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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.
Now that we've been introduced to the interface and a few of the shortcuts, let's take a look at how we can actually begin to use those. Now, a couple of the shortcuts that we talked about had to do with the toolbar. The toolbar sits beneath the image, and if the toolbar isn't visible, simply press the T key. That allows you to toggle the visibility of the toolbar on and off, whether you're in the Library module or in the Develop module. Here we have flagging, stars and colored labels.
Now in regards to flags, you may remember that P is the shortcut key to flag an image as a pick. Now if we press the U key that will unpick or remove that flag. If you press the X key, that will then set the flag as rejected. Now, if we want to remove that, what we need to do then is press the U key for Unpick and that will remove that flag. Whatever the flag is, whether it's positive or negative. Next, we can press the number key to add a star rating. So I'll press the 1 key that will give me a one star rating.
Now if I press two, it will change that to two, three, so on and so forth. If I've a three star rating and I press the 1 key, it will take off whatever I've done previously and just allow me to have that one star. Now, what about removing stars altogether? Well you probably guessed it. It's the 0 key. All right. Well what about the labels over here? Well, we have Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple. All we can do is we can press the 6 key to add a label. If you want to change it, just press another number key, anything between 6 and 9.
Now to remove a label, it's actually kind of interesting, all that you do is press that number key again. So 7 is the number key for the Yellow label. So if I press 7 again as I'll do so now, it will then remove that label. All right. Well what about those times when the toolbar gets in the way? How can we hide that? Well, if you press the T key, that will toggle between hiding, and then press it one more time, and showing that particular aspect of the interface.
Now another shortcut that we talked about had to do with the panels on the left and the right. If we want to hide those panels, what we can do is press the Tab key. It will then minimize those, so we can focus in on the image. Press the Tab key again, and we'll bring those back. All right. Well what about that other shortcut, which was a shortcut to hide all of the panels? Well, that was Shift+Tab. That will then hide everything, press that one more time, Shift+Tab, and it will bring all of those back.
Now you also may recall that I mentioned there's times when you may want to just hide a particular aspect of the interface, and then we can use our shortcut keys F5, F6, F7 and F8 to hide the interface. So if we press F5, it hides this area up top. F6, that's going to be the filmstrip down below, F7, panel on the left, over there, and then F8, panel on the right. Now if ever you've hidden a certain amount of your panels and let's say we've hidden three of the four areas, how could we bring all of that back? Well, you know the shortcut key already. It's Shift+Tab.
That will then bring everything back. So just press that multiple times until you get back to this view where you've brought all of the interface back to normal. Now the last few shortcuts that I talked about were the Full Screen shortcuts and the lights out. If you press the F key, you can toggle through the different Full Screen view modes, and you can see how I'm going through those different modes here, and that's really nice because a lot of times what you'll want to do is minimize like this top area here is showing me my catalog name.
So I don't really need to see that, and now have a little bit more space for working on the image. The next shortcut key and last one that we'll talk about here is the L key. If you press the L key, it will dim the lights and when you dim the lights what's interesting is you still have access to all of your controls here. You can see that I'm modifying the image in this way, and that's really handy. Press the L key one more time, and it will completely turn out the lights. Now this is really helpful especially when you're going to show client an image.
A lot of times, when you turn the lights out, you may be thinking, gosh, it would be nice to have a larger view of the image, right? So I'll press the L key to bring the lights back up. How can we have a larger view of the image? Well, you already know the shortcut. It's Shift+Tab. That hides everything and then press L and turn off the lights, and now we have a much larger view. All right. Well that wraps up our look at using a few of these introductory shortcut keys. One of the things that I highly recommend is that you keep a little place in your notes where you can write down these different shortcuts, so that you can begin to integrate them into your own workflow.
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