Quick Tip – How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images), Julieanne  demonstrates how to prevent Lightroom from automatically switching folders when importing files.

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Navigating Through a Document in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom

As some of you have pointed out, the shortcuts used to navigate through an open document in Photoshop (to make sure that you don’t miss any spots from sensor dust for example), are slightly different than when navigating through an open document in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom. 

Tapping the Home and End keys in ACR and Lightroom take you to the top-left and bottom-right corners of the picture, respectively.  These shortcuts are the same as Photoshop. Likewise, tapping the Page-down key takes you down 1 full screen: the same as Photoshop.

Unlike Photoshop, however, if you’re already at the bottom of the image in ACR or LIghtroom, tapping the Page-down key again takes you back to the top, and to the right by 1 full screen.  So, if you start at the top-left of the picture, pressing page-down repeatedly will take you through your image, 1 screen at a time, till you’re at the bottom-right corner of the picture. Page-up does the same thing, but in the opposite direction.

In a nutshell, think of your picture like a book, with the top-left corner as the beginning, and the bottom-right corner as the end.  Press Home to visit the beginning, then press Page Down till you get to the end.  By doing so, you will see every single pixel of the image at least once.

Folks on the ACR and Lightroom team (myself included) think this variation is an improvement over Photoshop, because for those of us who need to do final inspection of their pictures (e.g., to make sure there aren’t any dust spots, etc.), it’s important to have an easy way to make sure we’ve seen every part of our pictures up close.  With Photoshop, I have to remember where I am in the picture, because if I’m in the bottom-left corner of the picture, then tapping the Page Down key does nothing.  In ACR and Lightroom, I have a guaranteed way to see all the pixels in the image, and Page Down/Page Up shortcuts allow me to continue navigating regardless of where I am in the picture.

You might not agree – which is absolutely fine, but now you know why the behavior is different between the programs.  : )

Thank you Eric for helping me to explain this and for offering the book example above!

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Toggle the Crop Shield in Photoshop

The forward slash key (/) toggles on and off the Shield (the shading of the area outside of the crop) while using the Crop tool in Photoshop.

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Zoom All Documents in Photoshop

 With the Zoom tool selected, checking Zoom All Windows (in the Options bar) will zoom all open documents at one time. If you don’t want the option on all of the time, press the Shift key to temporarily toggle on/off  the Zoom all Windows feature. 

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“Birds-Eye” Zoom View in Photoshop

A quick way to navigate to another part of an image is to use “Birds-Eye View”. With any tool selected, hold down the “H” key (to temporarily select the Hand tool) and click in the image area to “crash”-zoom the image to Fit on Screen. Drag to reposition the rectangle and release the Hand tool to zoom in on that area.


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Zooming and Panning in Photoshop without Switching Tools

• Spacebar + Command (Mac) | Spacebar + Control + Alt  (Win) will temporarily give you the Zoom In tool without having to switch to the Zoom tool.

• Spacebar + Option + Option (Mac)/ Spacebar + Alt (Win) will temporarily give you the Zoom Out tool without having to switch to the Zoom tool.

On Mac, it’s important the order that you hold down the keyboard modifiers – press the spacebar first – otherwise Apple’s “spotlight” is activated.

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“Flick Panning” in Photoshop

When using the Hand tool to pan (move left, right, up or down in an image), Photoshop “eases out” of the pan. For an abrupt stop when panning,  click, drag and hold with the Hand tool. If you prefer, Flick Panning can be toggled off in the General Preferences by unchecking  Enable Flick Panning. 

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Zooming in Photoshop

• Double click on the Zoom tool to display the image at 100%. 

• Double click on the Hand tool to display the image as large as possible on the monitor, while still seeing the entire image (View > Fit on Screen).

• Command + “+” (plus)  (Mac) | Control  (Win) +” (plus) zooms in.

• Command +  “-” (minus) (Mac) | Control  (Win) + “-” (minus) will zoom out.

• Command + 1 (Mac) | Control +1 (Win) sets the zoom level to 100% (also referred to as Actual Pixels).

• Command + 0 (Mac) | Control +0 (Win) sets the zoom level to Fit on Screen (note, the zoom level will vary in order to fit the entire image on screen).

5:34 AM Permalink

Video Tutorial – How to Quickly Add Photographs to a Collection in Lightroom

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Quickly Add Photographs to a Collection in Lightroom), Julieanne demonstrates how to easily add images into a target collection using a single keystroke. 

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Sync Files with Last Used Settings in Lightroom

Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win)-click the Sync button in the Develop Module to sync multiple files using the last selected (checked) options. Because the Sync dialog is not displayed with this shortcut, it requires that you remember what you checked last time you synced files!

5:58 AM Permalink

My Favorite Shortcuts for Working with Layers

Click here (2014 Favorite Layer Shortcuts) to download a compilation of some of the Layer shortcuts that I am going to share today in my compositing course at ADIM. Of course this isn’t a complete list, so feel free to search the blog for more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Close All Files in Photoshop

If you have several documents open in Photoshop, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) clicking the close button will close all open documents.

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Find Previous Process (Version) Photos in Lightroom

Selecting Library > Find Previous Process Photos displays all images which have been changed (in the Develop Module or using Quick Develop) using a process version prior to the most current. Note: this command searches the entire catalog regardless of which folder or collection is selected.  

5:09 AM Permalink

Document Information in Photoshop

By default, Photoshop displays the Document Size at the bottom of the document window in the Status Bar. Clicking on the  arrow to the right displays additional display options (such as document profile, dimensions etc.). Clicking and holding in the information area will display the documents width, height, channels and resolution (except when the Save Progress option is selected).

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Retouching Screen by Screen in Photoshop

When retouching images (especially when checking for sensor dust or imperfections), I like to systematically move through the document starting at the upper right and then moving down screen by screen. When I reach the bottom of the column, I move over one screen and start moving up again. In order to do this, the following shortcuts can be truly lifesavers.

• The Home key moves to upper left corner, the End key moves to lower right.

• The Page Up and Page Down keys move you one full screen up or down one full  screen.

• Command + Page Up and Page Down  (Mac) | Control + Page Up and Page Down (Win) moves left or right one full screen.

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