For a complex image management program, Lightroom has a well thought-out and easy to use interface, that's why we love it. There are times, however, when we might want to remove some elements that we are not using. Editing should feel systematic, not overwhelming.
This is particularly the case when using a laptop where screen real estate is at a premium! Fear not, there's an excellent solution to improving the user interface, hiding the panels from the sides of the screen. On the outer edge of each toolbar is a small triangle, clicking on it will hide it from view. If you need a ‘quick glance' simply move the mouse over that area of the screen and the panel will reappear until you remove the mouse. To return it fully, click the triangle once more. Clicking the triangle has hidden the left panel 4. Turn the Lights Out
We're not getting all romantic on you here but sometimes, even with certain panels hidden, the user interface
can be distracting. As well as going into full-screen mode, which will show the image over the entire screen, there is the Lights Out mode, obtained by pressing the ‘L' key. This maintains the size of the image on screen, but dims all the side panels out allowing you to focus purely on the shot. Lights out works in both Library and Develop module and has two stages if no images are selected. Pressing the L once will dim down the user interface but you can still see it and use it. Pressing it a second time will black out the interface completely.
If you have an image selected, pressing the L will go straight to the fully blacked out interface.
Lights out stage one. 5. Reset Your Sliders/Image
The last and final time-saving tip you can use in Adobe Lightroom is for when we are
working on an image in the Develop module. It is easy to get carried away Don't get me wrong, it's easy to get carried away with our editing before suddenly realizing we have taken it too far. Fortunately, as with most tools in the develop module, there's a quick and easy way to reset. You simply double-click the text for that tool to reset it to default. For example
If I have added too much Clarity, rather than slide the tool back to zero, I can
double click the word ‘Clarity' and it will go back to zero. This tip works not only for individual tools but also for sections of tools. For example, the Clarity tool is in a section called Presence. This also contains Saturation and Vibrance. By double clicking the word Presence we can set all three sliders back to default. One other tip, if you have gone way overboard with an image and want to set everything back to default there is a quick and easy way. Right-click on it and select Setting – Reset. This will return all you edits back to default. Double clicking on any of the text will reset that tool to default Time-Saving Tips for Adobe Lightroom – A Summary
So there you have it, five more
time-saving tips for Adobe Lightroom. There are literally hundreds of these little techniques for speeding up your workflow. Get familiar with them a few at a time and you can make . drastic savings to the time you spend in post production Further Resources Further Learning
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