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Now that we've been introduced to the topic of working with keywording in Lightroom, next I want to take a look at how we can speed up our workflow by taking advantage of what are called Keyword Sets. Now, I talked briefly in the previous movie, how we can start to work with Keyword Sets. And I mentioned that we can choose an option here. We can click on this pull-down menu, and we can select a Keyword Set, say for portrait photography. And it will give us a group of keywords or here as we saw in the previous movie, we could use Recent Keywords, which would show us recent keywords which we added to our photographs.
Yet, we can also edit and create our own Keyword Sets. Like with this group of pictures, these are all captured for an ongoing project which I'm doing, which is called salt. And what I want to do is create a Keyword Set which reflects this particular project. And the project is all about people who are connected to the sea and salt water and so, here I want to go ahead and create my own custom Keyword Set. To do that, you can click on this pull-down menu here and then choose Edit Set or you can also navigate to the Metadata pull-down menu.
And here we can choose Keyword Set and then select the option Edit. In either scenario, either by using the pull-down menu here or by working in the panels on the right, this will both give you the ability to edit and create your own Keyword Sets. In this case, you can see we can edit this Set. We have the name Jeff Johnson, Ventura, Train Tracks. I also want to go ahead and type out the word Salt. And I want to type out a few other words as well. Surfer, because it's related to the surfer. Santa Barbara is a good keyword because, many of these photographs are captured in that area. Ocean, sand and one more keyword here for this set, 4 x 5 because I'm capturing these images with a 4 x 5 camera.
Well, now that I've entered in these common keywords that I might find helpful when adding keywords to photographs. Which are captured for this project, what I can do, or what you can do, is save this out as a preset. So, here click on the pull-down menu and choose the option to Save the Current Settings as a New Preset. I'll go ahead and save this out as a preset named Salt and then Project. Next we'll click Create. What this will allow us to do, is to go ahead and use or access these keywords over here. So, here I'll go ahead and click Change to apply that and from this pull-down menu, you'll see that we now have access to these different sets of keywords. One of them is this Salt Project.
So, that if I'm working with this set, what I can do is apply these keywords by simply clicking on the keyword. For example I can click on the word salt to add that to this photograph or to this group of photographs if you select more than one. Or you can also use some really handy keyboard shortcuts. If you're a keyboard shortcut aficionado, what you can do is hold down the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on Windows. And you'll notice that a number shows up next to these different keywords and this is true regardless of the Keyword Set that you have.
Again, you can see all of those numbers here. Well, what we can then do is we can add these keywords by holding down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and then pressing on the number, which relates the keyword that we want to add. Here I want to add the keyword surfer and also 4 x 5. So, I'll press Option or Alt+5. I'll also press Option or Alt+3. In doing that, you can see how we quickly added those keywords to this particular photograph. And so what you want to do, if you want to speed up your overall keywording workflow, is you want to create a few keywording sets.
And that way you can quickly access and apply those keywords which you use most frequently.
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