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Bonus workflow tips

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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.

Bonus workflow tips

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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Lightroom 3 New Features

53 video lessons · 9359 viewers

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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