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In part two of Chris Orwig's Lightroom Essentials, you'll learn how to add important metadata to your images that will help you find and filter your library, process images and video, and export, email, and share photos—all from within the powerful Library module in Adobe Lightroom. First you'll learn how to flag, rate, and rank your photos and use the information to find images that match those criteria. Then tag them with locations and add keywords and identifying information that clearly distinguish the subject and your copyright. Chris also shows you how to make image adjustments with Quick Develop, and play, trim, and edit video. Lastly, find out how to export your photographs to a hard drive, email them to friends and clients, and upload them to sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook.
Now that we've spent all this time talking about how we can rate and rank our photographs, next it's time to take a look at how we can filter and find the best photographs after we've applied flags, stars, or color label ratings to our pictures. Well, we can do that by navigating to the Library module, and it's easiest to begin in the grid view. Here you'll notice the library filter bar is above. If that isn't visible press the backslash key, you can press that key to toggle the visibility of the library filter on and off.
And what you want to do here in the library filter is click on the option for attribute. When you do that, you'll see that you have some attributes which you can search for, filter for. The first one is flag, next we have stars, then we have color labels. In this way, we can say, you know what, show me the images which have a two-star rating or higher. And here, we can simply switch on this icon here. If we want to change this two stars or lower, simply click on the icon here and then choose this Rating is less than or equal to two stars. And here that will show us a different set of images.
So again, we can customize that by simply clicking there. Now here I have images which have a two star or a higher rating. Well next I want to see those photographs that have a two star rating, an also have a red color label. To do that we can click on this icon right here. Now I'm seeing a much smaller or more limited select group of images. In this way it can help us to try to find those images which are the best, in a particular folder, or in many folders for that matter. Now you also may have noticed that we have some filtering options located here.
Here you can see we've have the same exact criteria. We can turn this on and off by clicking on the little toggle switch. Click that on and off to see all the photographs, or turn that criteria back on in order to see the pictures that are filtered based on the criteria here. You can also change a criteria here as well. Turn off the option for red label, now we're only seeing the images which have a star or higher rating. This way we can really quickly find those images and this will also work if we're in the loop view. So here I'll go ahead and double click one of the photographs.
I'll just double click this one, the first picture. And then next, I'm going to change the criteria by clicking on the icon for the red label. In doing that, you can see I'm now viewing a more select view down here in the film strip below. Yet, I find it's easier to begin in the Grid View so that you understand how that works, and then next, navigate to the Loop View, and then continue to refine the way you're filtering your pictures. If you click on this pulldown menu, you'll notice you have other options as well. You can say, "you know what? Show me the images which have any kind of a rating at all." By clicking on that, you'll notice that it will just show us these images here which have one star or higher rating. We can then further customize it by clicking on these stars so that we then just view those photographs which meet that particular criteria. If ever you want to change a criteria, it may be easier to go back to the Grid View. So tap the g key, that will bring you back to the Grid View, and then here you can see we have the access to these different criteria.
In particular, we now have access to our flags. So, for example, let's change our star rating down to two stars. And let's also add the criteria of flag as picked. And this way, you can see that we've now added that to this area. And that shows up down below. Previously, these options didn't show up down there. We had to begin here in the grid view. Then we could access all of these options down here in this area, because it turned that on. Last but not least. Let me re-highlight or remind you of the shortcut to turn the filtering on and off.
That's cmd l on a Mac or ctrl l on Windows. Press it once to turn the filerting on, press it a second time in order to turn the filtering off.
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