Adobe Lightroom: everything you need to know about the ‘alternative Photoshop’

Adobe Lightroom: what every photographer must know about the 'alternative Photoshop'

Adobe Lightroom Library Module: Filter Bar

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Adobe Lightroom Library Module: Filter Bar

04 Filter Bar
The Filter Bar appears at the top of the main window in Develop module, and it has drop-down menus to help you filter the contents of your Collections or Folders according to the image keywords, captions, location (if you use the Map tools) and more.

It has four buttons: Text, Attribute, Metadata and None. You can use the Text panel to carry out a simple free-form search for text such as keywords and captions, for example.

The Attribute panel offers quick and simple visual filtering tools including Flags, Ratings and Labels, while the Metadata panel takes a more structured approach to searches, displaying drop-down menus which enable you to select and combine criteria like the date, the camera model, ISO setting, the lens used and more.

The fourth,  ‘None’ button on the Filter Bar simply removes all search criteria.

05 Filter Presets
The drop-down menu at the far right of the Filter Bar displays a list of default filter presets which you might find useful. For example, the Exposure Info preset displays the Metadata panel with the menus set up to display camera shooting information.

But you can also save your own Filter Bar settings by first setting them up manually and then using the ‘Save Current Settings as New Preset’ command near the bottom of the presets menu.

These saved presets essentially do the same thing as Smart Collections, but they’re best reserved for very common wide-ranging filter options because space on this menu is limited – use Smart Collections instead where your search is very specific.

PAGE 1: What Adobe Lightroom offers photographers
PAGE 2: Getting to know the Adobe Lightroom interface
PAGE 3: 3 things you need to know about the Adobe Lightroom Metadata Panels
PAGE 4: Adobe Lightroom Library Module – Folders and Collections

PAGE 5: Adobe Lightroom Library Module – Filter Bar
PAGE 6: Adobe Lightroom Library Module – Flags, Ratings and Labels
PAGE 7: Getting to know the Adobe Lightroom Develop module interface
PAGE 8: Making selective adjustments in the Develop module
PAGE 9: New sharing options in Adobe Lightroom 4
PAGE 10: How to create a website in Adobe Lightroom
PAGE 11: How to make a slideshow in Adobe Lightroom
PAGE 12: How to make books in Adobe Lightroom
PAGE 13: How to speed up your workflow using the Quick Develop tools
PAGE 14: All your options for printing photos in Adobe Lightroom


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  • jmeyer

    You’re right – thanks for pointing that out. Looks like we uploaded the wrong version of the infographic. This has now been fixed and it should be much more readable.

  • Michelle Ropiza

    Hi, I’m so confused. I’ve been scouring the internet and can only find this cloud version of lightroom that costs $9.99 a month (or more) Is there a program I can install on my mac, or just the web based system? Thanks for any advice. Michelle