they are stored on your system (and can be used in smart collections).
Metadata is information about your photos. The Metadata panel in the Library module can be used to view, input, and modify (some) types of metadata such as titles, captions, and contact information.
The new Maps module in Lightroom 4 let's you see any GPS enabled photos on a map, but more importantly, it also lets you add GPS coordinates and location information to your photos manually.
The Library Filter Bar taps into the power of the Lightroom database to help you find your photos in a wide variety of ways.
Just like with moving photos, it is important to do all your photo renaming from within Lightroom to keep the catalog up to date.
All of the work you do in Lightroom is stored in the catalog file. It is critical to ensure the catalog file is backed up on a regular basis. Lightroom has a feature to automate the catalog backup process.
If you use a Laptop and a desktop, you'll probably want to synchronize your work between the two computers. In this lesson, Matt shows you how to keep that work organized on both machines.
The Quick Develop panel is a stripped down version of the Develop module located in the Library module.
A quick overview of some key Library module shortcuts that you'll want to make sure you always have handy.
Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE…