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When it comes to organizing your images and media files in the Library module, one of the most common things that you'll want to do is to add flags, stars, or labels in order to separate the good photographs from those photographs which aren't so good. Because you know in digital capture we typically take too many pictures, we need some sort of a method or some shortcuts which will help us separate those photographs which are keepers from those which aren't. So here, let's take a look at this set of photographs.
I've clicked into this folder, Sayulita, Here we have 13 images, and what I was trying to capture with these photographs were the colors of this little town which we had visited in Mexico. So let's go ahead and take our first image to the Loupe View by pressing the E key. Next, I want to make sure that you have the toolbar visible; press the T key to show or hide the Toolbar. Then I want to make sure that you can see the icons for flags, stars and labels. If you're not seeing those, click on this icon here, and then you can turn those on and off by simply clicking on these fields here.
Well let's take a look at how we can work with these three different additive metadata criteria. And what I mean by that is, this is metadata that we can add to our file. We can select to give a particular star rating, or label, or flag to one of our photographs. To work with flags, we'll use three different shortcuts: it's either P, U, or X. P for Pick, U for Unpick, or remove flag, and then X for Reject. So here I'll go ahead and press the P key. You can see it's flagged as pick, and it's showing me the icon here in the toolbar.
Press the U key, and you can remove the flag, or I like to think of that one as Unpick, and then you can press the X key in order to flag this photograph as rejected. Again, if you want to remove either the rejected flag, or the picked flag, just press the U key, and that will then remove that flag. All right, well what about the star rating? Well, in order to add a star rating to our photographs, we can use the shortcut keys of 0 to 5. If we press the 1 key, we can add a one star, two, so on, and so forth, and you can see how we can add these different star ratings.
1 through 5 adds a number star rating. Here I have a five star rating for this photograph; I could change this to a three star rating by pressing the 3 key. Yet, if we want to remove the stars altogether, we will press the 0 key. That will then set that rating to zero. Next we have some color labels. For the labels, we can use our keys six through nine. We'll press 6 for a red label, 7 for a yellow label, and then 8 for a green label, and so on. So what we can start to do is we can add these different criteria to kind of earmark or set apart some of our photographs.
To remove labels, like to remove this green label, we will go ahead and just press the key again. So if I press that 8 key, I can either add or remove that label. Well let's go through these photographs in a little bit more of a realistic way, now that we know a bit about these shortcuts. Again, for flags it's P, U, or X. Stars, 0 through 5, and then labels, 6 through 9. Here with this first photograph, what I want to do is give this a star rating. I like this image, so I'll go ahead and press the 4 key to give this a four star rating.
Then I'll press my right arrow key to move to the next image. I like this one as well, so I'll press 4 to give this a four star rating, and then I'll move to the next image. Now, this particular image, I don't like it as much, so I am going to give it a lower star rating; here I'll press the 2 key. Then I'll press the right arrow key again to move through my photographs. And as you can see here, I can click through these pictures, and I can add different star ratings. As we click back through the photographs, you can see that it will show us these star ratings here in this toolbar.
All right, well now that we've done this, let's talk a little bit about how we might want to use these different criteria. You know, there isn't one technique which is best. In other words, flags aren't better than stars, or labels, or vice versa. Really, this is just a matter of personal preference. But what you can do eventually is you can add these different types of criteria, and then take advantage of it by filtering what you're seeing inside of your different folders, so that you can then separate the keepers from those photographs that aren't.
We'll be talking about that a little bit later. Yet, before we get to that, the last thing that I want to highlight is that sometimes what you'll do is you may want to use a combination of different criteria. For example, this image, it has a three star rating, but let's say that I also want to post this photograph on my blog. Well, the label that I like to use for images which I'm going to post to my blog is the red label. So here I'll press the 6 key. So this image not only has a three star rating, but it also has this red label, which I can then use and take advantage of at a later time.
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