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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.
One of the reasons why photographers have become so fond of Lightroom is because of the database catalog. And when you import your images into Lightroom, Lightroom keeps track of everything for you. You can then take advantage of this catalog in order to filter and find and locate and access your photographs. And you can do this on a number of different levels. For example, currently, I'm looking at this exercise_files folder. And in my case, this is describing all of the images that I have in this library. Well, let's say that what I want to do is I want to filter through all of these images.
And I want to find a few images based on some criteria. Well, what you can do is in the Library Module, you can press the Backslash key. That will then open up your Library Filters. You have a couple of different filters here. Let's take a look at Attribute. When you click on Attribute, here you can see that you have some options. For example, you can choose a Star Rating. Let's say that what I really want to do is see all of the images with a two star rating. I can also choose, if I want, equal to two stars or a less than or a greater than and equal to that rating.
So in this case, it's 2 stars or greater. And let's add another criteria here. How about with a red label? So now I can see all of those images with those particular criteria. Well, I can also do this on a smaller scale. I could go into a particular folder. Let's say we go into a folder, like frs. Now in this particular folder, I'm going to turn off my star and my label rating. Currently, I only have an image with three stars. But in this folder, I could say, show me the images that have a one star or greater rating, and it's going to just show me that file.
Another way that we can filter our photographs is by the way of collections. So we could select a collection and then again here say, hey! Show me the images with two stars or greater, and then show me those same images that also have a red label. In that case we can then select one of them and see that yes, it has a 4 Star Rating, a Red label. We can also see that in the toolbar down below. So whether you're in the Loupe View, which you access by pressing the E key, or in the Grid View, which you access by pressing the G key, you can filter and view your images in this way.
Now there are a couple of more introductory things that I need to say here. The other way that we can access this is by going to some of the other modules. Here I am inside of the Develop module, yet you will notice that I'm still filtering this particular collection, Athletes, based on some criteria. You can see the criteria here, two star with a red label. Well, to turn off the red label, simply click on the icon there. Well, let's say that we want to turn off the filtering altogether. Well, there is a great shortcut.
It's one of the shortcuts you got to write down. On a Mac, it's Command+L; on a PC, it's Ctrl+L. Think of L for Library Filter, and that will toggle that on and off. You can also flip this switch here, if you forget that shortcut. Let me go back to the Library module, so that we can see this a little bit more clearly. Again, I'm going to press Command +L on the Mac, Ctrl+L on the PC. And then I'll press that again. And you can see that that's turning that filter on and off. Another way that you can do that is by clicking on this contextual menu here.
And you can turn the filtering off, as well. So I'll go ahead and turn it back on with the shortcut: Command+L on a Mac, Ctrl+L on a PC. And then I can click on this menu and choose Filters Off that way, as well. So there are a couple of different techniques that you can use, although I really encourage, you in this case, to learn the shortcut, in particular that Command+L or Ctrl+ L shortcut, because it's one of those shortcuts that you're going to use all the time.
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