Build your Col­lec­tions

Make search­ing for pho­tos eas­ier with the help of Col­lec­tions in Light­room

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Dig­i­tal cam­eras en­able you to gen­er­ate thou­sands of pho­tos in a short time. That means hav­ing a lot to search through when you want to find a spe­cific one. Light­room keeps links to your images in its Cat­a­log, which has the op­tion to dis­play all the pho­tos it con­tains. To nar­row things down, click the Pre­vi­ous Im­port la­bel to see your most re­cent ad­di­tions.

In a fu­ture is­sue we’ll look in de­tail at the ways Light­room’s Li­brary mod­ule en­ables you to or­gan­ise your images. How­ever, we’ll pre-empt that by in­tro­duc­ing you to a quick and ef­fec­tive way to sort your pho­tos.

In ana­logue days we’d gather our favourite prints into al­bums so that we could browse through the images. Al­bums tended to be ar­ranged ac­cord­ing to themes (such as a wed­ding or a hol­i­day). This model of stor­ing and ac­cess­ing images can be ap­plied to the pho­to­graphs in the Light­room Li­brary mod­ule, cour­tesy of the Col­lec­tion panel.

We’ll show you quick ways to gather pho­tos into Col­lec­tions, so that you can dis­play a small Col­lec­tion in the Grid view in­stead of hav­ing to scroll through thou­sands of thumb­nails in the main Cat­a­log. We’ll also re­veal how to get Light­room to au­to­mat­i­cally cre­ate Col­lec­tions ac­cord­ing to spe­cific meta­data cri­te­ria, us­ing the Smart Col­lec­tions tab.

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