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Martin Evening on Importing Photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Chapter Description

In this excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book, Martin Evening shows how the Lightroom import procedure provides an adaptable import workflow, one that can be streamlined through the use of Import presets, as well as offering the ability to import files directly from the camera using a tethered shooting setup.
Import Presets menu

Import Presets menu

As you can see, there are quite a lot of panels to configure in the Import dialog. Hopefully by now you will have seen that most of the settings are ones that you would want to apply regularly to each and every import. For example, you will probably want to add IPTC metadata to everything you import and want to keep the file handling settings the same, and as I pointed out on page 58, there are some good reasons for importing photos to a standard import folder. With this in mind, it is possible to save Import dialog settings as Import presets. The Import Presets menu (Figure 2.28) is at the bottom of the Import dialog and if you choose “Save Current Settings as New Preset...“ this lets you add the current Import dialog configuration as a new import preset. It also means that you can work more effectively in the compact Import dialog, where the preset settings are clearly summarized. Even if the import settings might only need to be varied slightly each time, accessing a preset and then tweaking it ensures greater consistency between one import and the next and can still save you time. You can also save modified settings as new presets or choose to update the current Import preset settings. Either way, import presets can greatly simplify your workflow at the import stage.

Figure 2.28 The Import Presets menu.

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