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Filtering by flag, stars, and labels

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Filtering by flag, stars, and labels

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.

Filtering by flag, stars, and labels

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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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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