Search by Example

This is how the sample search works

The example search finds photos without using keywords. You simply select one or more reference photos that match your search intent, and Excire Search automatically and quickly creates a Lightroom collection of similar photos.

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After choosing one or more reference photos in our Lightroom catalog open the corresponding user dialog through selecting “Search by Example Photo” in the Library→Plug-in Extras→Excire Search. Alternatively, they can also use the keyboard shortcut ⌥⇧⌘X (macOS) or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+X (Windows) In the dialog you can specify the following search parameters:

1 Search space: select if you want to search for similar images in your entire Lightroom catalog or only in your current filmstrip.

2 Maximum number of result images that should be shown: this parameter can be set in the range 1 to 5000. Typical values would be between 50 and 200.

3 Specify if you are looking for photos with similar content (option: photo content) or with similar colors (option: color).

4 If you want to keep a search result, disable the “overwrite previous results” flag. By default, the search collection will be overwritten.

5 To start the search, press the Start-button.

1 Search space: select if you want to search for similar images in your entire Lightroom catalog or only in your current filmstrip.

2 Maximum number of result images that should be shown: this parameter can be set in the range 1 to 5000. Typical values would be between 50 and 200.

3 Specify if you are looking for photos with similar content (option: photo content) or with similar colors (option: color).

4 If you want to keep a search result, disable the “overwrite previous results” flag. By default, the search collection will be overwritten.

5 To start the search, press the Start-button.

Search by Example with Previous Settings

To speed up the similarity search, our plug-in offers the option “Search by Example with Previous Settings,” which starts the similarity search with the previously chosen settings and without opening a user dialog box. In this mode, you select one or more reference photos from your Lightroom catalog and start the search with the shortcut ⌥⌘X (macOS) or Ctrl+Alt+X (Windows) .

Search by External Example Photo

In this mode, Excire will search for similar photos in your catalog with a reference photo that is not in your catalog. To start the search, use the “Search by External Example Photo” under Library→Plug-in Extras→Excire Search. or the shortcuts ⌥⌘X (macOS) and Alt+X (Windows) .

In the dialog box, you may either specify the internet address of a reference photo or select an image from an internal (e.g., hard disk) or external device (e.g., USB memory stick).

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