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Using the auto-advance feature

From: Getting Started with Lightroom 4

Video: Using the auto-advance feature

As you're using Pick Flags, Star Ratings, or Color Labels to help identify your favorite photos from a particular shoot, you'll obviously be navigating among those various photos. You might find it helpful to use an Auto Advance feature to help streamline that workflow. What that means is if you assign a Pick Flag, a Star Rating, or a Color Label to an image, you can automatically move to the next image. This is obviously only really helpful if you settle on a single approach using only the Pick Flags, only the Star Ratings, or only Color Labels to identify your images. If you mix and match among these obviously for one image, you might want to assign a Star Rating and a Color Label, for example. So, you wouldn't want to automatically advance for every single attribute that you assign.

Using the auto-advance feature

As you're using Pick Flags, Star Ratings, or Color Labels to help identify your favorite photos from a particular shoot, you'll obviously be navigating among those various photos. You might find it helpful to use an Auto Advance feature to help streamline that workflow. What that means is if you assign a Pick Flag, a Star Rating, or a Color Label to an image, you can automatically move to the next image. This is obviously only really helpful if you settle on a single approach using only the Pick Flags, only the Star Ratings, or only Color Labels to identify your images. If you mix and match among these obviously for one image, you might want to assign a Star Rating and a Color Label, for example. So, you wouldn't want to automatically advance for every single attribute that you assign.

There's actually two approaches you can take though which gives you a little bit more control over this Auto Advance feature. Let's assume, for example, that I want to use both Star Ratings and Color Labels to identify my images. If I decided that this image was worthy of a red color label and a 3-star rating, I would not want to automatically advance to the next image as soon as I assign a red color label. So, I can start by simply pressing the number 6 on the keyboard, in order to add the red color label to the image. Then instead of simply pressing the number 3 to assign 3 stars, I can hold the Shift key while pressing the number 3.

And that will both assign a 3-star rating and move to the next image. So, I can use that Shift key modifier in order to determine when I will automatically move to the next image once I've assigned an attribute. If I've decided that I only want to use one particular control, only Pick Flags or only Star Ratings or only Color Labels then I can actually just turn on an Auto Advance feature for every image. To do that, we can go to the Photo menu, and then choose Auto Advance. Now, if I assign a Star Rating, for example, I will automatically go to next image without the need to hold the Shift key.

So, this image perhaps I'll assign a 4-star rating so I'll simply press the number 4. And now, I'm automatically moved to the next image. I didn't need to hold the Shift key to accomplish that. This image might get a 2-star rating. This one perhaps gets a 3-star rating. And with each rating that I assign or a color label for that matter, I will automatically move to the next image. Using this Auto Advanced feature whether by adding the Shift key to your keyboard shortcuts or by turning on the option on the Photo menu can really help speed up that process of reviewing your photos and identifying your favorites.

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