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Lightroom's library module has powerful search features that you can use to find just the photos you're looking for. That's particularly true if you've added keywords to your photos. But there are lots of other properties you can search on too. I happen to be working here with some photos to which I've already added keywords. Let's add a couple more keywords. I'm going to select this photo and the one next to it, and then I'm going to go to my keyword list and click the Plus symbol. I'll type the new keyword, Italy, and I'll make sure that Add to Selected Photos is checked and click Create so that my new Italy keyword is automatically added to the two selected photos.
I'll leave those photos selected, and I'm going to add another key word to them. I happen to have the key word fountain already in my key word list, I've already applied that to two other photos. To apply it to these two photos, I'll click the checkbox to the left of the word fountain in the key word list. Now, I'd like to have just the second folder selected here. So, I'm going to hold down the Cmd key or the Ctrl key on the PC and click right inside the image thumbnail of the first photo. Not on the frame, but on the image thumbnail and that will remove that photo from my selection. So, now I have just the second photo selected, I want to do one more thing to it, I want to add a Pick flag to it, so I'll press P on my keyboard. And now you can see the little Pick flag icon here. If you can't see that, just use the J key to cycle to the view that shows you the Pick flags.
Now, I'm going to deselect again, Cmd+D or Ctrl+D on the PC. And let's say that in the future, I'm working with all my photographs. I'll click all photographs in the Catalog panel. And I decide that I need to see just the photos to which I've added the keyword fountain. Now, there are several places I can go to search by keywords. One of those places is the Library filter. This gray bar that's open at the top of my previews. If your library filter isn't open, you can open it by going to the View menu and choosing Show Filter Bar, or pressing the back slash key on your keyboard, which is near the P key. We'll take a look at the filters in the Library filter in just a moment. But, first I want to show the very simplest way by searching by keyword, if you need to search by just one keyword.
You can come down to the keyword list, find that keyword like the fountain keyword hover over it to bring up an arrow on the far right of that keyword. And then click that arrow and that will display just the photos that have that keyword that are in the selected source whether that's a folder or in this case all photographs in the catalog. And it also drops down the metadata filters. We'll be taking a closer look at metadata filters in just a moment. For now, I'm going to deselect, because I see one of these photos is selected, by pressing Cmd+D or Ctrl+D. And, I'm going to clear this search by clicking None, which temporarily disables my filters.
Now let's say I want to do a more complex keyword search. I want to search by multiple keywords. For example, I'd like to see just the fountains in Italy. Now, I could do that in my metadata filters, but I thin a simpler way is to use the text filter, so I'll click text here on the Library filter bar. And that drops down this grey text bar. I can use the text filters to search by any text that's in the metadata of my photos. So, if I click this first menu, you can see that that might be File name, Copy name, Title, Caption, or Keywords. Or I could search by any searchable text field.
I'll come down here, and choose to search just by keywords. I'm going to search by more than one keyword, and I want photos to come up that meet both those keyword criteria, so I'm going to leave the second menu set to contain all. And then I'll type my keywords here in the third field. I'll type fountain, and right away you can see all the photos that have the founding keyword. And then, I'll skip a space and type another keyword, Italy. And that narrows down the results. You don't have to type commas between these two words. By the way, if I had set this menu in the middle to contain rather than contain all, it would be like doing an or search.
Telling Lightroom 2, show me photos that contain the keyword fountain or the keyword Italy. But when I put this at contains all, then I'm asking for an and search. In other words, photos that contain the keywords fountain and Italy. I could narrow these search results even further by combining them with another kind of search, an attribute search. I'll click the Attribute tab here in the Library Filter bar, and that opens a second filter bar containing the attribute filters. These filters are similar to the filter that we saw earlier at the top of the filter bar. Here you can filter photos by their flag rating, by their star rating, by their color labels and or by their status.
So here for example, you could filter down to video files, or virtual copies, which we'll talk about later. So, what I want to do is narrow down my search results to those photos that are of fountains in Italy and that have a Pick flag. So, here I'll click on the first flag, the white flag, and that gives me just the result I was looking for. If I click that flag again, that toggles that Pick flag attribute filter off. By the way, if I had opened my attribute filters without having a search result in view, then I would just see one bar here, just the Attribute filters.
I'm going to close both of these bars by clicking Attribute. And before I close my text filter, I'm going to clear this search by clicking the x on the third field, and then, I'll click text to close that bar. Now there's one more category of filter in the library filter bar and that is metadata filters. The metadata filters are the powerful ways to search by multiple keywords and lots of other properties too. We'll take a look at metadata filters next.
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