Including Image Rating in Your Workflow

You can use image rating as part of your workflow to help reduce a large group of images to a smaller group of preferred images. Sometimes you can accomplish the selection process in one pass, especially if the group of images is small. If the group is large, additional rating and culling passes may be necessary.

Rating images with multiple passes can allow you to take a measured approach to the photo editing process. You can systematically rate images and then remove levels of rated images from view to work with your best images.

Here is a suggested workflow for rating images in multiple passes.

To rate images in multiple passes
  1. Begin by assigning a Reject rating to all images that are clearly unacceptable.

    If the Filter HUD is set to show unrated images or better (the default setting), the rejected images immediately disappear.

  2. In the next rating pass, assign positive ratings to any images that deserve a rating of one star or better. Leave images you’re uncertain about unrated.

  3. To hide all unrated images, show the Filter HUD and specify a rating that is greater than or equal to one star as search criteria.

    Figure. Filter HUD showing Rating search criteria set to display images rated one star or better.

    Only images with a rating of one star or better remain visible in the Browser.

  4. In the next rating pass, assign a rating of two stars to any images that are better than one star.

  5. Change the search criteria in the Filter HUD to show only those images that are rated two stars or better.

  6. In the next rating pass, assign a rating of three stars to your images that are better than two stars.

  7. Change the search criteria in the Filter HUD to show only those images that are rated three stars or better.

  8. In the next rating pass, assign a rating of four stars to your images that are better than three stars.

  9. Change the search criteria in the Filter HUD to show only those images that are rated four stars or better.

  10. In the next pass, assign a rating of five stars, or Select, to your best images.

  11. Specify a rating that is equal to five stars in the Filter HUD.

    Figure. Filter HUD showing Rating search criteria set to display images rated five stars.

Only the images rated Select remain visible in the Browser. Now you can focus on those images that deserve your attention.

You can also set up a series of Smart Albums in a project, where each Smart Album represents a rating from Reject to Select. As you rate your images in the project, the Smart Albums gather the images with matching ratings. You can then review the images in each Smart Album to verify they belong in the Smart Album’s rating category. As you progressively change the ratings on your images, the contents within the Smart Albums you set up change dynamically to gather the images that correspond to their rating setting.

For more information about working with Smart Albums, see Grouping Images with Smart Albums.