In Lightroom 3, how do I select only edited photos from a catalog for export, without choosing individually?

For example: I import 500 photos from a shoot and I go through and edit 286 photos. Now I want to export only the 286 edited photos, and I don't want to slowly go through all 500 images selecting individually with my mouse and command key.

I know that I can use flags and select only flagged photos but that method isn't sufficient. How do I quickly select only the edited photos?


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The easiest way to do this is using a smart collection. You can use the Has Adjustments filter to show just edited photos, or the Edit Date filter to choose photos edited within a specific time period.

I have a smart collection called "Edited this week" which is great for easily getting back to the photos I've recently worked on.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Smart collections are a very powerful and often underused feature of Lightroom. Thanks for reminding me! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 16:21

Below presets/snapshots/history/folders in the left lane, click on the plus beside collections(Ctrl+shift+3) -> create smart collection.. -> give a name-> check inside a collection set -> smart corrections -> match all -> develop -> has adjustments -> create.

When ever you need to see only the modified files, you can select this smart collection by clicking on the triangle near the current file name in the film strip(f6) panel.


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