Advanced Smart Collections In Lightroom 5

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Did you know that you can have Lightroom automatically display all of the images in a catalog that are missing keywords or has an Unknown  Copyright Status? Or, that you can have Lightroom show you all of your best images in the past 90 days? If not, it’s time to explore Smart Collections! As you can see in the screen shots below, there are numerous settings that can help Lightroom create task-oriented Smart Collections of images to expedite your workflow.




Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 10-22-2013


  • By Gary Simmons - 6:19 AM on October 22, 2013  

    Show photos without keywords????? Awesome!

    I can’t wait to get home and set this up. I honestly spend so much time checking to see if certain photos have keywords or not…

  • By Kenny Wright - 7:17 AM on October 22, 2013  

    I did not know that. Thanks Julieanne.

  • By Rick Baker - 2:28 PM on October 25, 2013  

    This is great. Have to be careful when entering keywords. Clicking on the drop down keyword dialog box for a keyword can cause the image to disappear before allowing you to enter other keywords. Found it best just type in the whole keyword. Work around? Some secret preference?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 12:56 AM on November 1, 2013  

      Rick, you’re right, you have to enter all of the keywords that you want and then tap enter/return. Otherwise even a single keyword will remove it from the smart collection!

  • By Mike Nelson Pedde - 3:18 PM on October 29, 2013  

    While one can select for each Smart Collection to use ‘All’ of the following rules or ‘Any’ of the following rules, it’s also possible to have both, and this is a little known feature of Smart Collections. What if you wanted to have a Smart Collection that incorporated Choice 1 AND (Choice 2 OR Choice 3)?
    Create a collection and set your first criterion, then instead of just clicking the + icon to enter a second one, hold down the Alt/Opt key and press the + icon. This creates a subset of conditions, where you can create a new choice of ‘And’ or ‘Any’. Try it and you’ll see.