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Changes in Setting Up Lightroom

Lesson 2 from: Photoshop and Lightroom Creative Cloud Additions in 2015

Ben Willmore

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2. Changes in Setting Up Lightroom

Ben Willmore explains how he customizes his Lightroom panels to make navigating and editing easier.

Lesson Info

Changes in Setting Up Lightroom

So we're gonna start off in light room and we'll look at a few new features and just move our way through. We'll start off thinking about to develop module, where we adjust our images, then move on to the library module where we organized or images, and then look through the rest of it to see what if they changed in what is new. Before I do that, there are some changes that I make a light room that I don't think about. I just do it by default, and I want to show you a few of those things. They're not necessarily new features, but there's things that I'm going to use automatically without thinking, and if I don't mention it, you might get distracted by the fact that my version of light room might look or act differently than yours and so let's. First, start with those small changes that I make uh, if you look at each side of light room, each edge of your screen usually there's, a panel that can appear and on the edges of your screen will be a triangle you can click on to expand or colla...

pse each edge of your screen, and you're going to find that with some of my panels, those little side panels will automatically show up or disappear to give an example if I'm in the developed module. And I have an image on the left side of my screen is usually where you have a list of your history steps, which is the stuff you've done to your picture it's also where you can get to your presets in other things. Well, those are things that I usually only need to access for a couple seconds, and then I want to get him out of my way. So if I move my mouth to the left edge of by screen without clicking it, all that panel shows up automatically in my version of light room, and when I move away from the edge, it automatically disappears but that's, not the default. So I want to show you how to set that up because I have my screen set up automatically that way. And if mine starts showing up and disappearing and yours doesn't, you might be wondering what's going on. So if you go to any one of those little triangles that are on the edge of your screen and you, right, click on it when you right, click on it. You will find these choices, and I just want to give you an idea of when I might use the various choices that air here, this top choice. It's called otto hide and show and what that means is that that side panel you don't have to click on the triangle at all to get it to show up or disappear all you need to do is move your mouse to the edge of your screen where the panel would usually be and it will automatically show up when you get there and when you move your mouse outside of the panel it'll automatically disappear in one example of when I used that is here in the developed module this on the left side of my screen usually only need to use a preset for a couple seconds or the history for a few seconds and that I wanted to go away so I could see my image other settings you can use that go to the top of my screen it'll right click this area at the top is where I usually have the modules you can switch between the developed module library module and so on and there are keyboard shortcuts you can use for switching between those and if you get used to those it's much faster than having to manually move your mouse to the top of your screen. So I have that set to manual and that's where I'm going to manually click on it or I could just choose auto hide what auto hide would mean is I click on the triangle to get it to show up but when I move outside it automatically disappears because if I only use that for a second, I don't want it to show up when I'm going up here to use my menu bar I want to have to manually click on it to force it to show up and then when I mouse away it'll disappear so that's what I might use up there then the other choice was just manual, which is the traditional way where you have to manually click and let go and I usually have that set for the right side of the developed module because those are things they almost always want to have there and if I want to get him out of the way, I want to have to do some work to get it to happen. There is one of the setting here it's called sync with opposite panel and that would mean if I expand the right side of my screen the left side would expand to both sides would go together and I don't usually use that very much. I think of the various sides my screen is being somewhat independent a couple other things that I do automatically that without thinking it is if you look at the top of my screen in the upper right that's usually where you switch between the various modules and light room and you notice that in there there are some modules that are missing usually you have a web module in there, and I just personally don't use light room to make websites for web pages, and so I never should've never I rarely use that module. Well, if you want to clean up that area, just move your mouse into that general area of your screen and press the right mouse button, and you're going to find a list of all the modules that air usually showing up there and you notice I have the book and the web modules hidden because mainly my wife, karen, makes books for us, and so I don't do that as much. And so I hide that if you happen to not use slide shows, then turn off the slide show one, and now your little module list on the right side could be lessened so that's. One thing you'll notice about my version is that I have some of my modules hidden. One other thing that I do all the time in light room is if you look at my adjustment panels here in the developed module, if I were to come in here, I could expand each one of these and get a really long list of adjustments that I could apply, but if