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The latest version of Lightroom provides us with a way to overlay a transparent PNG file on top of our image, in order to simulate how our photograph might look, say, if it were on the cover of a particular magazine. Well here we're going to take a look at the shortcuts that we can use in order to select, and then to activate that image, to kind of preview how a photograph might look if it were chosen as a cover of a magazine. This particular technique is really helpful when you're shooting for a magazine in order to kind of mock up a layout.
Well here what we need to do first is to select the transparent PNG file that we've created in Photoshop. To do that, press Shift+Option+Command+O on a Mac, or Shift+Alt+Control+O on Windows. Next, I'm navigating to the Resource Files folder, which is located inside of our Exercise Files folder, and I'm going to select overlay-idea-1.png, and then click Choose. Here you can see we now have this layout. We can move this around a little bit by holding down the Command key.
Press the Command key, then you get access to some other options, like repositioning this, or you can also change the surrounding area. Press and hold Command, and we can control that color of the background. We can either black that out completely, or just have it light gray. We can also control the overall Opacity of the graphic. Here we can have this a little bit more transparent, or we can bring its Opacity all the way up. Now, with this mock layout, I'm not really liking this image for the cover, so I want to try another photograph.
To do that, just click on another image, and you can see how that would then fit with this layout. You can also choose different layout images. Press Shift+Option+Command+O on a Mac, or Shift+Alt+Control+O on Windows, and then select another overlay idea, in this case, overlay-idea-2, and you can see that this cover has a little bit of a border. Here we can choose different photographs, and we can see how these might fit in this area. Next, press the Command key in order click and drag this around, so that we can position this exactly where we want it. And I think for this mockup, perhaps this photograph would work well.
Now, once we've viewed our image with this overlay, we will want to be able to turn this off quickly. To do that, press Command+Option+O on a Mac, or Control+Alt+O on Windows. That toggles the visibility of that overlay on and off. So again, to bring that back, press Command+Option+O or Control+Alt+O. That will then bring back the visibility of this overlay PNG file that we've selected.
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