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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 I want to share with you a few shortcuts that we can use in order to expedite our Develop module workflow. All right, well let's say with this image that we decide to start off in the Basic panel. To do that, let's press our shortcut key to open up the Basic panel. Do you remember that one? It's Command+1 on a Mac. That's Ctrl+1 on Windows. Now here, one of the things that we know we can do is we can modify the color temperature, say warming this image up, or we can add some fill light or contrast or whatever. We can go through our sliders.
Well, you can also go through some of these basic controls by pressing period or comma. Watch as I press period. Now, I'm modifying the temperature. I press period again; you'll notice its highlighting tint. It's also showing me on the screen what area I can modify. So here, period goes forward through all of these basic controls; comma goes backwards. So I could go to Exposure and then use the Plus key to increase my exposure. I could also press to navigate to my Temperature slider to increase the color temperature--make this image a bit more warm.
Well, now that I've made these adjustments, I want to see my before and after. Press the Backslash key. There is before. Press it again. There is after. Some pretty subtle adjustments, but nonetheless, it adds a little snap to the photograph. And also, we learned how we can access these areas of the Basic panel by using period and comma to scroll through and target different adjustments, and then how once we're at an adjustment--for example, like Exposure--we can then press plus or minus to increase or decrease. Okay, well, now that we've done this, next, I want to go to the Detail panel.
And on almost every image, we need to go to the Detail panel, so we want to write this shortcut down. Here it is. On a Mac, it's Command+5. On Windows, that's Ctrl+5. Let's go ahead and press that. That will take us to the Detail panel. Then here, let's zoom in. I'll zoom in by clicking on one of these eyes here. You can actually see my reflection there taking her picture. That's kind of fun. Well, when you work with these Amounts and whatnot, the Radius and the Detail, it's kind of hard to tell how this is actually looking.
Well, you can hold down a modifier key, which can really help you out. Here I'll press Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and then I'll drag the Radius slider. Here you can see it's making those edges glow more or less, or it's having the sharpening effect radiate out from those areas of contrast. Typically you want low radius, but you can see that especially here, when you hold down Option or Alt, and you can do this with all of these sliders here. What about Detail? Crank that one up. You see lots of texture. Small details are sharp. Bring this down.
That's usually better for people. It focuses more on the edges than it does on the texture. All right, same thing for masking too. Whatever is black won't be sharpened; what's white will be sharpened. As you can see, by modifying the way you're viewing that, while holding down Option or Alt, you get a little bit of a better perspective. All right, well I'll reduce the noise here too, and just add a little bit of noise reduction with the Color slider there too, reducing the color and luminance noise. Well, at this point, if I press backslash--here's before and after-- it's showing me all of my adjustments.
It's showing me the adjustments I did in the Basic panel and the Detail panel. Well, if I want to just see the Detail panel, I can flip this switch here, and that will help me determine if my sharpening amounts are appropriate. All right. Well so far, so good. I think we're making some progress here with this photograph and with our shortcuts. We'll click on the image to zoom out, and we will continue to talk about shortcuts in the next movie.
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