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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module
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Customizing interface elements


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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

with Chris Orwig

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Here we're going to take a look at a few steps that we can take in order to further customize the Lightroom interface. We're going to begin by looking at the Lightroom Interface Preferences. You can find those by navigating to the Lightroom pull-down Menu and next then select Preferences. What we want to do here in the Preferences dialog is click on the tab for Interface; it's on the far right. Well, here you'll notice we have some Groups of Preferences; Panels, Lights Out, Background, etcetera. Let's start at the top.
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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module
6h 13m Beginner Mar 05, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the interface
  • Importing from a memory card
  • Auto-importing from a watched folder
  • Considering color management with tethered capture
  • Working with catalogs
  • Comparing two images in a library
  • Working with multiple hard drives
  • Stacking photos in groups
  • Using smart collections and quick collections
  • Using Quick Develop to process images
  • Editing the color and tonality of video
  • Adding copyright data to photographs
  • Exporting, emailing, and publishing photographs
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management Sharing Photos
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Customizing interface elements

Here we're going to take a look at a few steps that we can take in order to further customize the Lightroom interface. We're going to begin by looking at the Lightroom Interface Preferences. You can find those by navigating to the Lightroom pull-down Menu and next then select Preferences. What we want to do here in the Preferences dialog is click on the tab for Interface; it's on the far right. Well, here you'll notice we have some Groups of Preferences; Panels, Lights Out, Background, etcetera. Let's start at the top.

Well, Panels, you'll notice there's a default End Mark, this Flourish, well, we can choose something different here, say like Ornament 1, it will then update what's displayed at the base of the panel. We can also choose an option say None in order to turn that off completely. Again, this is just a preference; it's up to you what you select. I'll take this back to that default setting for now. We also have an option for the Font Size with these Panels. By default the Font Size is Small; you can choose Large, yet if you choose that, it will warn you, this font change will only take effect once you've quit and then restarted in Lightroom.

So just make sure to close it out and then reopen it and you'll see the change. Well, what about Lights Out, you may remember there's a shortcut, it's the L key, it deems the interface, it darkens it. Well, you can actually have it turned to Lights Out and darken the interface, or brighten it, in a sense kind of turn the lights on or turn them up. Let me show you what I mean. By default the Screen Color is Black and the Dim Level is 80%. Let's explore what that looks like. Here I will press L once, it dims to 80% Black; press it again, it's now completely Black.

Press it a third time, brings everything back to normal. Well, if we go back to our Lightroom Preferences and then go to the Interface tab over here, we can change this say to something different, like Dark Gray, Medium Gray, or White. If we choose White what will happen is when we press the L key rather than dimming everything, it just brightens it, brightens it at 80% of White, and then one more time it goes completely White. Press it that third time, brings everything back to normal. Navigate back to the Lightroom pull-down Menu and choose Preferences, you can see we have these different options, and really this is just a personal preference.

You know what happens is when you surround an image with White, the image seems a little bit brighter. It also feels like it has less Contrast and less Color Saturation. When it's surrounded by Black, it feels like it has more Contrast, more Color Saturation. So again, it's just a personal preference there. And the Dim Level, we have a few options as well, this is how drastic you want that dimming to actually take place. What about the Background? If we move the Preferences dialog off for a second, you can see that we have this Medium Gray in the background.

You can change that, this could go White, as you can see here, or we could take this all away to deep Black. And again, just a personal preference, by default it's Medium Gray, because most people say this mid-tone or Medium Gray helps you evaluate the image a little bit more objectively, it's a little bit less influenced than it would be if it were bright White or dark Black. Now, you can include a Texture, just a Pinstriped Texture if you wanted to have that in the Background behind the image, in order to add perhaps a little bit of separation. I am going to choose None, again, just to take it to that default setting.

Now, this is for the Main window obviously, the secondary window would be as if you're running Lightroom with two monitors and if you have a secondary display. Next, Keyword Entry, we'll skip that, that will be relevant later when we talk about metadata. We'll jump right down to Filmstrip. Now, in the Filmstrip what you can do is display different things. Here it shows the ratings and picks, badges, stack counts. Shows the photo in the navigator, I'll mouse over and show photo on info tooltips. Here if you look down in the bottom left-hand corner you can see there's a little red box around it, showing it has a red label on it, a flag and a star rating.

Now, all of the information we can either show or hide by clicking on these options and you'll notice as I turn these off, it will show or hide those various options. When you're getting used to Lightroom and you're starting off I recommend you turn all those on, because sometimes that information can be really helpful. The last little preference I want to look at here has to do with Tweaks, and this one is to zoom the clicked point to the center. This is really helpful. Let me show you what I mean. So that's turned on, and what I am going to do is scroll down just to find another image here, one way down at the end here, and I'll select this photograph.

Now, if I click up here in this top area of the trees, what will happen is it will zoom in, but it will then bring that to the center of the screen. In other words, it's not going to keep that up in the top part of the screen. The same thing will be true if I click on say the dress down here below, it brought that dress right to the middle of the screen. Now, that's really helpful, because it is assuming that wherever you click, wherever you're zooming into, you want to see that point that you've clicked into. So I recommend that you turn or leave that preference on as well.

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