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Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly

Now that we know a little bit about how we can rate or rank our photographs by using flags, stars, or color labels, what I want to do here is talk about how we can speed up our work flow when we're adding these different criteria. Because one of the things that you'll discover is that this is something that you'll do quite frequently. So in order to speed up our work flow when it comes to rating or ranking our pictures, Lets take a look at a few techniques that we can use. Now we already know that we can use the Arrow keys in order to scroll through photographs. Here I'll go ahead and tap the Right Arrow key in order to move forward through these pictures. Now whenever you come to a photograph that you want to add a flag or star or color labeled to. You obviously can go to this area on the toolbar and simply click on the icon. Or you can also use some really valuable shortcuts.

Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly

Now that we know a little bit about how we can rate or rank our photographs by using flags, stars, or color labels, what I want to do here is talk about how we can speed up our work flow when we're adding these different criteria. Because one of the things that you'll discover is that this is something that you'll do quite frequently. So in order to speed up our work flow when it comes to rating or ranking our pictures, Lets take a look at a few techniques that we can use. Now we already know that we can use the Arrow keys in order to scroll through photographs. Here I'll go ahead and tap the Right Arrow key in order to move forward through these pictures. Now whenever you come to a photograph that you want to add a flag or star or color labeled to. You obviously can go to this area on the toolbar and simply click on the icon. Or you can also use some really valuable shortcuts.

In order to highlight the shortcuts, I want to jump to another slide where I have these shortcuts listed. And here it is. You can see that for flagging we have three shortcuts. I recommend that you write these down. What I would do is on a scratch piece of paper write the word flag and then P, U and X. You press the P key in order to flag an image as a pick. Press the 'u' key in order to unpick, and then the 'x' key allows you to reject a photograph. Next we have zero to five. Press the three key to add a three-star rating, zero to remove all of the stars altogether, or you can press any of the other numbers as well between one thru 'five.

Next we have color labels. Color labels work a little bit differently. If you press the six key, that will allow you to add a red label, press the seven that will allow you to add a yellow label. If you want to remove a label, we'll just tap the number key again, for example press the seven key to add a yellow label, press the seven key again in order to remove it. Now I wanted to highlight these short cuts again because this is something that we'll be using quite often. Well lets take a look at how this works in LightRoom. Well here I've come across a photograph that I like.

I want to add a flag to this one. To do that I'll tap the P key to flag that as a pic. Next I'll give this one a three star rating because the photograph is good. It isn't great. Its not good enough for my portfolio, so I'll go ahead and tap the three key to add that three star rating. Then let's say that I want to print this picture and I've decided that the red label is that label which signifies or which sort of sets those images apart which I eventually want to print. To add that label here we'll just press the six key. You can see how I added the flag, the star and the color label.

Now, to change any of those let's go back to the beginning. Let's go back to the flags here. You can unpick this by pressing the U key. So again, P for pick, U for unpick. We can also determine that this one is a reject photograph. To do that tap the X key and here you can see it's rejected. To remove that just press the U key in order to remove any flag, really not together. All right. Well, what about the star rating here? Well here we can tap the zero key to remove all the stars or you can press one for one star, two for two or three or four.

Here can change the star rating really quickly. Last but not least we have some shortcuts for those color labels, as I mentioned, that's six through nine. When I tap the seven key, I get a yellow label, eight key I get a green label. To remove any of the labels, just tap that number key again. So, press eight once to add a green label, press it again in order to remove it. Alright well let's go back and let's add the flag rating. I'll press P to give this one a flag rating. Three stars and then tap the six key to add that red lable and in this way you can quickly go through your photographs and you can add these different criteria.

Now you may be wondering well, what's best. Should I use flag, should I use stars, should I use colored labels? Well it really doesn't matter and what I've encountered is that certain photographers love flags, others really like stars and then others like colored labels. So again what you want to do is just pick a system. Which is consistent and cohesive for you, in other words you want to make sure you're always rating and ranking your pictures in the same exact way. What I tend to do in my own workflow is this, let me navigate to another photograph, this one here. I like this photograph, I think the family will like this picture, so I'm going to add a star rating to it.

I tend to not use flags very often except for the reject option which I'll talk about in a few minutes. I tend to really focus in on stars and labels, and that's just my own preference. What I tend to do is have a pretty low star rating. Rather than over inflating the star rating, I like to keep that nice and low, so I can then later Increase the star rating for those pictures that are really phenomenal. So with this image, I might give it a two or a three star rating. So here, I'll go ahead and add that two stars. Then I do use this red label. And what I like to do for the red label is to just say, you know what? This image is not only a two or three star rated photograph. But it has something that's a little bit extra in it. And I may want to revisit that at another time.

Perhaps this image might be good to use when I print out some pictures for the client. Or maybe I might want to post this photograph on a blog, or use it in one of courses. Or who knows what, but again, for me that red label's at that little label, that little sticky note that I put on the footer after to say hey. Go back to that picture, there may something worthwhile to do at that one. So here I'll add that red color label. And of course you can do that by clicking on those icons or just tapping the number keys. That would be a two for the two star rating, and then a six for the red label.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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