6 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basics

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a very popular computer application for editing photographs and other digital images. When using Lightroom, there are a few simple basic tips which can make using it much more successful. Throughout this article, we will take a look at some of the basic techniques which can be used to get the most out of the Lightroom software.

1. Learning Shortcuts

There are lots of useful shortcuts which can make using Lightroom much easier. Lightroom is an useful application, which can be used for simple edits. The program communicates well with cameras and scanners. A complete list of shortcuts can be found on the Internet.

Some of the most important shortcuts include CTRL and / which displays a list of the shortcuts. Shift and F will switch the application into full screen mode.

2. The Interface

The Adobe Lightroom interface will take some getting used to, however, after some time, you will find that it's intuitive and well laid out. Take some time to find your way around the application so that you won't have any problems using it.

3. Organizing Photos

Adobe Lightroom organizes photographs in the library module, which is normally located at the left hand side of your screen although it can be moved if needed. The library resembles a series of folders, however, it's possible to set up collections which will group together various files without actually moving them. This makes it possible to create a list of files which are similar without needing to risk duplicating them.

Keywords can also be assigned to certain photos, which makes it possible to search through your collection to find exactly what you are looking for. As many keyword tags can be added to the photo as required, which will make searching and finding photos very simple. By popping up the small keyword options box, you can move between the photos pressing CTRL and Left/Right arrows without closing the box. This makes setting keywords very simple.

It's also possible to rate photos depending on how much you like them. One useful feature is if you press CAPS Lock on your keyboard, then Lightoom will automatically move on to the next image once you have rated one.

4. Filtering Images

Once you have assigned tags and organized your photos, it's easy to filter them which makes it easy to locate the files you want to open. A small thumbnail view of each photo is available, which makes it very simple to select the right one.

5. Gradient Filters

If there are any corners or patches of the image which are darker than they should be, then this can be corrected by applying gradient filters. This is a new feature which can also be used to adjust the exposure and color of the photograph. The gradient tool is found in the Adjustment Brushes panel.

6. Adjustment Brushes

There are a series of adjustment brushes which can be used to correct skin tone, exposure, colors and a wide variety of other problems. These adjustment brushes are very easy to apply and can be found in the Adjustment Brush Panel. The soften skin option will need to be selected by right clicking and then choosing the option.

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