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One of the best things about computers is that they can a lot of things much faster than I can do them manually. For example, what if I have 500 images and I want Bridge to only show those images that I've given one star or have a specific Keyword associated with them. Well that's when the filter panel comes into play. So here left side I'll click in order to show all of my different filter capabilities. Now depending on what files you're looking at, we'll have different options listed here. If I use the fly out menu right here, you can see these are all of the different categories that I can tell Bridge to display.
But if the files don't have information in a specific category then they'll go ahead and hide it. If we look at a different folder of images for a moment, if I move down to the ACR essentials. You can see that because some of these files are Raw files, there's a lot more categories that I can choose to filter on, because there's a lot more information in the files. But we're going to stick to the Bridge folder for now. An I'm going to make my thumbnails much smaller, so that we can see all of the images at one time.
Now, if I wanted to only view my 1-star images, I could click next to the 1 star under the ratings category. If I wanted to only see my 2-stars, I could uncheck the 1- star, and then check on the 2-stars. And if I want to see both the 1 and the 2 stars, then I can simply click next to both of those options. Let's go back to only looking at the 2 stars for a minute, because I want to show you that you can combine the different categories. So say, for example, I want to see all of my 2 star images that also have the keyword, Forbidden City.
See on our 2-star images, that only have the keyword Lama Temple. So, as we can see it's very easy to refine, or narrow down my search using the filter categories. We can go to orientation as well. And I can add that in. So, lets see how many of my files, not only in landscape but also have the keyword Lama Temple, and have 2 stars. If I don't want landscape, we can always check portrait. If I want to turn off all my filters at once we can click on the icon in the lower right, in order to remove all of those filters and see all of our images.
If I was looking at a folder full of images and say I wanted to only see the 2-stars, the pen in the lower left, clicking that icon will allow me to keep this filter as I moved to a different folder. So you might want to be careful if you move to a another folder. And it's not showing you any images. It might be because you've clicked that pen in order to keep that filter on. I'll go ahead and click the no filter icon in order to remove the filter and then move back to the bridge folder. Obviously you can get really detailed with filtering, and since this is the type of thing that computers do really well.
Be sure that you take advantage of it. And don't waste a lot of time trying to manually select the images that you want, if you can use the computer and the metadata in the files to do it for you.
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