One of DF Studio’s most powerful organizational features is the ability to set select levels on the assets within a Project. This allows users to prioritize assets as they move through a production workflow, assimilate input from collaborators, and sort or filter assets for easy selection.
In any Project or Collection view, use the “Select Levels” toggle to enable display select levels and controls within DF Studio.
When enabled, buttons for specifying selections will appear beneath (or alongside) each asset preview, and the preview image will be surrounded by a colored border to reflect the asset’s current select level. (Green for 1st Selects; Yellow for 2nd Selects; Red for “Kills”; or blank if no select level is set.)
Click the appropriate button beneath any asset to set its select level and apply the colored border to the preview image.
For a faster workflow, it is also possible to use keyboard shortcuts to make selections. The numeric keys 1, 2, 3, and 4 will set the select level as shown in the illustration below, and advance the selection to the next asset.
If the current Edit is locked, or if the user does not have access to modify select levels in the current Project or Collection, the select level buttons will not appear. For more information, see Create and Manage Edits and Control Access With Permissions Settings.
Set Select Levels on Multiple Assets
In Thumbnail View or List View, it is possible to select multiple assets and set the select levels for the entire selection with the select level buttons in the menu bar, or using keyboard shortcuts.
Click an image while holding the Command key (Mac) or Control key (Windows/Linux) to add it to an existing selection. To select all images between an existing selection and a new image, click while holding the Shift key instead.
Filter Assets by Select Level
Once selections have been set, the Selects menu provides the opportunity to filter the current view by asset select levels. Individual select levels can be filtered, or combinations such as “1st and 2nd Selects”, “1st Selects and Kills”, or “Hide Kills”, which displays all select levels except for “Kill”. Filtering by select level is an easy way to create a set of assets to send in a Messenger or add to a Collection.
In DF Studio, a group of assets and their select levels are called an “Edit”. For more information on working with Edits, see Create and Manage Edits and Combine Edits.