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In Up and Running with Photoshop Lightroom 4, author Jan Kabili introduces the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom features for organizing, enhancing, and sharing digital photos and video clips. The course shows how to import photos and video clips from a camera and from a hard drive, explaining how Lightroom catalogs work along the way, and how to manage and organize photos and video clips with the Library module. The course also covers enhancing photos in the Develop module, including cropping, adjusting exposure, recovering details from highlights and shadows, sharpening and adding clarity, and correcting part of a photo, as well as enhancing video clips. The course concludes with a look at sharing photos: posting them on Facebook, creating photo books, exporting, and printing.
The Library module is where you'll go to view, organize and access your photos and videos. Let's take a quick tour of the Library module. Once you know how this module is laid out, you won't have any trouble getting around in the other modules because they are laid out basically the same way. Up at the top of the Library module, as with all the modules, is the Module Picker. To get to a different module you just click on it here on the Module Picker and if you want to remove some of these modules because you don't use them for example we're not going to use the Map module in this course you can right click in the Module Picker and toggle off any of these modules and you can bring them back the same way.
Notice in the title bar at the top of my screen, I'm working in the Exercise Files catalog. And it says ex_files.lrcat there, that's how you'll know which catalog you're in. If you're following along with the Exercise Files and it doesn't say that at the top of your screen, then please go back and listen to the movie about Exercise Files in the last chapter so that we're on the same page. Now here are the main elements of the Library interface. In the middle of the library are thumbnails that represent each of the photos and videos that you brought into this catalog.
And over on the left and on the right are columns of panels. You'll use the panels on the right to organize and get information about the files in this catalog. And the panels on the left, I think of as the Source panels because they control which thumbnails you'll see here in the Image window. For example, if I click the Title bar of the Catalog panel, that opens that panel, and if I click on all photographs here, then in the Main window I see thumbnails for all the photographs and videos that I brought into this catalog. But if I go down to the Folders panel which is also a Source panel and click its Title bar and then I'll click the triangles to the left of each of the folders here, I can see fewer photos in my Main window.
For example, if I click on this folder in the Folders panel, I'll see just the thumbnails of the items in that particular folder. There's also a Collection Source folder and a Publish Services Source folder and we'll be looking at those in more detail in the course. Then, down at the bottom of the screen, if I move my mouse there, a filmstrip pops up and the filmstrip is an alternative place from which I can access the thumbnails in the Source folder. You'll find the same film strip in other modules like the Develop module so you can quickly access photos there without having to come back to the Library module each time.
If I move my mouse off the film strip it pops back down and I can see another interface element, which is the Toolbar. The Toolbar has a variety of tools that you'll use to work with your photo thumbnails. Like these different view icons that we'll explore in the next movie. And the Thumbnail Slider that you can use to Zoom in or out on your thumbnails. If I click the triangle on the far left of the Toolbar, I can choose to Add or Remove various tools from the Toolbar. Finally, there is a Filter bar which is another element of the Library.
I'll press the Backslash key on my keyboard to bring up the Library Filter bar. We'll be working with the Library Filter later in this chapter to see how to use it to find particular photos. I'll press the Backslash key again and that closes the Library Filter. I'd like to leave you with some practical tips for managing some of these interface elements because there's so much here that I think it can tend to be cluttered, particularly if you're working on a small monitor. So one thing you can do is set up your panels so that only one opens at a time rather than having multiple panels open and going all the way down in these columns.
To do that I'm going right-click on the title bar of any of the panels in this column and from the menu that appears I'll choose Solo Mode. And now when I click on title of any panel, the other panels close. And that neatens things up a bit and you can do the same in the column on the right. Another thing you can do is get control over the columns on the left and right when they appear and disappear. If you've noticed that as you move your mouse toward the edges of your screen, those columns are popping in and out, here's what to do.
Right-click on the far right and choose from the menu that appears, Manual. Now, this column on the right won't pop out and pop in unless I tell it to by clicking in the bar on the far right. And you can do the same thing for the column on the far left, and you can even do it for the filmstrip at the bottom of the screen, and for the wide bar at the top of the screen. You also need to know a couple of keyboard shortcuts to get some of these interface elements out of the way.
So, if I want to make the columns in the left and right disappear so that I can see more of my photos, I'll just press the Tab key on my keyboard like that and if I also want the film strip and the bar at the top to disappear, I'll press Shift+Tab. And Shift+Tab again to bring everything back. So, I hope those tips will make your life a little easier when you're working here in the Library module.
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