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Graffiti and Lightroom

Recently, I was walking around London with camera in hand and came across some teenagers painting graffiti artwork on a wall. Nonchalantly, I asked them why they were into graffiti. They said, "Because it’s quick and cool." And it is (see Figure 3).

Believe it or not, that "quick and cool" concept got me thinking about the Painter tool in Lightroom—it’s definitely quick and cool.

  1. Press G to enter Grid view in the Library module.
  2. Select the Painter tool in the toolbar. After you’ve selected the tool, you can choose to paint Keywords, Label, Flag, Rating, Metadata, Settings, and/or Rotation.
  3. Let’s choose Rating. Then, to the right, set the number of stars. The number you choose will show up inside the Painter icon.
  4. Click-and-drag across multiple images, or just click a single image.

Extra cool: If you hover over an image that has been "painted," the Painter icon turns into an Eraser. Then, when you click an image, the Eraser erases what was previously applied with the Painter tool.

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