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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.
Another helpful way to get the most out of the Develop module is by using the Snapshots and History panels, which are located on the left. On the left over here, I've opened up these panels so that we can see as we make some progress with how to work with these. Now I'm going to jump ahead a little bit, and I'm going to do that in order to illustrate how we can work with History and Snapshots. So, for example, one of the things that I'm going to do is I'm going to grab my Crop tool by clicking on this icon here, and then I'm going to click on one of these corner points to crop the image.
Again, we'll talk more about cropping later, but for now I'll press Enter or Return. And let's say that what I want to do is evaluate this particular crop. What I could do is take a snapshot of this particular stage of the processing. In other words, I can take kind of a quick picture of this, and I can do this by way of shortcut. It's Command+N on a Mac, Ctrl+N on a PC, and I'm going to name this crop - 1. I'll go ahead and hit Create. Now if you don't like using shortcuts, you can also do this by way of a pulldown menu.
If you navigate to your Develop pulldown menu, you'll see that you have an option here for New Snapshot; you'll also discover that shortcut there, in case you forget it. All right, well, now that I've done that, I decide I also want to try a different crop. So I grab my Crop tool here, and I'm going to make this even tighter. So it's a little bit closer in on these two girls here, my daughter and one of her best friends, and then I'll apply that, and again I'm going to take a snapshot, Command+N on a Mac, Ctrl+N on a PC, and I'll call this one crop - 2.
Next, I decide I want to process this image. I want to warm it up, give it a little bit more life and vitality and some contrast and just make this one a little bit more visually interesting and just apply a few settings. Well, in this particular case, I'm going to take one more snapshot, Command+N on a Mac, Ctrl+N on a PC. I'm just going to call this color 1. You can name these however it seems fit to what type of processing you're doing. I decide I want to convert to Black & White and then increase my Contrast, increase my Blacks and modify the image a little bit this way.
So now I have a new treatment. We'll I'll go ahead and take one more snapshot. I'll call this one bw 1. All right, well, now that I have all of these different Snapshots, I can take advantage of them in some really unique ways. What I can do is I can hover over the different options, and you can see that it's giving me a different preview here. So I can choose color 1. It's going to take it to that particular state in the file. I can choose crop - 2, or I can choose crop - 1. So I have a number of different options as I click through these, and you can see how the image is updated as I click on these different Snapshots.
So this can be really helpful in determining do I want black-and-white or do I want color. I can click between my two Snapshots. Do I want this particular crop, or do I want this particular crop? So again, Snapshots help me with that. All right, well, what about History? Well, History is kind of interesting, as well. Here you can see all the different Snapshots selections I made. I can also go back to a further era in time where I say, you know what, I really want to go back to some of the work I did in regards to adding Fill Light. I could then click on that option.
It's going take the image back to that particular state in the overall History, or for that matter, I can go back to the crop that I applied here and then see how I modified it a little bit more, and step through these different History states as I made them. Another way to step backwards is by pressing the Command+Z key on a Mac. That's Ctrl+Z on a PC. And here you can see it's going through these different steps that I've taken. Now this is a little bit more linear. In other words, whatever I've done, it just steps back in the exact order of how I've done it.
It doesn't necessarily follow the order of this dialog; rather, it follows how I've actually clicked, or worked on the photograph. All right, so as you can see, there are three things that we can take advantage of here. We can take advantage of Snapshots, which allow us to lock in our settings that we've applied to our photographs. We can also take advantage of History, which allows us to step back in time in regards to how we've processed a photograph. Now, if ever we want to get rid of History, what we can do is we can click on this little X here, we can clear all of our History steps, and sometimes we may want to do that so that we don't have all the clutter of our History. And in those situations we can still access these different processing by clicking on our Snapshots.
So our History and Snapshots are related, they're also obviously distinct. The final thing I want to point out here is while we can clear our History, we can also clear the Snapshots and remove those as well, if we find that they aren't relevant. Let's say that we remove our History and our Snapshots, and now we have this image at this current state, and we realize that it would be nice to reset the image all the way back to the beginning. Well, how can we do that? We've seen that before right, but I just want to reiterate it here. We can navigate to our Settings pulldown menu and choose Reset All Settings.
That will then take the image all the way back to its original state from whence we began.
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