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1.6K Points

Mon, Apr 4, 2011 9:24 AM

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Lightroom: Colour collections and collection sets to simplify navigation & cataloging

[Update: Color labels for folders were added in LR 7.4 --John Ellis]

I find it difficult to navigate folders and collections in the LH panel. To some extent this is because I (unwisely) chose to use similar naming conventions.If it were possible to allow users to "Colour code" folders and collections it would make navigation much easier and also give me another way of "cataloging" photos.My suggestion would be a small colour indicator, rather like the online/offline indicator but round instead of oblong.

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23 Messages

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758 Points

9 years ago

I am all for it as well and I suggested almost the same thing in the Lightroom 3 beta or maybe it was the version 2 beta.. I can see color coding as a possible implementation of the idea I had of just being able to mark a folder complete/processed.. or basically the state of processing.. as in nothing done, in process, or complete I believe was my original suggestion.

Though if we are going to go down the color coding route.. I would want my color codes to be able to be defined different than those I have for my individual images.

Christopher

2 Messages

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92 Points

9 years ago

I would like to use colored folder icons to give them a kind of (working) state.
In Windows there are existing ini files from the product FolderMarker. Why not to use this given information while starting LR? In case users don ́t have the FolderMarker: same INI file can be created, not to have too much (new) files in my file system.
Thx!

30 Messages

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894 Points

9 years ago

I'd love to see this too.

I'm spending the next three months working with an organization with a much more complex workflow than my clients usually need, and it's really putting Lightroom to the test. I've been able to streamline a lot with some presets and a few great plugins ( the RC Export Manager and LR/Transporter plugins ) - but I'm still having to go back and forth to folders in process, and would love to be able to easily flag them with colored labels or other visual markers so as to know at a glance which I need to go back to.

A feature like this would be great to build into the import dialog preferences too, so that if I'm creating a subfolder on import, that folder could be set to "red" or "to be processed" or what not by default, and then changed once done. Sort of like building some basic task management features into Lightroom to keep track of where we are. That would be swell.

Thank you!

8 Messages

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332 Points

9 years ago

Would creating a smart collection with "Keywords = Empty" help some of you with your concerns?

If there are concerns other than missing keywords, create other smart collections to cover those concerns.

The above may not solve all of your concerns but perhaps some until future versions of Lightroom provide a better solution.

My guess is we will see DAM improvements addressed in LR 5. Just my guess. No inside info.

7 Messages

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890 Points

8 years ago

I vote for it.
I will use it for know what folders need to be cleanup (add tag, geotag, remove duplicate picture)

5 Messages

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164 Points

8 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly. I'm moving from iView Media Pro and use that extensively because it pulls the color label from what it is set to in the Finder. I miss having that because I used to use it for statusing exactly as a lot of you have suggested.

5 Messages

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164 Points

8 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly. I used to use iView and it would pull the color that was set in the Finder for each folder. I used it primarily for keeping track of where I was in my process, as many of you suggested. This would be great to have.

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154 Points

8 years ago

Love to be able to flag entire folders in the Lightroom Library module.

I flag individual photographs that I would like to work on, but I'd love to be able to flag entire folders in a way that the flag is visible in the navigator pane. I would most likely flag folders that still had photographs needing work, and "unflag" the folder once all work was completed.

So, anyone out there have a suggestion on how to do something similar? What's your workflow in terms of tracking folders needing work?

Thanks,
Andy

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Flagging folders in Lightroom's Library.

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76.3K Points

|> "So, anyone out there have a suggestion on how to do something similar? What's your workflow in terms of tracking folders needing work?"

I import into a holding area, and only move into the main folders when initial work is complete.

If still more work needed, I tag the files. Initially I used spare IPTC field for it, now I use CustomMetadata - either way works. Make smart collection of stuff needing work (or lib filter).

You can use TextMeta (v1.2+) to include folder path / names so you can display by folder in lib module.

PS - When you clear the "needs work" condition, photos will immediately disappear from your smart "to do" collection, so do that last, or put photos in a regular collection to work on.

Rob

5 Messages

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154 Points

8 years ago

Thanks for some great hints to try out. I'm going to experiment with using collections on folders that I need to work with. Ultimately, the color coding or flagging of folders would be preferred, but this at least gives me some flexibility in organizing folders.

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76.3K Points

I think you are on the right track. It wouldn't surprise me if this feature never gets implemented for folders, because the trend is for folders to be sorta "under the hood", with collections taking the more active role for photo organization.

I use folders almost exclusively for my organizational purposes, so I'm all for making them "first class citizens"/full-featured in Lightroom, but I think I may be in the minority at this point.

For now: metadata, collections, and/or lib filtering is your answer...

48 Messages

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1.3K Points

8 years ago

My many folders of images (I use the ROOT\YYYY\MM\DD\ format) are inevitably various different states - some are freshly imported and untouched, some are partially edited, some are edited but awaiting review, some are published/finished, etc. - but Lightroom offers me no way to keep track of which folder is in which state, so I have to rely on post-it notes and digital todo lists which I maintain outside of the app.

This is error-prone and time consuming. Instead, I would like to be able to right-click a folder and set a state and/or colour in the same way that I can with images. This would allow me to identify the state of all the folders simply by looking at the folder tree-view, and being able to group & filter the treeview by state/colour would be the icing on the cake, so that I can quickly get an overview of how many folders of each state/colour are awaiting my attention.

Please give this serious consideration for LR4, surely this is a feature that would benefit almost all your users, and I can't understand why it hasn't already been thought of and implemented...

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Folder colors/states & filtering.

3 Messages

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112 Points

8 years ago

LR has fantastic features to organize-categorize-rate images but there are no such possibilities about Folders, which is a contraddiction for a software primarily meant to help at organizing; the chance of differentiating Folders too by rating, label or any other way to assign them a particular marking could be an extremely helpful and time saving feature.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Add option to categorize-label-rate Folders.

2 Messages

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82 Points

8 years ago

LIGHTROOM: (Is it possible) to have the ability to highlight (with any color) the folders in the library, so in future I know which folder I have yet to do/to be done. As my library is quite extensive and navigating it can be quite time consuming.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
LIGHTROOM Folder highlighting.

1 Message

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82 Points

8 years ago

We need this very basic "feature" Adobe. Why haven't you implemented it yet?!?!?

1 Message

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60 Points

8 years ago

This is the one feature i find myself getting really annoyed over. Surely it would be simple to add color coding to the folders? Glad i'm not the only one frustrated about it!

4 Messages

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112 Points

8 years ago

I would like the ability to change the font color of my folder names. This would allow me to organize better and speed up my work flow by being able to "group" my folders with like colors for specific categories. For example, I could mark a folder as green once I have finished all of the photos in that folder or all green folders belong to one category and reds to another.

This could also be accomplished by being able to mark the background of the folder name with a custom color or just by adding a color flag next to the folder name. There are several ways to accomplish this, but I would just like the ability to color my folder names just like we can currently color code individual pictures.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Color Fonts or Backgrounds for Folder Names.