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Filtering by type and metadata

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

Video: Filtering by type and metadata

While we're on the topic of library filtering, it'll be helpful to talk a little bit about filtering based on text or metadata. Now this is pretty straightforward, which is great. Here's what you can do. If you want to filter based on text, you can simply click on this Text button here and this will open up this field. Now we can search by text based on a file name perhaps or we have a number of other options; Title, Captions, Keywords, Metadata, so on and so forth. Let's change this to say Any Searchable Field.

Filtering by type and metadata

While we're on the topic of library filtering, it'll be helpful to talk a little bit about filtering based on text or metadata. Now this is pretty straightforward, which is great. Here's what you can do. If you want to filter based on text, you can simply click on this Text button here and this will open up this field. Now we can search by text based on a file name perhaps or we have a number of other options; Title, Captions, Keywords, Metadata, so on and so forth. Let's change this to say Any Searchable Field.

What I can do is I can then type something up. I want to find photos that have the word Jeff associated with it, and here are nine pictures out of this whole set. In this case, these files are all named jeff, you can see jeff-1, jeff-2, jeff-3, or jeff-4, or maybe you want to find photos that are just in a travel folder. Here I'll go ahead and type that out. You can see it's opening up all of those images that are in that particular folder or have that word associated with them. What's great about this is we can search for specific or really general terms.

For example, if I change this to Filename and search for travel, well, I don't have anything at all. So sometimes it's helpful to search for specifics, filename, or perhaps more global search, Any Searchable Field. The last thing I want to point out here is that I am going to go ahead and take this off and close this window and it's that we can access this menu by way of a handy little shortcut. This is a shortcut you probably want to remember because it's just kind of one of those standard essential shortcuts. On a Mac, you press, Command+F; on Windows, that's Ctrl+F. Think of F as in Find, because this is kind of like a Find search and that opens up that field and you can start searching.

Let's close that and move over to Metadata. Now Metadata is fascinating. What this allows us to do is to search by a whole range of different types of criteria. In other words, let's say I want to see the Photoshop documents I have in this set of folders. Well, there they are. I can go ahead and go back to all file types, or I can look at images based on lenses. Let's say, I want to see photographs that were captured with this particular 135 millimeter lens. Well, there you have it. All of those photographs are there.

And as I change each of these fields, you notice that the other fields change as well. So the images that were captured with this lens, I have photographs that were captured with different ISO ratings and we could select those and see which images those were. Now as we make our way through this, you can also make changes here. Over here on the right, it says show us the photos that are based on labels, Red labels, or we could go to say Keywords and we could look at different keywords that we have associated with these images. We could then click on one of those keywords and it will show us those images that have that exact keyword.

So as you can see, the Metadata filtering is actually quite powerful and really customizable. We can change these different fields and we can combine these together in order to come up with some great options. The last thing I want to point out here is you may notice this really faint little icon on the right. If you click on that, you can actually add columns, so you can add columns and have more information here. So in this case, I could have something different perhaps like the camera that was used in order to capture a photograph or any of those other options.

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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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