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Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1

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Video: Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1

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.

Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1

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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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