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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 a few valuable shortcuts that will help us out in the Develop module. Now, one of the tools that we use quite often is the Adjustment Brush. To access this tool, press the K key. Now, once you have the Adjustment Brush, you'll probably want to change the brush size, the feather, and the flow. Well, to change the brush size, you can press your Bracket keys. Right bracket is a bigger brush size. Left bracket is smaller. To change the feather amount, hold down Shift and then press the Bracket keys.
Right again is bigger or more feather. Shift+Left Bracket is a smaller feather amount. All right, well what about Auto Mask? Well, you can change the Auto Mask by pressing the A key. Turn Auto Mask off, and let's take a look at what will happen here. If I go ahead and paint over this area of the face, you can see I'm affecting everything. Let's undo that. Well, if I press A in order to turn Auto Mask on and do very similar brushstrokes, you can see that now primarily these brushstrokes are affecting the lips, because that Auto Mask is limiting this adjustment to a particular area.
Well here these little pins are distracting. I want to hide those. So I'll press the H key. Now, sometimes what you might want to do is see a mask overlay of the adjustment that you've made. To do so, you can press the O key. Then press Shift+O, and it will change different colors. Because if you have a red mask on top of red lips, that's kind of hard to see. So here in this case, as I'm pressing Shift+O, what that's showing me is that my mask has a few little problems.
In particular, I've missed a couple of areas here. So I'm going to go ahead and paint over those areas, just making sure that I have all of this selected here, and making sure that I'm modifying the entirety of the lips. All right, well so far, so good. I'll press the A key to turn Auto Mask off, and then I'll do a few more adjustments on the lips here. What about changing the overall flow? Well, you can change the flow here by pressing a number. I'll press 1. It jumps to 10; 9, it goes to 90; 55, it goes to the 55.
Okay, well, so far, we can see this overlay on top of this area. Again, that's just kind of showing us, hey, this is the area that we're affecting. We can't see the effect. So, we need to turn the overlay off. To do so, press your O key. Now, when I do that, I realize, gosh! Those lips look horrible. That doesn't look good at all. No problem, go up to your Exposure slider, and here we can make the needed adjustments. Perhaps it's just a little bit darker there or maybe a little bit more clarity or adding some contrast or doing something else to modify the color of that particular area of the photograph.
To see our before and after, we can flip this switch. Here is before, and then here is after. Now, if ever you want to close the Adjustment Brush, or if you want to create a new adjustment, just press the K key once. That will close it. If you want to make a new adjustment, press the K key again and then start painting, and you'll have a different or distinct adjustment as you start to paint. Whenever you need to bring back the pins from the Adjustment Brush, you can press the H key. That will show you the various adjustments that you've made. And if you don't like one of the adjustments, like the lips here, click on it, hit the Delete key, and now it's gone.
All right. Well, what else can we do in the Develop module? Well, one of the things that you're going to want to do is right-click all over the place in Lightroom, but especially in the Develop module. If we right-click on the background, we can choose different background colors, like lack or Medium Gray, or White-- whatever we want to choose in regards to the background of the image. Now, if we right-click or Ctrl+Click on the image, we'll see a different pop-up contextual menu. What we can select here is to see this image in the Finder or Explorer. We can edit this inside of Photoshop.
We can set flags or ratings, and you can see a number of different options as we scroll down this list. Another thing that I want to highlight here is that if you're in the Develop module and if you want to scroll and if you have a three-button mouse, you can hover over the thumbnails here and use that third button scroll wheel in order to scroll back and forth. You can also do the same thing in the Library module. If we're in the Library Grid View, again, you can hover over and just use that third button to scroll up or down, position the mouse over the panels, and now scroll, and you see that it will contextually scroll whatever you're hovering on top of.
The last thing I want to highlight here is that if you right-click or Ctrl+Click inside of the Library module, you'll also notice that you have some of the same options that we saw in the Develop module. All right, well now in closing, we've covered a wide range of shortcuts, and my intent with these various shortcut movies isn't to be exhaustive; rather, it's to highlight a few shortcuts that I think will help you as you seek to become a more advanced Lightroom user. Now, the trick with learning Lightroom shortcuts is this: You want to learn a few at a time; you don't want to learn them all at once.
So, just pick a few that you can start to integrate into your workflow, and then practice, practice, and practice some more.
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