Chapter 3 Organizing Your Photos
The Adobe Lightroom eBook for Digital Photographers
Step One:
Another way to quickly separate out
your best photos is to create a Quick
Collection of just those photos. Here’s
how it’s done: As you’re looking at your
photos (in any view—Grid, Loupe, or
Compare), when you come across one
you like, just press the B key on your
keyboard and that photo is added to
your Quick Collection (it’s like flagging
your best photos). If you have the Quick
Collection Marker checkbox turned on
in the View Options panel, you’ll see a
black dot appear in the upper-left corner
of your thumbnail (circled here in red) to
let you know that it was added to your
Quick Collection.
Step Two:
Now, to see just the photos you’ve
flagged, click on Show Quick Collection
(as shown here), which appears in the
Photo Library panel on the top-left side
of the Lightroom window (or just press
Command-B). To remove a photo from
your Quick Collection, just click on the
little black dot again, or click on the
photo and press the letter B again, or
just click on the photo and press the
Delete key on your keyboard (don’t
worry, this only deletes the photo from
this Quick Collection—not from your
Library of photos).
One-Click Sorting
by Using Collections
When you’re sorting your photos, there are going to be plenty of times where you
just want to focus on a particular group of images. Maybe it’s all your best shots
from a shoot, or maybe it’s all your black-and-white shots, or maybe you want to
decide which photos you want print. Luckily, you can make all of these groups of
photos just one click away by using collections (which are there every time you
fire up Lightroom) or Quick Collections, which are temporary collections you use
just when you need them.
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Step Three:
Quick Collections are great for helping
you quickly rate your best photos. Now
that your best photos from your shoot
are in this Quick Collection, you can
instantly give them all a 5-star rating by
simply pressing Command-A to select all
the photos, then pressing the number
5 to assign a 5-star rating to them all.
Another cool thing about using Quick
Collections is that once you’ve got one,
you can create an instant slide show of
just those photos by going under the
Library menu and choosing Impromptu
Slideshow. In just seconds, you’ll see a
full-screen slide show with transitions (to
cancel this slide show, press the Esc key).
Step Four:
Once you’ve used the trick above to
quickly rate your best photos, you
can then clear your temporary Quick
Collection (so you can use it later for
sorting other photos). You can do this
by either clicking on Options, in the bot-
tom-left corner of Lightroom’s window,
and choosing Clear Quick Collection
from the pop-up menu, or just pressing
Command-Shift-B. You can also use the
Options pop-up menu to add photos to
your Quick Collection, but using the key-
board shortcuts is just so much faster.
Chapter 3 Organizing Your Photos
The Adobe Lightroom eBook for Digital Photographers
Step Five:
Quick Collections are temporary col-
lections—just a tool to help you tem-
porarily sort your images or to make
an impromptu slide show. But if you’ve
come up with a Quick Collection that
you’d like to keep for future reference,
just transfer it to a regular collection
so it’s always just one click away. Here’s
how: Go to the Browse Collections panel
(it’s in the group of panels on the left
side of Lightroom) and click on the large
+ (plus sign), as shown here circled in
red. This brings up the Create Collection
dialog where you can name your new
collection (as shown). Enter a name and
click the Create button.
Step Six:
Now, if you’re not still viewing it, press
Command-B to jump back to your Quick
Collection. Press Command-A (the short-
cut for Select All) to select all the photos
in your Quick Collection. Next, click-and-
drag on any one of those photos and
they all drag together as a group (you’ll
see a tiny thumbnail appear as you drag
that shows a stack of photos, as shown
here circled in red). Click-and-drag this
group of photos over to the Browse
Collections panel and drop (release the
mouse button) them right on the collec-
tion you created in the previous step.

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