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General navigation shortcuts

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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.

General navigation shortcuts

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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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