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Lightroom Tip of the Week: “I” is for “Information”

Have you ever wondered how to turn off (or on) the information that displays over your photos when you are in Loupe view (single-photo view) in  Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules? The secret is to type the keyboard shortcut “I“, for “Information“. If no information is showing, typing “I” once displays one set of information about your photo: Typing “I” a second time displays a second set of information: And typing “I” a third time will hide the information. To change what information displays, in the menu bar in the top left, go to View>View Options. On the Loupe View tab, the three fields you choose under Loupe Info 1 display when you type “I” the first time; the three [...more]

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Creative Page Layouts in Lightroom’s Book Module

Here’s an idea for a cool Book photo layout in Lightroom — choose a multi-photo page layout, and use different parts of the same photo in each cell! Select your page by clicking on it, click on the downward triangle and choose a multi-photo layout: Drag your single photo from the Filmstrip up into each of the photo cells on the page: At this point each photo fits entirely within each frame. To get just a portion of the photo to show, click inside the photo cell, and enlarge it by increasing the Zoom percentage.   Then click and drag within the photo to choose which part of the photo should show in the cell.  Figuring out what Zoom percentage [...more]

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Lightroom 4 Book Tutorial: Changing and Refining Page Layouts

In this Lightroom video tutorial, I’ll show you how to change and refine your page layouts. After an overview of page layout options, you’ll learn how to choose a page layout and refine it with cell padding, add two page spreads, and select and change layouts of multiple pages at once. I then cover flagging layouts as favorites (for easy access, and to use in Auto Layout) and copying and pasting layouts. For those not familiar with the Book module in Lightroom 4, it allows you to design and order photo books from Blurb.com, and to create PDFs and JPEGs to share electronically or to print. When I don’t have time to write new tutorials for you, I find sharing [...more]

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Lightroom 4 Book Module Tutorial: Basic Skills

I haven’t written many tutorials about Lightroom 4′s Book module on this blog, so I thought I’d share a video tutorial on some basic  skills: swapping and replacing photos,  usage badges,  adding more photos to your book collection, removing photos,  selecting and moving one or more pages, adding and removing pages, zooming a photo to fill, and a discussion of resolution.  This is the 5th of 14 videos (3 hours) on the Book module from my Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output series. For better quality, once you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. Find out more about Lightroom 4 Producing Great Output here.

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Lightroom Quick Tip: Finding Your Missing Panel

About once a week I get an email from a Lightroom user who has lost a panel … most panels can go missing, but in my experience people seem to lose their Catalog panel in the Library module more than any other. To recover your missing panel, right-click (Ctl-click on a Mac) on the name of an existing panel in the same strip, and choose the panel you are missing, from the drop-down that appears. In this example, my Catalog panel is missing. I right-clicked on Folders to get the menu. I would then select Catalog, and the panel would appear.   Note that there are some panels that are not optional, and therefore you cannot right-click on them to [...more]

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Video: Overview of Lightroom’s Output Modules – Book, Slideshow, Web and Print

In this video tutorial, I give you an overview of Lightroom’s output modules, to give you an idea of what you can do with each. This is video #2 in my 12 hour series of 55 videos, Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output (A Workshop on Video) , available on DVD or by download. The series goes into detail on how to use each of the output modules, and also covers critical output concepts, such as monitor calibration and other color management topics, size and resolution, output sharpening, and much more. For higher quality, after you click on the Play button, click on the sprocket wheel symbol in the bottom right and choose 720 HD. Read more about Producing Great Output [...more]

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Sharpening in Lightroom Part Three: Output Sharpening

In this third article of a three-part series on sharpening in Lightroom, I explain output sharpening.  Here are the other two articles:   Part 1: Overview of the Three Step Sharpening workflow, and Capture Sharpening in Depth Part 2: Creative Sharpening – Sharpening Eyes and Other Local Elements To summarize the first two steps in the sharpening workflow, the first step, capture sharpening, is performed on your full size image in the Develop module, and is designed to cut through the haze that a digital capture produces, and make edges in your photos look crisper. Creative sharpening is then sometimes done to enhance or  bring focus to local elements in your photo. Output Sharpening — What It’s For When you [...more]

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Quick Tip: Displaying Photo Resolution in the Lightroom 4 Book Module

When you click in a photo in the Book Module, a Zoom slider appears, which shows you how far, in percent, you are zoomed in on the photo, and allows you to zoom in more or less.  This slider is for enlarging the photo in the cell on your Book page, not for zooming in to evaluate detail in the photo. (The latter is done with the Preview panel.) If you zoom in too far, you’ll get an exclamation point in the top right corner: If you click on one of these exclamation points, you’ll get this warning, indicating that you have enlarged the photo too much and may not have enough pixels per inch (ppi) to get a good [...more]

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Lightroom Quick Tip: Handy Book Module Shortcuts

When designing a book in Lightroom, I move between multi-page, spread and page view a lot. There are icons in the toolbar to select these:       However, knowing some handy shortcuts speeds up my work a lot. Ctl/Cmd E: Multi-Page View Ctl/Cmd R: Spread View Ctl/Cmd T: Page View How to remember these? They are next to each other on the keyboard.  Still too much to remember? Here’s an alternative, which is my favorite way to jump from one to another: Ctl/Cmd + and Ctl/Cmd -  move you further and further in or out.  (Note that you have to have a page selected.) When you are on Page View, Ctl/Cmd + zooms you in to 4:1 on the [...more]

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