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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
By way of introduction, another integral aspect to the Develop module is called the Toolstrip. The Toolstrip is located just underneath the Histogram. While we will cover these tools in subsequent movies, I thought it would be helpful to introduce you to the tools and to some of their shortcuts. All right, well, the first tool that we're going to meet in the set is the Crop tool. The shortcut key is the R key. So, you press the R key to activate the Crop tool, and here you can see I have a number of different options. I can click and drag one of these corner points, and even rotate this image.
Then to apply this, all that I need to do is to press Enter, or Return, or to double-click inside of the crop area. Now, if want to reset the crop, all that I need to do is to press a shortcut. The shortcut to reset the crop on a Mac is Command+Option+R; on a PC the same shortcut, that's Ctrl+Alt+R. All right. I'll press that to reset the crop. All right, well, the next tool that we'll encounter is called the Spot Healing tool. You can access this with a new shortcut inside of Lightroom 3. It's the Q key.
So, once I press the Q key, again, I have a few options. What I can do here is I can click over a certain area, and here you can see that what it's doing is it's taking white, and it's placing that on top of something else, and it will become even more illustrative if you see this over the Toolstrip there. Now, this isn't a good enhancement in this particular case, but you can imagine. Let's say that the K was something that was a little bit distracting. I could then go ahead and modify this a little bit, and I could retouch that little K out of the picture.
Now, what I'm going to do here is reset this, to remove that altogether. We'll talk more about that tool later. The next tool in this set is called the Graduated filter. Press the M key to access this tool. We can do some really interesting things here. In this case, I'm going to decrease my exposure, and then click and drag on the image. You can see that it goes from darker to lighter in a graduated way. What we can do in this is we can use this tool to darkened skies or brighten foregrounds, or for that matter, we can even add different color effects in this particular tool.
All right, well, I will go ahead and click Reset here as well. The last tool we're going to take a look at is called the Adjustment brush. You can access this tool by pressing the K key. The Adjustment brush is actually pretty strong, and we'll spend some time talking about this, because we're going to use this tool quite often, but for now you can see I have an exposure of - 2.59 stops here, and when I click and paint, what I can do is I can start to darken things. Now, there's not a lot to darken with this image, but nonetheless, you can see that I have indeed darkened the Toolstrip there by painting in this particular area.
Okay, once again, I'll go ahead and reset that to take it back to normal. As I mentioned in the beginning of this movie, we will definitely be covering these tools in more detail later, but for now, at least for becoming familiar with the Develop module interface, and also with what's called the Toolstrip and some of the Toolstrip shortcuts.
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