Organizing your images within folders in Luminar is a great way to keep and maintain your images on your hard drive. All organization you apply to folders inside of Luminar directly affects how the folder on your hard drive is organized, and vice versa.  If you create subfolders or add new images to folders on your hard drive, your image library in Luminar is also updated.

What are Folders?

When you add a folder of images in Luminar, you are creating a direct link to the folders, subfolders, and images on your hard drive.  You should consider managing folders and their contents an extension to managing these items directly within Explorer in Windows or the Finder on a Mac.

How are Folders Different than Albums?

Since folders in Luminar directly link to (and effect) folders on your hard drive, you need to be sensitive to how you organize them within Luminar.  Albums allow you to organize your images inside of Luminar without affecting the structure of images on your hard drive.  Think of Albums as a playlist.  Images can be organized in several different Albums making them easier to find, but their location on your hard drive remains untouched

Master Folders

To add a folder to your Library, just click the Add Folder button (the + sign to the right of the word Folder( in the Library Panel or from the main menu Library > Add Folder.  The referenced folder is now added as a top-level folder to your folder collection.  All folders contained within that top-level folder are also added (as subfolders).

Using Subfolders

Any folders that already exist within a referenced Master folder are added as subfolders.  If a new folder is added to the master folder from within the operating system, Luminar will recognize that change and add that folder into the Library.  You can also add subfolders to Luminar.  Using nested folders makes it easy to organize image by client, location, or event.

Creating Subfolders

As you work in your Luminar Library, you may want to create additional folders to get organized. You can quickly create additional subfolders inside of any folder in your Luminar Library in two ways.

  • Right-clicking on a folder and choose New Subfolder
  • Selecting a folder in your Library panel and choose  Library > New Subfolder from the main application menu.

 A new subfolder is created called Untitled, which you should rename.  This subfolder is also created on your hard drive within the master folder. 
Also, you can drag folders from one level to another to create a nested folder.  Just select any folder in the library list.  Drag a folder on top of another to nest it and convert it into a subfolder.  The folder is relocated both in your Luminar library and on your hard drive.

Renaming Folders

As you continue to organize images, you may want to rename a folder or subfolder.  Perhaps it’s to identify the status of the images (such as Selects) or to split up by date or location. Be sure to use care when editing the names of folders.

  • If you choose to rename a folder or subfolder from within Luminar, the name of the folder that it is linked to on your hard drive will have its name changed.  
  • If you change the name of a folder while Luminar is running, your library will update to reflect the new names.

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