Command + Option (Mac) | Control + Alt (Win)-drag will duplicate local adjustments made with the Radial Filter, Gradient Filter and the Adjustment Brush.
Note: since local adjustment pins made with the Adjustment Brush cannot be moved, the dragging gesture is treated the same as clicking, which means both gestures (dragging or clicking) will duplicate the selected correction in place.
In the Lightroom 5 beta, you can choose to display guides in the Library (while in Loupe view), the Develop module and during Tethered Capture by selecting View > Loupe Overlay > Guides. To toggle the display of the overlay, select Guides from the menu (or use Command + Option + O (Mac) | Control + Alt + O (Win).
To reposition the guides, Command (Mac) | Control (Win) -drag the intersection of the guides.
Grid overlays aren’t limited to cropping anymore! In Lightroom 5 , you can choose to display a grid in the Library (while in Loupe view), the Develop module and during Tethered Capture by selecting View > Loupe Overlay > Grid. Note: by default the Grid menu option displays a dash (not a check) before its name because the overlay is not visible by default. To toggle the display of the overlay, select Grid from the menu (or use Command + Option + O (Mac) | Control + Alt + O (Win).
While the grid is visible, Command (Mac) | Control (Win) displays options for Size and Opacity. Click-drag left/right on Size to decrease/increase the grid size. Likewise, Click -drag left/right on Opacity to decrease/increase the grid opacity.
In Lightroom, we can now click-drag to create a Brush Spot. As in previous versions a single click will create a circle spot and auto-find a source.
• Tap “Q” to access the Spot Removal tool. Shift + Q toggles between Clone and Heal modes.
• Command -drag (Mac) | Control -drag (Win) creates a circle spot and allows you to drag to define the source.
• Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag (Win) creates a circle spot that scales from the center.
• Command + Shift -drag(Mac) | Control + Shift -drag (Win) creates a circle spot that scales from anchor.
• Holding down Shift (before starting to paint with the Spot Removal tool) constrains the brush stroke to horizontal or vertical.
• If you click to set a circle spot and then Shift + click in a different area Lightroom will connect the first spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke (a great way to remove telephone lines).
• To enlarge a spot after drawing, use the Size slider in the Spot Removal options panel.
• Backslash (/) – select new source for existing circle or brush spot.
• Tap “H” to hide the interface.
• Option -click (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -click deletes a spot (the icon displays as a pair of scissors).
• Option -click (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -drag over multiple spots will batch-delete spots.
• Tap “A” to toggle the Visualize Spots feature (manual controls are found in the Toolbar)
Here are links to my top 3 features in the Lightroom 5 Beta!
Upright (Automatic perspective correction) – Discover how to automatically fix common problems such as tilted horizons as well as converging verticals in buildings using Lightroom’s new Upright controls for perspective correction.
The Advanced Healing Brush – Discover the new enhancements to Lightroom’s advanced Healing Brush including the ability to heal and clone non-circular brush spots as well as remove easy to miss sensor dust using the new Visualization slider.
The Radial Filter – Learn how easy it is to apply any and all of Lightroom’s existing local adjustments including dodging and burning, adding vignettes, selectively sharpening and more to one or more completely customizable, nondestructive, circular Radial filters – anywhere in your image.
In Lightroom’s Develop module, when you choose Settings > Copy Settings or use the shortcut Command + Shift + C (Mac) | Control + Shift + C (Win), Lightroom copies the setting that you select (in the subsequent Copy Settings dialog), to the clipboard and holds on to them. Therefore, as you move through your photo shoot, you can easily paste those setting to any additional image(s). This might be a great way, for example, to paste a subset of attributes such as a vignette or color toning to images while moving through a shoot, and still be able to use Sync (or Auto Sync) to apply other modifications.
When applying a Post Crop Vignette in Lightroom and/or Camera Raw, don’t forget that you can use the Highlight slider to suppress the vignette from being added in the highlights of the image. This can help keep brighter values in the vignetted area from looking muddy.
Also, when cropping an image and adding a Post Crop vignette, I prefer to first use the Lens Correction panel to remove any vignetting caused by the lens. Removing the lens vignetting (especially if the image is cropped so that part of the lens vignette is cut off) will result in a more even looking Post Crop Vignette.
When you click in an image with the Spot Removal tool, Lightroom sets down the source spot (where you clicked) and automatically selects an area to sample from. If you click and drag with the Spot Removal tool, Lighroom sets down the source spot (where you clicked), but by keeping the mouse down and dragging, you are able to control the area (dragging to reposition) from which Lightroom selects its source information.
Don’t forget that you can use the Spot Removal tool in Lightroom and Camera Raw in either the Clone mode (where you will get an exact copy of the retouched area) or the Heal mode (where Lightroom automatically adjusts the tonality of the sampled information to evenly blend the retouched area). And both of these modes support variable opacity so that next time you’re using the Spot Removal tool to retouch an image (as opposed to removing dust from the sensor), you might want to try decreasing the opacity of the retouched spot so that you’re simply reducing a distracting element, not removing it.
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates how to use Hue, Saturation, Luminance and the Adjustment Brush to selectively control color in Lighroom. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.
The other day I needed to scan several hundred photographs when I remembered a tip that Kevin Connor suggested. To increase productivity, instead of scanning each image individually (because this can take a long time if you have lots of little photos), place as many images as you can on the scanner and scan them all at once. Then, import those scans into Lightoom, Create Virtual copies for each individual image, and refine as needed.