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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've learned a lot of the foundational shortcuts with the Develop module, let's dig a little bit deeper. And here, I want to talk about how we can create Collections, and also how we can create virtual copies, because virtual copies give us a lot of creative flexibility when it comes to processing our photographs. So Lightroom will assume that you are going to do all of your organizational work in the Library module. So here, let's go back to the Library module, and let's use our shortcut key combination to create a new collection, so that we can kind of clear things out, so we can really focus in on creating virtual copies.
Well, to do that, here I will press the E key to go to the Library module, then press Command+N on a Mac, or Control+N on Windows. I am just going to name this Collection Chris, because we're working with this image which is titled chris.dmg. Well here, when you create a Collection, you can actually create a Collection using virtual copies. Well, I don't want to do that here just yet, but I do want to highlight that that's possible, and what a virtual copy is, is just another version of your image, without any extra file size.
So it's just a new set of instructions, which is saved in your catalog. So here, let's simply click Create, so that we can work with this main or master photograph here in this Collection. Next press the D key to go to the Develop module. Now, it's in the Develop module where virtual copies are really going to be helpful, because let's say, for example, that we have this portrait, but that we also want to try out a couple of different versions of this image; one which is black and white, another one which is black and white, with some split toning.
So here, to create a virtual copy, we can use a keyboard shortcut; press Command+Apostrophe on a Mac, or Control+Apostrophe on Windows. You can see down in the filmstrip below that I now have a virtual copy of this image. This is Copy 1. Next I can make some adjustments to this photograph, and let's do that in the Basic panel. To open up the Basic panel, press Command+1 on a Mac, or Control+1 on Windows. Next we will go ahead and press the V key in order to convert this image to black and white.
Then we will increase our Contrast here a little bit, increase the Exposure, and then we may also decide that we want to go down to the Black & White panel. To do that, we can press Command+3 on a Mac, or Control+3 on Windows, and here we can further customize the way that this particular black and white conversion will appear. And again, what we're starting to do here is combine a lot of our different shortcuts together. This is definitely more advanced. All right. Well let's say that we want to create another virtual copy, because we want to have another version of our image.
Well, we could do that either by pressing Command+ Apostrophe or Control+Apotrophe, or what you can do is you can right-click or Control+click over the image here. Then you can select this option, which is to create a virtual copy. Either technique will do the exact same thing. Now, with this virtual copy, I want to apply some Split Toning color to it. So let's open up that panel by way of our handy panel navigation shortcut. Press Command+4 on a Mac, or Control+4 on Windows.
Here we will go ahead and bring some color into the Highlights, perhaps a little bit of some yellows there, and then we'll bring some blues into our Shadows, and by doing that, you can see how we now have this different look with this photograph. In the filmstrip below, we can click through these different images, and in a sense, I almost like to think of virtual copies kind of like new layers in Photoshop. We have this new version, or this new way of processing our photograph, and the great thing about this is that it's completely nondestructive.
We can always edit this, or undo this, and this gives us a lot of flexibility. And what else is interesting about virtual copies is that if we look at our before and after view, it will go back to the original state of where the virtual copy was when it was created. So here, if we press the backslash key, you can see it goes all the way back to the color version of the image. Press backslash again; here's the after. Yet, if we go to our third image here, this virtual copy, and if we press the backslash key, we are going to see this image in the state where it started; that was in the state of this black and white conversion.
So here is before, and then now here is after. So in other words, by creating virtual copies, it allows you to step back in the time to when that image was created, and that's its, quote, original state. All right. Well let's review a couple of shortcuts here. Most important, the one shortcut that I want you to learn here is Command+Apostrophe or Control+Apostrophe; that's Command+Apostrophe on a Mac, or Control+Apostrophe on Windows. Then I also think it's helpful to note that when you make changes, say, when you make changes to the overall color and tone, or whatever you do, that when you press the backslash key, it's going to go back to the original state, or the first state when that virtual copy was created.
Here is our before, and then now here's our after. The reason why I want to highlight that is because it helps us to kind of evaluate the different ways that we're processing our image, so that we can kind of see this step by step approach in order to determine which version of our photograph is best. All right, well now that we know a little bit about how we can create virtual copies, let's talk just a little bit more about how we can work with virtual copies, and let's do that in the next movie.
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