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Lightroom's Right Hand Panel

Lesson 5 from: Editing and Organizing your Photography in Lightroom

Jared Platt

Lightroom's Right Hand Panel

Lesson 5 from: Editing and Organizing your Photography in Lightroom

Jared Platt

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5. Lightroom's Right Hand Panel

<b>A tour of the detailed tools and options available in the right hand panel of Lightroom.&#160; This is the panel with all of the photo editing tools.&#160; But there is more in this panel than just editing tools.&#160; This is where you learn all about the rest of those options.</b>

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Lightroom's Right Hand Panel

1 Now let's go over to the right-hand panel. 2 And in order to do anything with it, 3 you see that it's got this blue option here, 4 this button that says Switch to Detail. 5 That means that it's not gonna show you anything over here 6 unless you are actually looking at a specific image. 7 So I'm gonna double click this image, 8 or if I click on this blue button, 9 it'll do the same thing 10 as if I had double clicked the image. 11 So I'm gonna double click the image, 12 which I think is a super cute image. 13 And now you can see on the right-hand panel 14 that we have all of the options for that individual image. 15 Let's go through these 16 and show you what exists on the right-hand panel. 17 First, let's talk about the top. 18 Up at the top you have a little cloud option 19 that has some of your settings for the cloud. 20 You can see how much space you have. 21 You can also click on 22 either Lightroom Mobile or Lightroom Web 23 in order to go to these options. 24 If you click on ...

