March 19, 2013
As you probably know, the Painter tool can be used to apply keywords. If you enter a keyword in the Painter tool, Lightroom knows that the Painter tool is “loaded” with that keyword – even after you have put away the tool. So, if you have a “default” keyword that you often apply, enter it in the Painter tool and then use Shift + K to apply that keyword without having to select the painter tool, or use the Keywording panel.
November 28, 2011
There are several shortcuts that can help when working with keywords in Lightroom:
• Command + K (Mac) | Control + K (Win) will highlight the Keyword text entry field.
• Command + Shift + K (Mac) | Control + Shift + K will highlight the larger, Applied Keyword box above it.
In addition, the Painter tool can be “loaded” with a keyword(s):
• Command + Option + Shift + K (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + K (Win) will display the Set Keyword Shortcuts dialog box where you can set the Painters tool’s keyword. Then, with the Painter tool, simply click on any image in the Grid view to apply that keyword. Click-drag across multiple images to apply the keyword to several images.
• If the painter tool is set to apply keywords, Shift + K will remove the Painter tool’s keyword from the image.
Finally, Option + 1-9 (Mac) | Alt + 1-9 (Win) applies keywords from a keyword set when using the number pad on an extended keyboard. Holding the Option + (Mac) | Alt (Win) key displays the numeric shortcuts next to the Keyword Set so that you can see which number will apply what keyword.
November 4, 2011
Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + K will enable the painting tool in the Library module. For those of you not familiar with the Painting tool, it allows you to pick an attribute (such as keywords, labels, ratings, target collection etc.) and apply to images by clicking on the image thumbnail in the Grid view. Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click with the Painter tool will remove the information. When finished, tapping the Escape key will put the tool away.
I thought that you had to click on each image with the Painter tool in order to apply its “attribute”. However, you can also drag across multiple thumbnails with the Painter Tool in Lightroom to spray them all at once.
October 13, 2011
In Lightroom you can mark a keyword so that it doesn’t export by double clicking on the keyword in the Keyword panel and unchecking Include on Export. This may come in handy when using hierarchical keywords. For example, you might have France, Germany and Italy all under the parent keyword “Countries” to make them easy to find. However you don’t necessarily want the “Countries” keyword to be exported.
At this point some of you might be thinking of adding a “nickname” for your client – perhaps something that you wouldn’t want them to see. If you want my advice – don’t do it. Seriously, accidents happen.
September 9, 2011
To correct a misspelled keyword, Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click on the keyword in the Keyword List panel and select “Edit Keyword Tag”. Correct the spelling, click Edit and the keyword will be updated on all images that have that keyword applied.
April 12, 2011
It can be much easier/faster to create a keyword list using a simple text editor. These lists can be easily imported into Lightroom using Metadata > Import Keywords. If you want to create a hierarchical list, simply use tabs to designate the primary (parent) and secondary (child) category. For example:
(tab) represents a “tab” because I couldn’t figure out how to have WordPress keep the formatting – sorry!)
(tab) Los Angeles
(tab)(tab) Beverly HIlls
(tab)(tab) The Getty
(tab) San Francisco
(tab)(tab) Palace of Fine Arts
(tab)(tab) Golden Gate Bridge
Likewise you can export (Keywords Metadata > Export Keywords) to share with different machines/peers. If you have keywords that you want to import from Bridge, use the drop down menu on the Keywords panel to select Export (in Bridge), then return to Lightroom and choose Metadata Import Keywords navigate to and select the exported file from Bridge.
April 11, 2011
If you find that you’re using the same keywords over and over again, use the Keyword Set drop down menu (on the Keywording panel) to create a keyword set of your desired keywords. Note: by default the “Keyword Set” lists “Recent Keywords” – use the drop down menu to edit (create) your own set and select it).
You might be asking, why don’t I just use the Recent Keywords option, right? I mean it would show what I have recently used. However:
1) The keywords that I define and save as a set are always listed in the same order (making them easy to find) and they are always available. Try adding keywords to a set that you don’t use often and therefore wouldn’t appear in the Keyword Suggestions list.
2) With an extended keyboard, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + 1-9 applies keywords from a set.
3) I often find the Recent Keyword list to be very similar to Lightroom’s auto generated Keyword Suggestions listed above so if I want recent Keywords I will probably be able to find them there.
April 7, 2011
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + right arrow moves to the next image while keeping the keyword field highlighted (this also works for captioning).
April 6, 2011
While I love the ability to start typing in a keyword and have Lightroom complete it for me, not everyone seems to be of the same opinion. To turn off the “Auto Complete” keyword suggestions, select Catalog Settings > Metadata and uncheck the option “Offer suggestions from recently entered values”. Note that you can also Clear All Suggestions List at any time.