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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.
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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