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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.
Once we have imported our photographs in the Lightroom, the next most common step is to begin to evaluate the images, and to begin to determine which images are the keepers and which are the images that I am going to delete and get rid of, or ignore. What I want to do here is take a look at some workflow strategies that will help us begin to take advantage of using the flags, the stars, and the labels. Now, because these are pretty important to our overall workflow, I'm going to pull up a slide and share with you a few of these shortcuts in regards to using these. Now, for flag, it's going to be PUX; P for pick, U for unpick or unflag, and then X for reject.
You'll want to write these shortcuts down because these are shortcuts that you will be using quite often. Now, for our stars, that's going to be 0-5. So if I press 1, I'd have one- star rating; 2, a two-star. If you press 0, what it does is remove any star rating; whatever you have previously applied would take it back to the default of just no stars. Now, for adding labels, all you need to do is simply press 6-9. All right! Well, let's jump back to Lightroom, and let's talk a little bit about workflow. Now, a lot of times what we were doing here initially is we want to get familiar with the files.
So you may start to click through them by pressing the right arrow key, and one of the things that you are noticing here is that I am seeing the images really quickly. What some people do by mistake is they start to evaluate their photographs and then add these flags or stars or labels, and they start to do this inside of the Develop module. Now, if you look closely at the bottom of the screen here, when I go to a new image, it says Loading and currently, these are small little JPG files so that they could be included. If there are hi-res RAW file, that Loading message would take much more time.
So what's the tip here? When you are evaluating your photographs, make sure to do this in the Library module because what the Library module is doing is it's showing you the preview that's already been rendered. Remember, we talked about importing when we define a particular preview size, and we chose Standard, and we could define the dimensions etcetera? Well, this is the preview that we we're seeing here in the Library module. In other words, if you want to quickly look at your photographs, you want to have a perspective of your images and evaluate them, you want to do all this work in the Library module. All right! Well, now that we are in the Library module, another thing that you may need to do is just scroll through the entire set of photographs.
It's helpful to get a feel for the whole shoot from start to finish. Now, you can, of course, scroll with this scroll bar here, or you can hover over the filmstrip. If you have a three-button mouse, you can use that scroll wheel to scroll to the left or the right. Another way that you can take advantage of a three-button mouse is if you are in the Grid View mode by pressing the G key, again, you can use the scroll wheel to scroll up and to scroll down. A lot of times what I recommend is you just get familiar with the set of images so that you can kind build in your mind beginning, middle, and end, so that you don't get to the end and say, "oh my gosh is that all that I have?" or "I feel like I missed something." But in this case, it will help you determine, or evaluate, which images are best.
Now, this is a real overview. Let's say we want to dig deeper. We will select one of the images, pressing the E key to go to the Loop View mode or let's say, for example, we select even better perhaps a Horizontal image. In this case, I am not seeing a lot of the photograph, so what I might want to do is minimize my interface. And I could do that by pressing the Tab key. Now I have a little bit more space, and you can see when I press Tab it toggles on and off the right and left-hand panels. So a lot of times what I'd like to do is to evaluate the images in a view that looks a little bit like this.
I may even decide to hide the top area up here by pressing F5. Again, I just have more space dedicated to view the actual image. The last thing that I might do here would be to change the size of my thumbnails. You can do that by hovering over the dividing line between the filmstrip and the toolbar, and you can either increase your thumbnail size, or if you want smaller thumbnails, you can go ahead and decrease that size as well. For a lot of people, this may be a little bit of an overkill. So let's say they just want to take the interface back to normal.
Well, press Shift+Tab once, press it again, and it will bring everything back to normal. What I have discovered is that some people really like to have the interface visible and rather than minimizing certain areas of it, they'll just press the L key once to perhaps dim the lights. When you do that, you can still access everything; you can still click through the images using your arrow keys, but it will just help you focusing on the task at hand. All right! I'll press the L key a couple of times and bring this back to the Normal view. What I am going to do next is move over to the first image in the set, which is beach_family_01.jpg, and now what I want to do is actually start to add my flags, stars, and labels.
I want to do this in a way where we can actually talk about workflow. So I am going to go ahead and cover this in the next movie.
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