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Adding ratings with the Painter tool

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Adding ratings with the Painter tool

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.

Adding ratings with the Painter tool

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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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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