Chapter 2. Importing Images

When you import images into Lightroom (Figure 2.1), the program automatically stores all the information about them in what it calls a catalog, which is basically a database. Keywords, development adjustments, preview settings—and lots more—are stored in the catalog. The beauty of this approach is that it leaves your actual images untouched. That allows you to step back in time to any previous point with any image you desire. That’s a major difference from Adobe Photoshop, which dumps the History settings once you save the image. (For more information, see “Using Catalogs” on page 26.)

The settings in Lightroom’s import dialog box enable you to control what happens to photos during the import.

Figure 2.1. The settings in Lightroom’s ...

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