Smart Albums

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A Smart Album is a filtered album containing a subset image collection. The Smart Album only contains the references and adjustments that will be applied to all views of the image. You can search and/or filter within a Smart Album.This will help to narrow down a collection of images to get a smaller subset to work on and accelerate workflow; e.g. Filter all images rated with three or more stars in the Smart Album that need retouching and finalizing.

Smart Albums will only contain images located in Session folders (i.e. Session Folders, Session Albums and Session Favorites folders). If you select a folder in the Library and filter it, you can create an empty Smart folder, as the images in the filter result will not be in any Sessions folders.

Quick tip: •Use keyboard shortcut CTRL+A (PC) or CMD+A (Mac) to select all images in the Browser. Use simple search or filter (color or rating tags) to get a quick subset of a collection to help accelerate workflow. Using the simple search or filter function is also useful when selecting images in the Browser to perform output tasks. See PrintProcessing or Web Gallery.

Create a Smart Album in the Library Tool

  1. Choose File > New Smart Album or right click in the Library Tool and select New Smart Album .
    A new Smart Album is created with a default name. If no filter criteria are selected, then the Smart folder will include all the images in the session folders (albums and favorite folders).
  2. Give the smart album a name.
    To populate the Smart Folder with images, see To edit Smart Album.

Edit a Smart Album

  1. Right click on a selected Smart Album in Library Tool and select Edit Smart Album...
    The Filter Collection dialog box will open and display the criteria that were created earlier.
  2. Change one or more criteria.
    The result is not displayed in the Browser. You may not be able to see the result before pressing Save.
  3. Press OK. The Smart Folder is now updated and will only contain images that match the filter settings.

Create a Smart Album from Filtered Collection with Multiple Criteria

  1. Click the magnifying glass icon. The Filter Collection dialog box will open.
  2. Click the + icon to Add more filter criteria rows. E.g. Date Created “Is after”, by clicking the buttons to the right.The result is displayed in the Browser.
  3. Changing a parameter (e.g. Date Created) in the drop down menu will also alter the adjacent drop down menu items (e.g. is before is now selectable). 
  4. Add a filter criteria, e,g, type "Red". The result is displayed in the browser.
    In this example the browser will show images containing the text Red in any metadata field or file name and has a metadata date between Is after and Is before.
  5. Press the Create Smart Album button. This Smart Album will now be located in the Library Tool with a default name.
  6. A Smart Album is created in the Library Tool with a default name.
  7. Give the Smart Album a name.