To be efficient a catalog needs at least two main things. The first is a good organizational structure, meaning items are located in a logical and well thought out place. The second are tools with which to rate and locate items in the catalog.
Photographic catalogs are no different. You need to be able to assign multiple levels of ratings to images, based on what they might be used for. For example, you might want to rate the suitability for stock libraries, whether that image is for commercial or editorial use and whether you have prepared and edited the image or not.
Fortunately, Adobe’s Lightroom brings us a very powerful three-tier rating system that can cover many eventualities. Today we are going to take a look at it.
Three Levels Of Categorisation.
The first and most obvious level is the star rating system. You can set your image to have anywhere between 1 and 5 stars or by default no stars. The second level is the color coding system. This is an under-used and customizable rating system that allows you to set one of five different distinct colors to an image.
Lastly, we have the flag system. This has three settings flagged, un-flagged and rejected. Let’s have a look at each of these three levels in some more detail.