2.3. Creating & Using Watched Folders

By enabling Lightroom's Auto Import feature from the menu bar, you can automatically import photos into the Lightroom Library module using a designated watched folder. Let's see how to set up and use this feature.

Start by enabling Auto Import from the file menu. Figure 2-41 Then:

Figure 2-41. Figure 2-41
  1. Choose File→Auto Import→Auto Import Settings.

  2. In the Auto Import Settings dialog box, set the following: Figure 2-42

    Figure 2-42. Figure 2-42

Watched Folder Select Choose, and, in the resulting Auto Import Settings dialog box, select an existing folder (it must be empty) or make a new folder and give it a name such as "Lightroom Imports."

Destination Select Choose and create or choose a folder where the images from the previously described folder will end up. If you don't do anything, Lightroom automatically names the folder Auto Imported Photos and places the managed images in the Pictures folder (Mac OS X, Windows Vista), or My Pictures folder (Windows XP).

File Naming Here, you can specify file name protocol, as described earlier.

Information Here you can select Develop Settings presets or Metadata presets and add keywords. Figure 2-43 Choose carefully. Your choices will apply to all images placed in the Watched Folder.

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