January 25, 2022

Target Collection and Target Album

A really useful function discovered in both Lightroom Classic (LrC) and Lightroom (Lr) on Mac/Win is the capability to designate a particular collection in LrC or album in Lr as the Target collection. Lets take a look at how to set these up and use them in both applications.
Target Collection in LrC
Beginning in LrC, given that it was around first, there is an unique collection set up as the Target collection, which is the Quick collection discovered in the Catalog panel.
Note the + symbol next to the Quick Collection that shows it is currently configured as the Target collection. You can include a picture from anywhere in your catalog a couple of methods:

Select an image and press the B key
Move the cursor over the image in Grid view and click the round button that appears
Drop an image and drag to the Quick collection

You can get rid of images from the Target collection in a comparable few ways:

This will mark that album with a (difficult to see) dark gray box around the album name.
( if you squint you can see the somewhat darker box around the Target album).
To add photos to the Target album you can choose a picture and press the T secret (not B like in LrC) or drag and drop the photo onto the album itself. You can similarly remove a photo from the Target album by choosing it and pressing T or pressing Delete.
And no, setting an collection in LrC as the Target does not set that corresponding Album in Lr as the Target.

Select a photo and press the B secret
Click the round button on the picture
Select the image and press Delete

Target Album in Lr
There isnt a comparable Quick Album in Lr as there is in LrC, so by default there isnt any one album ready for receiving pictures in this method. An album in Lr is functionally the like a collection in that it can hold photos (rather than a folder in Lr that can hold other albums or folders for structural company). To designate an album as the Target album, merely right-click the album and pick Set” [albumname] as the Target Album from the contextual menu.

If youve already created the collection, then simply right-click the existing collection in the Collections panel and select Set as Target Collection from the contextual menu. When set, youll see the + sign appear beside the collection to suggest it has actually been set.

To stop a collection being set as the Target you can either set a different collection as the Target or you can right-click the exiting Target collection and uncheck the Set as Target Collection alternative in the contextual menu.

Setting a Collection as the Target
Beyond the Quick collection, you can designate any regular collection (instead of a smart collection or collection set) as the Target collection. You can only have actually one collection set as the Target as a time. This can be really helpful when you are first developing a collection and you desire another method to quickly include images to it.
There are 2 methods to designate a collection as the Target. When you are creating the collection within the Create Collection dialog box, one alternative is right. Simply inspect the Set as target collection box as part of producing the collection.

Beyond the Quick collection, you can designate any regular collection (as opposed to a smart collection or collection set) as the Target collection. You can just have actually one collection set as the Target as a time. There are 2 methods to designate a collection as the Target. One alternative is right when you are developing the collection within the Create Collection dialog box. Merely inspect the Set as target collection box as part of developing the collection.

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