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Working with flags, stars, and labels

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Working with flags, stars, and labels

One of the reasons why I like photography so much is that it just allows you to do so many different types of interesting things. I do all sorts of editorial and commercial work, but sometimes some of my favorite shoots are those which are favors, and that's what these photographs are here. Some family friends just asked if I could capture some photographs of them down at the beach, and it's really fun to do that. After this shoot, or after any type of a shoot, one of the most important steps is evaluating the pictures and trying to find the keepers, trying to kind of find the diamonds amongst the rubble, trying to find the images that are really good.

Working with flags, stars, and labels

One of the reasons why I like photography so much is that it just allows you to do so many different types of interesting things. I do all sorts of editorial and commercial work, but sometimes some of my favorite shoots are those which are favors, and that's what these photographs are here. Some family friends just asked if I could capture some photographs of them down at the beach, and it's really fun to do that. After this shoot, or after any type of a shoot, one of the most important steps is evaluating the pictures and trying to find the keepers, trying to kind of find the diamonds amongst the rubble, trying to find the images that are really good.

There's an art and craft to selecting or to editing photographs. And in Lightroom, in the Library Module, we can use a few tools which can really help us out. I want to show you those here. First of all, you'll need the Toolbar visible. So in the Library Module press the T key to either hide or show that. Next, click on the triangle button to turn on Flagging, Rating, and Color Label. This will show us these three fields here. Now, I have a slide which illustrates some of the shortcuts for these and I want to pull that up, because I think these shortcuts are so worth learning, because you're going to be rating and ranking your files so frequently and eventually you'll filter based on how you rate or rank your file.

So again, it's really helpful to learn these shortcuts. Here is the slide. Well, for starters you can see we have different shortcuts for Flagging; P for Pick, that's add a flag, U for Unpick or Unflag, and then X for Reject. Next, we have 0-5. Now, 0 is important here, because if we have a 2 Star rated image, the only way to remove that star is to press 0 and give it no stars. Labels, they are a little bit different. We have 6-9 for Labels. If I want to add a Red Label, I can press 6; to remove a Red Label, press 6 again. All right! Well, now that we've seen these, at least in this slide, let's go ahead and take a look at this in action.

Back in Lightroom, I'm going to select one of my images, and then I want to take it to the Loupe View Mode. So this time I'll just double-click it and it will take me to that Loupe View. You can also always just click on this Loupe button right here. Well, I want to start adding some Rating information to these photographs. There are different things that I could do. I could press P, select this as a Pick. I could give it a Star Rating, I'll press 2 for 2 Star, or I could give it a Label, press 6 for a Red Label.

And what you want to do is come up with a way to rate or rank your photographs that make sense to you. There are some photographers which use all three of these criteria, while others, they just use one, they just Flag or just Star or just Label. What I find is it's helpful to use a couple of these in combination. For example, let's say we move along through our images and we give these a few stars here. This one 1 star, that one 2 and, again, I'm just kind of randomly making some choices. And I get to a photograph like this, which is just kind of fun.

It's not necessarily a portfolio picture, but it's just fun, and they would enjoy to have a print of this. So maybe what I could do is I could give it my Star Rating, but also add a label; perhaps I use that Red Label as the Label, which will remind me later to print that picture, because at a later time we'll be able to filter or find images based on the criteria; Flag, Star, or Label that we've added. All right! Well, let's go ahead and just make our way through these pictures, again, just adding a few stars on the pictures that maybe we like and then go through the photographs.

And I'm just going quickly here to kind of illustrate how one might use these types of controls. All right! Well, after we've added those, what I want to do then is take a look at how we can display that information. Here if we press the G key, we'll go back to that Grid View. Now, currently in the Grid View, I can't see which image has a Star or not, at least at first glance. Yet, as you click around, this time I'll click on images or use the Arrow Keys, you'll notice that as I select an image, the Rating is illuminated down below.

Let's go back to that first photograph. You can see there's a Flag, couple of Stars, and also a Red Label. Another way to see more information would be to go to our various View Modes. We've already talked about this before, but it's helpful to see it again. Go to View, and then next go to View Options, and here we're in this Grid View. What we can do is Show these Grid Extras, and here you can see we now are able to see the 2 Star Rating, or we can even Tint the cells with this color, so the reds we can see.

Let's close that and you can see as we scroll through here. Let's add another Label. I'll press 7 on this one. And then this one over here I'll press 8. And again, the whole point of this is just to highlight this idea that you have different ways to be able to see what type of information you've added to your photographs. Now, how you actually make these choices, I think, is kind of important. What most photographers will tell you is that at first you want to just start adding perhaps a lower level rating, just kind of pick the ones that you think are close to being keepers, and then eventually whittle it down so you have fewer and fewer images, until you find the images which work best.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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