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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Another, great way to filter and fine photographs is by way of metadata. Let's go ahead and navigate to the Library module and then press the Backslash key in order to open up our Library filters. Now, what we can do here is we can click on this Metadata tab in order to open up our Metadata options. Again, clicking on that will open and close these options. Here you can see I have four columns. What's happening is Lightroom is saying hey! What files are you actually wanting to search. In my case, I want to search the files located in exercise_files.
It showed me that I have 259 images here. Now if I click on one of these criteria, what I can do is just show the images that are this particular file type. So what we can do with metadata filtering is search or filter by descriptive metadata, like this file type, or by additive metadata, like things like labels or other options as well like keywords. Here you can see I have couple of different columns. I can look by these images that are digital negative. Let's say I just want to look at the photographs that have portrait orientation.
Now that's really helpful, right? Yet some of these other fields aren't really helpful: the Copyright Status, Flash State. So I want to change those columns. Here's how you do that. All you do is you click on the name and then you choose some other type of criteria that you thing might be helpful. In this case, it is showing me the different aperture settings of which these 34 images were captured. So again, I have a few different settings here. Now, if ever I remove one of the filter options, for example, I look at All File Types, you will notice that all of this information is updated, as well.
So again, all the criteria is based on what we selected in regards to our folder. Well, for that matter, let's go down to collection. If I click on collection, you can again see here that all of this information has been updated. So it's contingent upon our folder or collection that we have selected, and then also the different criteria that we have defined in this particular location. We can, of course, do is to add this information together, show me the images that were captured at f 1, 2 and then show me the photographs at that aperture which were also captured in this portrait orientation.
And this last field, Flash State, isn't very helpful, so I am going to go ahead and choose label. And it's going to pick up the labels that I have on these images. I will go ahead and say just show me the files with this red Label. Now, some of you may be thinking, okay, yeah! This is really is really interesting, but what if I want to add more information? What if I want to do some searches or filtering it's a little bit deeper. Well, all you need to do is to click on this far right icon and then add a column. And here we going to add a column, and I am going to choose a column of Metadata, and I am going to choose the option of Keyword.
Now, when I do this, it's going to show me the different keywords I have on these photographs. Let's remove some of our labels and our aspect ratio, and for that matter let's remove our aperture as well. So currently it's showing me all the different keywords that I have on all of these different files. One other problems with this I can't really read the full keyword here. Well, a lot of times what you will need to do in these scenarios is open up some more space regards to your interface. We are going to do this by way of a shortcut. What you do is you press the Tab key, and that will Show/Hide the panels on the right and left.
Now, here you can see that we can read all of this information. Press the Tab again. It will bring back our left and right-hand panels, although the Library Filtering options are little bit more compressed. All right! What about removing columns? Well that's really simple as well. Click on the icon in the far right and then simply choose Remove this Column, and that one is now gone. All right! Well another thing that we can actually do is we can actually combine our filters together. For example, I am going to go ahead and open up this Text field as well.
Now, if I just click on Text, it's going to remove my Metadata options. What I want to have open is both of these options. Well here's a great shortcut for doing that. On a Mac you hold down the Command key; on a PC you hold down the Ctrl key, and then you click on any of these different filtering options. Here you can see I have all of these visible. Again, if you want to remove one of these options, on a Mac hold down Command, on a PC hold down Ctrl, and then click on one of them. So we can do here say, you know what, show me all of the images that have this searchable field, any of them, with the name Shaun, and it's going to show me these different files. And then from there I say, you know what, I just want to see the once that are captured in this portrait orientation, and then from there I could go even further and dig into other criteria right? And the nice thing about this is let's say we want to see this name, this aspect ratio, and then the two star rating.
If you go ahead and hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on the PC ad click on one of these other filtering options, you can then choose that option. So now, I am filtering, or really kind of searching for criteria, in these three different areas: Text, Attribute and also Metadata. So one of things you are discovering is that this particular type of filtering is actually really quite powerful, yet sometimes what will happen is you may forget how to actually access this information.
If that ever happens, you can always find this here by navigating to your Library pulldown menu. Here you can see are different types of filtering. In particular we are focusing in on Filter by Metadata. We can enable or open or close that particular option by disabling it. That's the same thing as clicking on this here. The reason I show that is occasionally what happens is you may have this filtering closed and you may forget that Backslash shortcut. So how do I access that? In those cases, just navigate to the Library pulldown menu and then choose any of these filter options: Enable Filters, Filter by Preset in this case, Filter by Metadata, and I am going to Enable Metadata Filter that. It will then start that particular search.
Then if we want to pull up that particular panel, all that you need to do is navigate to your View pulldown menu and there choose Show Filter Bar. There is a little shortcut, and here you can see that it's enabling my metadata filtering, and now we obviously have a better visual in regards to how we can actually do this filtering because we can see our Library filter options right here.
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