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Panel navigation tips

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module

Video: Panel navigation tips

Throughout the entirety of your Lightroom workflow, and especially in the Develop module, you'll be spending a lot of time navigating to the various panels on the right-hand side. Because of that, I want to share a few tips with you, which I think will help you optimize the way you work with those panels. Now, we've already talked about how we can click on a panel name, or on the triangle icon in order to expand the panel. Next, we know that we can click on the scrollbar in order to scroll up and down. This is especially helpful if we have multiple panels open; we can scroll between the settings in those two panels.

Panel navigation tips

Throughout the entirety of your Lightroom workflow, and especially in the Develop module, you'll be spending a lot of time navigating to the various panels on the right-hand side. Because of that, I want to share a few tips with you, which I think will help you optimize the way you work with those panels. Now, we've already talked about how we can click on a panel name, or on the triangle icon in order to expand the panel. Next, we know that we can click on the scrollbar in order to scroll up and down. This is especially helpful if we have multiple panels open; we can scroll between the settings in those two panels.

Yet another way to scroll, rather than simply clicking-and-dragging, is if you have a three-button mouse, you can hover over the panel area, and then use that third button: the scroll wheel. Here, we can simply move the scroll wheel up or down in order to scroll. All right. Well, scrolling is fine, but again, there has to be a better way. Well, there is. Let's go ahead and close all of these panels for a moment, and talk a little bit about how we can change the functionality of how these panels actually work. Have you ever seen one of those file cabinets which has a lot of file drawers, and it only allows you to open one drawer at a time, so the entire file cabinet doesn't tip over? Well, there's something similar to that in Lightroom.

It's called Solo mode. Solo mode changes the functionality of the panels, so that only one panel can be open at a time. There are two different ways to turn on or off Solo mode. Let me show you what those are. You can go ahead and hover over the panel area, and then right-click, or Control+Click. This will open up a contextual menu. About halfway down in that menu, you'll see something which is called Solo mode. If you select that option, you notice that the icon for each panel -- the little triangle button here --- well it's changed; it's now made out of dots.

If you click to open up a panel, what will happen is that panel will be open. If you open another, well, it will close the other one by default. In other words, only one panel can be open at a time, and this can be really helpful. It can prevent you from having to scroll up and down in order to view all of the different panel contents; rather, you can just focus on one panel at a time. All right! Well, so far so good. We've learned how we can scroll, how we can change the functionality of those panels, but of course, there has to be more, and there is.

The next thing I want to share with you is a really valuable shortcut. This shortcut will actually help you to open and close these different panels without even clicking or scrolling. In order to talk about this shortcut, I want to pull up a slide. So here I'm going to go ahead and navigate to my slide, and talk about the module navigation shortcuts. Now these shortcuts, well, they're not for the faint of heart. They're going to be a little bit difficult to remember, but if you can remember them, it will be well worth it. All right. Well, what these shortcuts allow us to do is to open or close the various panels one at a time.

Let me pull up the shortcut, and then really focus in and talk about it. What you can do is, on a Mac, press Command, on Windows, press Control, and then press a number. Each panel from the top down is associated with a number. If we were to press Command or Control+4, it would open or close the Split Toning panel. Let me show you how this works inside of Lightroom. What I'm going to do here is press my shortcut key -- Command on Mac; Control on Windows -- and then I'll press the 1 key. That will open the Basic panel. Press it again; that will close the Basic panel.

As you can see here, what you can do is press this shortcut in order to open or close the various panels. Now, you may be thinking, oh man! This is going to be impossible to remember. How am I going to remember all those numbers? Well, here's the good news. All that you need to remember is Command on Mac, Control on Windows, and numbers, and then you can start to just guess. You can press a number and if you didn't get it right, well press it again to close that panel, and then try another, and you can just kind of go through these one at a time trying to figure out what it is until you get it right, and until you teach yourself these shortcuts.

You also might be thinking, you know what? I don't like shortcuts at all. I just simply want to click. Well, that's fine. If you prefer to click, and just click, and then scroll, that is a really valid and good way to navigate as well. All that I want to do here is just show you what your options are, so that you can start to work more effectively with these various panels. All right. Well, before we wrap up this movie, I'm just going to navigate to Library module, and I want to highlight a Resource file that I've included with the exercise files here for you. This is one which might help you memorize these different shortcuts.

Here, you can see it; it just has all of these shortcuts written out. And again, all that you need to remember is that shortcut modifier key, plus the numbers. This particular shortcut; it works in every module, but I think you'll find it to be most helpful in the Develop module.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 22m 4s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 13s
    2. Panel navigation tips
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 32s
    4. Creating your own presets
      4m 1s
    5. Using the Snapshot and History panels
      3m 40s
    6. Working with the tool strip
      1m 45s
  3. 15m 20s
    1. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      6m 53s
    2. Viewing the before and after
      4m 29s
    3. Comparing and surveying images
      3m 58s
  4. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      2m 43s
    2. Using the White Balance Selector tool
      4m 22s
    3. Correcting white balance with a color checker
      3m 52s
    4. Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance
      4m 24s
    5. Color correcting multiple images at once
      2m 42s
    6. Creativity and white balance
      1m 39s
  5. 23m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the tone controls
      3m 19s
    2. Deconstructing the tone controls
      5m 39s
    3. Using the tone controls to enhance photographs
      5m 28s
    4. Correcting clipping with the tone controls
      4m 53s
    5. Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images
      3m 46s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      5m 6s
    2. Working with vibrance and saturation
      5m 38s
    3. Color creativity with temperature, vibrance, and saturation
      3m 19s
    4. Understanding clarity
      2m 34s
    5. Using clarity in collaboration with vibrance and saturation
      5m 54s
  7. 10m 37s
    1. Basic panel workflow
      3m 38s
    2. Using Auto Tone
      1m 42s
    3. Workflow considerations
      5m 17s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Cropping
      3m 29s
    2. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      1m 47s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 49s
    4. Working with the crop overlay
      3m 4s
    5. Crop creativity and orientation
      2m 36s
    6. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 36s
    7. Exploring how to improve the composition of your photographs
      2m 6s
  9. 15m 55s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      8m 26s
    2. The Spot Removal tool: Clone versus Heal
      4m 56s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 33s
  10. 16m 43s
    1. Introducing the Graduated Filter
      5m 14s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter
      6m 10s
    3. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated Filter
      5m 19s
  11. 45m 51s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 45s
    2. Using Auto Mask
      5m 55s
    3. Burning and dodging a black-and-white image
      6m 44s
    4. Reducing noise
      5m 40s
    5. Minimizing moiré patterns
      3m 18s
    6. Painting in localized sharpening
      2m 14s
    7. Improving the eyes
      4m 6s
    8. Dimishing a distracting highlight
      3m 42s
    9. The Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      6m 27s
  12. 15m 38s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      5m 5s
    2. Using the tone curve to correct exposure
      2m 16s
    3. Changing tone and color with the the point tone curve
      3m 39s
    4. Making creative RGB adjustments
      4m 38s
  13. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 4s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      1m 40s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      3m 21s
    4. Using HSL to bring out warm and cool tones
      1m 47s
    5. Creative color with HSL
      2m 44s
  14. 36m 35s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 38s
    2. Converting to black and white
      2m 16s
    3. Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel
      5m 26s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      9m 4s
    5. Using presets to convert to black and white
      5m 13s
    6. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      5m 29s
    7. Black-and-white images and collections
      4m 22s
    8. Creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  15. 14m 2s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 34s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      2m 44s
    3. Split toning a color image
      3m 5s
    4. Split toning to create a sepia-tone effect
      2m 22s
    5. Using split toning to enhance a sunrise
      2m 17s
  16. 12m 21s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding sharpening
      5m 2s
    3. Sharpening workflow
      2m 9s
  17. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 10s
    4. Removing fish-eye distortion
      3m 18s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 26s
  18. 12m 55s
    1. Adding and correcting vignettes
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 5s
    3. Adding a post-crop vignette
      4m 26s
    4. Working with film grain
      2m 0s
  19. 5m 34s
    1. Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
      3m 20s
    2. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 14s
  20. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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