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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.
Here I want to share with you a few shortcuts that will help you work more effectively in the Library module. Now we know in the Library module, we have this Grid and Loupe View. We can press our shortcuts to toggle between these two views: E for loupe and then G for grid. You can also double-click. Double- click takes you in the loupe. Double-click again takes you out to that Grid View. Now let's bring this image in. We can do so also by pressing the Spacebar key. That will take the image to the Loupe View as well. Now one of the things that we do here quite often is we add ratings, colors, or flags to our photographs.
Well, to add a rating--a star rating--press a number. Here I will press 2, and it has a two-star rating. Press 0. That will remove the ratings. In regards to the colors, press 6 through 9. So here, you can see I am changing the color, or modifying that. Press the number again, and it will then remove that color label. So again, stars 1 through 5. Labels 6 through 9. Well, what about flags? Well, P is pick or flag], U is remove flag or unflag, and then X is set as reject.
And if you want to undo the reject, what you actually have to do is press U, for just remove that flag altogether. Now one of the reasons why I love those shortcuts is because it speeds up my editing process, but it also helps me get rid of images that I don't like. Now this image I don't really like. It's a mediocre C-level photograph. I want to get rid of it, and I want to get rid of it quickly. What you can do is go through your images, press the X Key as you go through the files, and as you find images that aren't very interesting to you, you can go ahead and mark those say with an X flag or that Reject flag.
Now to get rid of those images incredibly quickly, on a Mac press Command+Delete--on Windows, press Ctrl+Backspace. That will then ask you, "Hey, do you really want to delete the two Rejected photos or just remove them from Lightroom?" Here what we would do would be to click Delete from Disk. Now I'm not going to delete these, so that they can be included in the exercise files. But again, it gives you this ability to delete images incredibly quickly. And when you're going through hundreds and hundreds of photos, when you're editing after a photo shoot, that can be incredibly helpful.
All right. Well, here I am going to click Cancel. I want to bring these back to normal, so I am going to press U to remove flag on both of those photographs. All right. Well, what else can we do here with these two views? Well currently, you can see I'm in Loupe View, and in Loupe View, if you press the I key and toggle the I key, it will go through the different information overlay on top of the image. This can contain valuable information that you can modify by going to your View pulldown menu. Now what about the Grid View? If we are in the Grid View, you can actually change these cells by pressing the J key.
Here you can see, I'm pressing the J key, and I am toggling through different views of these cells. And again, you can go to the View pulldown menu to change what information is included with those photographs. All right. Well, I'll click on one image, double-click it to zoom in, and that information is distracting, so I press the I key to get rid of it. And here, what I want to do, say, is rotate a photograph. You know, occasionally you have images which will come in, and their rotation will be incorrect. To fix that by way of a shortcut, on a Mac press Command+Left or Right Bracket key. On Windows, that's Ctrl+ Left or Right Bracket key.
Right rotates to the right. Left rotates to the left. And that way, you can really quickly fix rotation there. Well, let's say we want to rename this image. To do so, press the F2 Key. What F2 will do is it will open up our custom Rename dialog. Here we can enter in a new name or use a different naming convention if we want to. And then to add a new name or to change the name, we would type something new in here and then simply click OK. Again, I'm not going to rename this, just so I can have the exercise files consistent, but you can see here it would be pretty easy to change the name of a file.
Another thing that we can do in regards to working in the Library module is we can compare photographs in some pretty interesting ways. Sometimes it's fun to compare photographs in regards to creating a composition. For example, I am going to click on one image, hold down the Command Key and click on another, and then press the N key for survey. Let's say I want to create a little bit of a diptych. I can keep adding to this to create a triptych if I wanted to, by holding down the Command Key on a Mac, Ctrl Key on Windows, and I could continually select files here.
I am just going to add a few more, in order to have something kind of interesting. You can see how it builds this out; it allows me to what's called "survey" these photographs. Now if I need more space to view the photos, we can press the Tab key. That would open up more space. I can see them in this linear way. Or press Shift+Tab, and then you have a ton more space. To bring back the rest of the interface elements, press Shift+Tab again. Now once you're here, one of the things that you might want to do is deselect some of these photos.
A couple of techniques you can use: You can hover over an image, and you can click on the little check box there in the bottom right-hand corner. You can also press the Forward Slash key, and whichever image is most selected--you can see that's this one here--will then be removed from this particular layout, or this Survey mode. All right, what about going back to, say just one image here? Yet we're still in this Survey mode. We will press the Escape key to exit out of that. Or you can also press the E key to go back to the Loupe View.
Another great technique that you can use in the Library module is to compare photographs. And here what I want to do is scroll over and see if I can find a couple of other photographs that I might like to compare. And in this case, I am just going to scroll through my timeline here, and I am going to select these photos. I want to try to determine if I like this image better than this image. Well, to do so, you can hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and then click on both photos. Next, press the C key for Compare.
Here what you can see is that each of these images have different icons. One is a black diamond. The other is a white diamond. Now the black diamond is the candidate, and the white diamond is the select. Well, if I want to change this by way of shortcut, here's what you can do. You can press your Down Arrow key, and you will notice that it flip-flopped those two, so that now, this one has the white diamond. It's in the select position. This one is now the candidate; it's over here and has the black diamond.
You can also compare different photographs. Here I'm pressing the Right Arrow key. And you can see that I'm choosing different images to compare. I can also go the other direction by pressing the Left Arrow key. And again, I can make some pretty interesting selections, trying to compare, or to find, the best photograph in the set. Now if you want to get out of this mode, you can always just press the Escape key. That's kind of your default escape, runaway, get out of there, and you can go back to normal and continue with your regular browsing.
And here, I'll press the E key to go back to the Loupe View mode, so I can view this image in a straightforward way. All right. Well, there were a ton of shortcuts that we covered there. I hope that you picked up a few new ones. And what I find with these shortcut movies is that for some people, shortcuts are completely frustrating, and they hate them. Well, if you are in that camp, don't watch these anymore. Yet, other folks find that they are really helpful, yet they are tricky to learn. So if you're in that situation, what I recommend is you go back and watch this movie with your hand on the mouse so that you can pause it every 5 or 10 seconds.
So you can pause it, write one down, pause it, write another down, because there's nothing worse than being overwhelmed by shortcuts. That is not my point, in any way, shape, or form; rather, my point is to give you a lot of information distilled in a short movie that you can watch time and time again, in order to speed up your overall Library workflow.
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