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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 talk about Develop module shortcuts. One of the things that we do quite often in the Develop module is we work with the White Balance tool. To select this tool, press the W key on your keyboard. That will activate the tool. Then what you can do is you can hover over the image, and you're looking to hover over and then click on something that you think should be neutral. Now, I know that this Leica camera should be black, so I am going to go ahead and click on that, and that will update, or correct, my image. Now if ever you are trying to evaluate if you've made an edit and if that edit is good, what you want to do is press the Backslash key.
That shows you before, and then press it again, it shows you after. I remember this one by thinking Backslash going back in time. What did I do before and then after. Another great way to evaluate your photograph is to press the Y key. This one is easy to remember because you say, why did I do that? So it's showing me my before and after here. Press Shift+Y and you can toggle through different before-and-after views, and you can see those comparisons side by side. Press Y again, and you can exit out of that particular comparison. All right! Well, so far, so good with this photograph.
Let's say though, that what we want to do is convert this image to black and white. There are a couple of different approaches that we can use. One is to simply press the V key, and that will take this image to black and white based on the color temperature. So if I move my Color Temperature sliders, you can see it's going to change my black-and-white conversion. It isn't the best black-and-white conversion, so I am going to press the V key again to bring back the Color Temperature sliders there. And then I'm also going to re-select the White Balance tool.
Press W, hover over my image, and re- White Balance that tool, because I kind of messed things up a little bit there. All right! Well, what I actually want to do is I want to go down to one of my panels down below. If I scroll down here, I can get to black and white. I can open that up. But I have all of this scrolling to do. And typically, when you have all of your panels open, you end up scrolling so far that it gets a little frustrating. So there has to, of course, be a better way, and there is. Here is what you can do. If you hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and then click on any of the triangle icons--in any of the panels for that matter--it will change your panels into what's called Solo mode.
In this way, you will only have one panel open at a time. For example, Split Toning is now currently opened. If I open Basic, it will close Split Toning and only open Basic. Now, once you've done that, what you can do next is you can use a great shortcut to navigate to your different panels. Here I am going to close the Histogram panel for a moment and the Basic panel, so we can really see this in action. Here is the shortcut. On a Mac, you press and hold the Command key. On Windows, press and hold the Ctrl key.
Next, you press 0 through whatever number--however many panels you have here on the right-hand side. So on a Mac, Command+0 will toggle open or closed the Histogram. Command+1, or Ctrl+1 would be the Basic panel. On Windows, it would be Ctrl plus the same respective number. So in other words, if we are in the Basic panel--let's press Command+1 on Mac, Ctrl+1 on Windows--and if we want to convert this image to black and white and do a good conversion, we can press Command+3 or Ctrl+3 to go to our HSL, Color, and Black & White panels.
Let's go ahead and press that shortcut. It then takes us to that panel. Here what I am going to do is convert to black and white. Then I'll use the Target Adjustment tool and change the brightness value of the reds there. You can see how we are affecting that area of the image and also some of the other areas. Just making my way through here, modifying these sliders. Or, you can always simply modify the sliders this way as well. Well, once I've made this conversion, I really want to go back to the Basic panel. I want to go back up top, but I don't want to scroll. Well, to go back up top to where I was, I would use a shortcut.
On a Mac, you'll press Command+1. On Windows, you'll press Ctrl+1. From here, what we could do is go back and add some fill light or some contrast, or modify exposure. But then all of a sudden we think to ourself, you know what, I don't know if this is really out of range or out of gamut. I don't know if I've over- exposed this or blocked up my shadows. So I need to recall that shortcut, which shows me clipping. The J key is a shortcut which will turn on your clipping indicator. Let me exaggerate this a little bit more.
So now, you can see that all those areas where there is color, it's showing me that I have some kind of a problem, because I've added too much black here to the shadow area. Well, once you see that, you can then make the needed adjustments here. I'll go ahead, and just modify things a little bit, add a little bit more fill light into that shadow area, perhaps lower my contrast. So I am going to get closer to an image that's going to be reproducible. Now, another way to do the same thing, just as a refresher, is to press the J key, turn off that clipping indicator, and then hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and drag your sliders here.
As I drag those sliders, I am going to be able to see that view, as it will show me which areas are going to be clipped, based on holding that shortcut and moving one of those sliders.
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