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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.
Another way to speed up your overall keywording process is to work with keyword sets. As you can see down here we have a Keyword Set and what we can do is choose something like Recent Keywords or we could choose Outdoor Photography and it will give us some different keywords here that we may want to use. Well we can also choose something which allows us to create our own set. In order to do that, you can either go to this menu and choose Edit Set, this will open up the Edit Keyword Set dialog. Or if you forget that technique, you can always go to the Metadata pull-down panel, assuming that you'll find everything about metadata here, right.
You can go to Keyword Set and then you can choose Edit. This will give you the ability to edit your current set. In this case what I want to do is I want to change this up a little bit. I need to add some more keywords that are relevant to this particular project, so I'm going to go ahead and type these out. These are all keywords which would be relevant for this particular photography project and it'd be nice to have a preset so that I could have all of these set up or it'd be nice to have this saved as a set so that I could tap into these. Well, in order to save these out as a preset, it's super-simple.
All that you do is go to this Preset pull-down menu and choose Save Current Settings as a New Preset. I'm going to go ahead and name this one SALT which is the name of this photography project. You could name this preset based on whatever it is. If you do outdoor photography and maybe you shoot a lot in the mountains, in the snow, well you could have a preset which is completely related to snow. Or maybe you're a fashion photographer and you work with a particular client, you use keywords for that client; it could be that client's name. Again, this preset is really up to you, what you name it and also of course what keywords you choose there.
Try to create a few that will be relevant for your workflow because what it will do is it will ensure that you actually use keywords. Because the trick with keywords is we all know we should, but we all don't do enough of this. This is a technique which will help us out. Alright, we'll go ahead and click Create and then we'll choose Change and that will then give us the ability to access this set. Now if we had a different set available, say Portrait Photography, we could then toggle between that and also the keyword set that we applied.
Now if we're ready to add one of the keywords to an image, say this one here, we can simply click on it in order to add it that way. There's also a shortcut that we can use with keyword sets. So if you're a shortcut aficionado, here it is: you hold down Option or Alt and what that does is it shows you the different numbers associated with these keywords. For example, I want to add this keyword, "film." What I can do is press Option and then the 1 key that will then add that keyword as you can see up here.
And this is really handy. As we click on an image, you hold down Option or Alt, you don't have to memorize what number is what, you can just look at that, you can go ahead and say okay, I'm going to add this one, this guy is a surfer, I'm going to press Option+2. I've now added that keyword from that keyword set by way of a shortcut.
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