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Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos

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

Video: Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos

In this movie we'll build upon what we already know about working with flags, stars, and color labels. And in particular, we'll begin by taking a look at the Lightroom interface, where we can navigate to in order to look up the shortcuts for flags, stars, and labels in case we forget those. Next we'll take a few minutes and we'll talk about how we can use auto advance in order to speed up the way that we rate or rank or photographs. Because the reality of it is that often we're going to need to work on a high volume of photographs. And we may need to work quickly. Alright, well let's begin by taking a look at the Lightroom interface by going to the Photo pull down menu. And here what you can do is you can look up shortcuts for working with flags, ratings, or color labels by navigating to this area. If you forget the shortcut, say for color labels, well just go to that menu item. And here you can see you can click on the menu item to add a color label. Yet, more importantly, you can also look up the shortcut key for working with those labels if you ever forget those shortcuts.

Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos

In this movie we'll build upon what we already know about working with flags, stars, and color labels. And in particular, we'll begin by taking a look at the Lightroom interface, where we can navigate to in order to look up the shortcuts for flags, stars, and labels in case we forget those. Next we'll take a few minutes and we'll talk about how we can use auto advance in order to speed up the way that we rate or rank or photographs. Because the reality of it is that often we're going to need to work on a high volume of photographs. And we may need to work quickly. Alright, well let's begin by taking a look at the Lightroom interface by going to the Photo pull down menu. And here what you can do is you can look up shortcuts for working with flags, ratings, or color labels by navigating to this area. If you forget the shortcut, say for color labels, well just go to that menu item. And here you can see you can click on the menu item to add a color label. Yet, more importantly, you can also look up the shortcut key for working with those labels if you ever forget those shortcuts.

We can do the same thing with rating. You can see the shortcuts over here for star rating and also our shortcuts for working with flags. All right. Well after having reviewed where we can find those shortcut keys, next I want to talk about another feature which is called auto advance. Here I'm going to highlight three different ways that we can work with auto advance, beginning with selecting this menu item here. So go to the Photo pull-down menu. Then click on Auto Advance. When you click on that menu item, at first it won't seem like anything happened at all.

And it won't until you add a flag or star or a color label rating. In this case, this image is just okay. So I'm going to give it a one-star rating. In doing that, you can either click in the toolbar or tap the one key. This will add the one star rating to this image and automatically advance to the next. Take a look at how this works. Here I'll tap the one key, it adds that star rating and then jumps forward. This one I like a little bit better, so I'll add a two star rating, it will add the rating to the picture and then again automatically advance. And in this way, it can allow you to work through a high volume of photographs really quickly.

Now you can always go back to those pictures and you can change the rating. Yet know that as you change the rating, it will continue to auto advance. So here, when I press the three star, by clicking on this icon here, it moves forward to the next image. If ever you want it to linger, or to stay on the photograph. What you need to do is to navigate to the Photo pull down menu here. And then select Auto Advance in order to disable or to turn off this particular mode. So here, we'll click on this menu item. Now, I'll change the star rating.

And you can see that, as we change it, it's still staying on this picture. Sometimes, you'll want to slow things down, and just focus in on one image. Because you might not be exactly that sure about the rating for that picture. This also works, of course, with flags or color labels. Now there are a few other techniques that you can use to enter into, and to exit auto advance. Let me show you those as well. They involve using a few shortcut keys. If you tap the caps lock key in order to turn on caps lock and then if you add a flag, a star or a label, it will automatically advance. Here, I'll tap the three key.

Notice how it automatically moves forward. I like this picture. This is three stars as well, so I tap the three key. This one, not so much, so I'll press the one key. Now, if ever you want to exit out of this, we'll just press the caps lock key to turn that off, and now when I add a star rating, for example this one I'll give two star ratings, just because it's okay, you can see that I can linger on this photograph. Next, I'll move to the next image, simply by using the arrow keys. Here, I'll press the arrow keys to move forward. And I'll give this one two stars as well. So the caps lock key allows us to enter into, and to exit out of auto advance. Alright.

Well, there's one more shortcut for you. So stick with me. And this is the one that I use most frequently. Another way to use auto advance is to temporarily hold the Shift key. And then to press a shortcut to add a flag, a star, or a label. For example, with this image, I think it's okay. So I'll press Shift and then 2. Notice how it automatically advances to the next photograph. This one, I'll press Shift+3, and it moves forward. Well, with this photograph, I'm not sure. So I'm letting go of the Shift key. And I'll add two stars by tapping the two key.

And actually after having lingered for a moment. I realized this picture's actually kind of cool, I like it. So, I'll give it three stars, so here I'll press the three key. And so in this way you can take advantage of really turning auto advance on and off temporarily. By adding the Shift key to those short cuts that we learned. In other words, pressing the Shift key then using the short cuts for the flags, the stars or the labels in order to temporarily enter into auto advance. Alright, well there you have it. A number of different ways that you can access and start to take advantage of auto advance in order to speed up your workflow, as you start to rate and rank your photographs.

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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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