When developing an editing workflow, shortcuts are a must.
Lightroom allows you to quickly cull images by using a rating or flagging system.
Both flagging & rating images can give you the ability to fly through an entire session with ease.
Below is how I use these two options, cheers.
How to use Ratings in Lightroom + shortcut
During the culling process I "Rate" images that I want to edit.
I assign a “5 Star” to any images that I will deliver to clients (printed, gallery, web or other).
This saves me time because once I have culled everything I can filter out only those with a 5 star rating and know that those are the only images I will edit.
SHORTCUT: Click the number "5" on your keyboard when looking at a photo to "Rate" it.
When it comes time to edit, after culling, I can quickly "Filter" only those that have a five star (see below).
SHORTCUT: To remove a rating from an image, Click the "0" on your keyboard.
In summary: 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ = photos I want to keep from culling process
How to use Flags in Lightroom + shortcut
During the culling process I "Flag" images that I want to use as sneak peeks.
SHORTCUT: Click "P" on your keyboard when looking at a photo to "Flag" it.
This allows me to separate out the photos I want to use for social media quickly by filtering all those flagged and saving a web version (resized) of the files.
In short "Flag" tells me that the image will be used for sneak peeks.
Later, when all the culling & editing is done, it takes 2 minutes to grab all of the images I "flagged" go to "Export" and select my web version of saving.
They are all then put into a folder that is designated for ONLY web version.
Important: Make and save an "Export Preset" for this process to save you time in the future (see below).
SHORTCUT: To remove a flag from an image, Click the "U" on your keyboard.
In summary: A flagged photo = an image I want to use as a sneak peek.
How to filter both flagged & rated images now
Alright, so you have done the tedious work of culling your images & hopefully flagging them.
Now to get rid of all the photos that didn't make the cut.
You can quickly refer to only those images you selected by "Filtering" them.
At the bottom right of your workspace (in Develop mode) you will a filter system.
IF you click the 5th star in the series you will filter out anything that was 5 starred.
IF you click the Flag in the series you will filter out anything you "Flagged"
Now I export my "Web Sneak Peeks" using the File > Export (hint I use these settings)
... and there you have it. The two ways I use "Flags" and "Ratings" in my editing workflow + the shortcut for them.
I truly help this tip speeds up your editing workflow.
Until next time my friend! xx&o, Stacie