Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Deleting Rejected Photos from a Collection in Lightroom 4

Back in February of 2011 I wrote a blog post about one of my Lightroom pet peeves.  You couldn't flag an image as a reject inside of a collection and then Ctrl + Backspace to delete the image.  This action only removed the rejects from the collection.

Delete flagged rejects from a collection in Lightroom 4

Guess what?  In LR4, you STILL can’t .  There is some good news, however.  These reject flags now persist across your catalog.  This means that when you flag an image as a reject inside of a collection, it appears as a reject outside of that collection as well.  So, now you can Ctrl + Down Arrow (or “X”) within a collection to flag images as rejects, select the “All Photographs” option in your catalog and THEN issue a Ctrl + Backspace to delete all rejects found within your catalog.  Not perfect, but better.

Have a tip about managing your Lightroom 4 catalog?  Drop a note in the comment section below send me a quick email.  I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, keep click’n.



Anonymous said...

This works great; bat as a casual user, I just wish I could remember all the cryptic sequences of keyboard short cuts.

Unknown said...

Yeah, the short-cut key thing can be a little intimidating. One thing that might help you is to incorporate it into your general workflow. Even as a "casual" user, a repeatable process flow for your images is a good idea. Here's a link to an old blog post that you might find useful. Thanks for reading - Ken

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