Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Evaluating and star rating images, part of Learning Photoshop: Photography.
In this movie, I'll show you how to evaluate and assign star ratings to photographs. Because after all, no matter how gifted of a photographer you are, you're going to want to sift through your photographs and decide which ones are worth developing and which ones Aren't. I'm going to start by going over to this Filter panel right there. And if you can't see the contents of that panel, go ahead and click on the Filter tab. Right here at the top, you should see an item called File Type.
You have this triangle that you can use to collapse and expand the item. As is the case with all the other items in the list. Notice that we have 79 DNG files. Those are those raw files that had been converted to Adobe's digital negative format, and then we have a total of 12 JPEG files. Let's say I just want to see the JPEG files, I'll go ahead and click on the word JPEG. And now notice down here in the bottom left corner, I can see 12 items.
The other 79 are hidden. So, in other words, we haven't gotten rid of those files, we've just turned them off for now. Now I'm going to scroll up my list and I'm going to click on this first image. Jacob C, which stands for the photographer Jacob Cunningham, 28.JPEG. And then I'll shift click on this one called my snaps 02, which I shot. And that selects a range of four photos. And now let's say that I want to select a few others that are not adjacent. To make that happen, you press the Ctrl key on the PC, or the Cmd key on the Mac and click, like so.
And notice, that went ahead and skipped my snaps 03. Then I'll scroll down to the bottom of the list. And I'll Ctrl + click and Cmd + click, depending on your platform, on my snaps 09 and 010. Now I want to view these images in what's called the carousel mode. And you do that by going up to the View menu and choosing the Review Mode command. And it's called the carousel mode because we're seeing the images in a kind of carousel with the first image right here in front.
To advance from one image to another, you click on either the right or left arrow icons down here in the bottom left corner of the window. You can also advance between images by pressing the right and left arrow keys on your keyboard. Now let's say that we want to get rid of a couple of these images, and by get rid of them, I don't mean delete them from my hard-drive. I just mean I want to delete them from the carousel mode. I'll go ahead and advance to this image for example. And if I want to take it out of the carousel, I click this Down Arrow icon in the lower left corner of the screen.
Another option is to just press the down arrow key on your keyboard. And now we can see this very dusty image on the last day of the festival. If I want to get rid of it, I'll press the down arrow key again. Notice as soon as we get down to four images we no longer see the photos in a carousel mode. Instead we see all four images at the same time. Now we're pretty zoomed out from these images so you might find it helpful to bring up a loop, that is a kind of magnifying glass.
And you do that by moving your cursor into one of the images. Notice that it becomes a little magnifying glass. And then I'll click on the face of fellow lynda.com author James Williamson. And now I'm going to drag up, just a little bit. So his face is more or less centered inside this loop. Now let's say you want to compare that to a detail on another photograph. Again, James' face. I'll go ahead and click on it and I'll drag him over a little bit. So that I can see his face in full. If you want to flip the loop so it goes in the other direction, which is going to be useful to us, then you just drag it so far to the right that it flips the other direction.
And now I'll bring it back so James is centered. And we can clearly see here, that James is kind of squinting over here on the left-hand side, and he's smiling over here on the right. Now I want to check out his neighbor, so I want to move both loops together, and you do that by pressing the Ctrl key, or the Cmd key on a Mac, and you drag either loop. And notice they move as one. Now, that doesn't quite center me. I'm over here scaling on the left hand side. If I drag this loop over, we can see that, again, I'm smiling on the right hand side.
And then, finally, if I Ctrl or Cmd + drag these guys over to James's other neighbor Jacob Cunningham who's one of our photographers. And we see his face smiling over here on the right hand side and nonexistent over here on the left hand side which makes me favor the right hand image over the left. So I'm going to go ahead close these loops. Notice this little x right there. In the lower left corner of this right hand loop. It's in the lower right hand corner of the left loop. And then I'll go ahead and close them both.
