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Lightroom has lots of features that you can use to review and rank your photos in the Library module. There are star ratings and flags, color labels, and a couple of views that we haven't taken a look at yet, Survey view and Compare view. In this movie, we'll take a look at all those features and I'll suggest a workflow that you could use as you review your own photos. So, when I first import new photos from a shoot, I start here in the Grid view of the Library module. And I just browse through the thumbnails to see what I have. Then I go into Loop view pressing E on my keyboard so that I can make my first pass through these photos looking at a larger view of each.
I'm going to dismiss the panels by pressing Shift+Tab. So that I can see the photos larger and I'm going to open my film strip by going to the bottom of Loop view and clicking the bar there. I also have my toolbar open if your Tool bar isn't open you can press T on your keyboard. Before I get started reviewing it and ranking these photos, I would like to have access to not only a star ranking system but also to color labels and to flags. So, I'm going to go to the right side of the toolbar. And from there, I'm going to choose Flagging, and I'll choose Color Label.
And that adds these icons to my toolbar. On my first pass through my photos in Loop view, I use a simple ranking system. I give the best ones pick flags. If there are some that I really don't care for at all I'll give those reject flags, and the rest I won't flag at all. So, let's say I really like this photo, and I want to give it a pick flag. There are two ways to do that. I can either click the Pick Flag icon here on the toolbar, or I'm more likely to press the keyboard shortcut, P on my keyboard. If I change my mind about that, and I want to take that flag away, I can press U on my keyboard. I'll go ahead and reapply that flag, pressing P, and then I'll move to the next photo using the arrow keys on my keyboard, or I could click on its thumbnail down here in the filmstrip.
Now this is a photo that really doesn't work. It was taken in the pouring rain, and the lighting and the focus just aren't right. So, I'd like to mark this as a reject. To do that, I can either click the black flag on the toolbar, or press the X on my keyboard. And that marks that photo with a black flag here in the film strip, and you can see that the photo is grayed out. After I've finished reviewing all my photo's, I'll have the option to go up to the Photo menu and choose to delete those I've marked as rejected photos. And I can choose either to just remove those photos from my catalog, or delete them altogether from my hard drive.
To save space. I'm just going to cancel out of here for now and go back to the reviewing process. I'll press the right arrow key on my keyboard again, and now here's a photo that's not terrible, but it's not great either. I'm going to leave it with no flag at all. The same is true of this photo, and now I get to a photo that starts a series of photos of the same subject. I'll use this opportunity to show you Survey view. So, I'm going to click on the third photo of the same subject. So, all three of these are selected in the film strip. And then I'm going to go into Survey view, by Shift+clicking this icon in the toolbar, or pressing N on my keyboard.
In Survey view, I can see a larger version of all the photos I've selected. So, I can more easily compare them. Right away, I can see that the first of these photos has composition problems, so I'm going to take it out of this comparison by hovering over it and clicking the big X. And that leaves me with just the two remaining photos. Of these, I prefer the photo on the left, so I'll give that one a pic flag. Notice that this photo is selected now it has a white border around it. So, when I press the P key that adds a pick flag to this photo.
And now I'll go back to Loop view by pressing E on the keyboard. Now I really like this photo and I think I want to mark it as a special photo by adding five stars to it. Some people use a more complex star rating system, ranking photos with one star, other photos with two stars and so forth. I like to keep things simple, so I just use five stars. And I only use five stars when there's a photo I really like. I'll click the fifth star here in the toolbar, or to add five stars, I'm more likely to use the keyboard shortcut. The number fove on my keyboard.
And if I wanted to add one star, I would press one. If I wanted no stars, I would press 0, and so forth. Now I'm going to go down to my film strip. I have two thumbnails selected after I've finished up with survey view, and if I were to use the arrows keys on my keyboard to move, that will just move me between them. So, I have to click on the next photo in the filmstrip to get to it. This photo, I'll give no flags, so I'll move on to the next photo, clicking the right arrow. Now let's say that I want to compare these last four photos one to the other. I could use the survey view I just showed you.
Or I could use Compare view. Let's take a look at Compare view by Shift+clicking to select all four of the last photos in the filmstrip, and then going to the toolbar and clicking this icon, or pressing C on the keyboard. Here in Compare view, the first photo that I've selected in the film strip occupies the select position. The next photo occupies the candidate position. I'll compare these two to each other. And let's say that I like the photo on the right better than the photo on the left, I want to promote it from candidate to select. To do that, I'll go down to this icon in the toolbar, the XY icon with the left-facing arrow, and I'll click to promote this photo to the Select. And that puts the next photo in the filmstrip in the candidate position. I'll compare these two, and this time I prefer the photo on the left over the photo on the right.
So, I'm just going to press the right facing arrow again to put the next photo in the film strip into the candidate position. Of these two photos, let's say I like the one on the right better than the one on the left. Again, I'll press the make select button. And, I like this photo the best, so I'm going to give it a pick flag, pressing P on my keyboard. In fact, I like it so much, I want to give it five stars too. I can give it five stars right here in Compare mode, or go back to the Loop view mode to do that. But I may as well do it here, by pressing the fifth dot underneath this photo.
And I'll press the E key on my keyboard to go back to Loop view. Now you'll notice that I haven't yet used my color labels. I'd like to use those for another purpose. To mark photos for something special. For example, some times I'll have multiple bracketed photos of the same scene and I want to combine those as a HDR photo. I might mark all of those with the same color label. Or sometimes I'll take multiple photos that I want to put together in a panorama. I might mark those in the same way. Or maybe I know that I want to print a photo at a certain size. Whatever my reason, sometimes I'll select one or more photos and then add a color label.
I can add a color label by clicking the icons here on the toolbar. Or I can use keyboard shortcuts. Six, seven, eight, or nine will add these first four color labels respectively. So now let's say I'm finished reviewing my photos and I want to go back to Grid view, I'll press G on my keyboard. Here in Grid view you can see the stars, the flags, and the color labels that I applied to these photos. And by the way alternatively, I could have applied any of those features here in grid view too. At this point I would probably use filters to narrow down the photos showing in Grid view to just those that have stars and pic flags.
Later in the course I'll show you the attribute filters in the Filter bar. But there is another way that you can quickly access your attribute filters, and that is from down here at the top of the film strip. So, if I click this filter label here, that displays these icons that I can use to filter the photos in the Preview window by flags, stars and color labels. So, if I want to see just the photos to which I added the reject flag, I'll click this black flag icon. If I want to add to that, the photos to which I added the pick flag I'll click the pick flag icon.
And these are toggles, so I'll toggle those off. And now lets say I want to see just the photos that got no flags. I'll click this icon. And I'll toggle that off. If I want to see the photos with five stars, I'll click the fifth star. And that will show me photos that are equal to or greater than five stars. And I can change that property too, by clicking this icon. And choosing perhaps rating is equal to, if I prefer that. And then I'll toggle off my five stars by clicking the fifth star. And finally, I can narrow things down to just the photos with color labels by clicking color label icons here in this bar.
And I'll toggle that off too. So, that's a look at the various ranking and reviewing features in Lightroom's library. Of course, you don't have to use all of these features on your own photos and you can set up your own star ranking system and flag ranking system. But this will give you an idea of how you might use these features as you're reviewing and ranking your own photos.
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