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There's another way to take advantage of the metadata in a file, and that's to create a smart collection. Now, similar to filtering, Bridge is going to look in the metadata of the files to select the images that match the criteria of the smart collection. But smart collections are a bit easier to revisit because they're saved in the Collections panel until you remove them. So let's start by clicking on the Collections panel and in the lower portion, I want to click on the icon that has the little gear on it to create a smart collection. You need to tell bridge where to look.
So in this case I'm going to have it look into this folder. And then we can set our criteria. And you can see there is a ton of different criteria. So for example I could search on something like keywords or in labels. Or in this case, we're going to select rating. And I'm going to say the rating equals 1 star. So if the rating equals 1 star and the image is in this folder, basically if any of the criteria are met I want Bridge to go ahead and take that image and put it into this virtual collection, so when I say take the image...
Bridge is really just going to create a pointer to the file. Its not going to move any other files on your hard drive, nor its going to duplicate any of the images, it's just going to make a virtual collection of images based on the search criteria. So, I'll click save and we can see here is the result of that search criteria. And I'm going to put in here, the best of China, as my name of my collection, but the one thing that I'm noticing, is that it's only giving me the 1-star images. I actually wanted the 1-star and 2-star images.
So, in order to make a change to my smart collection. I can either click on the icon in the upper right, the content panel, or the lower left of the collections panel. This will enable me to edit my smart collection. So, in this case, I'm going to change the criteria so my rating is greater than or equal to 1-star. Now when I click save you'll notice that I get not only the 1-star images, but also the 2-star images. Now let's return back to our bridge folder, and let's say that I'm working along and I decide that these 2 images here should not have 1 star.
So, I'm going to remove that by tapping the 0 key. And of course I only have to tap the 0 key. I don't have to use the keyboard shortcut Cmd 0 or Ctrl 0 in Windows because I set that up in my preferences, but now that these 2 images no longer have a star rating, when I return back to the best of China smart collection, you'll notice that Bridge has automatically removed those images. Likewise, if I select these 2 images and I demote them by tapping the 0 key, well they no longer have any stars. But it doesn't seem like Bridge is removing them. That's because every time you click on a collection.
That's when Bridge goes out and does its filtering, so all I need to do is click on the Best Of China collection in order to have it re-filter and create the new results. Most of the time I prefer using the smart collections over the filter panel because they're saved in a collections panel and I can return to them at any time... Plus I can make changes to either the images or the smart collection, and they'll be updated automatically.
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