- Purchase (or find free) all kinds of awesome Actions and Presets, etc!
- Download to computer.
- Move to Lightroom/Photoshop proper folders.
- Computer dies.
- Actions and Presets die with it.
Lol! I hope that didn’t happen to you! But I definitely did not understand that my Downloads folder is a lot more useful than a temporary detour for my digital downloads. Now I am here to tell you that I am a lot more organized, and I love it so much I need to share!
Your Downloads Folder is like a File Cabinet
The biggest “lightbulb moment” I had with the Downloads folder, is that I should actually KEEP my downloads there! OMG I think it is what it was designed for! So if I actually keep all my downloads in the Downloads folder, they are always there and easy to backup.
I like to organize my Downloads folder like a file cabinet, and really drill down categories so I can find things FAST! Here is what my file tree looks like:
You will see that I make a new folder for every “type” of download. I have main folders for Digital Paper, Ebooks, Fonts, Graphics, Lightroom Presets, Photoshop, Print Lab Templates, Social Media Icons (for my blogging), Stock Photography (for blogging) and WordPress.
Note that under most of these main folders, I categorize further. For example Fonts. It is really difficult to keep track of whether I can use a Font for my business or whether it was free for personal use. So I separate the downloads here. Then when I am creating something in Photoshop and want to use a font, I can pop over here to my folder to see if I can use it for my business!
Then note my Photoshop folder. I keep Actions, Overlays and Textures in separate folders. I even have a folder just for a collection I purchased for Graphic Authority. I keep it separate because it has everything in it so I could not just dump it in Actions. Under the Actions folder, I will add folders for each maker. Like I have a folder for MCP and Pure.
If you use Stock Photography at all, this is a great way to organize so you can keep all the licenses straight. Pirating photos is something we photographers are sensitive about! So I want to take extreme care to keep all the stock photos I download organized.
As a blogger, I use a lot of different paid plugins and themes, so having a WordPress folder is necessary for me, but maybe not for a photography business.
10 minutes to a more organized YOU!
This is a great way to stay organized. Your downloads will automatically dump into the top Download folder. Each time you download something, be sure to drag it into the correct folder to keep it organized.
Last but not least, the best part is that this system makes it really easy to backup all of your downloads. Just make sure and choose this folder when you back up to an external, or send it to your online backup system.
Spend 5 minutes setting up these folders, 5 more dragging your downloads into them, and in 10 minutes you are WAY more organized than yesterday!