Did you know that the Library module in Lightroom has the ability to Auto Sync? I find this especially useful when using Survey mode. Let’s say, for example, I start with 10 similar images and then remove the less important ones until I only have 4 left. If I want to flag, rate or label all four of those images at one time, without leaving Survey mode, I just flip on the Auto Sync switch. Then, whatever I do to one, is done to all.
Just don’t forget to flip off Auto Sync when you are finished.
Command (Mac) | Control (Win) -clicking a Flag or Color Rating attribute in the Filter bar will select images tagged with that filter (it actually selects them, it doesn’t filter them). For example, Command (Mac) | Control (Win) -clicking the red label attribute selects any images with the red filter (yet does not filter the folder/collection etc.).
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.
In Lightroom you can create as many different Color Label sets as needed for different photo shoots (Metadata > Color Label Set). However you should know that as you change sets, images marked with labels from other sets will appear white.
To find images with labels from other sets, use the Metadata option in the Filter bar (in the grid view in the Library module) to quickly search on different labels applied to images from different sets. You can also see what Label is applied to each image in the Metadata panel.
One word of caution, if you wish to maintain compatibility with labels in Adobe Bridge use the same names in each application.
While in Camera Raw, several of the same keyboard shortcuts apply as in Bridge for adding star ratings and color labels.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 1, 2-5 for 1-5 stars.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 6, 7-9 for color labels.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “.” or “,” to increase/decrease star ratings.
Note that Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 0 will “Fit in View” so you’ll need to use “.” to decrease star ratings to zero (or, if you have more than one image opened in Camera Raw, click on the “no-rating” icon in the filmstrip on the left hand side.