Lightroom Classic Culling or Tagging

Adobe Lightroom Culling or Tagging is the process of adding a star or color label to image you like. You can add 1-5 stars or a variety of color labels. I do not use it, but you can also use approve or reject. After you finish the process of Lightroom culling or tagging your images you can filter so you see just them images you selected. This does not remove your unwanted images it just hides them temporarily. If remove the filter the hidden images will return. The process is saved in lr.data and will appear each time you open Adobe Lightroom Classic. If you would like to see where the three options are located in the menu paths below. Lightroom culling or tagging is a vital part of my workflow. It allows me to easily select the image I like, from what I don’t like without deleting anything.

Culling Options

  1. Photo/Set Flag
  2. Photo/Set Rating  
  3. Photo/Set Color Rating

During the import process with Adobe Lightroom Classic you can specify the location, “use and external hard drive”, rename the files, add metadata, and place the images in a labeled folder.  These steps are important for the organization of your work flow.  Note: if you change the location of the files, Adobe Lightroom Classic will not be able to find the image to edit. The catalog only remembers the path and if you chance the path it will give you an “I” on the image You can point to the new path and Lightroom will see the rest of the images in that folder once again. 

Adobe Lightroom Classic Series

Welcome to Adobe Lightroom Classic YouTube video tutorials. This is a series of YouTube videos designed to teach you how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic, and in this case Adobe Lightroom Classic Preferences. I will try and update the videos as the program changes over the years. If you are new to Adobe Lightroom Classic, follow the video order from 1-?. This is the same order I use to teach Adobe Lightroom Classic in a college class. However, if you are just interested in learning a specific technique, free free to jump around.

Lightroom Culling is an essential part of my workflow. It is essential to narrow down your take.


I will have two different types of videos in this series. Videos designed to teach you how to use the program, and videos designed to show you how to adjust an image. Some of how I look at or tone an image can be subjective. I try to be as straight forward as possible to let you know when some should be done a certain way, verses a subject adjustment.

Most people never take a look at Adobe Lightroom Classic Preferences, but there are some adjustments that need to be made to make the program more efficient. The two most important are external editing and performance. Performance settings will really depend on your computer specifications. All the Adobe programs require a large amount of RAM, a good processor and hard drive space.

    Items Covered in this Video

    Adobe Lightroom Culling or Tagging

    Adobe Lightroom culling or tagging is the process of selecting the images you want to tone or edit.

    Lightroom Pros

    • All in One Program
    • Easy Editing with Sliders
    • Batch Processing
    • Batch Exporting
    • Organization
    • Non-Destructive

    Lightroom Cons

    • Catlog (Hard to Understand)
    • Very Slow
    • Limited Photo Editing
    • Cloning and Health Tools (Photoshop is Better)
    • Book, Slideshow and Web are Useless

    I have a Facebook Group called, “Learn Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge.” I created this group because I get a lot of questions on YouTube that are hard to answer unless I can see the issue. This will allow a place you can ask questions, and more importantly post images and videos.

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