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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
All right, well, let's take a look at how we can start to use flags, stars, and labels. I want to start off with stars here. I am on my first image in the set. I'll go ahead and give this one a one -star rating by pressing the 1 key. Then what I am going to do is press the right arrow key in order to move forward in the photographs. And when I get to these three photos, I notice that they are very similar, yet different. So I'll press the back arrow key to go back and forth between these photographs until I find the one that I like, and I'll press 2 to add a two-star rating.
Now sometimes you'll find that you'll click pretty quickly with this right arrow key as you move through these photographs and give them some star ratings. All right, well, as I move forward through these photographs, one of the things that you are noticing is I am pressing the right arrow key, and then I am giving this a star rating. Now, a lot of times I give it a star rating and then I advance to the next image. Well, in this particular case, as I move to this photograph, I realize that this one is good, but it's not great, and I think I don't even want to keep this image. It's not a keeper at all.
So what I am going to do here is I am going to take advantage of using a certain flag setting which is called Reject. It's the X key, which allows you to apply that as a shortcut. Well, now that this one has been rejected, you'll notice that it's a little bit grayed out. And the nice thing about using this flag is it allows us, or gives us the ability, to delete this particular photograph really quickly. All right, well, I am going to keep moving forward, but keep in mind that we'll jump back to that Reject in a moment. All right, well, one-star rating here and again, I am moving forward.
One of the ways that I might want to speed up my workflow is by using this shortcut. If you press the Caps Lock key, what that will do is turn on Auto Advance, whether I am using flags, stars, or labels. So now if I press the 1 key, it adds a one- star rating and advances to the next image. Well, this next image, I don't want any star rating so I press 0, and it does nothing, or applies a 0 rating, and moves to the next image where I can add a 1 or so on and so forth. Here you get the just, right? It gives me ability to have these different criteria.
All right, well, what about labels? Well, there are times, let's say, when you really like a particular photograph, and you say that this image maybe is something for your portfolio. Let's go back to this two-star image here. Well, in this case, let's say that I have defined this particular image as one that perhaps I want to use in portfolio, online or post on a blog or something. I've decided that the red label is my label for marking those images as a certain type of a keeper, whether to post on a blog or portfolio or whatever the criteria is; it doesn't matter.
Well, in that case, I am going to press the 6 key, and that will add that label and move forward. Now, if you don't like this Auto Advance feature, all you need to do is press Caps Lock again, and then in that particular scenario, you can add a star rating by pressing the 1 key. You can add a label by pressing the 6 key or any key between 6-9; stars 0-5. Then you could also add a flag by pressing P for pick, U for unpick or removing flag or unflag, and then also X for reject.
So the whole point here is that you can indeed add multiple ratings, but what you would need to do would be to turn off that Auto Advance feature. All right, well, let's take a look at just a few more images. I am going to go ahead and define this one as a reject, and then just a couple of more here in order to go through that process and add a few more star ratings. I am going to do that by simply clicking on a number. Now, when I get to this image, one of the things I notice is that while I like this one, I like the second one even more. I gave it a one-star rating, but I want to increase the rating.
This image, let's say, it's kind of grown on me. You know that happens with some of your photographs? What you can do is you can press the bracket key, right bracket key increases the rating; left bracket key decreases. All right, well I'll just go ahead and make my way through just a couple more images, adding some star ratings here. I think that's pretty good. I'll scroll to the end to see if there are any others that we want to use here. Sure, we'll save this one at a two-star rating. All right, well, I've made my way through my photographs. As I scroll back, we are going to see that some are rejected, some have a star rating, some have a rating and a label and even a flag.
What about these reject photos? Why did we do that? Well, there is an amazing shortcut that we can take advantage of, in regards to that Reject flag there. What it does is it gives us the ability to quickly delete those images that we just absolutely know we don't want to work with, and that we actually want to delete completely or remove from our Library. Here is the shortcut. You want to jot this one down. On a Mac, if you press Command+Delete, what that will do is it will show you all of the images where you have applied this reject flag, and then it'll ask you, hey, what do you want to do? You have two options; you can either say, you know what, I want to keep them, but I don't want them as part of my Lightroom Library.
That would be the option for Remove, or let's say you think you know what, I don't even want to have these photos ever again. I want them to be completely gone, removed from Lightroom and removed or deleted from the hard drive. In that case, you would choose Delete. This is really helpful because as you are editing, what you are going to discover is you are going to come across images where the composition is just horrible, or the focus is off, or the flash didn't fire or whatever, those images that you know you just need to get rid of so that you don't increase your overall file size on your hard drive and whatnot; you can use that shortcut.
You press the X key to add that reject flag and then really quickly, hit Command+Delete, if you are on a Mac. All right, well, because this is a demo, I am not going to go ahead and delete or remove those files; I'll simply hit Cancel to go back to my regular, unfiltered view. One of the things that I am hoping to do here in this movie is just to get you to begin to think about how you can use flags, stars, and labels. The trick with all of this, of course, is coming up with a system that's consistent, and that makes sense in your overall workflow.
In other words, some people only use stars; that's fine. Some people only use flags; that's fine. And others, well, they'll use labels while other people will use a combination of all three. Again, what's most important is consistency so that as you work through different sets of photographs, and as you begin to filter based on these different criteria, that filtering is really consistent so that you can find what you are actually looking for.
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