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In the previous movie I promised that I would show you the benefit to keywording. There definitely is a benefit. It allows you to filter your iPhoto Library quickly. I'm going to show you two ways to do that. The first way is using search. So right now we're in the Events view, which means all the photos from my iPhoto Library are in one of these events. I go down to Search. Now, if I click right here, I get a little pop-up menu and I'm going to choose Keyword. What happens when I choose Keyword, I'm going to see all the keywords that are available to me in my iPhoto Library right now.
So I just click that, and there they are. So I have all of my photos right here and then all of the keywords right there. Go to Keyword. You click on it, there they are. So let's say that I want to find all the images in my iPhoto Library that have been keyworded with red. Then all I have to do is click on this and there they are. All the red photos right there. Now, if I decide that I want to search by a different keyword, let's say blue, I can click on that and all the blue photos will show up.
Now here is kind of a trick. If I click on red right now, there are no photos and the reason being is that iPhoto is looking for photos that are keyworded with both blue and red. So if I turn off blue by clicking on it again, I'll see all the red shots or if I turn off red I will see all the blue shots. Now, you may be thinking well I want to be able to search for all my blue and red photos. You can do that.
I want to show you my favorite way to do that. So we're just going to go down here. I'm going to click on the X key, and that's going to clear our search. We're going to visit our old friend, the Smart Album, one of my favorite ways to filter images in iPhoto. So I'm going to go up to File > New > Smart Album, and we're going to create a Smart Album called Blue and Red. Here we go.
First set of conditions. I'm going to go to Keyword, contains, Blue. Now, I'm going to create a second set of conditions. Hit the Plus, go Keyword, contains, Red, and then up here at Match, go to Any. You're telling iPhoto, "I want a Smart Album that collects images that either have blue or red as a keyword." Click OK.
There we have our blue and red. Now the nice thing about Smart Album, it's a living search engine. In other words, we can go back to it anytime. I'm just going to right-click on it, to edit Smart Album, and if I changed Any to All, click OK, there will be no photos, because I don't have any photos that have both Blue and Red as a keyword. You go, okay, that's cool! But I want to change it back, right- click, Edit Smart Album, change it to Any.
So there is definitely a benefit to keywording. You can use search, you can create a Smart Album, and you can go through thousands of photos quickly to get to the images you want.
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