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1.6K Points

Mon, Apr 4, 2011 9:24 AM

Implemented

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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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46 Messages

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764 Points

2 years ago

I am downloading the update now.  Great that this has finally been implemented, it will make workflows easier for me and many other users.

6 Messages

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250 Points

2 years ago

I intend on using it for my workflow - like Traffic Lights, for different stages of my editing process. Thanks LR Team for implementing this idea.

22 Messages

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1.2K Points

Exactly how I'm using it too :)

7 Messages

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224 Points

Yves - I understand your point - however, I suggest you just think of colors at the collection or folder level as meaning one set of things (such as status of processing), while at the photo/image level as something else.  

856 Messages

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13.3K Points

2 years ago

Je trouve que c'est dommage que les couleurs associées aux dossiers soient les mêmes que celles associées aux photos !
J'utilise les couleurs pour distinguer l'état de développement des photos, donc une couleur verte par exemple pour un photo, signifie ok pour utilisation, ce ne sera pas ok pour associer ce statut à un dossier complet, A une collection oui, mais à un dossier non, je ne vais pas déplacer mes images pour les déposer dans un dossier spécifique à cet état de ma photo, pour moi ce comportement est illogique dans l'exploitation de la base de donnée, puisqu'il correspond à un statut !


I think it's unfortunate that the colors associated with the folders are the same as those associated with the photos!
I use the colors to distinguish the state of development of photos, so a green color for example for a photo, means ok for use, it will not be ok to associate this status with a complete file, A collection yes, but to a folder no, I will not move my images to place them in a folder specific to this state of my picture, for me this behavior is illogical in the exploitation of the database, since it corresponds to a status!

10 Messages

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234 Points

2 years ago

It's now 7 years since I made this request. The level of support for it has been extraordinary.

I cannot believe that Adobe have only half implemented it.

I am well aware that they have a difficult job and that someone will always be 
"picky" about changes they make. But in this case you really have to wonder if they understand how people use their product.

I suspect the normal workflow for almost all users is to import in to a folder structure then refine, sort, categorize and catalogue within collections.

It is not difficult to work out that the most useful place for colour coding is in collections. The reaction so far indicates this is the case.

COME ON ADOBE  ...  LISTEN TO YOUR USERS!

5 Messages

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244 Points

2 years ago

Thank you Adobe for starting to implement this feature. Could you please complete it by adding collections and sets. Ie we want to see those in colour too. Collections are where I spend most of my time after an initial sort from the folder structure. 

Could you please also let us change the labels from the default set used to tag our photos? I want to use a traffic light system to show me at a glance what needs working on. This does not match up with the Metadata set I use for photos. We can already have several metadata sets (Metadata, Color Lable set). Please let us use a different set for folders. A few more colours would be useful too.

Finally, the colours are rather subtle, only coloured at the far right of the folder name. In 'Library View Options' there's the option to 'Tint grid cell with label colors'. Ie this adds a lot more colour to the grid view. Could we please have a similar option for folder labels? I would like to see the whole folder name in colour, not just a tiny, easy missable part. 

Great start and looking forward to little more to optimise the functionality. Appreciated. :-)

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224 Points

These are all excellent suggestions on how to implement and enhance color coding of folders, collection sets and collections.  Number 1, of course, is to enable color coding of collection sets and collections - seriously missing from the overwhelming request we've all had.  Thank you!

15 Messages

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466 Points

Right John.  I just hope they're reading these comments.  Folders for me are just a starting point.  Collections are what I really need color coded.

15 Messages

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466 Points

As Jonathon pointed out...after sorting in Folders, Collections are where my time is spent, so that's where the colors are needed.

5 Messages

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126 Points

Those little color rectangles stuck off to the right side of the folder name are not what I call colored folders. Colored folders are shown below. Unfortunately, mine can only be used on the desktop and not in Lightroom or Photoshop. The following folders are enlarged, but are only  1/2" wide on my desktop.  I am not able to give you actual size on this.  My folders read exceptionally well even at a smaller size.

Notice the round color code Apple allows on their folders.



22 Messages

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1.2K Points

2 years ago

Although I definitely think it could be improved with others' suggestions above, this works 'well enough' to be a massive benefit to me and unsubscribe from the ticket.

I'm not really a fan of collections other than for syncing with LRM as I'm forced to, I primarily just use filters within folders. In fact, if filter settings within folders remained each time I restarted, I wouldn't need to ever set up Smart Collections at all...

40 Messages

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762 Points

2 years ago

It is nice that Adobe has added color labeling for folders.. now please add same functionality for collections????

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62 Points

2 years ago

Color labels for folders would be great please.  For me it would mean easy classification of edit-status on each collection - not started, in course, done etc

1 Message

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126 Points

2 years ago

Adobe, thanks for adding color labels to folders. In addition is it possible for you to add color labels function to collections ? This would help me a lot in my workflow.
Thank you in advance !

15 Messages

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466 Points

It's hard to believe that we're still asking for this small update after about seven years!
Every time I fill in an Adobe survey or speak to an advisor at Adobe I mention this.  Maybe one day...

1 Message

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64 Points

a plus one for collections as that is my primary image workflow with the ability to filter by colour would be even better.

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84 Points

Rick - I bought this up with Julianne Kost a few years back. So I hear you on that.

15 Messages

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466 Points

Jeremy...Adobe may not hear us but at least we listen to each other!

4 Messages

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90 Points

2 months ago

In lightroom sarebbe possibile avere la funzione tasto destro per attribuire le etichette colorate, come ad esempio avviene in MacOS? Grazie, Pasquale Proia.

https://pasqualeproia.com

 

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Etichette colorare