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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.
All right, well here I want to talk about two different sets of keyboard shortcuts that we can use in order to navigate between the various modules. Now, the three modules that you'll most likely be using most frequently are the Library, Develop, and Print modules, so let's go ahead and start off with those. Typically, we begin our workflow here in the Library module. Next we move to the Develop module. Well, to navigate to the Develop module by way of a shortcut, you can press the D key; think D for develop.
Here in the Develop module, we may make a few adjustments to the image, and then we'll decide that we want to print this photograph. To navigate to the Print module, you press Command+P on a Mac, or Control+P on Windows. Well, after having printed this photograph, let's say that we want to go back to the Library module to select another photograph to work on. To do that, we can either press the G or the E key. The G and the E key allow us to go to a Library module either in the grid; G for grid, or E for loupe.
Let's go back to the Loupe mode in the Library module, so press the E key. Here I'll press the G key to go to that Grid View, then I'll select a picture; let's say this one right here. Next, I want to take this picture to the Develop module. To do that, I'll simply press the D key, and here we are inside of that module. If we want to go back to the Library module, and to view this image in the Loupe mode, so we have a nice large view of this, you just press the E key, and it will take you to that module, and show you the image in that particular mode.
Well, now that we've covered these shortcuts for Library, Develop, and Print, what about the other modules? Well, for all of the modules there actually are some modifier keys and numbers which we can use in order to navigate between them. If you're on a Mac, you press and hold Option+Command; if you're on Windows you press and hold Control+Alt. Then you can press the different numbers on your keyboard. For example, if I press and hold Option+ Command+3, or Alt+Control+3, what that will do is it will take me to the Map module.
Or if I want to go to another module, I can press the shortcut for that, and here you can see, I'm just pressing those two modifier keys, which is Option and Command, and then a number. It goes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and then 7. So again, we can use those keys, and the great thing about the shortcuts is that you don't have to memorize the number which is associated with the different module. Rather, you just need to memorize those two modifier keys. Again, on a Mac that's Option+Command, on Windows that's Control+Alt, then one of the numbers.
Another thing that we can do is we can go, say, to the Library module, and then navigate to the Develop module. And let's go there by way of this new shortcut that we've learned. Here I'll press Option+Command+2, or Control+Alt+2. Now, if we go to Develop module, and if we want to go back to the previous module that we just worked on, we can use those same modifier keys in combination with our left or right arrow keys. So here, if we press Option+Command+ left arrow, or Control+Alt+left arrow, it will take us back to the previous module.
Press that shortcut again, and it'll go back to the one that we've used before that. So again, by using Option+Command, or Control and Alt, we can either use those modifier keys in combination with the numbers to go to a specific module, or in combination with the arrows to move backwards or forwards between how we've navigated with these modules. To move forwards, I'll press Option+ Command+right arrow, or Control+Alt+right arrow. All right, well there are a lot of shortcuts there. What you'll want to do is write them down, and then decide which shortcuts you want to use.
You know, as with most software applications, there are always more shortcuts than you need. You don't need to use all of them. Rather, you want to become familiar with a wide range of shortcuts, and then select the few which will help you navigate in order to use the application most effectively.
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