Lightroom Mobile Tip: Selecting A Photo To Represent the Collection

Lightroom Mobile launched last week to a huge welcoming crowd at Photoshop World. Since then I’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it and I’m hopeful to see where things go in the future. Anyway, I had a cool tip to share that one of the blog readers (Brian) asked about last week.

See, Lightroom Mobile uses collections on the iPad. When you’re looking at all of your collections though, you’re only going to see one photo that represents the collection. But sometimes that photo (that Lightroom chooses automatically) may not be a good representation of the collection for you. No sweat, you can change it. Just tap-and-hold on a photo in the collection. You’ll see a little pop-up menu appear and you can tell LR Mobile that you want to use that photo as the top photo on the collection. That way, when you’re in the collection view in the LR Mobile app, you’ll see that photo instead. Thanks for stopping by!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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  1. Great tip, thanks Matt!
    Do you know if you can do something similar in Lightroom? I still use the folders instead of collections because I have my folders by event. But when I click on them the thumbnail is the first photo in the folder. But I’d like to be able to have a thumbnail of my choosing. Would moving to collections in Lightroom do this for me?

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  2. What is meant by “tab and hold”? Where is the tab key on iPad keyboard?

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  3. Also note that it shows the picture square cropped to the center. Just keep that in mind when picking a picture. Especially with people you might end up emphasizing something you don’t mean to.

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