In the top left corner of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Module Picker is an area called the Identity Plate. Personalizing the Identity Plate, or “vanity plate,” is not an essential skill but I find it useful especially for novice Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users. Taking control over this minor feature is easy and the results can be really helpful.
Lightroom beginners often make their lives more complicated by creating multiple Lightroom Catalogs. Some beginners create multiple Catalogs on purpose and others create them by accident. Working with multiple Catalogs is a great skill for some sophisticated Lightroom users but it creates a lot of needless confusion when you are first getting started with this software. It adds confusion because most beginners are not keenly aware of which Catalog–which specific .lrcat file–they are currently using.
In my Lightroom training workshops, I make my student’s give their Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog a more meaningful name and I help them create an alias, or shortcut, that leads directly to their Catalog. I firmly believe that eliminating the “which Catalog am in now” question helps when you are first learning to use this program. Personalizing your Identity Plate is one more way to distinguish your Catalog from the factory default!
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For more on how to customize Lightroom’s Identity Plate check out this great video from Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost.