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I imagine that when it comes to workflow, and to working with shortcuts, we all have our favorite shortcuts which we rely on on a day to day basis. Well here in this movie, I'm going to show you a few of my favorite shortcuts that I use all the time. These are advanced shortcuts which allow us to access the panels, and their controls, which are located on the right of the Lightroom Interface. And, you know, we're going to spend a lot of time in these panels, so it could be really helpful to have a keyboard shortcut which would allow you to access and to work with these controls.
Say, for example, in a situation like this, here I am in the Develop Module, and with this photograph, I want to apply a Split Toning effect. Well, rather than clicking on this in order to expand or collapse this particular panel, I want to open it by way of a shortcut. To do that, you can press Command on a Mac, or Control on Windows, and then 0 through 8. If we press Command+0 or Control+0, it will open up the Histogram. Press that again; it'll then close that. In order to access, say, this Split Toning panel, here I'll press Command+4 or Control+4.
Next, I'll dial in my effect, and what I want to do is I want to add a little bit of yellow to the Highlights, and then also some blue to the Shadows. Now, after having done that, I realize that this image also needs some contrast, and clarity, so I want to go back to the Basic panel. Again, rather than clicking on that panel in order to open it up, I'll press Command on a Mac, Control on Windows, and then the 1 key. That will take me to the Basic panel; here I'll increase the Clarity, and also the Contrast in order to modify the image in this way.
And, as you can imagine, by knowing how to use these shortcuts, it's going to cut out that step of needing to click into the different panels, and this can speed up your workflow immensely. I should also point out that as you work in the different modules, whatever module it is, you may have a hard time memorizing the exact number which is associated with that particular panel. Well, that doesn't even really matter, because let's say you're in the Develop module, and let's say that now you want to sharpen the image.
Well, rather than trying to memorize the number for sharpening, you can press Command on a Mac, Control on Windows, and press and hold down that key. Then you can just start typing the different numbers. I'll try 4; that wasn't it. Then I'll try 5; okay, I got it. And by using this technique, we can click through these different numbers until we find the panel that we want to work with. In this case, I want to go ahead and sharpen the image, so I'm just going to add a little bit of a Sharpening effect. So again, by using these different shortcuts, it can really speed up your workflow.
So these are a few that I recommend you write down. You write down that you can use Command or Control, plus the number keys, in order to toggle open or close the different panels on the right side of the Lightroom interface.
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