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Working with Lightroom's Quick Collection

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series.

In addition to standard Collections and Smart Collections, there is one final collection that you can create and that is a Quick Collection. What this is, is a temporary collection that allows you to add images in one keystroke. Quick collections are a way to quickly group together several photos temporarily. Perhaps you want to give someone a quick slideshow or show a client some examples of your portfolio. This also comes in handy when you want to group images from several different collections.

To add an image to a Quick Collection, press the B key on your keyboard. The image is then added to the Quick Collection located in the Catalog panel. To save the images in a Quick Collection to a Standard Collection, right-click the Quick Collection and choose Save Quick Collection from the contextual menu. Then, type in the name that you want for your new collection.

By default, the Quick Collection is set as a Target Collection – that is to say, a collection that allows you to add images to it by pressing the B key. You can tell which folder is set as the Target collection by the plus symbol next to the name of the collection. To can change the Target collection, right-click on any Standard Collection and choose Set as Target Collection from the contextual menu.

To Add Photos to a Quick Collection, do this:

  1. Select the images that you want to add to the Quick Collection.
  2. Press the B key on your keyboard.
  3. To view the images in the Quick Collection, click the Quick Collection item in the Catalog panel.

    Quick Collection Item
  4. To set another folder as the Target Collection (instead of the Quick Collection folder), right-click the collection you want to use and choose Set as Target Collection from the contextual menu.

    Set as Target Collection
  5. To clear a Quick Collection, right-click on the collection and choose Clear Quick Collection.

  6. To create a new collection from the images in the Quick Collection:
    a. Right-click the Quick Collection and choose Save Quick Collection from the contextual menu.
    b. Type in the name for your new collection in the Collection Name box.
    c. To remove the images from the Quick Collection after saving the new collection, click the box next to Clear Quick Collection After Saving.
    d. Click Save.

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