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The Photoshop Lightroom interface

The Photoshop Lightroom interface provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Chri… Show More

Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

with Chris Orwig

Video: The Photoshop Lightroom interface

The Photoshop Lightroom interface provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Chris Orwig as part of the Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module
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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
  4. 36m 33s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 28s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 42s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 50s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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The Photoshop Lightroom interface
Video Duration: 5m 21s 6h 13m Beginner


The Photoshop Lightroom interface provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Chris Orwig as part of the Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the interface
  • Importing from a memory card
  • Auto-importing from a watched folder
  • Considering color management with tethered capture
  • Working with catalogs
  • Comparing two images in a library
  • Working with multiple hard drives
  • Stacking photos in groups
  • Using smart collections and quick collections
  • Using Quick Develop to process images
  • Editing the color and tonality of video
  • Adding copyright data to photographs
  • Exporting, emailing, and publishing photographs

The Photoshop Lightroom interface

Here I want to introduce you to the Lightroom interface and a few helpful shortcuts which will help you navigate around Lightroom and work with this tool a little bit more effectively. This will also help us develop a common vocabulary, so you know how to refer to the different elements of Lightroom. All right! Well, I have a few slides here I want to go through. You can see that what I am going to do with these slides is dim out an area of Lightroom so we can focus on one particular aspect of it. Starting off at the top, up there we have the Menu Bar, and immediately underneath that we have the different Modules; in the right-hand side, those are called the Module Pickers.

We can click on the names of the different modules in order to navigate to them. There also are some shortcuts we can use as well to navigate to those different modules. Then in the middle of Lightroom we have what's called the Work Area, this is where we'll be viewing our photographs and this is true regardless of the different module we're working on, we can view the slideshow, or the print, or the web gallery, or whatever it is we're working on, we'll view that in that Work Area. Next we have the Panels. The Panels on the left and the right are really important, because in Lightroom this is where all the controls are, this is where we're going to make all the changes and do all the stuff that we do in Lightroom.

Moving to another element of the interface, below the Work Area we have what's called the Toolbar. Now, the Toolbar, we can do a lot of different things with and what we do here will really depend on some of the options that we set up. Yet the Toolbar will become really important for us in regards to a few different aspects. Then beneath everything, at the bottom we have what's called the Film Strip. Now, the Film Strip gives us a wonderful way to access our photographs. We can also choose to display some information down there which describes our photos, whether it's a label, or the way the image has been processed, or the type of photograph.

So again, Film Strip gives us the ability to access and to also identify some important things that we've done to our photographs. All right! Well, that's the Lightroom interface, now that we've been introduced to it, let's move back around, and here what I want to do is highlight a few shortcuts. Now, I know there are users out there who absolutely love shortcuts and others who don't. Well, one of the things that I've found is true with Lightroom is that there aren't a ton of shortcuts, and taking some time to learn some of the essential shortcuts can really help you out. Here are a few.

In the Toolbar you can see we have the ability to add Flags, Stars, or Labels. Now, for Flags you can press P for Pick, U for Unpick, or X for Reject. For Stars, press 1-5 to add the star rating of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Labels, it's 6-9. So if you're taking notes, I'd recommend you write those down, because they are indeed some helpful shortcuts. There's another shortcut for the Toolbar, it's the T key. This is definitely one I'd write down, because occasionally you'll accidentally press that and the Toolbar will be hidden and you won't know how to get it back.

Well, simply press the T key to either hide or show that Toolbar. Next, the Panels. Now, the Panels are important, right, that's where all the controls are in Lightroom, that's where all the sliders and everything, where we work on our images will do in that area. Well, sometimes those Panels take up too much space, so there are a few helpful shortcuts that we can use. Tab, it will hide or show those Panels on the side, and then Shift+Tab, it will hide or show everything, so we can really just focus in on the image.

So again, if you were taking notes, I'd recommend you write down Tab and Shift+Tab equals hide and show different parts of the interface. You don't have to really memorize what each one does, but just know that those two shortcuts will help you work with the interface. Then we have some shortcuts which allow us to minimize specific areas of the interface. F5, we can show or hide the top of the interface. F6, down below, that's the Film Strip, and then you can see F7 and F8 work on the various Panels.

Now, you may be thinking, okay, well, why would I want to do that? Well, sometimes what you'll find is you'll just work on the Panel in the right, you don't need the left-hand Panel, it's taking up too much screen real estate, well, you can hide it, and you can do so with a shortcut. All right! Let's take a look at a couple more. Another helpful shortcut is the F key for Fullscreen. That helps you to expand Lightroom to take up the most amount of space so you can really focus in on the work you're doing. Another shortcut that's good is L for Lights Out. This is going to help you dim aspects of the interface so you can focus in on the image.

And then the last one I want to highlight here has to do with our Modules. You can work with these modules and you can actually right-click or Ctrl+Click up there in that Module Picker area to show or hide the modules that you use most frequently. All right! Well, back to the interface. Now, so far we've taken a little bit of this tour, and I've talked about a few of the shortcuts, and I wanted to do that before I started actually using the shortcuts, because I find it's helpful to step back and just kind of absorb the interface, absorb some of the shortcuts.

But then next of course what we need to do is see some of those shortcuts in action. We'll go ahead and explore how we can use those shortcuts, and we'll see them alive and in action in the next movie.

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