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Sorting photos

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Sorting photos

When it comes to rating, ranking, filtering, and finding your photographs, another feature which may come in handy allows you to sort your pictures in some unique ways. In this particular folder of images I have images which are rated or ranked differently. And what I want to do is be able to sort these images so that I can start to sort them, so that the better photographs are near the top. So here, let's go ahead and tap the J key. When you tap the J key, what it will allow you to do is to change your view here. We now have the expanded view, in this case I have these options which show me the star rating.

Sorting photos

When it comes to rating, ranking, filtering, and finding your photographs, another feature which may come in handy allows you to sort your pictures in some unique ways. In this particular folder of images I have images which are rated or ranked differently. And what I want to do is be able to sort these images so that I can start to sort them, so that the better photographs are near the top. So here, let's go ahead and tap the J key. When you tap the J key, what it will allow you to do is to change your view here. We now have the expanded view, in this case I have these options which show me the star rating.

We have one photograph with the 4 star, another one with the 2, others with 3 star ratings. I want the higher star rated photographs to be near the top, to change this click on this menu item here in the toolbar. Now if your toolbar isn't visible, tap the T key, that allows you to show and hide that. Then click on this icon. And I want to choose the option for Sorting. In turning this on, you can Sort by a number of different criteria. You can Sort based Capture Time, by Edit Count, or you can also use some of the criteria which we've added like Rating. Here we'll go ahead and click Rating.

In doing that you can now see that the 4 star image is in position number 1, then we have the 3 star rated photographs, then 2 and then so on and so forth down the line. We can also flip flop this, if we want the 1 star images to be near the top, well you can just click on this icon here and that will then reverse that sorting function. You can see that the photographs with a higher star rating are now located near the bottom. And then the photographs with the lower star rating are near the top. And as you click on this menu, you can see you have a number of different criteria options.

You can always just choose File Name if you want to sort them that way as well. You can also access the Sorting feature by navigating to your View pull-down menu. If you go down to the Sort option here, you can see that you'll have the same criteria that we located there in the toolbar. And here I just wanted to highlight that you have two different ways that you can access the same exact tool. You can either navigate to View, Sort, and then choose the option. Or perhaps an even better way is to work with this feature here in the toolbar, which you can access by clicking on this menu item and then turning it on and off by clicking on the options here in this pull-down menu. And you want to turn that on and then select how you want to sort your images. In this case, we'll sort based on Rating, and then we'll go ahead and flip flop that so that the highest star rated photograph is in position number 1.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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