Now at this point I want to assign this image over here on the right a star rating. And you can assign anywhere between one and five stars. You typically want to start with one. One doesn't mean that it's a bad image. Where as fiive would be so much better. One means you're going through with your first cycle trying to decide what's good and what's not good. If it's not that good and if it doesn't really appeal to you, don't give it a star rating. If you like it, give it one star. And then when you're sifting through all your one star images, you can give some of them two stars and three stars and so on.
So we'll start with the one star rating here. Now it's kind of hard to see which image is active. Notice that we've got this bright file name over here on the left hand side and a dimmed file name everywhere else. And that tells us that the upper left image is active. Now if I were to click on another image, then I would end up bringing up the loop, which is not really what I want. So I'll go ahead and close that loop. Instead, I just want to make a different image active. And you do that by pressing the tab key.
So notice right now this bottom right image is active, press tab to advance to the first image, and then I'll press tab again to advance to the next image, like so. Now I want to give it one star, and you do that, just by tapping the 1 key. So notice, we now have a little star rating right there, 1 for one star, 2 for two stars, all the way up to 5 for five stars. If you want to get rid of a star rating, you press the 0 key. As I say though, I want to give this guy a one star rating.
So I'll go ahead and press the 1 key. And now I want to close out, what you do by clicking on the little x in the bottom right corner of the window, or you can just press the Escape key. The Escape key is always going to take you out of the current view mode. Alright, now let's see a final way to evaluate images. I'm going to go ahead and click on JPEG file in order to turn it off, so that we're seeing all the files, both the DNG and the JPEG files. And I'm going to scroll down just a little bit.
To this image here Jacob_C_30.dng. And now let's say I want to see it in the full screen mode but I don't want to see a continuous slide show. Then you go up to the View menu, once again this is where all your special view commands reside. And I'll choose Full Screen Preview. And I'll tell you this one has a really great keyboard shortcut, which is the space bar. So you just press the space bar in order to enter this view anytime you like. Now currently we're zoomed out, so we're taking in the entire image. If you want to zoom in to take in the image at the 100% view, then just click like so.
And then you can also drag the image to pan it to a different location. This image is pretty noisy. So I'll go ahead and skip it by pressing the right arrow key to advance to the next image. Now we're way too zoomed in at this point. So I'll click in order to zoom out. And we can see this girl blowing bubbles. I kind of like this image so I'll go ahead and give it a star rating by once again pressing the 1 key. And notice as soon as I do I can see the file name and I can see that I've given it a one star rating, 2 for two stars all the way up to 5 for five stars, and again 0 will take the star rating away.
Anyway, I'll press 1 for one star. Advance to the next photograph. Nah, not really my favorite of Scott. We've got another one here of Scott Erickson that I think looks just absolutely great. Totally envy those glasses. So I'll press the 1 key in order to give this image a one star rating. I figure that's enough for now. So I'll just go ahead and press the Esc key in order to escape out of that fullscreen mode. And now notice that we have a new item here inside the Filter panel called Ratings.
So I've got 88 files with no ratings, and then I've got three files that I've rated one star. To see those one star files, I just click on this item here and there they all are, and I can change my ratings or do anything else that I want to with these files. If you want to see all the files, no rating and otherwise, you'd go ahead and click on no rating. So clicking on these items adds them. Or you could just turn em off by clicking again, and their check marks go away. And now I am again, seeing all the files inside of this folder.
So that's how you evaluate images, as well as assign star ratings. So that you can sift through a folder of photographs, and decide which ones are worth developing, and which ones aren't.
Interested in using Photoshop for graphic design? Check out the companion course, Introducing Photoshop: Design.
- Importing photos from your camera
- Adding copyright and metadata
- Adjusting brightness and contrast, and levels and hues
- Developing photos in Camera Raw
- Retouching eyes, teeth, and skin
- Cropping for composition and straightening a crooked photograph
- Resampling photographs for enlargements or reductions
- Sharpening photographs to maintain detail
- Working with layers, selections, and masks to make editable changes
- Merging and saving images