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How to Use the Ratings System to Cull and Organize Images in Lightroom 4

By Pye Jirsa on December 12th 2012

Did you know that there are multiple ways to rate and organize your images in Lightroom? Flexibility is one of the strengths of Lightroom, and when it comes to its rating system, Lightroom offers you the choice on how you would like to cull your images. In this SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 A-Z video tutorial, we explore each of the ratings type, as well as how to quickly access them.

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Lightroom 4’s rating system can help you cull through your images faster by using one or a combination of the three systems. By taking advantage of ratings, you can quickly and easily organize and trim down your set of images so you can have fewer images to process in the editing stage of your workflow.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Good tips

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  2. Kevin Gamble

    For culling, I don’t use any of the flags/stars/colours systems. I tried to use these systems initially, but I have found a way that suits me better.

    The system I use is troll through the images, and hit “B” to add them to my Quick Collection (I obviously clear the collection before a new editing session). Then, when I have culled down all my shots to images I want to use, I save the Quick Collection (right-click the Quick Collection menu item) to an actual collection.

    I realize there are other advantages to the Ratings in LR4, but I find culling is not one of them. I find the above process much better for my workflow.

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