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This course enables you to harness the diverse features in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom literally at the touch of a button. Photographer and teacher Chris Orwig shares the keyboard shortcuts that make working with the modules in Lightroom more intuitive and efficient, including ways to navigate the interface, minimizing, maximizing, and zooming panels and images as you go, as well as methods for importing images. Chris also demonstrates shortcuts for organizing images with labels, stars, flags, and collections; editing image metadata; working with video; and making a wide range of image adjustments. The course provides photo editors with a whole new way to extend their reach in Lightroom: by bringing their toolset closer to the workbench.
Next I want to take a look at how we can use a few different view modes in the Library module, which can help us to find the keeper; it can help us to survey the photographs that we have, or to compare some pictures, so that we can determine which one we like best. Well, first what we're going to do is take a look at how we can work with this Survey mode. You can see that I have one image selected in the filmstrip below, and that I'm working from this folder, Jared. These are some pictures that I captured in one of my other courses, Narrative Portraiture, where we went to New York, and where I photographed this Broadway performer here on the Brooklyn Bridge. All right.
Well, I want to add a few photos, so that I can then survey all of these pictures together. So to add some pictures to what I have selected, hold down the Command key on a Mac, and the Control key on Windows, and go ahead and click on multiple images. In this case, I've clicked on three images. Next, we're going to press the N key in order to enter what's called the Survey mode. Here we can see that we have these three images together. Sometimes, when working in the Survey mode, it may be helpful to press the Tab key to hide the panels on the left and the right, so you can really focus in on the images. Or you may want to decrease the size of the filmstrip.
To do that, hover over the dividing line, and then click and drag down, so that those thumbnails become smaller. Next, if you want to hide the toolbar, just press the T key. Well here let's add a few more images to our survey. To do that, press the Command key on the Mac, Control key on Windows, and then go ahead and click on a few more pictures. As we do that, you can see that it's going to arrange these photographs, so that these can then all fit in this survey. This can be a nice way to kind of almost half, like, a light table, and to see some photographs together.
Now, if ever you want to remove photographs from a Survey mode, you can either hover over the image, and click on the X in the bottom right-hand corner, or you can hold on the Command key on a Mac, Control key on Windows, and then click on the images here in the filmstrip below. To bring back the panels on the right and the left, press the Tab key. That will then automatically arrange these photographs, so that we can see all of them together. You know, sometimes it's a nice way to start to think about how you might combine multiple images together.
Perhaps you want to have two photographs side by side. Well here, let's go ahead and hide some of these pictures, and in this case, I'm just going to click on that bottom right-hand corner here to hide those, so that I just have these two pictures here. Again, this might be a nice layout to have these two photographs next to each other. Now that we've looked at how we can work with Survey mode, we've seen that it's pretty free-form, and that you can work with two or more photographs. Next, let's take a look at how we can work with what's called Compare.
To do that, I'm going to go ahead and click on one image down here in the filmstrip, then I'm going to press the C key to enter into Compare mode. In doing that, you notice that it automatically selected the photograph right next to it. Here I have the Select image, then next to it I have the Candidate. You can also see that in the filmstrip down below, we have these little icons: either a diamond which is white, or one which is black. Now, we can select different photographs in order to, say, make some comparisons to try to find the best picture.
To do that, I'll go ahead and press Command or Control, and then I'll click on a few other pictures here in the filmstrip. Next, to change the Candidate, we can go ahead and use our arrow keys; either our left or a right-hand arrow keys. Here I'm going to press the left arrow key, and you can notice that that little diamond, it traveled over to this picture, showing me that this is the image which I'm now comparing against this one. Press the left arrow key again, and you can see that we now have these two photographs in View. Next, I'll press the right arrow key to go back to just having these two photographs together, and then I want to remove these two from my comparison.
So hold down the Command on a Mac, Control key on Windows, and then click on those images here in the filmstrip. Next, if you want a flip-flop that which is selected, and also that which is the Candidate, you press the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows, and then you use your arrow keys. In doing that, either by pressing the right or the left arrow key, you can see how these icons have now changed, and also the position of the images up top have changed. By doing this, what essentially I've done here is I've decided that this one is my Select photograph.
I like this expression more than this picture, so that's the image that I want to work with; that's the keeper. In order to exit out of this Compare mode, we'll just press the C key again, and this'll just go back to this regular view mode, with the image which you had selected, or the photograph which you had in that Select position.
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