Search and Filters

Filters / Smart album / Metadata

There are numerous ways to search an image collection to help you find, sort and organize images.

Users can apply a simple text filter or use the Filters Tool to quickly locate image files that have a colour tag or star rating. Filtered images (in a Catalog, actual folder, Session, album, and Smart Album etc.) are displayed in the Browser.

Filters tool

The Library Tool Tab has a Filters tool that is useful for global image searches or grouping of images. There are a number of ways to use the different filters:

Filter by Star rating and/or Color tag

Ensure that you have applied color tags and star ratings to an image collection.

  1. Go to the Filters tool in the Library Tool Tab.
  2. Notice that there are numeric indicators that let users see how many images have, for example, a 5-star rating and/or a color tag. (The number next to the relevant color or star in the Filters tool tab represents how many images fulfill that criterion).
  3. Click on the number (that is adjacent to the star rating/color tag) to filter all the images with those particular criteria so that they appear in the browser. (The active filter will have an orange dot next to the number).
  4. In this example all images that have a 5-Star rating have been filtered. Click on the orange dot to deactivate the search.

Follow this procedure to filter images by other criteria such as Keyword, Place and Format. (Find out how to add more search criteria below). 

The Library Tool Tab has a Filters tool that is useful for global searches or groupings

Adding more filters

Add more metadata filter groups or filters to the Filters tool tab to help you widen your image search.

  1. Go to the Filters tool in the Library Tool Tab.
  2. Click the action menu icon (three dots) at the top of the Filters tool.
  3. Select Show/Hide Filters... The Metadata Filter dialog will appear.
  4. Check-mark the individual filters or filter groups that you want to add to the Filters tool.

Add more filters to help refine your image search

Refining searches by combining criteria

The Filters tool is simple yet very powerful and although it is not quite as flexible as using the Advanced Search tool with which it integrates, it can still be used to search for images using a wide range of criteria. You can search by color tag and rating, date, keyword, file format, and both IPTC and EXIF information or any combination thereof, including multiple entries.

When combining search criteria from different filter groups to locate an image, selecting the Results Match All Criteria will filter those images that satisfy only that specific combination. For example, when searching by a date and single keyword, only those images that specifically include both will be displayed. Disabling that option and searching for both will result in images being displayed that include either the date or the keyword, resulting in potentially many more images being found which may still be useful.

Note that when using two or more filters from the same group, the images found will always include either one or the other, not the combination of one and another.

The option is enabled by default, however to verify or change the behavior of the Filters tool, adopt the following procedure:

  1. In the Library inspector, go to the Filters tool and click on the action menu (…) icon in the tool’s title bar. A menu is displayed.
  2. Click on the Results Match All Criteria to enable or disable the option. A check-mark in front of the option shows that it’s enabled.
  3. Continue with the search using the Filters tool.

When combining search criteria from different filter groups to locate an image, selecting the Results Match All Criteria will filter those images that satisfy only that specific combination.

Searching by text

In addition to the criteria used for searching listed above you can also search by any text that you’ve used to associate with an image, including IPTC information, keyword, file name, and even the folder name. For the named folder to be included in the search when using a Catalog, the folder must contain images that have been referenced by that Catalog.

  1. From the Library tool, select a Collection or group of images that you want to search or filter. When searching an entire Catalog, select All Images under Catalog Collections.
  2. Insert text into the search field at the top of the Browser or in the Filters tool. (These search fields are circled in the example image).

  3. The results will change in the browser as you type. Adding multiple words will produce a search with resulting images that contain one or all of the inserted search terms. E.g. Inserting “blue red phase” will produce resulting images that contain either blue or red, or phase in any metadata field or in the filename.

Use text to filter a collection

Searching by orientation

You can search for images by their orientation, providing of course adjustment was made previously, (i.e., either in-camera at the time of capture or afterwards in Capture One).

Besides the expected portrait and landscape orientations, search criteria also includes square (1x1) images. Note that the filter takes into account any cropping applied in Capture One. Therefore, if a landscape-type crop is made of a portrait-oriented image it will be classed as a landscape-oriented image for the purpose of the search.

The Orientation filter option is available from the Filters tool, and from the Advanced Search dialog.

  1. From the Library tool, select a Collection or group of images that you want to search. When searching an entire Catalog, select All Images under Catalog Collections.
  2. Go to the Filters tool, and click on the action menu button (…) in the title bar. The action menu opens.
  3. Select Show/Hide Filters from the list. The Show/Hide Metadata Filters dialog opens.
  4. Select Orientation from the list by adding a checkmark to the box in-front. (Optional. Close the dialog, by clicking on the X-icon in the dialog’s tittle bar.)
  5. The Orientation folder is added to the Filters tool along with up to three radio buttons (Landscape, Portrait, and Square), depending on the type found within the selected Collection.
  6. Click-on the button apropos the search criteria. All images that match the criteria will be displayed in the browser.

You can search for images by their orientation, providing of course adjustment was made previously, (i.e., either in-camera at the time of capture or afterwards in Capture One).

Saving search results

When you filter an image collection using the Advanced Search dialog, the result can be saved as either a Smart Album or Album. An image collection can be searched by a wide range of criteria, such as color tag and rating, date, display name, keyword, file format, and both IPTC and EXIF information or any combination of those filters. When you create a Smart Album based on the search criteria, any new images added afterwards to the Collection that match that criteria will be automatically added to the Smart Album.

  1. From the Library tool, select a Collection or group of images that you want to search. When searching an entire Catalog, select All Images under Catalog Collections.
  2. Go to the Filters tool or Browser tool bar, click the action menu button (…) on the right side of the Search field. (This icon is highlighted in orange when active). The Advanced Search dialog box will open.
  3. Add or remove custom fields by clicking on the +/- icon. Choose criteria from the drop-down menus.
  4. Any customized filter or filter group can be saved as a Smart Album or Album by clicking on the Create Smart Album or Create Album with Current Images options at the bottom of the dialog. 

When you filter an image collection using the Advanced Search dialog, the result can saved as a Smart Album or Album.