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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 New Features, photographer and author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 brings to each phase of the photographic workflow—from importing and editing, to exporting and publishing. This course details Lightroom 3's new importing and asset-management features and its significant improvements in the Develop module, including enhanced sharpening and noise reduction. Chris also shows how Lightroom 3 broadens output options, and shares workflow tips and advice for upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with images processed in earlier Lightroom versions. Exercise files are included with the course.
In the previous versions of Lightroom, one of the ways that you can navigate was by using this particular folders line here. You can click on the Triangle icon, and then you could view your recent folders. Well, this is the same thing in Lightroom 3 except there's a new enhanced feature. Now what I am going to do here to make this a little bit more simple is I am going to clear my Recent Sources just to clean this up completely and then navigate back and you can see here that I have nothing except for the photographs Quick Collection, then I have Favorites. What I can do is if I navigate to a folder quite often, I can add this to my Favorites.
Now as I do that, you may think okay, well, nothing has happened. All you have to do is click on that triangle again and you can see that that is one of your favorite folders. All right. Well let's go ahead and navigate through a whole string of folders and we've gone through all these folders and we say, hey, you know what, this one actually is one of my favorites as well. When we go back, you are going to see that it's going to remember all of my recent folders I visited, but I want to add this one to my favorites as well. Then when I navigate to some other location, like let's say my entire catalog, and I say, "gosh, I really need to make my way back to one of my favorite folders." No big deal. Simply click on the triangle and then select it from your Favorite Sources here.
All that this is is a quick way to hop, skip and jump to some of those folders that you use quite often. In this case, I'll go to this folder, travel. Another reason why that's valuable is there are times when you actually close this panel. So I am going to go ahead and close that and in those particular situations, if you need to get to a folder, again, you can do that by clicking on the Recent Sources or by going to one of your Favorite Sources. All right. Well let's go ahead and open up the panels over there on the right-hand side.
Now another thing that's new inside of Lightroom 3 is a little bit less significant although nonetheless kind of important. It has to do with how we view our files when we're working with our panels. So when I go to the Grid View mode and I increase my thumbnail size so they are really big and I close the panels on the right, one of things that happened previously is that when you are scrolling through these images, a lot of times if you hovered off of the scrollbar over to here, you would trigger and reopen the panel as I have done so. What they've done is they decrease the hit area of this so it's much smaller. Let me show you.
So when I hover over here, I am not triggering that. It also has a little but more latency built into it and you can see how that's working. So if you want to open up your panels, well, you need to get close to that triangle and for the rest of those times what you can do is just hover off of that and then work with your scrollbar here. Now again, this works really well when you have larger thumbnails and you're running out of space, and it just kind of cleans up the overall experience a little bit. It's a subtle yet significant improvement. Now this next improvement is a little bit more significant. Let's say we're traveling and we are on an airplane and we want to process this particular image.
Now in previous versions of Lightroom, what we would do is rather than try and use our trackpad on our laptop because we're so cramped, we would use this great shortcut to scroll through some of the different options here in the basic panel. Well, now in Lightroom 3 we can use the same shortcut, but we are going to have more information and actually more access to modify our images. The shortcut is pressing the Period or the Comma key. I am going to press the Period key once and look what happens. It says Modify Highlight and Recovery. We can go over here to our Highlight and Recovery right there and when I press Period again, you are going to see this is going to scroll forward.
Fill Light, then to Blacks, then to Brightness, then ti Contrast. Now if I press Comma, I am going to move backwards between all of these options, and you can see as I'm moving my cursor to kind of highlight where I am at. I can go down to Saturation, Clarity and so on. Now, if I'm on something like Contrast, I can then press the Plus key to increase my Contrast, it's actually showing me how much contrast I'm adding. While, I can do that previously in Lightroom 2, I didn't really have an idea of what was happening. So what's new to Lightroom 3 is it's extended this to a couple of other sliders as well as now gives us this little text field, showing us what we're doing.
So again, we can press the Comma key and then go to Blacks, increase our Blacks. We can then go back to Exposure, increase our Exposure a little bit and then make our way down perhaps to Clarity, increase that, and then also increase the Vibrant and the Saturation. And we can do that with all of those keys. Period and Comma to go through your different slider controls and then plus or minus to increase or decrease the overall amounts. So in this particular case, simply by using our keyboard, we've processed this image in a pretty unique way.
To look at the before and after, all that we need to do is press the Backslash key, that's the slash that leans to the left, and there we'll see our before and then our after.
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