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Basic filtering

From: Getting Started with Lightroom 4

Video: Basic filtering

As you continue using, perhaps pic flags, star ratings, color labels, keywords, metadata values and other ways of identifying your images. At some point obviously you'll want to be able to actually locate images. And that will generally be done via filtering of those images. And there are a variety of ways that we can actually filter the images that we're able to see within Lightroom. Let's take a look at some of the basics of filtering our images. The first opportunity to filter images of course is to choose which images we want to work with.

Basic filtering

As you continue using, perhaps pic flags, star ratings, color labels, keywords, metadata values and other ways of identifying your images. At some point obviously you'll want to be able to actually locate images. And that will generally be done via filtering of those images. And there are a variety of ways that we can actually filter the images that we're able to see within Lightroom. Let's take a look at some of the basics of filtering our images. The first opportunity to filter images of course is to choose which images we want to work with.

In the catalog section of the Left panel in the Library module. We can choose all photographs for example to see every single image that is currently being managed by Lightroom. We can also click the Quick Collection, to see the images that are included in the Quick Collection, if any are at all. And we can also view the previous import, in other words the images that were most recently imported into Lightroom. We could also effectively filter our images based on folder structure. So we can choose a particular folder containing images that we'd like to take a look at.

If I click on the Europe Roadtrip folder for example I will only see images that are actually contained inside that folder. Scrolling down a little further on the Left panel, of course we have our collections. And I can view images based on smart collection membership. Where I've defined particular criteria, in this case for example images that have a star rating of three or more stars. Or we can use one of our saved collections, for example I've created collections or New York City And Venice, Italy. But we can also take things a step further by filtering images based on some of the attributes we've assigned to those images.

I'll scroll back up to the top of the Left panel and choose All Photopgraphs, and then we can take a look at the quick filtering options available on the Filmstrip. At the far right side of the Filmstrip display above the images you'll see that we have a Filter option. At the moment the filters are currently turned off. I have a switch over on the right-hand side that enables me to turn on the filter or turn the filter off. I can also choose a preset option for filtering my images. For example, perhaps I just want to see all images that are rated.

And so I can choose the rated preset. I can also define my own criteria. For example, I can say I only want to see images that have four stars or more. So I can make sure the filtering option for the star rating is set to greater than or equal to. And then click on the four star option. And you can see, that out of the 87 images that are currently being managed by Lightroom, five of them have four or more stars. There are also additional criteria. I'll go ahead and click the Filter label, and you'll see that we have Pick flags and Color labels as well.

So, I can choose to see only images with, for example, a four star or greater rating, but also that have a red color label. So if you make use of all of these attributes, the Pic Flags, Star Ratings, and Color Labels. You can obviously get rather sophisticated in your filtering just by using these basic Filter options. Generally speaking, the approach that I take is to first choose the folder that contains the images that I want to work with. And then I will use a Star Rating or Color Label filter in order to see only the specific images that I consider my best In that particular folder.

I'll go ahead and click on a folder that has a variety of images with different star ratings and we can see this again, in action. I'll go ahead and turn off the red color label and specify only four star or greater. Or I could switch that to three star or greater, or I could choose all images with any rating one star or higher. And at any time, if I want to see all of the images again, I can simply turn off that filter. Since the Pick Flags, Star Ratings, and Color Labels are the methods you're most likely going to use to identify your images, in particular to identify your favorite images. For example, the quick filtering capability on the Filmstrip is very often the only filtering you need to be able to identify your favorite images in a particular collection.

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