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6 great Lightroom tricks that you probably didn't know

The post 6 Great Lightroom tricks that you probably didn't know before, first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Kav Dadfar.

Adobe Lightroom is an essential tool for every photographer. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, Lightroom can make your workflow faster and more efficient. But a whole range of editing tools are also available. Some that you might not even know existed. So here are 6 fantastic tricks for light tricks that you probably didn't know about.

Cut overlay options

Cropping your photos can sometimes mean the difference between a good photo and a fantastic photo. You can access the Lightroom cropping tool by pressing R on your keyboard in the Develop module. You may have already known that, but what you may not have known is that when your cropping tool is open, you can change the overlay on your image.

By pressing "O" you get a whole series of different overlays on the image so that you can crop effectively. Everything from the "Rule of Thirds" to the "Fibonacci Rule" can be used to turn a good photo into a fantastic photo.

Light off mode

Sometimes when you are editing a photo, it is easy to get distracted by all the side panels and available options. A great way to really see your photo is to look at it in "Lights Out" mode. By pressing the "L" key on your keyboard once, everything except your image dims. If you press it again, you will only see the image on a black background without the distracting side panels. Press it a third time to display the side panels again.

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Full screen

Another handy trick, especially when working on smaller screens such as laptops, is to view your image in full screen. Because of the screen size, the real photo you are working on looks pretty small on a laptop screen.

To get a better image, press "F" on your keyboard and you will see the image as large as possible on the screen.

Press Esc on your keyboard to exit Full Screen mode.

Know if your image has been trimmed

One of the most important elements when taking a photo or post-processing is to ensure that your highlights and shadows are not overexposed or underexposed to the point where there are no details in those areas. This is a term known as cut.

It can be difficult to judge whether parts of your photo are affected. Fortunately, the smart tool from Lightroom can make it much easier to see where this is happening.

Click on the small triangles on the corners of your histogram and if there are cut areas in your photo, they will be displayed in red for highlights and blue for shadows. You can then adjust the various sliders to solve these problems. You can also access the clipping highlights by pressing "J" in the Develop module.

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Please note that these sliders may be different in older versions of Lightroom.

Choose and organize

I have more than 100,000 photos in my collection. They are for a variety of assignments and clients, and they must be organized in a way that makes it easy for me to approach them. One of the most useful aspects of Lightroom is that you can effectively organize and highlight your photos. The three simple ways to organize your photos are 1) flag them (that is, place a flag on the one you want), 2) add 1 to 5 stars, 3) color code them in red, yellow, green, blue and purple.

You can open it by using the following shortcut keys:

  • "P" marks a photo (to undo a photo, press "U"). You can also refuse a photo by pressing "X"
  • Add stars using the relevant number key between 1 – 5 (press zero to remove stars)
  • Color your image in color by pressing 6 – 9

How you use it ultimately depends on your workflow. However, you can choose to use the colors as a traffic light system (i.e. Green for those you love, yellow for the good ones and red for rejections). Alternatively, you can easily stars the stars that you really like with 5 stars. The choice is yours.

Accelerate your editing

You often take multiple photos when you are at a location. Sometimes you even take a series of photos of the same scene. When it comes to editing, it would not be very efficient to edit them all separately since the light and conditions don't change much in a few seconds. Lightroom has some great options to help.

In the Develop module, if you click on the "Back" button (at the bottom of the right-hand panel), Lightroom will paste the same settings as the last image you had placed on the selected image.

If you select multiple images on the film strip in the Develop module, you will see that the "Back" button changes to "Sync." Press this and whatever image is selected is used as the basis for the adjustment of images to be pasted to all that you have selected.

After you press ' Sync ' has clicked, you will get a pop-up where you can select which settings you want to add. This is a great option when, for example, you have recorded a scene in burst mode, where all conditions from one photo to another are comparable. You can always make further adjustments to a photo if necessary.

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Conclusion

These are just a few of the simple but effective editing tools that you may not have known about in Lightroom. There is so much more that Lightroom can do. If you learn how to use it, it becomes an invaluable software in your workflow.

Don't forget to let us know your great Lightroom tricks below.

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The post 6 Great Lightroom tricks that you probably didn't know before, first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Kav Dadfar.

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