Join Taz Tally for an in-depth discussion in this video Convenient Develop module shortcuts for adjusting images, part of Creating Black-and-White Landscape Photos with Lightroom.
- In this segment, I'd like to take a few minutes just to give you some tips and tricks on how you can more easily or efficiently navigate and use the Lightroom interface. And particularly the tools on the develop side. To do this, let's go ahead and make our virtual copy. And notice that I've been using this menu, this popup menu, right-click and make Virtual Copy. You can just go command on Mac, control on Windows and then the apostrophe to do the same thing. If you wanna just do that quickly from your keyboard. So that's one shortcut for you, as you can just go command or control and then, boop, apostrophe to create a virtual copy.
You can always just hit the delete key and it's enter to remove a virtual copy. Remember, these are not actually separate physical files. They're thumbnails that are tied back to the original so you can delete them at any time without fear of, you know, losing the actual file. And it's very nice. And then the other little tip for navigating around the interface is just use the D to go to the Develop mode. Cause you're going back and forth between the Library and the Develop mode so it's just G to go to the grid mode or E to go to the enlarge view and then D to go to the Develop mode.
It's just a little bit faster. The less time that you spend navigating the interface, the more time you have to go kayaking, hiking, skiing or surfing. Alright, so every mouse stroke saved is another paddle stroke or something. Alright, so what we did so far in the course is I've been working down here and moving these sliders, and that's fine. There's some other things we can do to navigate the sliders. This is the first adjustment, we're just gonna kinda repeat the first adjustment we did but show you some other ways of navigating the interface.
Remember down here we took the whites and I moved this over and we watched the histogram and how the histogram moved. Well, you can do that. And remember, any of these that you want to, any adjustment that you make, you can just double-click on that tool to undo that adjustment. Or if you've made a whole bunch of adjustments and you wanna undo them all, just double click on Tone. And if you would like to undo everything that you accomplished with your developed module, you can just move your mouse down here and click Reset. So, let's say that we wanted to make some adjustments, starting with the whites.
You can move your mouse over here and notice this, see the little double arrow hand that comes up. You can click and drag right there, rather than having to do it on the slider and you can watch the numbers if you'd like. Or you can come up here and actually click in the Tone region and move that back and forth. Or the one that I really like to use because it doesn't require that I'm mousing and I have to grip that mouse so tightly. And I can just come down here and double-click on that and then just move my mouse away. Then just use my up and down and left and right arrows. See I'm using my up arrow like this.
Then I can watch my histogram as I'm moving it. And then when I get up to where it starts to clip, like in the upper right-hand corner, then I just go down arrow and back off a little bit. Same thing, what if I wanted to move to the exposure. I can just click and then I can just hold it if I want to. I can just hold it and it moves very quickly if I wanna hold it. If I go one at a time then I can just incrementally do it. Or I can just press and hold if I know I have a lot of adjustment to make. And same thing with contrast.
Just click once and then just hold. Then I can watch the histogram. That way I don't have to be mousing all the time. And it's an awful lot easier to accomplish this kind of adjustment. And again, I'm just using the up and down arrows while I'm watching the histogram. So it makes it an awful lot easier and faster and a lot less mousing. So there's just some tips and tricks for controlling the tools. Remember the D for going to Develop module. G or E for moving back to the library. G will take you to grid mode. E will give you the enlarge view or what Lightroom calls the loop view.
The D to go to the Develop. And very importantly, use that Y key to give you the before and after on any adjustments you've made in the Develop module. Except for your dimensional adjustments like cropping, which don't show up in the before and after. Alright, so that should speed you up and give you some more time to get outdoors and have some more fun.
- Understanding channels
- Measuring and adjusting brightness, contrast, highlights, and shadows
- Working in the Develop module
- Fine-tuning contrast with tone-based adjustments
- Adjusting color
- Making mask-based adjustments
- Sharpening, sharing, and printing