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Discover what's new in Photoshop Lightroom 5, the popular photo management, enhancement, and publishing program from Adobe. Get a sneak peek at Upright, for automatic perspective correction, and Smart Previews, for viewing large RAW images more quickly at a smaller file size, even when they are disconnected from your main catalog. Author Chris Orwig also reviews the extra flexible and precise healing and retouching tools, new Radial filter, video slideshows, and new features for expediting your workflow.
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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