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) combination 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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. Open the folder with the images to be filtered
  2. Click on “Edit” in the upper C1 menu
  3. Click on “Select by”
  4. Click on “File Name List”
  5. Copy the filenames from the Capture One filter field into the search field, making sure the separators are selected correctly.
  6. Click on “OK”
  7. The images are now selected. Before you click anything else, you can make a selection in Capture One.

The steps in Photo Mechanic

  1. Open the corresponding project folder in Photo Mechanic and press Command+F (Ctrl+F under Windows).
  2. Now you can insert the filter text from PicDrop and check the box “Filenames”.
  3. Click “Find” and the corresponding images will be selected.
  4. Then you can close the search field and start the next steps with the marked files.

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.