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Improvements with Smart Collections and Smart Filters

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Here I want to highlight a few new improvements in Lightroom when it comes to working with Smart Collections and also, filtering. Let's start off with Smart Collections. In order to do that, I've gone back to a previous version of Lightroom and here, I want to highlight one of the things that we'll find when it comes to Smart Collections. In both versions, to create a Smart Collection, you go to the Collections panel, click on the plus (+) icon and then choose Create Smart Collection. This will open up our create Smart Collection dialog. A Smart Collection, it allows us to group images together based on certain criteria.

Improvements with Smart Collections and Smart Filters

Here I want to highlight a few new improvements in Lightroom when it comes to working with Smart Collections and also, filtering. Let's start off with Smart Collections. In order to do that, I've gone back to a previous version of Lightroom and here, I want to highlight one of the things that we'll find when it comes to Smart Collections. In both versions, to create a Smart Collection, you go to the Collections panel, click on the plus (+) icon and then choose Create Smart Collection. This will open up our create Smart Collection dialog. A Smart Collection, it allows us to group images together based on certain criteria.

We can define that here. If you click on this pulldown menu, you see that you have a number of different options. It is pretty difficult to find the right option. This has been improved in the latest version of Lightroom. So let me show you that improvement. If we go to the most recent version of Lightroom and navigate to our Collections panel then click on the plus (+) icon, here we can choose Create Smart Collection. Again, the dialog looks the same yet the difference is when we click on this option here. Notice how much more compact this dialog is.

Also, here you're going to encounter some new criteria that you can use for Smart Collections. For example, here we could choose if it has a Smart Preview or not. Also, we'll encounter some of the criteria that we've seen previously. We'll just notice that these are a bit more tucked away, so that we can then find them in this area here. We'll also encounter other new criteria as well. For example, we could sort by size and you see the options that we have there. We also have some options in regards to bit depth, color mode or color profile.

Again, this will just make Smart Collections that much more functional and help us to be more efficient when we're seeking to sort and view certain types of files. All right, next I want to highlight Filters. If you go up to your Library Filter bar, which you can open or close by pressing the Backslash key (\), one of the things that you can do is you can sort based on metadata. If you click into any of these columns, you can change the type of metadata that you're going to sort for. Again here, you'll encounter some improvements. For example, you can now sort based on whether or not the image has a Smart Preview or not.

All right, there are a couple of improvements, which will help you to be more efficient when it comes to working with Smart Collections and also Filters.

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Lightroom 5 New Features

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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 9m 28s
    1. Using the aspect-ratio crop overlay
      3m 25s
    2. Viewing your work in true full screen
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing the grid and guide overlays
      2m 36s
  3. 15m 55s
    1. Automatically leveling your photographs with Upright
      3m 47s
    2. Fixing perspective with Upright
      5m 43s
    3. Achieving great results in difficult situations using Upright
      6m 25s
  4. 17m 37s
    1. Applying more flexible and precise retouching
      4m 35s
    2. Removing large distractions
      3m 39s
    3. Making linear and free-form corrections
      5m 0s
    4. Spot Healing tips and shortcuts
      4m 23s
  5. 15m 52s
    1. Introducing the Radial filter
      5m 43s
    2. Radial filter tips
      4m 29s
    3. Using the Radial filter in your workflow
      5m 40s
  6. 23m 23s
    1. What is a Smart Preview?
      6m 36s
    2. The advantage of Smart Previews
      2m 48s
    3. How to generate Smart Previews
      5m 14s
    4. Filtering for Smart Previews
      3m 48s
    5. A real-world scenario with Smart Previews
      4m 57s
  7. 8m 11s
    1. Adding text with ease
      1m 51s
    2. Including page numbers
      1m 37s
    3. Identifying favorite page layouts
      1m 29s
    4. Creating custom page templates
      3m 14s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Building a slideshow with still images and video files
      4m 48s
    2. Playing slideshows with still images, video, and a soundtrack
      4m 14s
  9. 24m 39s
    1. A better way to import photographs
      3m 3s
    2. Using targeted collections with increased speed
      3m 38s
    3. Improvements with Smart Collections and Smart Filters
      2m 24s
    4. Adding direction metadata
      1m 20s
    5. Collection consistency
      54s
    6. Dragging photos to saved Map locations
      50s
    7. Importing and working with PNG files in Lightroom
      4m 22s
    8. Tethered capture shortcuts
      3m 59s
    9. Validating DNGs
      3m 12s
    10. Viewing LAB color values in the histogram
      57s
  10. 16m 29s
    1. Improved Spot Removal with feather control
      7m 38s
    2. Spot Removal autoselection
      5m 29s
    3. Better color noise reduction with smoothing
      3m 22s
  11. 5m 50s
    1. Lightroom for mobile
      5m 50s

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