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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.
Now that we've spent some time exploring how we can add flag, stars and labels for our photographs, let's take a look at how we can filter based on this additive metadata, based on this criteria that we've added to our photographs. One of the things that we need to do is to start working with the Library Filters. Well in the Library Module, in the Grid View, you have the Library Filter bar up top. Now here's the a really important shortcut for you. If that isn't visible, you can open or close that by pressing the Backslash key. That's a key which leans the left. So here it goes.
You can see it's gone, press that key, and then it comes back. Great! Next, we have this Attribute button here. We're going to go ahead and click on that and this will open up the various attributes that we have. We have Flags, we have Ratings and we also have Color Labels. Now if you ever can't really figure out how to find that, you can always go to your Library pulldown menu. Let me show you this briefly. Over here, we have the Library pulldown menu. We can enable the filters and then we can also filter based on a flag or rating or a color label.
So again, we could choose that and what that would do then is just show us the images that have a red label attached to them. You can also see that it illuminated this red label button. All right! Well, let's take a look at how we can work with this panel here. I am going to turn off the Red Label option and then, let's say, we want to filter based on star rating. I'll go ahead and click on one star. Here is one star or more, you can see we have various images. Well, let's say that what I really want is to find the images with a one star rating and a color label.
Well, I can then select that color label and this will show me the images that have a one or more star rating, because that's what this sign stands for, and then it shows me all of those photographs one or more stars and, of course, that red label. So, all I am trying to illustrate here is that we can combine these different attributes. We can also say, well, let's add flag to the mix. Now once we do that we only have one image with all of those different attributes. It has a flag, it has a one or more star rating and it has that red label. Now this is dynamic, of course, we can take these off one at a time and start to see what we have.
Here are two images just with that flag rating, and you can always click those on and off. Well, this is really helpful, of course, the Library Filters. Well there's another way we can access this as well. If you go down to the filmstrip down below, you'll notice we have this filtering option here, click on this pulldown menu, and you can say, you know what, show me the images that are rated, images that have some sort of a star rating. Well, there they are. We can change the star rating in this field here. Now there's a great shortcut, which allows you to turn all of this library filtering on and off and that shortcut is helpful. Here's why.
Let's say that right now we have these images that have a two star rating, but we want to see what else is in this folder or if we're working in the collection, what else is in the collection. Well, in order to turn this off, you can press the shortcut key. Let me show it to you here. You go to the Library pulldown menu, you'll notice it right here it's Command+L on a Mac that's Ctrl+L on Windows. I wanted to show it to you here in case you forget it, just go to that Library pulldown menu and you can find it, remind yourself what it is. So, when I press that shortcut what it will do is it will toggle on and off the library filtering.
You can also do the same exact thing by flipping the switch over here on the right. This flips this on and off. Okay, well, so far we've been getting through kind of the mechanics of working with all of these different types of criteria. What I want to do next is take a look at a little bit more of a realistic scenario. So far I've just been faking it, I've been adding just a random flags or stars or labels. Let's take a look a little bit more of a realistic scenario of adding relevant or important stars or labels and then filtering based on those.
Let's simulate a little bit of a workflow and let's do that in the next movie.
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