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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.
The last tool that we're going to highlight here in the tool strip is the Graduated Filter. We can select a Graduated Filter by pressing the M key. Once we've opened the Graduated Filter, you'll notice that you have the ability to bring in different effects, whether color, or temperature, or work with Exposure, etcetera. Then if we scroll down, we can also add a little bit of color as well. Well, here what I want to do is I want to darken the sky. So I'll go ahead and click and drag my Exposure slider down, and then I'll click and drag across this part of the image.
Well, in doing that, I've realized that I've gone too far. Well, how can we change that? We could change this either by clicking on this pin, and dragging it to move it up a little bit, or we could use this slider to change the overall value here, or you can use a really handy shortcut. The shortcut that I like to use is to press Option on the Mac, Alt on Windows, and then hover over this little pin. When you do that, you notice that the cursor changes. It has a line with two arrows. Well, if you Option+Click or Alt+Click on the pin -- that's Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows -- you can then click and drag.
And in doing this, I can then reset this Exposure amount. I can bring it all the way back to where it started off here, and I can also bring that further if I wanted to. In this case, I just want to find just the right spot for how I can then bring that in. All right, well that looks pretty good. Next, I want to talk about, how we can hide these overlays. We can do that by pressing the H key, as we've seen before with other tools. Press the H key again, and then it'll bring back the overlay icons here that we have with this adjustment. In order to create a new adjustment, what I like to do is to press the M key once to exit out of that adjustment, then press the M key a second time to re-enter into it.
This time, what I'm going to do is go ahead and use a little bit less here, and then click and drag from the bottom up in order to darken this part of the photograph as well. Once again, just to reiterate the shortcut that we learned, hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, hover over the pin, and then you can click and drag on that adjustment in order to change whatever adjustment you've made. I should point out too that if you've increased the Contrast, or Clarity, or worked with the Saturation, or whatever it is, when you Option+Click or Alt+Click, and drag over that, you can see how it brings all of those values back to their default, or back to the neutral setting here, so that we can then lessen all of those adjustments at once.
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