Lightroom: Filter by predominant color

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After using Lightroom 4 now for quite a while I don ́t see lots of room for improvement except of course what I would call the "Predominant Color Filter":
LR is creating previews anyway so it should be possible to automatically determine the (say 5) dominant colors of a photo. Simple example: A Close-Up of a red rose would have a certain shade of red as a dominant color, maybe some green-tone (background), too.
Now when filtering the database I ́d search for the keywords "flowers" (maybe "rose"). Filtering also by picking a color and choosing a "tolearance" (slider), we could narrow-down the selection to the photos with (nearly) that dominant colors.

Of course the workaround to that is to use keywords for colors but
a) that ́s not an option to also find "very similar" colors and
b) finding the dominant colors of a photo automatically should be possible taking into account the great algorithms that are already implemented.

In fact I ́ve already had a look at the LR SDK for a possibility to create a plugin for that but the SDK grants no access to the actual bitmap data to solve the problem.

In other words: I ́m excited about the idea of filtering by predominant color. Hope that you are, too;-)
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Elmar Kranjec

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  • obviously excited;-)

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Jon Hardison

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This needs more votes. WAY MORE VOTES! How is it that this was posted 5 years ago and has only 1? HOW?!?!?!? I'm voting and hope many others do too.
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Unfortunately, this likely won't ever get implemented.  Adobe has indicated that, going forward, they'll be focusing on improving the performance of LR Classic and on editing tools. So whatever effort they were formerly putting into Library will be diminished in the future.

My Any Vision plugin lets you sort photos by dominant color, as determined by Google's undocumented algorithm.  I find it useful sometimes, but it's notion of dominant color doesn't always match mine.
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Jon Hardison

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Wow! Nice! I'm going through your plugin now and will give it a go!Thank you VERY much for writing it. I know several people that have wished for this feature (and several others you've built in).