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This course enables you to harness the diverse features in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom literally at the touch of a button. Photographer and teacher Chris Orwig shares the keyboard shortcuts that make working with the modules in Lightroom more intuitive and efficient, including ways to navigate the interface, minimizing, maximizing, and zooming panels and images as you go, as well as methods for importing images. Chris also demonstrates shortcuts for organizing images with labels, stars, flags, and collections; editing image metadata; working with video; and making a wide range of image adjustments. The course provides photo editors with a whole new way to extend their reach in Lightroom: by bringing their toolset closer to the workbench.
Here, I want to share with you a shortcut that definitely every Lightroom user needs to know. And this shortcut is right-clicking, or Control+clicking. And you can right-click or Control+click all over the Lightroom interface in order to perform different functions, or different tasks. For example, here we are in the Library module. If we right-click or Control+Click over the background -- we've already seen this -- we can change that background color. Or if we position our cursor over the image, and then right-click or Control+click, all of a sudden we have access to all of these different menu items.
We can add metadata, we can e-mail this photograph, we can edit it in Photoshop; again, there's a lot that we can do here. We could also position our cursor over other areas of the interface, like the panels. Here, if we right-click or Control+click, we can choose to display or hide the different panels here. We can also change these panels to work in Solo mode. If we move up to the top of the interface, we can right-click or Control+click, and we can hide different module picker buttons. Again here, right-click or Control+ Click, and then we can show those.
Moving down to the base of the interface, if we hover over this area here, right above the filmstrip, and right-click or Control+click, then we can select recent folders that we've worked on. Again, the point here isn't to show you the specifics of all of these menus; rather, it's to highlight this whole idea of using these keys, or using this functionality, which you can access by right-clicking, or by Control+clicking. If we navigate to different modules, you'll find this in other modules as well. Here in the Develop module, if we right- click or Control+click over the image, we could apply a metadata preset. We could add our copyright information if we've created a metadata preset previously.
Or if we navigate to the Map module, here if we right-click or Control-click, we can Add GPS Coordinates to Selected Photos. If we go to the Book module, we can then work to add pages, or copy layouts. And so here you can see we can do quite a bit with this functionality. So here's what I recommend: rather than showing you all of the ins and outs of how you can work with these contextual menus, I recommend that you start right-clicking or Control+clicking all over the Lightroom interface, so that you can discover these contextual menus, because many times you'll discover things which will help you to work more efficiently with Lightroom.
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