Lightroom Web, 25 it's gonna take you to your account on lightroom.adobe.com. 26 If you click on Lightroom Mobile, 27 it's just gonna take you to a link 28 on how to download Lightroom Mobile. 29 It's not gonna actually take you 30 to your images on Lightroom Mobile. 31 It's just gonna show you 32 how to download Lightroom Mobile onto your device. 33 And then you'll see that everything here 34 is synced and backed up, 35 so there's no syncing that needs to happen. 36 But you can also pause the synchronization as well 37 if you want to pause everything 38 so that you're not taking up your bandwidth 39 while you're watching Netflix or something like that. 40 Okay, so that's what that little cloud icon is. 41 There's a Help menu, 42 there's a Share menu, 43 which we'll talk more about later, 44 and then there's an Alert menu. 45 Okay, so those are the top, 46 and then below that 47 you'll see a whole bunch of different options down here. 48 The first one is presets, 49 and we'll talk about presets later, 50 but those are basically quick ways to push a button 51 and get something cool done to your image, 52 either a style or an adjustment 53 or a vignette or something like that. 54 And we're gonna go through some really cool stuff 55 that has to do with presets. 56 So let's wait on that. 57 Here's the adjustments. 58 We'll talk about adjustments. 59 And you can see that all of the same adjustments 60 that exist inside of Lightroom Web, Lightroom Mobile, 61 and in Lightroom Classic are all here. 62 So these are your options for adjusting your images. 63 These are raw adjustments if you're working on a raw image. 64 And then you have the crop option here, 65 and you have your retouching options. 66 There's a clone stamp, 67 there's a healing stamp, and a remove stamp. 68 And then there is the masking options. 69 So there's a bunch of masking options, 70 and we'll go over those as well. 71 But this is where you can mask out 72 very specific things 73 to work on very fine detail inside of Lightroom. 74 And this little clock option here 75 right below the masking 76 is basically your versions or states. 77 It's your history if you're used to Photoshop. 78 So then when we go to our versions, 79 you can see there's auto versions here, 80 and then there's named versions here, 81 and there's the final edit, 82 there's the original. 83 So this is what it looked like before I did my edits. 84 This is what it looks like after I did my edits. 85 And we'll do a little bit more with these images anyway, 86 and it'll keep creating auto versions 87 as we work on them over time. 88 So as long as you have this Edit panel open 89 so where you see light and color and effects, 90 all of your adjustments. 91 This little triple dot button here at the very bottom 92 is all of your edit options. 93 When you click on it, 94 you can copy and paste settings, 95 but you can also do some other things 96 that are really important. 97 Like for instance, show the histogram. 98 That's what this is up here. 99 And so I always want to see my histogram, 100 so I make sure that the histogram is showing. 101 Also, I can go into single panel mode, 102 which you can see that I'm in currently. 103 Now, single panel mode means that if I click on Light, 104 I'm working on the light area, 105 and I'm adjusting things inside of my adjustments area 106 for lights and contrast and shadow. 107 But then when I click on Color, 108 it closes the light one and does color. 109 That way I'm not just, 110 I don't have all of these options open. 111 It's really easy just to go down to Effects, 112 and now only effects is showing. 113 That's what this option for single panel mode is. 114 Also inside of this triple dot button, 115 you'll see this thing called Show Color Calibration. 116 This is an older tool that people don't use all that often, 117 but if you're looking for it, 118 because you're used to it either inside of Camera Raw 119 or inside of Lightroom Classic, 120 this Show Color Calibration 121 allows you to turn on, in the color panel, 122 the older version of color calibration. 123 So when I click on it, 124 now you can see that that color calibration shows up, 125 and that's that area where you got to change like the tint 126 and the shadow and saturation 127 of the various red, green, and blue areas 128 in your photograph. 129 So if you miss having color calibration as a tool, 130 that color calibration is right here. 131 You just have to go to the triple dot button 132 and turn it on or off. 133 And then of course, 134 the very last option here is Edit in Photoshop, 135 which also is Shift + Command + E, 136 or I think in PC, 137 it's Shift + Ctrl + E. 138 So Edit in Photoshop 139 allows you to then send this image directly to Photoshop, 140 edit it, and then when you're finished 141 and you hit Save and Close, 142 it's gonna return back to Lightroom 143 and stack it on top of the original photo. 144 Now, on the bottom right-hand corner of Lightroom, 145 you're going to see a comments area. 146 So if you click on Activity here, 147 you can see that there is an area for comments. 148 There are no comments on this yet, 149 but when we get to the point of sharing these images, 150 we're actually gonna see some interaction with these photos. 151 And then there's keywords, 152 which is the second option down. 153 If I click on this little keywords area, 154 I can add keywords. 155 So I can say, child, I can say unicorn. 156 Comma, and we just separate these keywords by commas. 157 We don't even need a space, 158 just child comma, unicorn, comma, 159 portrait, comma, outdoor comma, 160 forest, comma, grove, comma. 161 Pecan grove. 162 And hit Enter. 163 And so now you can see 164 that there are all of these little keywords 165 that are associated with this photo, 166 which will make it easier for me 167 to find these photos in the future. 168 We'll talk a little bit more about keywording 169 at a later time in the workshop. 170 And then finally at the very bottom is the Info panel, 171 and there's quite a bit of information here. 172 You can see the information about the camera 173 and the size of the photo, 174 as well as the basic photo settings. 175 Also, you can see 176 that there's an option for a title here, a caption, 177 and copyright information. 178 So all three of those things can be added to your image, 179 as well as you see the file name 180 for the actual photo itself. 181 You can see the date it was captured, 182 and you could type in a location. 183 Now, you can see that this image 184 also has some data in it from the GPS. 185 So there's GPS information here. 186 That tells it what country, what state, and city it was in, 187 and you can even see a map as to where that was. 188 Then at the very bottom, 189 you can see some really important information 190 that's going to help you immensely. 191 The first thing is, what is the sync status? 192 So you can see that it's synced 193 and it's available offline, 194 which means that not only is it up in the cloud, 195 but I have a copy sitting on the hard drive right now, 196 so that if I stopped being online, 197 if if my internet went down, 198 I could still work on this image. 199 I don't have to wait for it to be pulled down. 200 The other thing that you see is the local version of it 201 is the original version. 202 So it's not a raw version, 203 it's original copy. 204 And then the cloud version is the original. 205 So I have the original full-sized image 206 on my computer and in the cloud. 207 So both places. 208 If I was looking at an image 209 that only had the original in the cloud 210 and I was just kind of looking at a preview of it 211 here on my computer, 212 it would then say Smart Preview on the computer. 213 So the local one would say Smart Preview. 214 If I was looking at something 215 that came from Lightroom Classic, 216 Lightroom Classic doesn't send the original image 217 up into the cloud, 218 it just sends a smart preview. 219 So then you would see that the cloud copy 220 was a smart preview, 221 and the local copy would be a smart preview, 222 so that you would know, 223 "Oh, the only real version, 224 "the full version is over in Lightroom Classic, 225 "and I only have smart previews." 226 Which are really good copies. 227 They are small, raw images, 228 but they're not the original. 229 Okay, that's really important information. 230 So you need to know where to find that. 231 Again, you open up an image 232 and then you look in the Info panel, 233 and then down at the bottom, 234 that's where you get that sync status. 235 And that tells you a lot about the photo 236 and where it is and what you can do with it. 237 The other thing that's really important 238 is down here where it says Albums. 239 This tells me which albums those images are in. 240 So you remember 241 how I could right click this image on the grid? 242 So when I was in the grid 243 and I right clicked this image, 244 I could say show all the photos from the same date. 245 That's important to find all the photos 246 that are surrounding that image 247 that were shot at the same time. 248 So if I found an image 249 and I wanted to see the entire photo shoot 250 or the entire day of travel, 251 then I could just right click it 252 and say, "Show all the photos from that same day," 253 and it just finds all of them. 254 But it's looking through every photo, 255 and it's finding everything that was shot on that day. 256 If I, on the other hand, want to find this image 257 and find out what albums is it in, 258 because I might have an album 259 that's specifically for children's photos, 260 and then I have another album for portraits, 261 and then I have another album for a specific family, 262 and I have another album for my favorite images. 263 I want to be able to find those images 264 based on that use case, 265 which is why I'm using these albums. 266 I use them for lectures and for books that I'm making 267 and for webpages and things like that. 268 So I can go to the Info panel once I've found an image. 269 Once I search for Image and found it, 270 then I can go down here to the Albums area 271 and say, "Oh, I have this image 272 "in a lot of different places, 273 "and one of 'em is Scarlet Favorites." 274 So if I click on Scarlet Favorites, 275 it takes me to that very specific album. 276 You can see these are my favorite images 277 from that photo shoot. 278 So that's really helpful information. 279 And of course you can still see 280 that while I have that selected, 281 all of the other places that it exists are also there. 282 And one of those is CL Images. 283 Now, the other thing that you note here 284 is this weird little green chevron. 285 This tells me that it is an album 286 that is available offline. 287 So I have downloaded the original photos onto the computer, 288 and it's available offline. 289 The other albums are not. 290 So like the Scarlet Favorites, 291 that set of image is not available offline. 292 Although, quite frankly, 293 because the images in CL Images 294 might have some of those images in it, 295 some of those images will be available. 296 If I went to the Scarlets Favorite 297 and I was on an airplane, 298 I might still be able to use most of those images, 299 but it's telling me 300 that the entire album is not available offline, 301 whereas this one is. 302 So that green chevron tells you that fact. 303 So I clicked on that again, 304 and that brought me back to the album 305 with all of the images from the creative live images 306 that we're gonna use during this workshop. 307 So that is the right-hand panel inside of Lightroom.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials

Adaptive_JP_LR_Presets.zip
Jared_Platt_-_Editing_and_Organizing_Photography_in_Lightroom_Photo_Examples.zip

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