It’s easy to get excited about Lightroom 1.1’s obvious new features such as Clarity, catalogs, and its powerful new sharpening controls. But there are many less sexy yet helpful improvements that all add up to make 1.1 a fantastic upgrade. Take for example, Color Label Sets.
UPDATE: After I’ve wrote this blog, a reader pointed out very politely that I was wrong. Color Label Sets were in LR 1.0. MY BAD! I aplogize for my mistake. But I still think Color Label Sets are really cool, as you’ll see if you read on.
As you probably know, LR offers many ways to assign informative “tags” to an image that make it easier to search, organize or sort an image collection. You can use keywords, stars, flags, or color labels, and often a combination of any or all is good image management policy. Up to LR 1.1, color labels where just that: color labels. You could designate a color for a particular task, say “for email”, but you’d need to remember what you assigned a particular color to. If you used that same color in another edit session, with a different meaning, things would get confusing.
With Lightroom 1.1 you can make as many Color Label Sets as you want and assign different values to each color within a set.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Select Metadata> Color Label Sets> Edit
2. Type in values for each color in the Edit Color Label Set dialog box.
3. Select Save Current Settings as New Preset from the Preset pop-up menu
4. Now your new set shows up in the Color Label Sets Menu.
When you assign a color to an image from a particular Color Set that color will only appear on the thumbnail in the Library grid mode when you are working within that Color Label Set. Change sets and the color is not visible on the thumbnail. However, you can always go the Metadata Browser pane in the left panel and see the list of labels there select your choices from there.
Ok, I told you this wasn’t sexy, but I still think it’s pretty cool.