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Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2

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Video: Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2

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.

Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2

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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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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