Set a Lightroom Target Collection

Do you use Lightroom collections? If yes, great – this tutorial is for you. We’re going to learn to set a target collection in order to add images to a collection without dragging and dropping, which often requires scrolling in between folders, redoing searches, etc.

If you’re not already using Lightroom collections, then check out my tutorial Using Lightroom Collections to get up to speed.

Let’s get started. We’ll do this using the Quick Collection Marker tool.

1)  First, let’s set the target collection. Highlight the collection you want to set as the target, then Ctl + Click (right click) on that collection and select Set as Target Collection.




2)  This collection has now taken the place of the default Quick Collection (found in the Catalog box of the Library module). This in itself is not significant as it’s merely prep, but the next step is a big time-saver.

3)  With our target collection set, all we need to do to add photos to a collection is click that dot in the upper right corner of the image thumbnail (in grid and filmstrip view). The dot will turn gray, meaning this image is now in the target collection you set in step two. Now you can click away, easily adding photos to the collection without scrolling the left hand column up and down between the Folders and Collections panels (which grows long when you have a lot of folders and collections opened on a laptop).

Yea!! Consider some of your time saved!


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Brent Durand

Professional writer and underwater photo instructor. Brent is an avid diver and surfer, and has led many intensive photo workshops around the world.