Sometimes it’s handy to be able to see two or more folders of photos together in Lightroom when you are in Grid View (G) in the Library Module. This is simply a matter of using the Folders panel to select more than one folder. If the folders are all next to each other, click on the first, then Shift-Click on the last. If they are not, click on the first, then Ctrl/Cmd-Click on each of the others. Thank you for all your support in 2013. I wish you a creative, healthy and happy 2014! Related Post: Must See Video Tutorial: Using the Folders Panel to Reorganize and Manage Your Photos and Folders
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]
Did you know that you can reset any individual sliders in the Develop module by double-clicking on the slider name (for example, Exposure)? I knew this tip, but I just recently learned another tip for resetting groups of sliders in the Basic Panel, from David Julian: When you hold down the Alt/Opt key, the word Tone becomes a Reset Tone button. Click on this to reset all the tone sliders (In Lightroom 4: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks.) Likewise, Presence becomes a Reset Presence button to reset Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation. I always wonder if I am the last to discover these tips — thanks, David!
Occasionally I want to add or subtract more clarity, contrast, or some other setting to or from the whole photo than the Lightroom Basic panel slider will allow. At this point I often turn to the adjustment brush or graduated filter. They are intended for making local changes to a photo, but you can also apply them to the whole photo. They allow you to use the following settings: If, for example, I need more than 100 of clarity on the whole photo, I would set the Basics panel slider to 100, and then using the adjustment brush or graduated filter, I would add more.
Something in Lightroom isn’t working, or you can’t figure out how to do something and your deadline is approaching. You have googled the issue, to no avail. Who can you turn to for free troubleshooting help? I highly recommend lightroomforums.net — when Lightroom has me stumped, this is where I go. The moderators are excellent and have seen just about everything, questions get answered very quickly, participation from other users is high, and everyone is very helpful and generous with their time. Though I don’t have as much experience with it, I also wouldn’t hesitate to turn to Adobe’s Lightroom forum. There are great experts on there as well, and lots of participation.
In my tutorial on jpeg quality, I displayed two photos side by side and zoomed in on them together to compare them up close. A reader asked me how I did this — thanks to this reader for giving me the idea for Friday’s Lightroom Quick Tip. In the Library module, select your two photos (click on the first, Ctl/Cmd-click on the second). Then, in the toolbar below the grid, click on the X/Y button — this is Compare view. The shortcut “C” also works.