Lightroom - Automatic color tagging

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Implement automatic color tagging in Lightroom. So assign a color tag/label to each picture from a selected set or something, by looking at the content. Much like google does for its image search.

I personally find it strange that Lightroom cannot do this, because Adobe has some solid experience in figuring out photographic content, given all the tools it has produced, but perhaps they never though of this feature. Nevertheless, especially when dealing with very colorful pictures, and many different colors, and many hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures, automatic color tagging would be a great help. Even if it's just an approximation.
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Martijn Saly

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LR does this, if i understand you correctly. The metadata is already in the file (Digital). Set up a smart folder, call it colour match any of the following rules: 1st drop down navigate to 'Treatment', 2nd to 'is', 3rd to 'colour'

The problem occurs when you import directly into LR via say Nikon or Canon software, as not all metadata info comes through. Active D lighting for instance. However, if you import into LR and change your images to either Colour or B&W, smart folders will pick that up
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Why is color classification important to users of LR?
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Interesting idea. Which colors would you assign based on what content?

I think I need an example to fully appreciate what you are trying to accomplish.
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My understanding of the request based on the reference to Google image search would be an example like this:

--Start with: http://images.google.com/
--Type in the word Purse
--Click the blue Search magnifying-glass icon
--See a bunch of purse pictures
--Click the gear at the top right and choose Advanced Search.
--Click the "this color" radio button in the colors-in-image line of Narrow your results section and choose the purple box in the color pallet that comes up.
--Then click the blue Advanced Search button.
--The image results now show purple purses.

So I think the request is if LR could determine the primary color or colors of an image then you could search by this color.

Google shopping will let you search for pink shoes, for example, not by typing in the word pink, just shoes, then clicking on a pink colored square at the left of the initial results that have come up.

In my i1 display profiling software, I can choose a patch-set that includes a few patches from an image, any image, and i1 will compute the 10 or 20 (I forget) most common colors that are somewhat different from each other, and allow those to be added to the patch set.

Surely LR could do something similar but using only a standard palette of a dozen or less colors then you could search by red, or green or blue or a combination and find images with matching colors. The main problem would be what standard palette to use. A palette that makes sense for US landscapes may not have enough shades of some colors for Saharan or Antarctic landscape shots. This fuzziness in what the exact details of what should be implemented could easily be why it hasn't.

Another variation would be for LR to compute a patch-set of 100 colors from each image and let you match image-to-image with a similarity metric.
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OK: got it now - thanks Steve.