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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.
While we're on the topic of talking about information, which is surrounding or on top of our images, I want to take a few moments to talk about how this relates to the Filmstrip down below. What I want to do first though is expand the Filmstrip, so if you position your cursor over the edge of the Filmstrip, right beneath the Toolbar there, you can click and drag up in order to make that bigger. Next, in the Toolbar it will be helpful if you click on this button and choose Rating and Color Label, so both of those options are displayed here. Next what I want to do is add a Red Label and also a 1 Star Rating to one of the images.
Well, you'll notice that we can see that up top. Now, that depends on our View option. Down below you can also see that this particular cell is tinted red. If I click off of that your can see the entirety of that Filmstrip cell where that thumbnail is, is tinted red. Well, how can we change the information which is displayed around or on top of the image? One of the things that you can do is navigate to your Lightroom Preferences. Go up to the Lightroom pull-down Menu and then choose Preferences. Here we want to go all the way over to the right to Interface, then down to Filmstrip.
You'll notice we have a number of different options. We can choose to show or hide the rating, the badges, the stack count, show photo tooltips. So again, we can turn these options on or off. Now, it's kind of interesting, is we have a lot control here, but we can't turn off the tint, the tint of that background color. To do that, what we're going to need to do is to leave Preferences momentarily and then go back to our View Options, navigate to View, and then choose View Options. We've been here before, right? Well, in our View Options, whether we were in Grid or Loupe, we have different choices we can make.
One of the options is to Tint the grid cells with label colors. Well, here we can turn that on or off. As I turn it off here, it also turns it off down below in the Filmstrip. So again, just wanted to point that out that you can customize that. All right! Well, let's close these options for a moment. How else can I modify what's displayed on or around the Filmstrip images? Well, another way I can make some changes is I can right-click or Ctrl+Click on top of the Filmstrip and then choose View Options.
Now, what's interesting here is I actually have to choose these one at a time, Show Ratings and Picks, okay, I can now see the 1 Star down there. Right-click or Ctrl+Click>View Options, Show Badges, okay, now I can see those little badges. Right-click or Ctrl+Click, so on and so forth. So it takes a little bit more time to add that information. Yet, sometimes that's kind of handy to be able to do that. So once again just to reiterate, for the most part you can go to your Lightroom pull-down Menu and select Preferences, and you can choose what you want to have displayed there in the Filmstrip.
And in my own preference I tend to have most of these off, because the Filmstrip, it's just so small that having all of that information isn't really going to be that helpful. All right! Well, of course a preference is completely up to you and you want to make the decision that makes sense to your workflow. So whatever it is, you now know how to customize the information that you'll see down there in the Filmstrip, alongside and on top of the photographs.
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