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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.
Now that we know the basics of how we can add flags, stars, or labels by way of a few shortcuts, let's talk about how we can more effectively work with these three different criteria, and let's start off with stars. Here you can see with this photograph that in the previous movie I added a 3- star rating to it. I did so by pressing the 3 key. Well now I want to change the star rating. I've decided that like this photograph a little bit more, so I want to increase the rating to 4 stars. To do that on your keyboard, you can use the bracket keys.
If you press the right bracket key that will increase the star rating, and you can press the right bracket key to increase it all the way up to 5 or press the left bracket key in order to decrease that rating. You can do this with images which already have a star rating or with those which don't. Like with this photograph here, to add a 1-star rating. I'll just press the right bracket key and then I'll continue to press that in order to increase the overall star rating. Now, another thing that we've talked about is how we can add flags to our photographs.
We can press the P key in order to flag an image as a picked photograph or we can press the U key to unpick or to remove the flag. Yet there are two other shortcuts that we can use when working with flags. If you look at your keyboard, or at least in my keyboard, I have this key which is located in the top left-hand corner, right beneath the Escape key. This key allows me to change my flag rating. If you press this key, you can flag an image as picked. Press it again and then you can remove the flag.
This key is called the back quote key or the accent key and again, you can use this key to either add or remove flags. Another way that you can do that is on a Mac, press Command, on Windows press Ctrl, and then use your up and down arrow keys. Press the up key in order to flag that image; press the down key in order to remove the flag. So again, there are just multiple ways to do this. It's not that one technique is best; ratherm you want to learn all of these different techniques and then select the method which works best for you.
Next, I want to take a look at how we can more quickly add flags, stars, or labels. If you press the Shift key and then if you press 1 through 9, you can go ahead and add a star or a label rating and then advance to the next image. So press and hold the Shift key, then press, say, the 4 key. That will add a 4-star rating and then it will automatically jump to the next photograph. With this next photograph, I'll add a 2-star rating so I'll press Shift+2 and then it will then move to the next picture.
With this picture here, I want to add a label, so I'll press Shift and then the 6 key and you can see how I added this label to this photograph here and then it jumped to the next picture. Sometimes that can be a helpful way to kind of commit to a rating, whether that's a star or a label, and then to just move on, to make your way to the next picture. We can also do this with our flag shortcuts. So here, if we want to flag this image as a keeper, as a pick, hold down the Shift key and then press the P key, and it will add that flag and then automatically advance to the next image or video file.
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