Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Using People view to add Face tags, part of Lightroom: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates.
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- Let's take an introductory look at Lightroom's new face detection and recognition feature. This feature helps us to find and tag people in our photographs. This feature is a time saver and it's a lot of fun. To work with this feature, we need to begin in the Library module, and here in the Library module, you can see I've selected a folder of images. Inside of this folder, I have some photographs that I captured of some family/friends down at a local beach. Now, what I wanna do with these images is I wanna add some face tags to these photographs.
Now, here you can see on the image above, I've already added one tag. If I zoom in to a 1:1 view, here you can see we have this face tag. This is Sarah. How can we begin to add tags to our photographs? Well to do that, the easiest way, at least is to begin with what's called People view. You can enter People view one of two ways. Either by tapping the 'O' key on your keyboard or by clicking on this icon right here. Now, the first time that you do this, it will take you to a Welcome screen and it will give you two options.
The first option is to start finding faces in the entire catalog. Now, this is the option that you wanna choose if you want Lightroom to go through and scour through all of the images in your big, huge catalog and to find faces in your photographs. Now here, it will detect faces and find similarities and group those together. The advantage of using this option is that it will speed up your workflow later. The disadvantage is that this will take a lot of time. So I recommend that you choose this option perhaps at the end of the day and then come back to Lightroom the next morning.
The next option's a bit more nimble, Only Find Faces As Needed. When you click on this button, it will only go through the folders or the collections that you're viewing here inside of the Library module. So to keep things simple in our demo, let's click on the second option to ask Lightroom to go through this folder and to detect and find faces that we have here in this set of photographs. Here, we'll click on that and what will happen is it will highlight for a moment the Activity Center. We'll talk a little bit more about that later, but it will go through the folder of images and it will try to find the faces.
If it finds a face which is similar, it will stack up those similar faces. Here, you can see we have numbers. We have five in this stack currently and six over here or three over here. This view also shows the people which are named. This is the one face we saw previously with Sarah and then the ones which don't have names on them yet. Let's wait for Lightroom to finish. We can see the progress above. Then once it's finished, what we're gonna do is begin to view one of these stacks.
One of the ways that you can view a stack is by clicking on the number icon. If you click on the number icon, it will open up that stack. Let's scroll down a little bit to see all these photographs. Here we have 11 instances of this face and those all look great. Now, if Lightroom got it wrong, if one of these faces shouldn't be part of this group, if it's a different person, we'll just click on the X and it will remove that from the stack. If Lightroom got this right, what we wanna do is to close the stack.
You can do that by clicking on the number icon. You can see how that opens and closes the stack. Another way to do the same thing is to click on the grabby handles right here, click on those to open and then go down to the end there and click on them again, and it will collapse those. Once you view the stack and you've determined, "You know what, Lightroom did a great job "detecting and finding those faces, "and recognizing the similarities "between these different photographs," we wanna add a name to the tag. So we click in the field beneath the thumbnail, here I'll type in the name, Maddie, and then press return on Mac, enter on Windows.
Now here we come to another stack and this is Sarah. This is the same person and I already have a tag for this person, so what do we do? One option is, you can still just type out that name there. I'll go ahead and type Sarah and then press enter or return and you'll see that it will add it to that stack which is there. Next, we'll go over and add a name to this stack, that's Zoey. Then we have cute little Gwyneth there. Next, we have Mitch. I'm just gonna type in some names and then I got back to Zoey.
Now, again, we already have created a tag for Zoey, we could type in the name or you can just click and drag this whole set and drop it on the named area right above and it will add that there. Another thing you'll notice is that Lightroom will start to guess. Here it thinks, "You know what, this is Mitch." If Lightroom got it right, you can click on that check there and that will then add that to the Mitch stack that we have above, or of course, you can always drag. You have a few different options.
You can type in the name. You can click and drag or you can click the check box if it suggest a name for you. Let me just add a few more of these photographs here. I'll type in Zoey there and press enter or return. And this is Gwyneth, so I'm just gonna drag and drop these here. So as you can see, this view, People view is sort of your work area for beginning to work with face detection and recognition and then adding names to these tags that we have in our photographs.
Now, if ever you wanna view one of these sets here, for example if we wanna view all of the Sarah photographs in People View, just double-click this. This will take us to the images which are confirmed and then other ones which are similar which might need to be part of this group. In order to view this a little bit better, I'm going to decrease my thumbnail size. Here, I'll just drag that slider to the left and now you can see we have all of the confirmed instances of our good friend Sarah. Down below, some suggestions. "Hey, Lightroom thinks this might be Sarah, too." If it is, click on that check mark or what you can do is you can just drag this up into this area.
After you've finished working on photographs of one person, if you wanna get back to everyone else, there's a little navigation system up here at the top, what you can do is click back to People, and that will then show us all of the other people that we have here. So, we can then continue to work on the tags which we have in these photographs. That's a quick introduction to how this works. We obviously need to dig deeper into this topic, so let's go ahead and pause our conversation right here, and then let's continue to talk about how all of these works in the next movie.