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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.
Here we are going to take a look at how we can use this Spot Removal tool in order to clean up small blemishes, in order to retouch or improve our photographs. Let's go ahead and click on this image in order to zoom in, so that we can focus in on some of these small details. Then let's select the Spot Removal tool by pressing the Q key. Once you have this tool selected, you can hover over your image. You can see that you have a little brush there. You can change the brush size by using the bracket keys, Press the right bracket key; it'll make your brush bigger. Press the left bracket key, and it'll make your brush smaller.
Next you can posiion your cursor over a little variation, or blemish that you want to reduce or remove. Then simply click; in doing that, this tool will select the area that you clicked on, and choose a source area in order to retouch or remove that. Now you can click and drag these different circles around in order to change that spot. Another way that you can work with this is to hold down the Command key on a Mac, or Control key on Windows. Then position your cursor right next to the blemish, and then go ahead and click and drag out from that area where you clicked, and then let go.
In this way, you can determine where you want that shape to be, and again, you can always move these little circles around. All right, well now that we've looked at how we can add these little points in order to clean up our photographs, next I want to look at how we can change the view of the overlay, because eventually you'll have a lot of these little circles here. How can you hide those? Well, you can do that by pressing the H key. When you press the H key, it changes your Tool Overlay options. If you press the H key again, you can see it toggles this back to this Always perspective.
You can also choose different options, like Auto, or Selected. When we go to Auto, all of those will hide or disappear when we position our cursor off of the image. When you position your cursor on the image, you can then go ahead and click over those different points, and then move your cursor off in order to see them disappear. Again, regardless of the Overlay mode that you're using, you can always press the H key to go to the Always or the Never view. Sometimes that's just a really quick way to hide those overlays, so that you can actually see if the retouching that you've done looks any good.
All right, well there you have it; a few shortcuts that you can use when working with your Spot Removal tool.
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