In this video, I talk about how to quickly add images to a collection on-the-fly with only one keypress.
Transcript is below.
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In additional to standard collections and smart collection, there is one final collection that you can create and might find handy 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 my 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 my keyboard. The image is then added to the Quick Collection located in the Catalog panel. 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.
So I’ll start by clicking the animals folder in the Folders panel and we want to ensure that we are in Grid view.
So I’ll Click the image of the red squirrel and press the B key on my keyboard. This Adds the image to the Quick Collection.
Next, I’ll click the image of the seal and press the B key on my keyboard. This Adds the seal image to the Quick Collection.
What else. I’ll Click the image of the kittens and press the B key on my keyboard.
Adds the image to the Quick Collection.
Now I’ll click the summer-vacation folder in the Folders panel, click the photo of the duck and press the B key on my keyboard.
So now let’s take a look at our Quick Collection. So I’ll click Quick Collection in the Catalog panel as shown below. This Displays all of the images that you added to the Quick Collection.
If you want to save the the images in a Quick Collection to a Standard Collection, you can do so by right-clicking the Quick Collection and choose Save Quick Collection from the contextual menu. Then, type in the name that you want for my new collection. Let’s do that. I’ll name my collection “To Be Printed”
To clear a Quick Collection, right-click on the collection and choose Clear Quick Collection. So let’s do that.