Select Quickstart Guide


Learn the basics of Select and get up to speed as soon as possible.

Step 1 - Create a project

Step 1 – For each new shoot, create a new project from the Projects screen, or click the small + icon at the top of the toolbar.

Step 2 – If the files are already on a hard drive or your computer click CHOOSE A FOLDER. 

The other option, INGEST is only intended to be used if your files are on a memory card and you want to copy them to a hard drive or computer before starting the project.

Step 3 – Find your folder of images and click 'Open'. Your image will now import into Select.

Step 2 - Moving and rating

Tap up and down arrows to move to the next and previous image, and left or right to skip to the next or previous scene. (You can swap these in preferences)

[1],[2],[3],[4] or [5] to apply a star rating and [0] to clear stars. [6],[7],[8],[9] or [p] to apply a color rating and [⌘0] to clear color rating. You can also apply a rating by clicking on the rating block on the image thumbnail, via the right-click menu, or the 'Rate' menu.

[T] allows you to tag or untag an image, or click on the square in the bottom right of the thumbnail. Note – Lightroom will not be able to read this rating type.

All the keyboard shortcuts we’ll reference and more can be found here. We highly recommend you learn the keyboard shortcuts to speed up your culling!

What are .XMP sidecar files?

When you rate an image we create a .XMP sidecar file in your source folder. It’s important that you keep these files in the same folder as your images or you will lose your ratings. 

What do the ratings mean? 

The short answer is– anything you want them to mean! They don't carry any inherent meaning and are a legacy of the way most programs have allowed users to rate images. Many photographers will simply rate images they want to keep with 1 star – but there are many, many other ways to do this, find a way that works for you!

Step 3 - Workspace

By default you are in ‘Loupe view’. Tap [G] or click the grid icon in the top left of the toolbar to view your images in ‘Grid View’. 

In Grid View you can view, refresh or change your source folder from the source card below the project title.

Tap [E] or click on the icon in the toolbar to go back to Loupe View.

You can also customise your workspace from the preferences menu or by right-clicking in Loupe View.

Step 4 - Zoom basics

To enter zoom mode tap the [SPACEBAR]. If there are any faces detected in the image you’ll zoom straight to the face closest to the centre. 

You can now tap the [←/→] to scroll through all the faces in the image, or click and drag around.

[Up and Down] will move you to the next image but keep you in the same place.

By default you’ll zoom to 100% of the original image size. But you can change this with [+] or [-] or by adjusting the slider in the toolbar.

Press the [SPACEBAR] again to leave zoom mode and return to standard mode where the image fits to your screen size.

Step 5 - Close-ups

Press [/] to open and close the The Close-Ups panel, or click the tab on the right. 

By default, it will show you all the faces detected in the image. If no faces are detected it will show you the centre of the image.

Step 6 - Eye & Focus Assessments

The line and ellipse below each face are our AI-powered Assessments.

The ellipse tells you if the subject’s eyes are open or not.

The line tells you if their face is in focus or not.

Red icons warn you we’ve detected something bad. Yellow icons let you know we’ve detected something sub-optimal, so you might want to take a closer look if you’re unsure. 

You can hover your mouse over each rating to get a more detailed explanation as to why we gave that rating.

You can change the color of these Assessments in the preferences menu.

Step 7 - Shipping to Lightroom

Once you’re happy with your selection it’s time to edit your images.

Click the [SHIP] button, or press [⌘E] to get your images into Lightroom Classic or CC.

Now you can pick from various options, including which catalog you want to ship to and which images you want to ship.

Alternatively, choose which images you want to edit and drag them from the filmstrip over to your editing app icon, or directly into the window.

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