The Lightroom Cloud apps have powerful AI searches, but what if you want to find a selection of photos quickly? Perhaps have some saved for a presentation? Or to share with someone? This is where albums are useful.
What are albums used for?
In the left panel group on the desktop, or in Library view on mobile, are your albums. Albums allow you to group photos for a specific purpose, for example:
- Your best photos as a portfolio.
- Photos to share with someone, perhaps as an online gallery.
- Photos of an event, such as a vacation.
- Photos of specific genre.
- Photos you’ve published on social media.
- Photos for output as a slideshow, prints, or a photobook.
The same photo can appear in lots of different albums. Even if a photo is not in an album, it’s still available in the All Photos view.
Over time you may end up with lots of albums, so you can group related albums together into folders.
How do I create an album?
To create an album, click/tap the + button at the top of the panel, select Create Album, then give the album a name.
To add photos to an existing album on the desktop, select the photos in Grid view (or in the Filmstrip) and drag them to the album in the Albums panel.
On mobile, hold your finger on a photo in Grid view to activate selection mode (or go to … menu > Select). Tap the photos to select them, or hold a finger on a photo and then swipe across other photos to select multiple photos. On iOS, tap the Add To button, or on Android, tap the … menu and select Add To. Finally, select the target album, and tap Add.
How do I manage my Albums?
To rename an album, right-click on the album (desktop) / tap the album’s … menu (mobile) and select Rename, then type the new name.
To remove photos from an album on the desktop, select the photos in the Grid view, then right-click and choose Remove Photos or press the Backspace key (Windows) / Delete key (Mac). On mobile, hold your finger on a photo in Grid view to activate selection mode. Select the photos, then tap the trashcan icon and select Remove from Album.
Remove from Album just removes the photos from the selected album, but the photo remains available in the All Photos and Date views, as well as in any other albums that contained the photo. Delete, on the other hand, moves the photos to the Trash, so be careful to select the right option!
All of these Add to and Remove from Album options are also available in Detail view, but only apply to single photos.
To delete an album, right-click on the album (desktop) / tap the album’s … menu (mobile) and select Delete. This deletes the album, but not the photos inside the album.
Can I group albums?
As your list of albums grows, it can be hard to find specific albums. Like folders on your computer’s hard drive, you can group the related albums into folders. For example, you may want to group all of your vacation albums together in a folder, and perhaps create another folder for albums related to your photography projects.
To create a folder, click/tap the + button, select Create Folder, then give the folder a name.
To move an album into a folder on the desktop, or to nest folders inside of other folders (up to 5 deep), select it and drag it onto the folder, which turns blue, and release the mouse. On mobile, tap on the album/folder’s … menu, then select Move to Folder. Select the folder to place it inside, then tap Move. (You can also create a new folder by clicking the + button, and then select it.)
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