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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Another way that we can organize our files is by sorting, and here we're going to take a look at how we can do that. For starters, you'll need to have the toolbar visible. Remember the T key hides or shows that. Press it so that that is visible. Next, click on the button to open the options for the toolbar. We want to turn off let's say Painter, just to open up a little space here, and then turn on Sorting. Here you can see we have some Sort options. In order to see how this works, I'm going to make my thumbnails a little bit smaller here so that we can see most of them at one glance.
Now currently they're been sorted by Capture Time. I can also change this. Let's say by File Name. So now, what we'll see up at the top is this is beach_family_01. Down at the bottom, beach_family_23. So we can reverse this order. You do that simply by clicking this button here. So now it's starting in reverse order, 23, 22, 21, and so on and so forth. We can sort by other criteria as well. If we click on this menu, you'll notice you can sort by Capture Time, Edit Time, Rating, Pick, Label, Label Color, Extension, Aspect Ratio, and so on and so forth.
Let's try Aspect Ratio for an instance. Here we can see all of the vertical orientation pictures first, and then we have the landscape or horizontal orientation pictures here or aspect ratio. So again, these different types of criteria can really help us find or organize these images in some interesting ways. Now let's say that we forget about how to find the Sort feature here. Where else can we access this information? We could also go to the View pulldown menu, and in that menu you'll notice there is an option for Sort.
Here is the same exact menu, as we saw below in the Toolbar. And again I just want to highlight this, in case you misplaced that or forget where that is, and also to point out that there are two ways to access the Sorting options in the Library module.
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