Join Colin Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of the Lightroom interface and the Lights Out feature, part of Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers.
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Lightroom is a program that was designed by Adobe specifically for photographers from the ground up to make the workflow a lot easier. It doesn't replace Photoshop. Photoshop is still essential, and it's very important for things like pixel-level retouching, and any pixel-level editing, because Lightroom is not capable of doing those. Lightroom is a great program for sorting out our images, for adding metadata to them, to making images look nice, and outputting them in different formats.
Now the way this program works is it works in little modules. If you look at the top here, you will see right now we're in Library module. You can tell because it's highlighted in white. And the Library module is where this is your personal digital librarian. This is where we view all our different images. We will see all our thumbnails here. We can view all of these, we can view all of our different collections, we can go to different folders, and we can look at those. We can add different types of information on here.
We can add our keywords. We can rate these images. We can add different types of metadata which makes it easy for us to find these images later on. The old-school way of thinking is to create a bunch of folders and just jam all your photos into different folders and then try and remember where those folders are. In Lightroom we can actually keep our folders intact. We can have our images wherever we want on our machine. We don't have to move them around, and in fact Lightroom doesn't move any of the images around. But what we can do now is we can locate them in a much smarter way using metadata, things like keywords and filters and all these different things that we will get into in later lessons. Let's look at our next module.
We will just click on Develop, and now we are going to do Develop module. And this is our dark room. This is just exactly like a digital dark room, and if you look at the different options here--we can scroll down, you can see we have got a lot of image adjustments. These are actually identical to the ones in Adobe Camera Raw that you will find inside of Bridge and Photoshop. Now the things that makes these great is that we can just go backwards and forward between the library and very quickly make your adjustments to our images, but we can do some very powerful adjustments.
And we will look at those in a moment. So let's go to the third module now. The third module is a Slideshow module. It's going to take a little second for it to launch, because it's the first time, and this where we can create custom slideshows, and we can even add music to these slideshows if we want. This is a great way for showing your images off to your clients when perhaps they come into your office and they want to see the images, you can show them up beautifully inside the slideshow. Another option is go to our Print module. Our Print module we can actually set this up now, and we can print from here, and we can get some nice high quality prints.
We can also create the contact sheets and do high-resolution printing. Then finally, the last module here is that web module, and here we can actually take our thumbnails and create different types of web pages. We will be looking at that later on too. Now here's a tip for you to get between the different modules is if you hit the Ctrl+A and then hit the number keys, 1 will take you to the library, 2 will take you to Develop, 3, 4, and 5.
So we can just hit the corresponding number for whichever module you want to go to. That would be the Command+ Option+1 through 5 on the Mac. Now another way we can quickly get to the Develop module is hitting a D key. That will always take us to the Develop. And if we want to go back to our Grid view, we just hit the G key. It takes us back to our grids inside the Library. So that's a quick wave of jumping around between those different types of modules. Now the great thing about the modules are they all use the same central database and the same central image processing engine, which is the Camera Raw engine which was developed by Thomas Knoll, the same developer who created Photoshop.
Let's look at another option. While we are in here, if we select one of these images we can actually go in to another mode now. If we just want to look at the image on its own, and we don't want to see anything else, we can hit the L key. And this is option called the Light Dim. And if we hit it a second time it actually goes to what's known as Lights Out, and you will see the only thing visible now is that image. So this is another great way of showing off your images.
So let me just select several images here, and if I hit the Shift key and let me hit the Ctrl-click, and we will select these three, and we will L twice. Notice that now we have an undistracted view of our images. So I just wanted to make you aware of that, because I'm sure you saw the option there when we were working inside the Preferences. Let's go to our Preferences here. I think you remember we were working in the interface, and there was an option here called Lights Out.
The Dim level is what we call the Lights Dim, which is when we hit the L key the first time, and we can set these options here. The second one is when we hit the Lights Out. The second time we hit the L we can change the color of the screen, and I am going to keep it black and click OK. So that's a brief overview of the different modules inside of Lightroom. One of the great things, too, is that Adobe is opening up the Source Code on here so third-party developers are going to be out to build their own modules that will be able to add into Lightroom.
So that's something to look forward to in the future.
There's nothing more frustrating than having hundreds of digital pictures clogging up one's hard drive. Photoshop Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers teaches picture-takers how to import, organize, develop, and output images with ease. Instructor Colin Smith breaks down even the most complex tasks into quick and easy-to-understand techniques, and demonstrates multiple methods that work in real-world situations. He teaches photographers how to work efficiently with metadata; create custom keyword sets; and understand Lightroom's ratings, flags, and labels. Colin also shares some of his secret tips!
- Importing images from a hard drive
- Working with the panels efficiently
- Understanding and managing catalogs
- Customizing the HTML galleries
- Adding music to slideshow presentations
- Converting grayscale images