Organizing your images within folders in LuminarAI is a great way to keep your photo collection in order. All changes you make to folders in LuminarAI directly affect how the folders on your hard drive are organized, and vice versa. If you create subfolders or add new images to folders on your hard drive, your LuminarAI Catalog will automatically be updated to reflect those changes.

What Are Folders?

When you add a folder of images to LuminarAI, you create a direct link to that folder on your hard drive, along with all the subfolders and images it contains. You should consider managing folders and their contents in LuminarAI as an alternative to managing these items directly within File Explorer in Windows or Finder in macOS.

How Are Folders Different from Albums?

Folders in LuminarAI are directly linked to (and affect) folders on your hard drive. Albums, on the other hand, allow you to organize your images inside LuminarAI without affecting the structure of images on your hard drive. Think of Albums as playlists. One image can be organized in several different Albums, making it easier to find without affecting its location on your hard drive.

Master Folders

There are three ways to add a folder to your Catalog:

  • Click the Add Folder *icon (the *+ sign to the right of the word Folder) in the Catalog panel.
  • Click the + button in the top toolbar and select Add Folder with Images… from the menu.
  • Go to File > Add Folder with Images…

The folder you select will be added to your Folder collection as a top-level folder. All folders contained within that top-level folder will also be added as subfolders.

Using Subfolders

Any folders that already exist within a master folder you add to LuminarAI are added to your Catalog as subfolders. If a new folder is added to a master folder from within the operating system, LuminarAI will recognize that change and automatically add that subfolder to your LuminarAI Catalog. You can also add subfolders to LuminarAI. Using subfolders makes it easy to organize images by client, location, or event.

Creating Subfolders

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

  • Right-click on a folder and choose New Subfolder.
  • Select a folder in the Catalog panel and choose File > New Subfolder from the main application menu.

A new subfolder will be created called New folder (you can rename it). This subfolder will also be created on your hard drive within the master folder.

Additionally, you can drag folders from one level to another to create nested folders. Simply drag a folder on top of another to nest it and convert it into a subfolder. The nested folder (now a subfolder) will be relocated both in your LuminarAI Catalog and on your hard drive.

Renaming Folders

As you organize images, you may want to rename folders or subfolders. You might name folders to identify the status of images (such as “Selects”) or to split up collections by date or location.

If you rename a folder or subfolder within LuminarAI, the name of the linked folder or subfolder will also be changed on your hard drive. If you change the name of a folder on your hard drive while LuminarAI is running, your Catalog will automatically update to reflect the new name.

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