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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to briefly take a look at a few other methods that we can use in order to add flags, stars, or labels to our photographs. Let's say, for example that we have a photograph, I'll go ahead and click on one here in order to enlarge it, and we want to add some sort of a label, star, or flag to it. One of the techniques that we can use, of course, is a shortcut key or we can click on one of these options down below. Or, another technique that we can use is actually hover over the image and then right-click or Ctrl+click. This opens up this contextual menu.
Now here, I can then choose one of these options, let's say, we want to give this a one-star rating. So again, we can access that menu this way as well. Let's go back to the Grid View for a moment. We can do that by pressing the G key. Well, now here in the Grid View, let's say, I am scrolling through and I know that this image, I want to add a label or a star or a flag to that. Again, I can right-click or Ctrl+click and then I can add one of those variables here. Let's add a color label, I'll go ahead and just add Red just for the fun of it. Another way that we can add this type of information is to select the photograph and then we can go to the pulldown menu.
In the pulldown menu, what we're going to do is navigate to the Photo pulldown menu, and then here, we'll have the same options; set that Flag, set the Rating or the Color Label. Now one of the reasons why I want to show you this technique is because this is where you can find those shortcut keys. If ever you forget, what are the shortcuts for flags, well, there they are. What are the shortcuts for rating? Again, here you have them, and also for color label. So that can just be a really helpful way to see those various shortcut keys there.
Reminding you that the Red label is indeed the 6 key. All right! You can also simply click on that option there to add that label as well. Well, there's one more technique that I need to show you that has to do with using the Painter Tool. In order to access the Painter Tool, you need to have the Toolbar visible. Press the T key to either show or hide that Toolbar, make sure it's visible, and then the click on the Triangle button here, which opens up what you can have in the Toolbar. We want to turn on the Painter Tool. Now the Painter Tool looks like a little spray can.
You can click on it, and once you do, you have some options, and from this menu, you can see that you can paint "onto the images", Keywords, Labels, Flags, Ratings, Metadata, Rotation, Target Collection, so on and so forth. Well, here we're really concerned with our Labels, our Flags or maybe Rating. Let's choose Rating and then perhaps, let's say, a three-star rating or a two-star rating. We could then move around our images and simply click on them and once I do that, you can see it adds that two-star rating.
Again, I'll select another image and you can see it's giving it a two-star rating. Now with all of these different techniques, there is not one technique which is best. Rather, what the Lightroom engineers have tried to do for us is just give us a few different ways to do the same thing. I know some people like to work just by clicking on the little icons underneath the images. Others like to work with the Toolbar. Some like the shortcuts or the Painter Tool. Again, it's completely up to you. Now once you're done with the Painter Tool, you just need to put it back in its dock here and then you can be on your way and continue to work on your images and other scenarios. All right! Well, now that we've spent all this time adding these labels or stars or flags, let's take a look at how we can take advantage of all of this information and really begin to filter our photographs based on this metadata we've added to these photographs and let's look at how we can take advantage of that in the next movie.
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