Lightroom: Multi-Selecting a folder and then a smart collection causing it to select all images

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In library, when multi-Selecting a folder and then a smart collection (for example I have color labels set up for smart collections) there is a bug causing it to select all images. Please help.
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Posted 8 years ago

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Becky Sowada, Adobe Employee

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When all are selected, you should be able to click on the frame around an image (not the thumbnail, but the out-lying frame) to select just a single photo.

I was not able to reproduce the problem you describe. When I selected a folder (with one image selected) and then ctrl or cmd selected a smart collection, only the selected image was still selected.

It might help to know OS version and Lightroom version.
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I cannot duplicate this behavior on Windows 7. Selecting a folder and a smart collection for a color label gets me the images in both categories (about a thousand, in this case) not the 120,000 images in my catalog.
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I'm experiencing the same behavior as ABetterExposure. I don't think it's related to OS, but I'm running Windows 7 64-bit, and Lightroom 4 64-bit.

I will try to describe the problem a little more clearly, as it actually has nothing to do with which images are currently selected, but rather which images are present in the result set.

In Lightroom 3, when you had a folder selected and then ctrl or cmd clicked a smart collection (or any collection for that matter), the grid would display the *intersection* of the two things you had selected. In other words, all the files in that folder that were *also* in that collection would be displayed. For example, say I click a folder in my library that has 500 images, and then on my "No GPS data" smart collection that has 15,000 images. The resulting set of pictures displayed would be all the ones in that folder that also had no GPS data. This would be *at most* the 500 images in the folder, and if some are already geotagged, the number would be less.

In Lightroom 4, this behavior has changed. When you select a folder and ctrl or cmd click a smart collection, the grid displays the *union* of the two. In other words, all the files in the folder, and all the files in the smart collection. Using the same numbers from above, and assuming that all 500 images were already geotagged, the resulting set of pictures would total 15,500: all the images from the folder, *plus* all the images from the "No GPS data" smart collection.

Hopefully that description helped clarify the situation, and hopefully this new functionality is not on purpose. I got used to the way it worked in Lightroom 3, and quite liked it.
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Here is another thread that has a better description of the behavior, please see other users comments.

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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Oh yeah, I am using Mac OS X 10.7.3