How do I filter color-coded images in Lightroom, Capture One, Photo Mechanic, Finder and Explorer?

You've probably seen how to filter out your clients' image selections in Lightroom, Capture One, Photo Mechanic, Finder, and Explorer. The whole thing is not only possible with image selections but also with all color-coded images. (Note: The "Image Selection" function must be active in the gallery settings)

The steps in PicDrop

  1. Filter out all images with the desired color markings using the filter function (left side). Now you see only the images with the desired color markings.

  2. Click on "select all images" (bottom left) or use the keycombination of Apple-A or Ctrl-A to select all currently displayed images. You have now created a selection from the color markers that you can filter out locally on your PC.

  3. Click on the "Export Selection" icon in the selection, bottom right. There you will find the various possibilities to filter the selection in Lightroom or in your Finder/Explorer etc. - without a long search.

  4. Optionally, you can save this selection permanently in PicDrop to make it easier to find it again later.

Please continue on your computer with your favourite tool:

The steps in Lightroom Classic

Open the Shooting folder in Library mode

  1. Press the ESC key to display the filters at the top

  2. Select the category "Text"

  3. In the drop-down menu, select "File name" and "Contains"

  4. Copy the file names into the search field

  5. You will now only see the images that were previously saved in the selection.

The steps in Capture One

  1. In Capture One, open a folder with the images you want to filter

  2. In the C1 menu, click Select > Select by > Filename List ...

  3. Copy the content of your clipboard into the search field

  4. Select "Space" as a delimiter below the search field

  5. Click "OK"

All images of your PicDrop selection are now selected in Capture One. You can save them as a new collection or continue working with them however you like.

The steps in Photo Mechanic

1. Open the corresponding project folder in Photo Mechanic 2. Paste the text from the clipboard into the white search field (via menu Edit > Find... or cmd-F on Mac or Ctrl-F on Windows) and set the following search options

  • Find: Any of the words

  • In: All items

  • Searching: ☑️ file names

After clicking "Find" in the lower right corner, Photo Mechanic will select all the photos in your selection from PicDrop and you can continue working with them.
Please note that the search in the upper left corner of Photo Mechanic ("Search my Mac") cannot be used for these steps.

The steps in Mac Finder or Windows Explorer

  1. Open the folder where the pictures are located

  2. Click on the normal search

  3. Copy the file names into the search field

  4. You will now only see the images that were previously saved in the selection.

Please note that the filter text in the Explorer is limited to 259 characters. The filter text in the Finder is limited to 2048 characters or 99 files.