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Lightroom Quick Tip: How to View Photos from More Than One Folder

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

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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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Lightroom Quick Tip: Resetting All Your Basic Panel Tone and Presence Sliders

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!

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Lightroom Quick Tip: Adding More of Something

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.

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Quick Tip of the Week: Where to Go for Lightroom Help

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.

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Lightroom Quick Tip of the Week: Viewing and Zooming in on Two Photos Side by Side

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.  

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Lightroom Quick Tip of the Week: Borrowing a Color from Your Photograph

Anywhere you see a color selection square in Lightroom, such as for page background color in the Print module, you can choose a color not only from the color picker that comes up when you click on it, but also a color from one of your photos. How?  Simply click in the main color selection area (shown above where the eyedropper is), hold the mouse button down, and drag out to your photo, either in the main window or down in the filmstrip. You can actually select a color from anywhere on your monitor, so if you want a color that is on a web page, for example, position it next to Lightroom, then just click, hold and drag out [...more]

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Lightroom Quick Tip of the Week: Printing to Jpegs

Do you like Lightroom’s print layout capabilities, but don’t have a printer to print to, or want to just share your design electronically? Perhaps you saw my video tutorial on using the Lightroom Custom Print Package to design collages, but you thought it wasn’t relevant to you because you don’t have a printer. No problem — design your layout in the Print module, and print to a jpeg instead of to a printer.  Send the jpeg out for someone else to print, or email it out to your clients or friends.  In the Print Job panel in the bottom right, change Print to: Printer to Print to: Jpeg File.

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