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Adding keywords

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

Video: Adding keywords

When it comes to organizing, filtering and finding your photographs. One of the things that you can do to make this whole process work more effectively for you, is you can add keywords to your images or video files. Here in this movie, we'll take a look at how we can do that. We'll be working with this folder, which is titled jeff, and, inside of this folder. I have some images or photographs that I captured of one of my friends, Jeff Johnson, a really fascinating person. And here I captured these images on film, and I scanned the film. And I want to add some keywords to these photographs.

Adding keywords

When it comes to organizing, filtering and finding your photographs. One of the things that you can do to make this whole process work more effectively for you, is you can add keywords to your images or video files. Here in this movie, we'll take a look at how we can do that. We'll be working with this folder, which is titled jeff, and, inside of this folder. I have some images or photographs that I captured of one of my friends, Jeff Johnson, a really fascinating person. And here I captured these images on film, and I scanned the film. And I want to add some keywords to these photographs.

Now that being said, keep in mind you can work with digital images, video files, etcetera. Alright, well let's add some key words to these. First, though, I want to view these images a little bit larger. To do that I'll click on the icon which allows use to access theLoop view, or you can just press the E key to do so. Again this is a photograph of one of my friends Jeff Johnson. And so I want to add his name and also the location in the environment as helpful key words which will later help me to find these particular pictures. To do that, we'll open up the Keywording panel here just click to expand that panel, and then you can begin to add keywords.

And you don't need to worry about adding these alphabetically. Lightroom will take care of that for you. So, first I'll go ahead and type out the location, which was Ventura, then press Enter or Return. Then I'll type out his name, Jeff Johnson. Again, a fascinating character. Photographer, rock climber, surfer, a really interesting guy, alright? I'll also add train tracks. And there you have it. We have some key words. Alright, well, in this case, we have a few key words which describe this particular picture. Well next what I want to do is move to another photograph.

Say this one right here. And I want to add some keywords to this picture as well. Well we could of course start to simply type and to add some keywords. I'll begin by typing out his name, so I'll go ahead and type out his name. Notice that it remembered that keyword and it automatically ended that, or helped me to fill that in. Again, here we can press Enter or Return in order to be able to select that option. And then press Enter or Return to apply it. I'll start to type out Ventura, there it is. Press Tab to select or you can also press Enter or Return to select, and then press Enter or Return to apply that. You know another way that you can take advantage of keywords that you've used, is to open up the option for Keyword Suggestions, or Keyword Set. Let's begin by taking a look at Keyword Suggestions.

Here, if we expand that, you'll notice that it's suggesting that I use train track as an option as well. Because it found or discovered these similar keywords, it's going to try to discover what other keywords I might want to use. So in this case, this can help me to find those more easily. Let's move to another photograph this one here and again notice the keyword suggestions. It doesn't exactly know what to do but its trying to figure out how we work with keywording and typically we have a rhythm or pattern. So here its using keywords which I've used recently, and that brings me to the next point.

Another way that you can access keywords is to use Keyword Sets. In this case, we have a keyword set of outdoor photography, or we can also use recent keywords. Here we have some recent keywords, to add those, just click on those words. We can then add those to this particular picture. Well, what about adding keywords to more than one photograph? Well, if you click on one image, hold down the Shift key, then click on another, and select all of these. What you can do is add keywords, either by typing out the keyword, or by using Keyword Suggestions, and clicking on the suggestion.

Or by using Keyword Sets, and just clicking on the keywords there. So again, you have three different methods for adding keywords. Type them out, click on the option and Keyword Suggestions, or click down to your Keyword Set, in this case, and work with those recent keywords here. In this case, all of these keywords have now been added to all of the images which I selected. If we click off of those, and then click on to an image, you'll see that those keywords were indeed added to these photographs. Now when I get to this picture here, which has empty train tracks, I realize that I have a keyword that I need to remove. Well, how can we do that? We'll just click into this Keyword area, Click and Drag to highlight the keyword that you want to get rid of. Then press Delete or Backspace in order to take care of that. Then to exit out of that you can press Enter or Return. So as you can see here, it's pretty easy to start to add and change and modify keywords that you have added to your overall photographs. Alright, well last but not least, before we wrap up this initial conversation, what I want to do is talk about how I have a keyword here, which is train track. And I actually want to change that to something else. I want it to read Train Tracks, rather than Train Track, singular. Well in order to modify that, what what we need to do, is we need to make a change to the entire group of photographs.

Or the the keyword that we have here in our Keyword List. Here if we click to expand the Keyword List, we can scroll down until we find that particular keyword. If you want to change it, right-click or Ctrl+clck and choose Edit Keyword Tag. You know, sometimes, what will happen, is, you'll add keywords to a group of photographs, like I've done here. And then, at the end, you'll realize that you have a typo or a spelling mistake. And rather than having to go back through all of those hundreds of photographs that you've worked on. You can go to this area, and simply change the spelling, or make the correction here. So again, you can access that by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking on the keyboard that you want to change.

Select the menu item, which is edit Keyword Tag, and I'll go ahead and change this to Train Tracks, that will work better, and then we'll click Save. In doing that now when we scroll back up here you'll notice that as I click through these photographs. These all now have this corrected keyword tag, which is Train Tracks, rather that the singular, train track. Alright, well there you have it, a quick introduction to key wording. We have some more ground to cover with working with keywords so let's go ahead and continue this conversation and we'll do that in the next movie.

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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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