Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

LR3 – The White Balance Selector Tool (W)

•   “W” toggles the White Balance Selector tool (meaning that tapping “W” once selects the tool, tapping it again puts it away – which is a very useful way to dismiss the tool if you don’t use the auto-dismiss feature).  Escape will also dismiss the tool.

•  With the White Balance Tool selected, use the Tool bar to choose to hide/show the Loupe and/or toggle the Auto Dismiss features.

Note: Tapping the “W” key in the Library Module will automatically switches to the Develop Module and selects the White Balance Selector tool.


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April 28, 2011

LR3 – Auto Tone and Auto White Balance

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + U applies Auto Tone (which can help set black and white points and increase dynamic range for flat images).

•  Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift +U  selects  Auto White Balance.


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April 27, 2011

LR3 – Applying a Crop to Multiple Images in the Library Module

If you have multiple images selected in the Library module (and are viewing the images in Grid View), you can use the Quick Develop panel to crop all selected images at once (without having to go to the Develop module). Simply click the little black triangle to the right of the Saved Preset to show the Crop Ration and Treatment options. Then, select the desired Crop Ratio from the list. Note: this will crop all selected images to the correct aspect ration, but it might be necessary to use the Develop module to reposition the crop on each image individually.


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April 26, 2011

LR3 – Straightening Images

When using the Crop tool, moving your cursor outside of the Crop changes the icon to a double headed arrow, clicking and dragging (outside of the crop) will rotate the image (straightening a horizon for example).

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) toggles to the Angle tool while cropping. Using a straight line in the image, for reference click and drag over the reference line (such as a horizon) to straighten.

Cmd+ Opt /Ctrl + Alt + drag with the Crop tool swaps to Angle tool and displays an angled Grid Overlay


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April 25, 2011

LR3 – Aspect Ratio and Pixels

Don’t forget that in Lightroom you aren’t committing to a specific output size when cropping. Instead, you specify the actual number of pixels that are going to be created when you use the Export feature or one of the Output modules (Slideshow, Print or Web) to create a raster (pixel) based image.


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April 22, 2011

LR3 – Aspect Ratios for Cropping

While using the Crop tool, you can select from the list of default/preset aspect ratios, or choose Enter Custom from the list and create your own. Lightroom will save the last 5 custom aspect ratios entered.

In addition:

• “X” flips the crop (horizontal to vertical).

• “A” will lock or unlock the aspect ratio.


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April 21, 2011

Video Tutorial – Print a Book from a Single Sheet of Paper

In this episode of the Complete Picture, I demonstrate how to quickly create a print template in Lightroom to layout a simple 8 page book from a single sheet of paper.

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LR3 – Crop Overlay Shortcuts

“O” cycles through the Crop overlay options.

Shift + O cycles through the crop overlay orientation.


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April 20, 2011

LR3 – Cropping Basics

Here are a few essential cropping shortcuts for Lightroom:

• Access the Crop tool by tapping the R key. Note: even in the Library Module, tapping R will take you to the Develop Module.

• To apply the crop, tap the Return (Mac) /Enter (Win) key.

• Escape removes the crop (or resets the crop to start of editing session of current image).

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + R will reset the crop.



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April 19, 2011

LR3 – Images Look Less Saturated in the Web Module

Last week a customer wrote that they were seeing a decrease in the color of their images in both the Flash gallery and the HTML galleries in the Web module of Lighroom. This is actually expected behavior.

This occurs partially because the original images that you’re viewing in the Library and Develop modules are displayed in a larger color space and because the images probably have more colors than the Web module’s sRGB color space can display. As the colors are moved from the larger color space, down into the smaller sRGB space (when they go into the Web module) the appear to loose saturation.

In addition, Lightroom uses the default browser for your OS to display the preview of the image in Lightroom. If the computer is using a color profile that’s different from sRGB, and the default browser isn’t color managed, the colors will be shifted in the Web module.

Additionally, remember that your web gallery will be viewed by whatever browser the visitors to your website are using. Most computers are not color calibrated and many browsers are not color managed, so most of your visitors will get varying experiences.


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April 18, 2011

LR3 – Locking Filters

In Lightroom 3 when you set a filter for a folder (collections etc) and then move to another folder, that filter is reset to “None” (in other words, the filter is automatically turned off). To solve this problem, (if you want the filter to stay “on” as you move from folder to folder) then click the lock button to the right of the Filter bar. This works well if, for example, you’re filter is set to view 2 stars or greater and you want to view the 2 star images in each folder that you click on.

If, however, you simply want each filter to be sticky for the folder that you apply it to, go to File > Library Filters > Remember Each Source’s Filters Separately. Now you can filter a folder, move to another and choose not to filter it, but when you return to the first folder, the filter will still be applied.  (If you do not see the option under the File menu, be sure that you have updated to the latest version of Lightroom3).


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April 15, 2011

LR3 – Metadata Fields – GPS

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click the GPS Map Location arrow in the Metadata panel in Lightroom to go to Yahoo (instead of the default – Google).


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April 14, 2011

Metadata Fields – Description

Adding a “Description” in Photoshop’s File Info is the same as adding a “Caption” in Lightroom’s Metadata panel.


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April 13, 2011

LR3 – Creating a “Template” Catalog

I have created a video explaining the pros and cons of using single versus multiple catalogs that you can watch here. With that in mind, I know that there will be some photographers who’s workflow require using multiple catalogs. However, there are a few items that need to be set up every time you select File > New Catalog (such as Identity Plates and Collections). To avoid this repetitive step, I would suggest that you create a “template” catalog. In the template you could set up your Identity plate and Collections. Then simply duplicate the catalog for your new client and go right to work.

Note: To create a new catalog select File > New Catalog, choose where to save it and give it a name. Set up your identity plate (for a video about Creating Your Own Identity plate click here). You will need to  import one photo into the catalog (any photo) to set up your Collection Sets and Collections.


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April 12, 2011

LR3 – Keyword Lists

It can be much easier/faster to create a keyword list using a simple text editor. These lists can be easily imported into Lightroom using Metadata > Import Keywords. If you want to create a hierarchical list, simply use tabs to designate the primary (parent) and secondary (child) category. For example:

(tab) represents a “tab” because I couldn’t figure out how to have WordPress keep the formatting – sorry!)


(tab) Los Angeles

(tab)(tab) Beverly HIlls

(tab)(tab) The Getty

(tab) San Francisco

(tab)(tab) Palace of Fine Arts

(tab)(tab) Golden Gate Bridge

Likewise you can export (Keywords Metadata > Export Keywords) to share with different machines/peers.  If you have keywords that you want to import from Bridge, use the drop down menu on the Keywords panel to select Export (in Bridge), then return to Lightroom and choose Metadata Import Keywords navigate to and select the exported file from Bridge.


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