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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
In other times when I'm interested in just posing photographs, in regard to compare and contrast, when I'm not really looking for a keeper but rather I'm trying to look at image combinations. I'm starting to think about how images work together, and this particular feature is something that I use quite often. Now here I have a particular set of photographs that I captured when I was down in Sayulita, Mexico. These photographs were coming from a book project I was working on where there was a photo assignment, which was to create a set of photographs where the subject was color.
So color was the most important element. So what I want to do here is I want to take a look at how I can combine some of these images together. Well, the first thing that you may want to do is go ahead and select multiple files. So I'll hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, and I'm going to go ahead and simply click on multiple files. Now once I've done that, I want to enter what's called Survey mode. You can do that by pressing the N key, or by clicking on this icon here. Now the interesting thing about the Survey mode is it allows you to again compare and bring images together in a pretty unique way.
Now if you ever want to remove an image, you can either hover over it, and click on the X icon. I'll go ahead and do that. It's going to rearrange or reposition the photographs it has so that it can fit those in the largest preview possible. Now it gets a little bit interesting when you choose images like this that don't really fit. So a lot of times what I end up doing is trying to keep my horizontals and verticals together. So in this case, I'll hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC to remove those photographs, or hover over it, and click on the X key.
So in this particular case, I can select some of these other verticals. That's a pretty interesting color combination. This happens a lot in photography, where two images together are sometimes stronger than one image by itself. Now a lot of times as you do this, what you may end up doing is simply selecting a lot of images. I'm going to go ahead and select all. I'll do that by pressing Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on a PC. Now if I want more screen real estate, I again need to use that shortcut key that we've learned in order to minimize some of my interface.
That's the Tab key that will hide the left and right-hand panels. Now in this particular case, I obviously have images that I don't like in here. So I'm going to go ahead and deselect some of these. In particular, I'm just going to deselect the images that are verticals. Now I know there are faster ways to do this and to sort and filter your files based on different metadata, yet we haven't covered that yet. So I'm just going to go ahead and hide those files in order to begin to build this kind of layout. Now one of thing that is kind of interesting is trying to come up with a way where these photographs will all fit together.
Sometimes, one of things that I find is it's helpful to press the L key in order to dim the lights. Then the L key again, to turn them off to really start to look at this type of a comparison. Now in this particular case, this is just a lot of fun, a lot of vivid colors. Again, we can make this even better I think by removing some of the more muted photographs, just so we have these really nice bright vivid colors that are really taking up the entirety of the frame. So I'll go ahead and make just a few more selections here and then come up with a certain layout.
Now other times, this may be a little bit more functional than just let's say a aesthetically pleasing. I'll press the L key to bring the lights back on. I'll press Tab to bring back both of the panels. Let me show you one more scenario. I'm going to click on the people folder. Then go ahead and scroll over to the right where I have two photographs, one of Bruce Heavin, and the other one of Lynda Weinman. Bruce and Lynda are two really inspiring people to me on different levels. I like bringing these two portraits of this couple, this team, these two creative minds together because I think it creates something, or it says something.
There is some connection to these two photographs. All right. Well, let's go ahead and press the Tab key in order to minimize the panels. Now when I do that here, I kind of have too much space between my images. So just keep in mind that pressing the Tab key will not always be the answer. Rather, in this particular situation, I think leaving those panels up and then pressing the L key once and then twice can really give you some creative ideas on how you can combine images together. Now again, I'm kind of getting into the creative side.
This one is a little bit more functional. There are even some more functional purposes to this where you just want to look at a swath of images, and start to select the ones that you think will work for you. Keep in mind that when you are in the Survey mode, you can of course add different labels and stars to your photographs. While we haven't fully covered that, let me at least briefly show you what I mean. I can click on this flag icon to flag this image as a Pick, in order to give that a flag rating. Now let's say I want to do that to the other image. You'll notice that this one currently is the Select file.
It has a white outline. Well, all that I would need to do would be to click on the other image, or click the Right arrow key. That will then select that file. Then I can add a flag rating, or a star, or a label, or metadata, or I can process the file, or whatever I wanted to do. So keep in mind that this particular feature is both creative and very functional.
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