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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.
Sometimes metadata can kind of seem static. What I want to do here is talk about how we can add some metadata which can really be dynamic. We can add it to these fields which can actually have little trigger buttons which can trigger different types of actions. Well, in order to do this, let's take a look at how we can add some of this data. Well, currently I am on this photograph here in the Library module. My Metadata panel, it's in the Default view. I am going to add a red label to this. You'll notice that I now have this Label field here and I have an arrow next to it.
Now this icon is actually really quite powerful. Let me click on another image and add another red label to this photograph. Well, if I go to the grid view by pressing the G key, I have all of these thumbnails visible, only two with a red label. Well, if I click on this icon, what it will do is it will sort my library based on all of those photographs that have this particular filter. In other words, this little button, it acts as a trigger which triggered that type of a search. Now I can turn this filtering off, I can get out of this filtering and I can do so simply by pressing Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo that active search.
Now what else can I do with this? Well, if we go to a pulldown menu, say, like IPTC, we can scroll down to this Creator field. And in this Creator field, you'll definitely want to add your information. You also want to add your e-mail address, and then your website. You want to add the full URL for your website address as you can see here. Well, you'll notice that these fields next to them have a similar arrow. Now we can use these arrows either to filter, like I just did, hey, show me the images that have this particular quality, a red label, or this file name or dimensions or whatever it is.
You'll notice these arrows next to a lot of different fields. But here what it does, if I click this, it would actually open up my e-mail program to start to send an e-mail to this person, or if I click on this Website one, it's going to go to that URL, it's going to take me to this particular website. Now the advantage of doing this is you can then get to that website, you can see the content for whoever created that picture. So again, you want to think about these fields as active fields. All right! Well, one last thing with metadata that I want to point out and this is just kind of a little bonus.
Let's say we're working on captions, we talked about that before. And so we type out a caption and let's say we add to the caption, say something like this, "A young man stands on the old train bridge wearing--and I'd spell it wrong though--weering a hat." Now what you can do is you can have this field active, whatever field you're adding to for the metadata, and then navigate to your Edit pulldown menu and choose Spelling. You want to choose Show Spelling and Grammar. This will then pull up the problem. I typed out this word incorrectly, I misspelled this or there's a typo.
Well, here I can go ahead and click the Correction and then I'll choose Change and then it will update that bit of metadata there for me. So again, this is a little bit of a bonus, but as you can see, it can be really helpful, especially because metadata, you want to have it good, you want to have it right, because people are going to be reading it, and if you have something which is grammatically wrong or there's a spelling error, it just doesn't look professional. So this little extra added feature here helps us get all of those words correct and helps us make our metadata even better.
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