Select Quickstart Guide


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

Step 1 - Create a project

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

Now click Choose a folder, find your folder of images in Finder and click 'Open'. Alternatively, you can drag and drop a folder onto the Select window.

Optionally give your project a name, then click next.

Your images 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’. Tap [S] to view your images grouped into scenes. 

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

You can also customise your workspace, such as the location of the filmstrip from preferences 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 - Face Assessments

The icons below each face are our Face Assessments.

The ellipse gives you information about the subject's eyes and expression, and the curved line gives you information about focus.

By default,

  • Clear = no problems detected.
  • Yellow = there might be something sub-optimal, double-check if you're not sure.
  • Red = there's likely to be a problem.

Hover your mouse over the icon to get a more detailed explanation. The top row describes their expression, and the bottom row scores the focus of their face out of 100. You should consider a focus score of 80 or above great, 100 seldom shows up so no need to clean your lens!

You can choose to have the detailed information show up in the Close-ups panel, and change Face Assessment colors via Prefences.

Step 7 - Image Assessments

Image Assessments are the colored hexagons that show up on your image thumbnails. They give you guidance based on relative differences between images in a scene – they are not an objective rating of a single image.

  • Yellow hexagons are moderate warnings that tell you that you might find better images in that scene.
  • Red hexagons are strong warnings that tell you that it’s very likely you’ll find better images in that scene.

Hover over them for an explanation, and a neat highlight that shows the scene they relate to.
Use the filters in the toolbar to show and hide images with Image Assessment warnings.

Images Assessment never delete your images. They are there as helpful advice, hopefully saving you time as you cull!

Step 8 - Shipping to Lightroom

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

Click the [SHIP] button 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.

If you've tried to ship to Lightroom Classic and your images appear greyed out and unselectable this may be because you've previously imported these images into Lightroom. Find out how to resolve this.

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