This post is part of the Learning Lightroom series
Lightroom’s search feature is both flexible and powerful, in that you can search for photos by keywords, file name, caption metadata or attribute (ranking, labels, rating, flagged status) and this is all accomplished from the Filter bar on top of your screen. If the Filter Bar is not visible, choose View > Show Filter Bar from the menu or press the \ key on your keyboard. From the Filter Bar, you can search by Text, Attribute or Metadata.
From the Text tab, you can search by a specific category such as keywords, filename or caption or search in any searchable field.
The Attribute tab allows you to filter your search by flag, ranking, rating or label. This works exactly the same way as the Filmstrip Filter Bar that we worked with earlier – select those attributes that you wish to display.
The Metadata tab allows you to search by any searchable metadata. By default, Lightroom displays only three metadata columns: keyword, camera, and lens. To add another column, click the fly-out menu icon on the top right corner of any column and choose Add Column. Then, click the title of the column and choose the field by which you want to filter your photos. Likewise, you can click the title of any of the columns to change the field that is displayed. You can also filter by more than one entry in a column by holding down the Command key if you’re using Mac OS or the Ctrl key if using Windows and then selecting the desired multiple items.
If you move to another tab, make sure you click Done or click the tab for any previous searches to remove that filter from your results. One Metadata filter that you might find handy is the Date filter. This allows you to narrow down your search by Year, Month and Day, thus eliminating the need to organize your folders by Date on your hard drive – Lightroom does it all for you
A recent feature in Lightroom is the ability to quickly find images that are edited or unedited. To do so, choose Edit in the Library Filters Metadata browser (change one of the Metadata columns to Edit). This will display how many photos in the current folder or collection are edited or unedited. You can also click the Edited/Unedited toggle icons on the Attribute bar of the Library Filter, as well as on the bar above the Filmstrip.
To Find Images Using the Filter Bar, do this:
1. If the Filter Bar is not visible, choose View > Show Filter Bar from the menu or press the \ key on your keyboard. You will need to be in Grid view for the Filter Bar to display.
2. To filter by text: a. Click the Text tab on the Filter Bar. b. Click the Text drop-down list and choose the field by which you want to search (to search any field, choose Any Searchable Field from the list).
c. Choose the desired logical operator from the second drop-down list. ￼
Then type in the text you wish to find.
d. When finished, click None or click the word Text on the Filter Bar to toggle it off.
3. To filter by attribute:
a. Click the Attribute tab on the Filter Bar.
b. To filter by labels, click the color box for the label or labels by which you want to filter.
c. To filter by star, click the number of stars you want to filter by. To choose the way in which Lightroom filter by stars, click the icon to the left of the stars and choose rating is greater than or equal to, rating is less than or equal to or Rating is equal to.
d. To filter by flag, click the flagged, unflagged or rejected icon or any combination thereof.
e. To filter by edited or unedited, click the Edited icon or the Unedited icon. ￼
f . When finished, click None or click the word Attribute on the Filter Bar to toggle it off.
4. To filter by metadata:
a. Click the Metadata tab on the Filter Bar.
b. To change the Metadata field for a column, click the name of the field on top of the column (the title) and choose a new field from the list. ￼
c. To add another column, click the fly-out menu icon on the top right corner of any column and choose Add Column.
d. To filter by metadata, choose the desired element in any of the columns. To choose more than one element in a column, hold down the Command or Ctrl key as you select.
e. When finished, click None or click the word Metadata on the Filter Bar to toggle it off.