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This course enables you to harness the diverse features in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom literally at the touch of a button. Photographer and teacher Chris Orwig shares the keyboard shortcuts that make working with the modules in Lightroom more intuitive and efficient, including ways to navigate the interface, minimizing, maximizing, and zooming panels and images as you go, as well as methods for importing images. Chris also demonstrates shortcuts for organizing images with labels, stars, flags, and collections; editing image metadata; working with video; and making a wide range of image adjustments. The course provides photo editors with a whole new way to extend their reach in Lightroom: by bringing their toolset closer to the workbench.
Now that we know a little bit about how we can modify the interface by way of a shortcut, here I want to share with you a few handy and helpful shortcuts that you can use in order to show or to hide different areas or aspects of the overall interface. One of the things that you can do in order to open up more space for your images is to press the Tab key. By pressing the Tab key, it will show or hide the panels on the left and the right. Press the Tab key again, and it will toggle back on their visibility.
Well, let's say that you want to hide a lot of the interface. Well, another way to do that is to press the Shift+Tab key. By pressing Shift+Tab, it will minimize or hide a lot of the different interface elements. Press Shift+Tab one more time, and it will bring all of those elements back. Now, you may have noticed that in these different view modes, whether I press Tab, or Shift+Tab, the toolbar, which is located at the base here, was always visible. Well, how can we show or hide that aspect of the interface? You can do that by pressing the T key.
If you press the T key in any of these view modes, it will toggle the visibility of that toolbar on and off, and that's really helpful, especially if you're going to one of those view modes where you really want to minimize a lot of the interface. So, for example, if we press Shift+Tab to minimize a lot of the interface, and then we also want to minimize the toolbar, we'll just press the T key in order to hide that. Next, if you want to bring back the interface, press Shift+Tab, and then press the T key to bring back the toolbar. Now, I should point out with the toolbar that we can show or hide this in the Library module, as well as the Develop module.
Now, if you hide it in one, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will be hidden in the other. Rather, you'll need to work with the toolbar in regards to its visibility in whatever module you're in; either Library or Develop. So here I can press the T key to hide that as well. All right, well next let's go back to the Library module. In the Library module, I'll press the T key to bring back the toolbar, and let's say that what we want to do is, rather than hide a large part of the interface, we want to have precise control over the different areas of the interface.
Well, to do that, we can use our different F keys. If you look at them on your keyboard, you've F5, 6, 7, and 8. We can press the F5 key in order to hide the top of the interface. If we want to hide the filmstrip down below, press F6. If you want to hide the panels on the left, press F7, and then the panels on the right, you can press F8. By doing this, we can show or hide these different panels. So, for example, if we've hidden a lot of the interface, as I've done here, and if we want to bring part of it back by way of a shortcut, like let's say we want to bring back the filmstrip in order to select another photograph.
Well, here we can press the F6 key; that will bring back the filmstrip. Then we can click on an image, and then if we want to hide the filmstrip, we can just press that F6 key one more time. All right; well many times, as you're learning to use these shortcuts, what will happen is you'll bring back different interface elements, but it will kind of be a mess. How can you reset the interface, so that you can bring everything back all at once? Well, to do that, you just need to press Shift+Tab multiple times. Press it once in order to hide everything, then press Shift+Tab again, and it will bring all of the interface elements back into view.
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