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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
In a sense, you can think of this movie as a little bit of a bonus movie, because what I want to share with you here are just a few little extra tips which will help you further customize the Lightroom interface in a way that's a little bit more easy to modify and also I want to share with you a technique that you can use in order to create and work with custom Panel End Marks. Well, first the shortcuts; the shortcuts are really easy. We have this medium gray behind our image and previously we looked at how we could change that. We change that by going to the Preferences dialog.
Well, you can also make that change by hovering over that area and then right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking and making a selection, and again, you can do this in any area here, just make your selection and it will update that background color or for that matter, the texture as well. All right! Right-click or Ctrl+click, it's as easy as that. We can also do the same thing with our Panel End Marks, either on the right or left hand side. You move over to the Panels and right-click or Ctrl+click and then at the bottom, it gives you access to your Panel End Mark dialogue.
Here we could choose something different. And that will then update the end mark. If you want to change it, right click or Ctrl+click and then you can do that again, again just make a different choice for that option. Now you can also create a custom graphic and you can include that custom graphic here. This might just be kind of a fun way to further customize Lightroom. Let me show you how this works. What you can do is create this graphic in Photoshop. Let's jump to Photoshop for a second and I have two that I have created. Now these I have included with the Exercise Files, so you can work with these or you can create your own.
And let's start off with this one here, Panel end_mark_1. You will notice that if we turn off the visibility of these layers, have a background color and I've chosen a gray which matches that gray color in Lightroom. I then have some text and then also a little graphic there and then my own flourish. Now all that you need to do is to design something in Photoshop and save it out. Now what you want to keep in mind is that the dimensions matter here. If you go to the Image Size dialog, you'll notice that we have a specific dimension in regards to our Width, 236, write that number down.
That's how wide you want this to be height or 172 or taller, it doesn't matter, that's really up to you how tall you want it to be or short for that matter, but the Width is important. Well, then you'll notice I have another one, this one just a little bit more simple. Two different options and then I can see which one I like best. Well, in order to apply this or to use this graphic I've created, I need to go back to Lightroom. In Lightroom, I can go the Preferences dialog or I can simply right-click or Ctrl+click and in the Panel End Mark dialogue, there's an option to Go to the Panel End Marks Folder.
This will open up your Finder or Explorer window and it will take you to that folder. Here it is on the right, Panel End Marks, nothing in it. Then I have my Exercise Files over here, I have these two files that we have worked on. I can select these and then I'll copy them over to that folder there, and once they're inside of that folder, I can then access them from right inside of Lightroom. Let's go back to Lightroom to see how we can finish this off. Here we'll click back on Lightroom, right-click or Ctrl+click and then in this Panel End Mark dialogue, you will notice I have my two options there.
There is option number one, that one is alright, maybe a little bit too dramatic or bold or big, right-click or Ctrl+click, let's see what option number two looks like, and there is one that's a little bit more simple. So again, just a few extra bonus tips which will help you hopefully to further customize the Lightroom interface.
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