Helpful feature wishes/ideas for New and Advanced Lightroom users.

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I specialize in teaching Lightroom (and Photoshop) to new users, so I hear a lot about what they find difficult to grasp. The current interface, (not just the import dialog) could be made more INTUITIVE without a drastic overhaul.

A few things that Lightroom could offer new users to reduce complexity:
Have a preference checkbox option for the complexity of the interface, as many software does, such as:
New User:
New users could be presented with a more simplified interface where advanced features are dimmed or withheld, and highlighting is used to draw attention to what is most important to begin using Lightroom. Step-by-step numbers (or even a wizard of sorts) could be user-enabled to facilitate this. This needs to remain visible during continued use, not just a Welcome overlay that disappears.
Advanced: This interface choice retains all features, but the highlighting can still be enabled using a preference options checkbox.

Highlighting could also be added to the (very useful but presently limited) Target Collection feature. It is difficult to find a Target Collection because it is so very slightly brightened and has only a '+' added to the end of it's name. IMO, the '+' needs to be at the beginning, and the whole title of the collection could be highlighted as the little yellow gear for Smart Collections is. Simple.

While on the subject of the extremely useful but limited Target Collections feature, I'd love to see the ability to have multiple Target Collections, and have created a visual mockup of how such a feature could be implemented within the existing interface.

Do any other heavy LR users share my interest in any the above ideas?

Is anyone in the Dev end of Adobe Lightroom interested in exploring using highlighting or multiple Target Collections?


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