Lightroom: Smart Collections: Option to automatically generate 5/4/3/2/1* collections

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I rate my photos from 5* down to 1* and I also use smart collections to organise my photos across folders.

For example, I have a collection set called Landscapes and, inside that, I have 5 smart collections labelled Landscapes 5*, Landscapes 4* etc.

Unfortunately, I have to manually make the 5*, 4* etc smart collections. LR is halfway there because it remembers that my last smart collection was a 5* so you just have to change the name to 4* and the selection criteria to 4*. But it's repetitive to do this 5 times.

It would be great if LR popped up a dialogue box that asked if I wanted to make 5* to 1* smart collections when I was setting up a smart collection set.
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Shane Lewis

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Bryn Forbes

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It'd be nice if there was a way to put certain smart collections in every catalog created.

In regards to the 5/4/3/2/1, I like to do 4 star *and* 4 star+ (to get 4 and 5 stars) and 3/3+, 2/2+, 1/1+
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Rob Cole

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Hi Shane,

Would you mind clarifying - do you have different smart collection sets (e.g. Landscapes with the 5/4/3/2/1 collections) for each folder?

If not, then why are you creating them repeatedly??

Thanks,
Rob
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Rob Cole

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I'm still trying to get my head around this one.

Why not just use the lib filters for isolating photos within a collection (or folder or set) based on rating?

Granted it may not be as convenient, since there is no keyboard shortcut (is there?), still I'd like to hear your thoughts..
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If you have a catalog of a million photos, when you go to "all photographs" to then use the filters, it takes a while, where as smart collections let you jump straight to the filtered results saving a bunch of loading
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also I have 5, 4, 4+, 3, 3+, 2, 2+, it's just faster than switching the greater than and equals, and the number of stars.
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I can see how it might be more convenient to click a smart collection once you've identified the set it's filtering, but I think you misunderstood about the lib filtering - I was NOT suggesting to filter the "all photographs" collection, but the "Landscapes" collection (referencing the initial example).
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One possible "work-around" solution to this problem:

Use "Export/Import Collections and Sets" scripts which I wrote and offer for free.

1. Export (once) the 5 smart collections which act as star "filters".
2. Import them repeatedly in each set where you need them.

The two aforementioned scripts can be downloaded here:

http://www.robcole.com/Rob/ProductsAn...

~R.