What Are Folders?
When you add a folder of images to Luminar Neo, 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 Luminar Neo 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 Luminar Neo are directly linked to (and affect) folders on your hard drive. On the other hand, Albums allow you to organize your images inside Luminar Neo 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.
There are three ways to add a folder to your Catalog:
- Click the Add Photos button at the top of the Catalog panel.
- Click the Add Folder *icon (the *+ sign to the right of the word Folder) in the Catalog panel.
- 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.
Any folders that already exist within a master folder you add to Luminar Neo are added to your Catalog as subfolders. If a new folder is added to a master folder from within the operating system, Luminar Neo will recognize that change and automatically add that subfolder to your Luminar Neo Catalog. You can also add subfolders to Luminar Neo. Subfolders make organizing images by client, location, or event easy.
As you work in your Luminar Neo 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 Luminar Neo Catalog and on your hard drive.
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 Luminar Neo, 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 Luminar Neo is running, your Catalog will automatically update to reflect the new name.