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In part two of Chris Orwig's Lightroom Essentials, you'll learn how to add important metadata to your images that will help you find and filter your library, process images and video, and export, email, and share photos—all from within the powerful Library module in Adobe Lightroom. First you'll learn how to flag, rate, and rank your photos and use the information to find images that match those criteria. Then tag them with locations and add keywords and identifying information that clearly distinguish the subject and your copyright. Chris also shows you how to make image adjustments with Quick Develop, and play, trim, and edit video. Lastly, find out how to export your photographs to a hard drive, email them to friends and clients, and upload them to sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook.
In this movie we'll be doing two different things. We'll begin by taking a look at how we can rate and rank our photographs here in the grid view of the library module. We'll also explore how we can take advantage of those shortcuts which we've learned, when we're viewing our images in full screen mode. Well, let's begin with this grid view here in the library module. Make sure you press the g key in order to access the grid view. Now you'll notice here that my thumbnails are pretty minimal. You remember how you can change what surrounds the thumbnails? Well you press or tap the j key.
When you do that you can then toggle through these different views. What I want you to do is to press it until you see an expanded view. Here we see more information surrounding this little thumbnail. Next, I'm going to increase the thumbnail size so we can really focus in on this. I'll go ahead and increase that, then scroll down to that area so that we can actually see the thumbnail there. Next, let's navigate down to the View pull down menu. We you go to the View pull down menu, we can choose View Options. When you click on that menu item, it will open up a dialog which we can then use to customize this particular view of these thumbnails.
So again, navigate to View. Click on View Options. When you click on that, you have this menu, go ahead and position it so you can focus in on the thumbnail that you're working on. This way we can kind of see how this one will look. Well here you can currently see that we can show the grid extras. We're viewing this in the expanded cells. We can also change it to compact by clicking on this option here. But what I want to see is expanded. Now we can choose an option which allows us to show, a rating in the footer, if we click on this criteria here. We can also include a color label.
If I drag this to the left we'll see if we have an image, with a color label. This one over here has, a red label. You can also decide to tint the entire cell with that color label, so we can see the red in the background up here and also down below. Let's go ahead and close this dialog and take a look at how we can start to work with this. Well you'll notice that we have this photograph right here in the small grid thumbnail. We can also change this by clicking on this little icon right here. Which allows us to change the star rating. This is just a handy way to be able to customize that, although the technique that I prefer to use is to simply tap a number key between zero and five. Here I'll tap the three key in order to add that three star rating. Now, what about if we're in full screen mode? To access full screen mode, press the f key.
Now that we're in full screen mode, we can also rate and rank our photographs, as long as we know those shortcuts. So if we press the P key, we can add a flag. See it down there in the lower left hand corner? Press the u key and you can remove the flag. That will then fade or dissolve away, you can see there. If we want to add a colored label, tap the 6 key, that will allow you to add that red label, or you can press the 7 key for yellow label, or whatever it is. You can also change the star rating. Here I'll press the four key in order to add a four star rating. And the reason why that fades or dissolves away is because in full screen mode, Lightroom kind of assumes that you really want to focus in on the image. You don't want to see all of that other stuff.
So in this case it allows us to still work with this criteria. Or still rate and rank our photographs. Yet we don't really focus in on that, we focus in on the pictures, and that is a phenomenal thing to do, and that's one of the reasons why you really want to learn those shortcuts. Well, when you're done with full screen mode press the f key, that will bring you back to this view and often what you'll do is you'll navigate back to this view and maybe after having turned on this expanded view, where you can see all this information. You may want to get rid of that. Because, sometimes, it's just too cluttered.
At least for me. So, tap the j key. That will allow you to go back to the compact cells view, where it's much more minimal. If ever you want to customize either of those views. Again, you navigate to the View pull down menu. Choose View Options, and then you can click on any of these criteria. I'm going to turn off the tinting. Because I prefer to have that off. I just like to view and access the color label here. Rather than having another color in the interface. Because I find it kind of interferes with the way I evaluate or review the photograph.
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