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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.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can use these different library filters in a little bit more of a realistic way. Yet, before we do that, we need to remove these Flag, Stars, and Labels, and so this is going to be helpful because there will be times when you need to remove this information. For example, let's select this first image. Well, to remove the Flag, the best way to do that is to press the shortcut for Unpick, that's the U key. Now, what about the Label? Well, to remove the label, we can just click on this label icon here to remove that.
Stars though, there isn't an icon we can press in order to remove Stars, we have to add 0 Stars. So in this case we press the 0 key, that will remove all of those. Now, what about the other images? Well, we could do the same thing with those. We could actually select all of these and remove all of them at one time. Let's do that. On a Mac, press Command+A; on Windows that's Ctrl+A. Next, let's add a Red Label, so they all have red labels, and then click the Red Label icon again, now they all have no labels.
That was easy, right? And what about the Stars? Let's add 0 Stars to all of them, so press the 0 key. Flags, you remember that one, it's U for Unpick. Okay. Well, basically we just kind of reset everything back to normal so that we can start to work on these files. Next, what I want to do is I want to start off on the first image and go through these and add some Stars or Labels. So in this case, I am going to press the E key to take this image to the Loupe View, or perhaps maybe we'll double-click it.
Both techniques take us to the same spot. Now, I like this picture so I am going to give it a 2 Star Rating, and then press my Right Arrow Key to move to the next photograph. This one is okay; I am going to give it a 1 Star. This one, a 1 Star as well, and I'm pressing my Right Arrow Key each time after I add a Label. This one I like, 2 Stars; this one is kind of fun, emotion, 2 Stars; this one I am going to leave the Label off; this one, we'll give it 2. And then compare these two using the Arrow Keys, kind of going back and forth, seeing which one we liked best.
I think this one out of the two is the best, give it a 2 Star Rating, and you can see how we're just working through our photographs, pressing those Arrow Keys, adding different types of rating to these files. And again, I'm just trying to find the ones that I think work well, that perhaps have nice expressions that I like. Okay. Well, now that I've done that, and now that I've just been working with these Star Ratings, what I want to do then is filter based on that. Well, my Filter Bar, it's gone. How can I bring that back? What can I do to get back to that? Well, you may remember that there is a great shortcut key, it's the Backslash key.
Now, the Backslash, that's a slash which leans to the right. By default, it takes us back to this Grid View and it opens up the Library Filter. Now, out there what we want to do is click on the Attribute button, and then with the Attribute I want to say show me my images that are 1 or more stars. Well, great, I now have a smaller set of photographs. You can see down here below I have 17 of the 23. These are the ones that I am liking a little bit more. Then I'll click on 2 Stars, and now I have 6 of 23, the 6 that I think are perhaps some of the ones that are better in the set.
Now, what we'd want to do with this is then perhaps we want to add a few labels. In this case let's say there are some photographs we want to print. I want to print that one, so I am going to add a Red Label to this one, so I will go ahead and click on Red there. Use my Arrow Keys and maybe zoom in a little bit, sure they would like that, and then also perhaps this one. Now, I'm not really evaluating these photographs, because to do that I would need to get in the Editing Mode yet, I am trying to illustrate the sense of workflow. So let's go back to the Grid View for a second, and in this workflow what we've done is we've here employed or used Stars and Labels, and that's allowed us to determine which photographs we really like.
Now, sometimes what may happen is you may go to say one or more stars and you say, well, I feel like I missed one of the images, I feel like in the set, these are all the keepers, these are the ones I'll give to the client, or my friends in this case, but I think I missed one. Well, there is a great little technique you can use. Right above the Filmstrip down here, you can choose to view the files that are not rated, the Unrated files. In this case we have 6 of the 23 files that we didn't include in the set. Now, if we double-click one, we could go through and say, you know what, perhaps one of these is really fun, perhaps they're going to like this picture.
Well, here, let's just add a 1 Star Rating, it will then disappear from this Unrated filtered set. So filtering can really help out and it can really help you see things in an interesting way. How about filtering in this Loupe View? We don't want to go back to the Grid View, we just want to filter here. We can do that. From this pull-down menu let's choose Rated. Show me the photographs with 1 or more Star Rating, or show me those pictures that have a Red Label, and so here you can see we have these various pictures down below, and we can access them this way, and we have all of these photographs here in this nice little set.
So what I'm trying to illustrate here is this. A lot of times we'll start off from the Grid View, just kind of get a feel for our photographs. Then, we'll zoom into those pictures, and as we do that, we'll click through them, adding Stars, or Labels, or Flags. Then, once we've done that, a lot of times what we're going to start to do is to filter what we see. We can either do that filter here in the Loupe View, by taking advantage of these controls here, or by going back to the Grid View and clicking on the word Attribute and taking advantage of the controls here.
You'll notice that the controls are exactly the same, they're just in two different locations, allowing us to do this filtering in the Grid or in the Loupe View.
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