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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.
Here we are going to continue to dig deeper into working with shortcuts in the Develop module. Hold on to your hats and glasses, because we are going to learn a number of different really valuable shortcuts. All right! Well, one of the things that you typically want to do when working in the Develop module is you want to have flexibility. So many times, we create virtual copies of our photographs. Let's go ahead and do that here. I am going to select an image and then press Command+Apostrophe or Ctrl+Apostrophe. Now that we have this image, one of the things that I want to do is evaluate its exposure.
A great way to do that is to press the J key. That will turn on your clipping indicators. You may have noticed in the histogram up here that both of these indicators were turned on. Well now, if I make an adjustment-- either with my blacks or with my highlights-- you can see that's going to give me this clipping indicator. Here, let's go ahead, and bring up these, and you can see that there is some sort of exposure issue in these areas of the photograph. And I could only truly see that with this indicator turned on. Now, press the J key again, and that will toggle that off.
Because sometimes your image will look good onscreen, but it actually won't be reproducible like in this situation here, so by pressing the J key, it can really bring that clipping indicator to the foreground so you can actually see the problem with the photograph. Well, let's say that now that we realize we messed up this image, and it looks horrible. We want to reset it. To reset an image back to its original state, you press Shift+Command+R for reset on a Mac. That's Shift+Ctrl+R for reset on Windows. So far, so good.
Let's then also turn off the clipping indicator. To do so, press the J key. So those little clipping indicators have now been turned off. Another way to get the same information is to go down to your sliders and to hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and then to click on your Exposure slider. Here you can see, when we have that colored area, once again, it's showing me I have some kind of clipping in that area. So while holding down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, I can then see the problem area.
I can also do the same thing with some of my other sliders, like I can correct this with that Recovery slider this way. All right! Well, let's say that we make some adjustments here like this--and I am just going to make some really bad adjustments--and I realize, you know what, I want to reset my sliders. How can I do this? A couple of approaches: One is you can double- click any of the slider names. That will then take that back to the default setting. And here you can see I am bringing these all back to normal. Now, another option is if you make some changes and again, they don't look very good, you can hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and that will change the area that you're working in. In this case, in the Basic panel, the Tone sliders, if I click on Reset Tone, it will take all of those back to their default setting.
So as you can see, these shortcuts can really speed up our workflow by leaps and bounds. Another technique that you can use, let's say, is with the Color Temperature sliders. We decide to warm the image up, and we realize, again, it looks horrible. How to reset that? Well, if you double-click the little triangular slider icon, it will also take that back to its default setting as well. You can do that in different places. Down here in Exposure, I'll go ahead and double-click that, and it will take it to its default setting. All right! Well, let's say that what we want to do is rather than guess with moving our sliders, we want to turn on Auto Tone and Auto White Balance.
We want Lightroom to do some of the work for us. Well, you can do that by way of a shortcut. If you press Command+U on a Mac, that will turn on Auto Tone. That's going to be Ctrl+U on Windows. Then if you want to auto white balance a photograph, you press Shift+Command+U on a Mac or Shift+Ctrl+U on Windows. And again, it can just be a nice way to try to start your image off, to get it in a good place. Now, do Auto Tone and Auto White Balance always work? Not at all. Yet, sometimes they can help you out, especially with certain images.
So again, those are worthwhile shortcuts to jot down. I'll go ahead and say those again, just so you get them ingrained into your mind here. It's Command+U or Ctrl+U; that's Auto Tone. Shift+Command+U or Shift+Ctrl+U; that is Auto White Balance.
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