Using the Painter tool to quickly select a group of related images.

by George Mann

I have to confess that I'm not the most diligent user of keyword, so when I am looking for specific related images, I have to hunt through a number of folders that I know contain the images I am looking for and make a quick selection of the images I am interested in.

A few days ago I was looking for all the breakfast food images I have taken while visiting Siem Reap in the past couple of weeks, for my Bangkok to Angkor online trip report. Not having found a good use for the Painter tool yet, I decided to take a closer look at it and see if it could help me. The stars, flags, colors and other settings didn't seem to fit what I was looking for, but keywords seemed promising, I figured that as long as I select a unique new keyword for my image selections, this should work.


To my surprise it was exactly what I was looking for. After spray painting the keyword "breakfast" on each image I was interested in, I was then able to select the "keyword" breakfast and all my breakfast images came up.


Pretty simple really and basically eliminates the need for the Selections and Quick Selections tools for me.

The images in the trip report can be found here - Siem Reap Breakfasts


2007-08-03 16:19:43
FYI, I recently took a punt on buying the Controlled Vocabulary for LR. It's not cheap, but I have become quite a fan. Easy to add keywords on import, and I feel my slacek efforts in the area are now behind me