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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the things you here quite often in photographic circles is that you always need to keyword your photographs. Now why is that that people say that so frequently? Well keywording is really, really valuable because it allows you to tag your image with the word, or a number of words, and then to later search for a particular photograph based on a keyword. In other words, it gives you access to your images in a really unique and powerful way. Well, let's take a look at how we can do some keywording in the Library module.
Well, first what we need to do is open up the Keywording panel. Now there are three ways to do this. We can click on the word Keywording to open and close that panel. We can also use this really nice shortcut. If you are on a Mac, it's Command. If you are on a PC, it's Ctrl plus a number; 0 for Histogram, 1 for Quick Develop and 2 for Keywording. So if you press Ctrl+2 on a PC, Command+2 on a Mac, that will open and close that particular panel. One of the things you will notice here is that I have the ability to add keywords.
You can see that field right here. And that leads me to the third shortcut, which is probably the strongest shortcut, the one you want to jot down. What you can do is, on a PC, press Ctrl+ K, on a Mac, press Command+K. That will open up this Keywording panel and activate this text field so that I can just start typing. What I am going to do is go ahead and add a keyword. I am going to add the keyword AVP, for Association of Volleyball Professionals, and then press Enter or Return to apply that. You will notice that it positions the keyword in the front because it's listing these alphabetically.
You'll also notice that it is giving some Keyword Suggestions here, what I can do then is I can go to this Keyword Suggestions list, and I can grab one of these keywords and then apply it to that particular image. Another thing that I can do is I can take advantage of what are called Keyword Sets. Here, I am currently viewing Recent Keywords. I can also view other sets that are precreated, or that I have created myself. This Recent Keyword list, I could then go ahead and select a keyword like pro athelete, and you can see it's added to this list.
So as you are discovering, Lightroom has a few different ways to add keywords which will build up your overall effectiveness with keywording. Let's go to another photograph of Brooke here. In this particular image, I am going to go ahead and type in avp once again, and then press Enter or Return. What it's going to do is it's going to give me some suggested keywords based on how I have keyworded previously, and I can go ahead and type out some other keywords here, press Enter or Return, and then these Keyword Suggestions will be updated. This particular version of Lightroom that I am working on is a little bit buggy, yet what will happen is this Keyword Suggestion list, in your case, will become a little bit more intelligent every time you add keywords.
It will look at images, and it will say, hey, how is this image captured? What are the other keywords with this particular file? And then it will give you very valuable suggestions. All right, well, about these recent keywords down below? Let's go to one more image, and in this particular case, I have these recent keywords, and what might be nice is that eventually I'll start to have Recent Keywords that I want to use quite often, like the top three here. I want to apply these three to this particular image. Well, if you hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, it will reveal a shortcut for you.
So now all that I have to do to apply one of these keywords in this Keyword Set is to go ahead and press that shortcut key: Option on a Mac, Alt on a PC and then the number. So I'll go ahead and press Option or Alt+7, and what it's going to do is add that Brooke Hanson keyword or Option+8 or Alt+8, and it's going to go ahead and add that keyword there. So what we can do at these Keyword Sets is we can actually create our own. So we can go ahead and choose Edit Set. This will then open up the Edit Keyword Set dialog.
Now here we could save this as a particular preset, and what we could do is have some different keywords in this location. So I'll go ahead and type out some keywords here that would make sense for this set, frs - one of her sponsors, and then I'll just leave these other ones blank here. All right, well, I'll save this out as a New Preset, and I'll call this one volleyball, and I'll click Create. Now that I have done that, what I can do then is go ahead and navigate back to my Keyword Set.
Now when I select one of these Keyword Sets, you are going to see that I have different options here. So again, going back to volleyball. Now to add any of these keywords, I'll hold down the Option Key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and then I'll press one of those numbers, and it will then add that particular keyword. It's also going to show me, by highlighting in white, what keywords I have added. So this is a nice little feature, which would just be a good visual cue for helping me know what type of keywords I want to add to my photographs.
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