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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this next segment, I want to begin to focus in on shortcuts that we can use in the Develop module. Now first of all, we start off in the Library module. That's where we begin our game. How then can we quickly get to the Develop module? Well, there actually are a number of different shortcuts. Let me show you a few of these. What we are going to do is jump back and forth between Develop and Library to start to learn these shortcuts. One shortcut is the D key for Develop. Press the E. That goes back to Library. What else can we do? Well, you can press the R key for the Crop tool.
Once again, let's press the E key to go back to the Library module. We can also press the Q key in order to go to the Spot Removal tool. Then let's go back to Library module by pressing E. We can press the M key to go to the graduated filter, E to go back to Library loop, and the final one is K to go to the Adjustment Brush. Now, why am I showing you all these shortcuts? Well one, because sometimes what will happen is you'll be in the Library module, and you'll know that you want to go and crop the image.
So, for example, let's say we're here in Library. We need to re-crop this photograph. We don't want to have to press D and then press a shortcut for crop, or click on this and then select the Crop tool; we just want to go straight to Develop, straight to cropping. We press the R Key. Now, here inside the Crop tool, you'll notice it's active. What we can do is we can change this crop. For example, I am going to extend it down below. We'll talk more about how we can modify the crop in a moment. For now, let's simply click Done.
Well how else can we navigate? We looked at these other shortcuts that are associated with the Tool Strip tools. It's the R key for the Crop tool. I would jot that one down. It's the Q key for the Spot Removal. Again, jot that one down. M key for the graduated filter and then finally, the K key for the Adjustment Brush. Now those shortcuts are helpful, whether you want to navigate to the Develop module or whether you're already here. For example, let's get into cropping. Here we'll press the R key to go into the Crop tool.
Currently, I have this overlay on top of my image. You can change it by pressing O. As I press O multiple times, you can see it's giving me different crop overlays. Now if ever there is a crop overlay which has an orientation which possibly could change, press Shift+O, and you can actually flip it around, or move it into a new spot to see how it might look in other positions. Let's keep pressing O, and now here we have this Crop Overlay. Well, perhaps the overlay is a little bit overwhelming--there's too much there. Press the H key.
Then you can hide that. All right! Well, let's press the H key again to bring it back. All right! Well, what about cropping? One of the things that we can do with cropping is we can simply do a freeform crop, where we are just dragging these corner points one way or another. And here we have a crop that's really tight in on the face. You notice it's updating in the Navigator panel. Well, all of a sudden, I decide that I don't want vertical. I want horizontal. How can I change that crop orientation? Well, if you press the X key, that will flip your crop orientation, regardless of where you're at.
So here we'll go ahead and press the X key, and you can see it flipping back and forth between those different positions. All right! Well, let's say that what we want to do is apply this crop. How can we do so? Well you can press Enter or Return, or you can double-click inside of this crop area in order to apply that crop. Yet, let's say that as we do that we realize we don't really like it. It's too tight. Well, to reset your crop, you press Option+ Command+R on a Mac--Option+Ctrl+R on Windows.
That doesn't reset the image; it just resets the crop itself. Let's go ahead and go back to the Crop tool. Press the R key one more time. What about constraining our aspect ratio? Well, here what you can do is hold down the Shift key and grab one of your corner points. You can see it's now constraining that aspect ratio. Or you can press the A key. As I press the A key, you'll notice that this Aspect Ratio Lock icon is either unlocked or locked. So once it's locked, we can then choose this new aspect ratio, double-click in order to apply that particular crop. All right! Just to reiterate, let's reset the crop back to normal.
On a Mac, Command+Option+R. On Windows, that's Ctrl+Alt+R. All right! Well, so far, we have covered a handful of good shortcuts, thus this would be a good breaking point. Let's go ahead and stop here and then continue to dig deeper into Develop module shortcuts in the next movie.
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