You must learn how to select multiple files at once using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom before we can get organized. This is an essential skill to master since so much of what we do in Lightroom requires bulk image selection skills in the Library Module Grid View.
Learning how to select multiple files at once using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will really save you time when you are culling out your bad photos, or organizing your good stuff with star ratings, colored labels, and keywords. See anything that you can do in Lightroom to one image, you can do to a block of images.
It bothers me that Adobe does not take the time to explain any of this to beginners. It bothers me that the skills required to select multiple images at once in the Grid View are some type of secret knowledge that new Lightroom users are supposed to just magically know. So since Lightroom offers no instruction on these essential skills here is a little cheat sheet for our image selection skills:
- Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + left click (on the image’s thumbnail) to select multiple, discontiguous images while in the Library Module’s Grid View
- Shift + left click to select a block of contiguous images while in the Library Module’s Grid View
- Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + A to select all of the images in the current view
- Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + D to deselect all of the images in the current view
It might take a little practice to remember, but these selection skills are an essential requisite for our next lesson on adding Keywords with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.