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Using the Lightroom 2 VQS example files

Please, please read all of this page before clicking the download links—you'll save yourself time and grief by doing so. I do not include example files for chapters 1, 6 or 9-11. For those chapters, use your own images or work with the 15 images included in the Chaps 2-4 catalog download.

Why are the downloads so big?

Except for a few JPG photos, all the original digital photos included are around 12MB each. That's why these chapter downloads are huge: 16MB–128MB. The example files are organized by book chapter, with each chapter's images saved within a Lightroom catalog (explained in the book on pages 26-33).

The advantage of using catalogs is that you'll be able to see each image's entire development history. That will allow you to use the Develop module's History panel to move forward and backward through every change I made to every image.

But, that also means you need to use Lightroom itself to open the catalogs after expanding the zipped files. I recommend using Lightroom to individually open each catalog, which requires relaunching Lightroom each time you switch catalogs. The other way you could do it—importing all the catalogs into your existing catalog—is a bit messy since it scatters my variously dated images amid your own. If you work with them as separate catalogs, then you can easily delete the book example catalogs when you're done using them.

Step by step: Setting up the download files:

  1. Before you do anything, if you already have your own Lightroom catalog, back it up as explained in the book on pages 32-33! It will take less than five minutes and help keep you young and relaxed. ;-)
  2. Now, using your Web browser, begin downloading a particular chapter's example file by clicking one of the links in this page's top-left column.
  3. Once the file is downloaded, expand the compressed file by double-clicking it (unless your computer automatically expands such files). Each expanded file appears in the same folder as the downloaded zip files.
  4. image: downloaded files
  5. Launch Lightroom and from the Menu bar choose File > Open Catalog. (Though I don't recommend it, you can instead import the example catalog into your own exising catalog as explained in the book on pages 30-31.)
  6. image: open catalog
  7. Lightroom asks you to locate the example catalog, so navigate your way to the decompressed example folder. Click Open, then select the actual catalog file (it ends with .lrcat) and click Open again.
  8. image: open Catalog file
  9. When Lightroom asks if you want to relaunch using this catalog, click Relaunch.
  10. image: relaunch with new catalog
  11. Lightroom takes a moment to close the current catalog and open the selected example catalog. At that point, you can select any photo in the example catalog, switch to Lightroom's Develop mode and roll your cursor over the History panel entries to see how that photo's been adjusted.
  12. image: example catalog opens

    image: example catalog in Develop mode
  13. When you're done using that chapter's example catalog, you can open another chapter's by repeating steps 3-7. If you want to return to your own catalog, from the Menu bar choose File > Open Recent and select your catalog in the drop-down menu.
  14. image: open recent catalog
  15. OK, so now that you've made a dry-run read through all these instructions, you're ready to jump to the top of the page, click those download links and get going. Enjoy!


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