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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 in the topic of Library Filtering, and Library Filtering based on Attribute, there's something else that I want to talk about. If we go to this Attribute button here, you notice we have Flags, Ratings, Color label, and also Kind. In order to talk about Filtering by Kind, what we need to do is navigate to the Exercise Files folder, so that we can see all of these images here. Now, we have different types of images. We have photographs, we also have video files and there's another type of file that we can create inside of Lightroom. We haven't talked about this file yet.
Yet, I want to create one just so we can start to filter based on it. If you select an image, you can then right-click or Ctrl+Click on that. You have an option to create what's called a Virtual Copy. Now, Virtual Copy is kind of interesting. What it is, is just another version of this photograph and you can create these versions without increasing your overall file size. Now, we'll talk much more about these when we get to the Develop module. Yet, for now, let's just create this one. Again, you can do that by right-clicking or Ctrl+Clicking, and then by choosing Virtual Copy.
Well now that we've done that, let's go to Attribute. Over here in the Attribute options on the far-right, you can see that we have various kinds. We can filter by the Master Photographs. Let's turn off the Star Rating here of course as well. These are going to be the photographs that are the originals; the ones that aren't virtual copies or we could turn that criteria off and just sort based on virtual copies. Now, out of all of these files, there is only one. So this type of filtering is really helpful whether it's the original file, or the virtual copy.
Let's turn that option off. The third option we have has to do with Video Format. Here, we can click on this option and it will just show us the video files that we have, in all of these folders and subfolders. So as you can see Filtering by Kind can be really helpful because it can quickly help us get access to those different types of files.
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