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The “View Modes” in the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s Library Module are crucial tools for serious digital photographers. Each of the View Modes can be a huge help when you are sorting through your images seeking out your very best compositions. Carefully reviewing your captures, and identifying your best photographs, is a critical skill in today’s all digital world.
Author’s Note: You will find a more recent, and more detailed, version of this article within our extended Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog Creation and Image Storage Fundamentals tutorial. I strongly suggest that you follow the link and read the new and improved post instead! Both your digital images and your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog files can be moved from one drive to another drive. Think of these files as if they were separate “puzzle pieces” that you can store almost anywhere.* Moving your photos, or your Photoshop Lightroom Catalog, from one disk to another is not a hard process. The big question though is what arrangement of these puzzle pieces best suits your needs?
When you have a library of many thousands of pictures, querying or searching is clearly a very important feature. And you’ve got to be able to save those search criteria – after all, there’s a fair chance that you may want to find the same pictures again before too long. The more efficiently you find them, the more time you’ll have for perfecting them. So two of the biggest and most welcome changes in Lightroom 2′s Library are the iTunes-style Filter panel (below), which replaces the old disc-thrashing Metadata Browser, and the introduction of Smart Collections. Both the Filter panel and Smart Collections let you filter down the catalogue to find a selection of pictures, and each lets you save and recall the criteria you used to find them. What’s less clear is which you should use and when.