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Keywords are another type of metadata that can help you find the images that you want to work with. Now, depending on the types of projects that you work on, you may decide to add several keywords per image or you might only need one or two. For example, a photographer who is shooting stock might want to add a lot of keywords to their images so that other people can search for them and find them based on those keywords, whereas a portrait photographer might only add say the client name and the type of the session, such as an engagement to their keywords. Personally I try to add four to five keywords to each of my images so that I can quickly filter on that keyword and find them, because I do a lot of composite images and often I'm looking for textures or for all of my images that maybe have clouds in them.
Although you can add keywords in the Metadata panel, I think that it's probably much easier to go over to the Keyword panel. Now, I want to make this a little larger, so I'll double-click on the Preview panel here. Now, the keywords that ship by default-- and we've got this little Events and People and Places, we don't actually need those if you don't want them and you don't find them applicable, so I'll go ahead and select Events, and then I can use the flyout menu here to just delete these. I'll go ahead and do the same thing for People, and then finally I'm also going to remove the Places.
Now, we can go ahead and create our own keywords. I like to think of these kind of as keyword categories, and then individual keywords. So I'll go ahead and click on the plus icon, and the first one that I want to add would be Point Reyes. I'll go ahead and hit the Enter key, and then I'll select the images that I photographed in Point Reyes and then simply click inside the empty checkbox there in order to apply those keywords to those images. Now, I can move down a little further and select some more images. And now I can click the plus icon again, and this time I'll add the John Day Fossil Beds, and then tap Return or Enter and go ahead and check to the left of it in order to apply that keyword.
So you can see, it's quite easy to add your own keywords, but these keywords kind of have the same hierarchy. Let's go ahead and add another keyword. I'll select all four of the flower images here, and I'll add another keyword called flower. We'll go ahead and check that in order to add that as a keyword. But there are different kinds of flowers. We've got two that are sunflowers and two that are lupin, so I'm going to select the two that are sunflowers and then instead of clicking the plus icon, I'm going to click on the icon to the left, which is going to give me as sub- keyword. And because I have the flower keyword, but I'm going to kind of turn it into like a category or a parent keyword, I'm going to add this child keyword underneath it, and it's going to be called sunflower. I'm not actually sure if those are sunflowers or not, but I'm going to go with it. And then I will click on the empty area there in order to apply that, and then we'll go to the next two images. And now I don't want to add a subcategory to sunflowers, so I better go up and click on the parent keyword, this flower/ I'll click to add a new sub- keyword, and we'll call this Lupin, and I'll click to apply that.
While you're making your keywords, you don't have to have the images selected that you want to apply the keywords to. For example, I just clicked in this gray area here so that none of my images are selected. Before I click to add another keyword, because I don't want it to be a subkeyword here on the same level, just make sure that you click somewhere in the gray area, and that way when you click the plus icon, it will add your keyword at the top level here. So I want to add one more--this is going to be Crater Lake--and then I'll tap Return, and now you can see, I can go in and actually select the images photographed at Crater Lake, which I believe is all of these down here. And I selected those one at the time, but I could also simply click and drag or I could click on the first image at Crater Lake and then hold down the Shift key and click to select the whole range, and then we'll click to add the Crater Lake keyword.
Now if I select another image, one of the nice things is is up at the top of the Keywords panel we can see which keywords are applied to which images. So as I clicked through different images, we can say that, for example, this one has the John Day Fossil Beds. If I come down here, it's got flower as well as sunflower. Here we have Crater Lake, flower, and Lupin. So you can see it's easy to make your own keyword categories, or parent keywords, as well as subkeywords and apply them to your images, which is going to make it much easier in the future for me to find images based on these keywords that I've applied.
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