Searching by IPTC Information

You can search for and locate images using any IPTC information that you’ve assigned to your images. To search for images by IPTC information, you use the IPTC search options. For example, you can search for any image that doesn’t have a copyright notice applied to it by specifying a search that uses the Copyright Notice field and an “is empty” search qualifier.

To search for images by IPTC information
  1. In the Projects & Albums section of the Library inspector, select the item you want to search.

  2. Click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) beside the search field in the Browser (or press Command-F).

  3. In the Filter HUD, choose IPTC from the Add Rule pop-up menu.

  4. Select the IPTC checkbox, then choose the IPTC field you want to search by from the IPTC pop-up menu.

    Figure. Browser Filter HUD showing the IPTC search options.
  5. Choose an option from the middle pop-up menu to qualify your search.

    • To specify characters that the IPTC field should contain somewhere within the field: Choose “includes.”
    • To specify characters that the IPTC field should not contain: Choose “is not empty and does not include.”
    • To specify the exact characters that the IPTC field should contain: Choose “is.”
    • To specify the exact characters that the IPTC field should not contain: Choose “is not empty and is not.”
    • To specify the characters that the IPTC field should begin with: Choose “starts with.”
    • To specify the characters that the IPTC field should end with: Choose “ends with.”
    • To specify that the IPTC field should hold no entry: Choose “is empty.”
    • To specify that the IPTC field can be any entry as long as the field is not empty: Choose “is not empty.”
  6. Enter the IPTC value you want to search by in the IPTC text field.

  7. Choose Any from the Any/All pop-up menu in the top-left corner of the Filter HUD, if it’s not already chosen.

The images that match the search criteria are immediately displayed in the Browser. To save your search results, see Saving Your Search Results.