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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.
In many ways, in post-production, speed and creativity go hand in hand. In other words, the quicker we work, the more potential for creativity. Therefore, what I want to do here is spend a couple of minutes reviewing some general navigational shortcuts that we can use in Lightroom, in order to speed up our overall workflow. Now you may be thinking, "Okay, well, I know how to get around Lightroom." You may discover that some of the shortcuts that I share you already know, yet I always find that it's helpful to review these shortcuts and then to pick a few of them that you want to integrate into your own workflow.
All right. Well, let's begin. Well, one of the things that we typically like to do in Lightroom is we like to minimize the interface. How can we do that? Well, one of the techniques that we can use is we can press the F key. By pressing the F key, we can toggle through different Full Screen modes. Press it again, and we can exit out of that Full Screen mode. Another thing that we can do is we can hide aspects of the interface. For example, press F5, and you can hide the top; F6, the bottom; F7, the left panels; F8, the right panels.
Well, how can you bring all of those back? Well, you can go ahead and press all those F keys, or you can use this great shortcut. It's Shift+Tab. Press Shift+Tab. It brings everything back. Press Shift+Tab a second time, and it gets rid of everything. So that's a great shortcut, regardless of where you are, to show or hide a lot of the interface. Now you may have noticed that when we press Shift+Tab, we got rid of most of the interface except for the top and the bottom. Well, the top, we already know how to get rid of. Press the F key.
What about the bottom? What is that down there? That's called the toolbar. To show or hide the toolbar in any of the modules, you press the T key. All right, so now we can really focus in on the image. Another way that we like to focus in on the image is by turning the lights on or off. Let me show you what I mean. Here I'm going to bring back the interface. I want to do so by pressing Shift+Tab. Then I'll exit Full Screen View mode. If you go to your Lightroom pulldown menu and select Preferences, you can go over to the Interface tab.
Here we have the ability to change Lights Out, or lights on as I like to think of it. We can either use the default black. Let's take a look at that. Press L once and L again, so we have the image surrounded by black. Or if we go back to our Preferences, what we can actually do is change this to a bright color, or bright tone I should say, like White. Then here, I'll press L once and then L twice. We have this image hovering in this area of white. Now let's say that we go to an image-- I'm just going to use my arrow keys to scroll through some photographs-- and we want to evaluate one of our images, like this one.
But we want it bigger. We have the interface kind of blocking the area of the sides and the top and bottom of our photograph. Well, we know how to hide these, right? We can press Shift+Tab. When we press Shift+Tab, we're hiding the rest of the Lightroom interface, so that we can give as much screen real estate as possible to our photograph. Well, let's go back to normal. We'll press L to exit out of Lights Out. We'll press Shift+Tab to bring back all of interface. Then I'll press the T Key as well to bring back my toolbar.
Also, I should point out: if ever you feel like I'm going too fast with these shortcuts, pause this movie, rewind, write the shortcuts down, and watch it again and again until you have these in your bag of tricks, until you can integrate these into your workflow. All right. Well, how else can we move around in our modules? Well, one of the things that we can do is we can use a shortcut to select the various modules. Currently, I'm in Library. What if I want to go to Develop or Slideshow or Print or Web? Now there are a bunch of different shortcuts we can use.
Here is one set that may be worthwhile to write down. On a Mac, press Command+Option, and hold those two keys down. On Windows, it's Ctrl+Alt. Then press your number keys on your keyboard. Here I'm pressing those two keys. +2 takes me to Develop. +3 is Slideshow, 4 Print, 5 Web. So again, you're pressing Command+Option on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt on Windows, and then a number. You can navigate between your different modules. Now there are other techniques as well.
For example, when in the Library module, if you want to go to Develop, Slideshow, or Print, let's take a look at a few shortcuts that we can use. We press the D key. That goes to the Develop module. There we are. Well, what if we want to go back to the Library? Well, in that case, what you can do is press the shortcut for the Grid or the Loupe inside of Library. If you know those shortcuts, you know that they are G for Grid and E for Loupe. So I'll press G for Grid.
Here I am in the Library module. Then I'll press E for Loupe. Now I'm in the Loupe View in the Library module. All right. Well, what about Slideshow. Let's say we want to run a slideshow really quickly. How can we do that? Well, you can do that by pressing Command+ Return on a Mac or Ctrl+Enter on Windows. That will take you to whatever slideshow settings you've used most recently, or if you haven't used the slideshow, it will take you to the default settings. All right, to escape out of this, press the Escape key.
All right, what about Print? Well, to navigate to the Print module, you can press Command+P on a Mac, Ctrl+P on Windows. Now the last time I was in the Print module, I hid my panels on the left and on the right. I need to bring those back. How can I do that? Well, you know a couple of techniques that you can use, right? You can always press the Shift+Tab once. Press Shift+Tab again, and it brings everything back. So it hides everything, brings it all back. Or you can also press the Tab key, and these shortcuts work in any of the modules.
Tab once hides your panels on your left and the right. Tab again brings those back. All right. Well, now that we've covered some of these general navigational shortcuts, let's explore some of our other shortcuts. We'll do that in the next few movies.
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