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How to Use Lightroom's Painter Tool

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. A handy yet often unappreciated feature of Lightroom is the Painter Tool, located on the Toolbar. If you’ve ever worked with the Format Painter feature in Microsoft Office products, then you’ll be familiar with the concept. What the Painter tool does, is allows you to paint an attribute to multiple photos by clicking on them. This is especially handy if you want to quickly apply attributes to images in multiple folders or collections.  The icon for the Painter tool resembles a paint can. If you don’t see it on the...

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Dealing with Lightroom's Dreaded Question Mark

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series It is important that you do any file management of your images from within the Lightroom application, this includes renaming files and folder, creating folder, copying files and folder to a different location or moving files and folders to a different location. If you move or change the name of a folder from outside of Lightroom such as from the Mac Finder or Windows File Explorer, Lightroom will no longer know the location of the folder and will display a question mark next to the folder name. To tell Lightroom where...

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Grouping Lightroom Images into Stacks

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. A handy feature in Lightroom is the ability to group multiple images into one item called a stack by choosing Photos > Stacking > Group into Stack from the menu or using the Command + G keystroke combination if using a Mac or Ctrl + G if using Windows. When items are grouped in a stack, a badge displaying a number designating the number of images in the stack is displayed in the upper left-hand corner of the image thumbnail. To view the images in the stack, click the number badge...

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Using Lightroom's Watched Folders Feature

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. A handy way to import your photos into Lightroom is by using the Auto Import feature. How it works, is that you specify a watched folder; that is to say, a folder whose contents are watched by Lightroom. Whenever you add any new images to the folder, Lightroom will automatically import the images and store them in the destination folder that you specify. As an example, whenever I plug my phone into my computer, any new images I have taken are automatically copied over to a Dropbox folder called Dropbox Photos....

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Experiment in Lightroom using Virtual Copies

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. By creating Virtual Copies of your images, you can experiment on the same image using a variety of different settings. Virtual Copies act and look just like the originals, and you can apply settings to each one independently. But the beautiful thing about Virtual Copies is that they are not real files — they are only a set of instructions, which means they take up no extra space on your hard disk. Thus, you can create as many copies as you like without having to worry about running out of disk...

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