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7 hidden tips for Adobe Lightroom

Here are a series of tips that are going to help you in Lightroom. I wonder how many of these you know? You will be glad you do now, they will save time and make life easier in Lightroom.

 

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7 SECRET Tips You Probably Don’t Know in LIGHTROOM

Hey Cafe Crew, it’s Colin Smith here from PhotoshopCAFE and today, I’m going to show you 7 little known tips inside of Lightroom. This is going to help you a ton.

All right, so let’s start with Number 1. You know what? When you’re working inside the Develop Module and you’re here and you’re kind of scrawling, especially when you get to a laptop and you run out of space, some things open, some aren’t, and before you know it, you’re scrawling everywhere and you don’t want to do this much scrolling.

Well, what you can do is right-click on the little arrow. Choose Solo Mode. And once you choose Solo Mode, only one panel will be open at a time. So, that means that when we go down here and we click, say, Detail, all the other panels will collapse, or we can go to Tone Curve and notice we don’t have to scroll for miles anymore. We can get exactly what we want right there.

Okay, Number 2. Let’s go into the basic here and notice the sliders. We’ve got [inaudible 00:00:55] amount of _ there, so we can play around with them, but I want to make those sliders longer to give me more sensitivity. So, just click on the edge and you can drag that panel out as far as it will go, and notice now how much longer these sliders are now and that gives us more precise control, so, always do that.

And by the way, when we go into the different panels, notice that the way we drag them will be remembered inside each panel. So, once you’ve pulled that out of the Develop Module, it’s always going to be like that.

Tip Number 3. One of the things I love to do a lot is to use the Radial Filter in order to get a vignette. So, I grabbed this picture here and I want to put a radial around her, I can go here into the Develop Module and I grab the tool here. And as you see, you know, you’re probably used to this, you can drag it around and you know, maybe we can drop the Exposure down, we’re creating a vignette.

Now, what if you want to make it fit exactly into that image? You know, we can kind of drag it around like that, but it takes too long. If you hold down the Ctrl key, that would be Command on Mac, double-click on the pin and boom, notice it will now perfectly fit the bounds of that image.

What if we want to hide some of these modules? Notice all these modules up here? All we got to do is right-click and we can actually, if we’re not using the web module, we can hide it if we’re not going to be using the Book Module or the Map Module. Notice we can right-click and just have the modules that we want. That actually goes beyond that too.

We can actually right-click in here and notice if you wanted, you can hide those modules in there too. So, maybe the camera calibration, you’ve got someone else using your computer and you don’t want them screwing with that. You can do that. You can hide and show them right there.

All right, Tip Number 5. We’re working with video. In this case, I shot in D-Log so there’s not a lot of punch in contrast here and I want to add it right here inside of Lightroom. So one of the things you’ll find is if you click on the Develop Module, it’s going to say, “Video is not supported in Develop,” so you can’t edit your videos… or can you?

Let’s go back to our library here. We’re going to twirl this open so we see all our details. And I’m just going to go somewhere in here like maybe we’re going to set this frame here that looks beautiful, click on the little box, Capture Frame. Now, it creates a photograph. So, I’m going to click on that photograph, go to the Develop Module and now I can punch up my Contrast, you know, or recover my highlights. I can share those blah, blah, blah.

Let’s just do this really quickly and add some punch to this and say this is the setting we wanted. We could simply select the two now and then just click on Sync and we synchronize it and we go into the video now, and go back to the library.

And now, look at that. We’ve now synchronized those settings from that photo to the video and now, look at that, we’ve got that beautiful tonality right there in the video. The other thing you could have done too, is you could have just said that is a preset if you want to reuse it, but if you don’t want to clutter it up with a bunch of presets, just do the syncing like I did there.

All right, Tip Number 6. You guys are probably aware of Quick Collections, right? You know, Quick Collection, when you click on the little dot there, and then when you do that, it adds it into the Quick Collection right there, see that? And we can click in there and we can see those images. All right, but what if we want to add them, you know, to a collection or something?

We’re going to go down here into the Model Collection. We’re going to scroll down and we’re going to try and organize that. Well, here’s a tip for you. If you want to be able to put them directly into one of these collections, like maybe I’ll just create one right now and I’m just going to call it stuff. And you know, it could be whatever you wanted.

Here’s a tip. You want to set this as a target collection. Now, if I click Create, now what we can do when we go into all of our photographs– Let’s just go back to our photos where we were. When I click here now and I tap there, instead of those going into the Quick Collection, what they’re now going to do is go into the collection we just created. There’s all our photos we added in the stuff.

So, if you move in there, you see the little plus. That’s now set as a target collection, which now works like the quick collection. If you right-click, you can turn that right off. And if you want, you can go anywhere and you can set that as a target collection just for that little plus. If I turn it off, by default, it’s just going to go back right now to the Quick Collection and notice the little plus sign is there.

Okay, Tip Number 7. You’ve got multiple photos selected here and you want to look at the metadata for each photo and you go down here, you can’t because it shows mixed when you’ve got more than one photo. So, what if we want to actually see the metadata from each individual photo?

Go up under Metadata. Show Metadata for Target Photo Only. Turn that on and now we see the metadata. As I click between these photos, we can now see the settings for each photo.

So anyway, guys, that was 7 really quick tips inside of Adobe Lightroom. I hope you guys enjoyed it.

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith

About Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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