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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Because the changes that we'll make in the Develop module will be really significant, it becomes essential that we really know how to compare the before and after of a particular photograph. And here you can see I've this wonderful photograph of my daughter, Annika. She is riding in a little wagon as we were walking out to see some horses. What I want to do is I want to access this photo. It's in the 02_General_Photos folder, subfolder kids, and I want to bring this photo to the Develop module. To do that, press the D key, for Develop.
Now well, we haven't talked about the Develop module controls, what you do know is that you can simply drag these sliders to make changes. So I'm going to go ahead and just make a few changes here, just to have something that's visually different. All right, well, now that I've made these changes, I need to determine if they're better. So there are a couple of shortcuts that we can use in order to access our before and after views. The Backslash key is really easy to remember, because you think of going back in time; that will take you to before, press again, it will take you to after.
Well, what about a little bit more of a comparative view? Well, you can press the Y key, and what the Y key will do, as in this particular case, is it will show us this Split view. Now the split isn't just right, you can always click on the image to zoom in, and here I can see I am zooming to a different rate. I can zoom out a little bit too, so it's a little bit better, and I can pan around in order to see my before and after. We can also change the Split. If you press Option+Y, you notice that I'm changing it from a vertical split to a horizontal split.
So that's Option on a Mac or Alt on a PC plus the Y key, in order to alternate that view. I'll go ahead and press Y to take that back, and then Y one more time to remove that particular view. Another way that you can view your images is by pressing Shift+Y. Now a lot of times when you do this, you may not have enough screen real estate to actually make the comparison. So what you'll want to do is press the Tab key. That will hide your panels on the left and right. So you can really look at that Before and After, and for that matter you can zoom in here in order to evaluate which image works better.
In this case, I can really focus in on the important aspect of the photograph. Now if you ever forget any of these shortcuts, you can always access them in the toolbar by way of this icon here, and here you can see we have the different before and after views. You can also access them by going to the View pulldown menu and here we'll select Before and After. You can see the different views that we have and their respective shortcuts.
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