you have all of these panels open, it can feel a little intimidating that you have so many choices available. So I accept mine up in a different way. What I do is I have it so somehow when I click on one of these categories, it will automatically collapse down whatever I was using last, so that the on ly part that I see is the section that I'm working on. So if I come down here in click on split toning, it will automatically collapsed down the last section I was using said the only thing I'm seeing it's split tony now you probably think that you come over here and right click to get to that, but you don't, uh instead I usually come over here and option click on this little triangle that's here if the triangle looks solid, it's not speckled, then you're in the old fashioned mode where you can open a cz many of these at a time as you want. But if it looks dotted, then you're in the solo mode where you all can see one of these set of time, and I find that to be very useful because it gets rid of the clutter that I would usually see on that side panel. Now, I think in the newest version, though, you might be able to get it from right clicking as well right down here solo mode. One thing you might not be aware of those when you're in solo mode, where usually you can only have one of these sections open at a time. There is a trick to get more than one to open, and that is, if you hold down the shift key when you're clicking on one of these triangles or the title of a section by holding down shift, you're saying I want more than one open at a time if you don't hold down shift when you click on the name of a section or the triangle for it, it would only have one open at a time, so therefore you can have the functionality of being able to look at more than one time when you need to, and if you don't, you just don't hold on shift now. I mentioned that I keep my modules hidden up here at the top and that's, mainly so my picture can take up a lot of space. I don't like too much of the interface covering up my image, someone talk about a few keyboard shortcuts that I'm going to use automatically without thinking on. That is to switch between these various modules I type g to get to the grid that you see in the library module, grid of images, and I type d to go to develop so g for grid deford develop. When I'm in the developed module, if I need to switch between images, I can always go to the bottom of my screen it expand was called the film strip, and this will show me the rest of the images that I was viewing previously in the library, and by doing so, I don't always have to switch between the library in the developed module library and develop I just go to the bottom my screen and expand this area, which is not of the film strip, to quickly switch to the other images there in the folder collection that I was viewing all right. Now that I've covered some of the things that I do automatically, we'll get into some of the newer features with one exception, I noticed one of their change you need to make it's a change that they've made in the keyboard shortcuts and light room a while ago, and that is right now you can see up here we have a title bar where this tells me the name of the catalogue that I'm using and what I don't like about that is it's making it so my picture takes up less space on the screen so here's a keyboard truck it that I find to be useful if you hold down the shift key in press f f means full screen holding shift in pressing f is going to let you cycle through various ways that light room could fill your screen this is the view that what where it would take up the most space, where you see the title bar at the top. You see your menu bar above that in therefore you see less of your image, your image looks smaller, but if I do shift f you'll see that title bar just went away and therefore my picture can look bigger. If I do shift tough again, even the menu bar goes away. I can still access the menu bar. I just move my mouth to the top of my screen and we'll show up, move my mouse away and it disappears if I do shift up f again, I get back to the first view I had. So I'll often be in this view here, where my image can take up the most space, and if I ever need to get out of it, shift f is what cycles me through. That also related to that. Just pressing the letter f all by itself simply means full screen. Show me just my image. If I press the letter f again, it gets me out.

Class Materials

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Got to "know" Ben during Photoshop Week and a few other courses. He has consistently been one of my favorite Photoshop instructors. He is extremely easy to follow, stays on point without being cold or boring, and is immensely knowledgeable on just about everything Photoshop. He does not disappoint in this fantastic in-depth review of some great new features in PhotoShop and Lightroom CC 2015 ... there are some real hidden gems in there for you. Ben polishes them up and serves them to you with extra info, insight, and pertinent examples. He goes the extra mile to answer questions and delve into related subjects without going off the rails. GREAT, GREAT course. Thanks Ben, and Creative Live! -Tim K.

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I just purchased this course today and it's wonderful. Ben is one of the best Photoshop instructors I've encountered. I had purchased the complete Mastery course and this one is a welcome addition since it covers new features. Even though Photoshop and Lightroom will continue to evolve, the basic techniques and tools used are basically the same, so I find myself going back to the mastery course if I hit a bump along the way. Ben's knowledge is second to none, but his true gift is the ability to transmit all that knowledge in bite size and understandable portions that are never boring. Someday I will have the privilege to know him personally, in the meantime I will continue to buy his courses as they come out. Such a wealth of information. Thanks Ben and CreativeLive!


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