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Sat, Jan 9, 2021 2:49 AM

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Lightroom Classic: Removing all the images in a collection

Currently the only way to remove all the images in a collection is to select them all and select Remove From Collection. 

I suggest there should be a menu item when you right click on the collection name title "Remove All Images".

I regularly need this feature in my editing workflow collection set system when I flagging, rating etc new images.  When I want to start working on the next batch of images which I already have selected and wish to add to my workflow collection, I then find I have to deselect them and manually clear the existing collection first, then reselect the required images - painful.

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The Quick Collection has this feature and I use it for my temporary collection needs.

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Thanks and it's useful for occasional use, but nowhere near as useful as 'real' collections where complex operations are possible

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Je pense que votre workflow n'est pas le bon, on ne supprime jamais des photos depuis les collections, on les marque comme rejetées, et en fin de session si on souhaite se séparer des photos rejetées on fait : Menu Photo, Supprimer les photos rejetées. Ce wolkflow permet d'éviter une erreur due à un glissement de souris non contrôlé lors d'une manipulation dans les menus déroulants.....

I think that your workflow is not the check, they never abolish photographs since collections, they mark them as rejected, and at the end of session if they like to part from rejected photographs they make: Small Photograph, to Abolish the rejected photographs. This wolkflow allows to avoid an error owed to a sliding of mouse not controlled during a manipulation in pop-up menus.....

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Removing all images from a collection is a matter of pressing Cmd-A (Mac) or Ctrl-A (PC) and then hitting the Delete key. How painful is that...

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please read my post, since there are circumstances when we already have a selection and don't want to loose that grouping by executing the method you mention which I too would use if I did not want to loose my other selection by doing C***+A

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Your Topic Title Remove ALL Images from a Collection and your above post makes no sense.

Now you are saying you have SOME images already selected and you want to remove "all the Other" images. That is mot Remove ALL.

Edit menu "Invert Selection".

If you really want to Remove ALL then you can also Right Click on the Collection name and Select Delete. That will remove that collection and of course once the Collection is history there will not be any Image Names in that collection anymore.

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In that case using the quick collection is indeed the way to solve this. You can either use it as a temporary place to 'park' your selection, or as the working collection you need to clear and then fill with the selection.

Another way of doing it is by right-clicking on the collection you want to clear, deleting that collection completely and recreate it with the option to add the selected images checked.

A third method is to use a temporary marker (like a temporary keyword) so you can use a smart collection to auto-fill with the selected images. Once you added them to the working collection you can remove that keyword again.

I agree that is less convenient than a 'clear collection' menu, but these methods exist and that menu doesn't (yet)...

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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"When I want to start working on the next batch of images which I already have selected and wish to add to my workflow collection, I then find I have to deselect them and manually clear the existing collection first, then reselect the required images - painful."

Maybe I don't completely understand your workflow, but why don't you just clear that collection before you start selecting the next batch? Is this simply something you sometimes forget, or is there a reason for not doing so?

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Have you considered making your collections smart collections by identifying them uniquely? Then, when an image doesn't meet the criterion, it would be removed from the collection automatically. Your workflow sounds a little convoluted to me, so maybe my idea wouldn't work. But maybe it would.

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Thanks for input - the technique I use for my workflow is based on the ideas of John Beardsworth in this article http://lightroomsolutions.com/articles/workflow-smart-collections/

and it makes use of smart collections based on the source 'master' collection - and that is the collection this Idea is referring to.

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Thanks for everyone's input and ideas - they are all work arounds that would work with a little more effort. Johan is spot-on in that I do forget to clear my primary workflow collection before I gather a new lot of images into a selection - it is that simple!

Using the Quick Collection as temporary storage is a good second best option, since it does allow a right click clear (or Ctrl+Shift+B) so my current new selection set is not lost while I clear it.  It seemed so simple to make a suggested Idea for a minor new feature...