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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
All right! Now that we've been introduced to the interface and know a little bit about some of the essential shortcuts, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use those here right inside of Lightroom. One of the things that you may want to do is navigate to different modules. One way to do that is of course to click on the different name of the module and the Module Picker up here, that will then navigate or take you to that module. Now, I'm in the Develop, click on Library, I'm back to the Library Module. Another thing that you might want to do in regards to the interface is change the way that these modules actually appear up here in the Picker.
If you don't want to include all of them, let's say, you're not a fan of the Map Module, you don't use that at all. All that you need to do is in this area, right-click or Ctrl+Click and then you can select to Uncheck one of those and now that module is gone, or that button for the module is gone. You can still navigate to it if you need to. In order to get to it you go to the Window pull-down Menu and there you can see it is right there. You just won't have that button up here in the top in this Module Picker area. All right! Well, let's right-click or Ctrl+Click and turn that back on, just so we can have this back reset to normal.
Another area that we talked about of course were the Panels. We discussed how we can show or hide the Panels on the left and the right. To do that, you can press the Tab key that gives you more focus, more area on the image, press the Tab again and it comes back. Now, you may remember there was another shortcut that was very similar to Tab, but it's just adding the Shift key. Shift+Tab, what it will do is hide all of these different elements of the interface, press it again, Shift+Tab, and it brings all of those interface elements back. All right! Well, what about the Toolbar which is sitting beneath the image? Well, you can press the T key for Toolbar to show or hide that aspect of the interface.
Now, a great thing about that is if we press Shift+Tab to hide everything and then T to hide the Toolbar, well, now we're really just left with the image and we can focus in on that or show that image to a client or friend. Well, let's say we've gotten to this point and we want to bring everything back, how do we do that? You remember the shortcut, right? Shift+Tab, Shift+Tab brings all of that back, and then the T key will bring back the Toolbar. Now, with any of these shortcuts, if you feel like I'm going too fast, you can always pause this movie and rewind it and watch it again so that you can pick up these essential shortcuts. All right! Well, a couple of others that are really important, they have to do with how we can dim an aspect of the interface and also take up a lot of screen real estate.
Well, let's look at the Dimming or Lights Out feature, the L key, what it will do is it will slowly turn the lights out; press it once and things are dimmed, press it again and lights are completely out and you're left with that image there in the center Work Area. Press it again and you can bring everything back. Another great shortcut to go to the different Fullscreen Modes is the F key. Press F once, you can see I'm in this Fullscreen, I've completely hidden the menu up top; press it again, I can come back to where I now have more of the interface and, again, you can keep pressing F to toggle through those different Fullscreen Modes.
All right! Well, I don't want to barrage you with too many shortcuts, there are just a few more here I want to share with you in the beginning. That is the F keys, you can press the F keys; F5 hides what's up top, move my cursor there, and then F6, the Film Strip down below; F7, the Panel on the left; and then F8 the Panel on the right. And again, the reason why you might want to do this is you may want to set this up so you have a lot of area to work on an image, maybe you're on your laptop, you can focus on that and then work on some of the different controls over here.
You're not losing screen real estate or screen space to part of the interface that you're not really working on. If ever you get to a spot like this and you forget which F Key does what, well, use that shortcut, which is Shift+Tab, press it once and press it again and it will bring everything back, so that in a sense almost allows you to reset almost the entirety of the interface. Another quick comment about shortcuts as we make our way through this course, there will always be a way to navigate without shortcuts.
So if ever you don't want to use a shortcut, don't worry about it, there's no loss to navigating simply by clicking. Yet, it may be helpful to start to pick up a few of these in order to increase your effectiveness, in order to increase your speed. So I encourage you to take some notes on these shortcuts and keep in mind that as we work our way through this course, I'll be repeating these over and over again, and what I think will happen is that after hearing them a few times you'll be picking them up and in no time you'll be navigating really quickly by working with these different navigational and interface shortcuts.
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