Understanding Lightroom is crucial for any photographer as a way to organize and edit photos within an easily assessable program. Speeding up your time editing is key to easing the process, here are 10 shortcuts you need to know to better your editing process.
1. Rate a Photo: Numeric Keys 1 to 5
Rating photos help keep your photos organized and easily identify your favourite photos to your least favourite. The first five numbers of the keyboard to give a rating to your photos in order of the numbers, aka key number 1 would be rated 1 star, key 5 would be 5 stars.
Instructions: Click on your desired photo then the key in which you would like to rate your photo.
2. Add a Colour Label: Numeric Keys From 6 to 9
A similar to the star rating system, numbered keys from 6 to 9 serves as a way to assign different colours to the images. This allows you to separate and organize your images into different categories. if you would like to uncategorized your image, simply click the same key.
Colour rating: 6 – Red | 7 – Yellow | 8 – Green | 9 – Blue
3. Crop Tool: “R”
To resize or crop an image select “R” to bring up the cropping tool which will allow you to resize your image to a smaller area of the image cutting out unwanted areas. While in crop mode you can also use “X” to switch from portrait to landscape orientation of crop, as well as “L” will black out the rest of the photo to only show you what will show inside your crop. Once you are happy with your adjustments hit enter to save your cropped image, this will not permanently crop your image any time you can press “R” and it will show you the original image with the current crop.
4. Auto Tone: “Ctrl + U” (Windows), “Cmd + U” (Mac)
5. Auto White Balance: “Ctrl + Shift + U” (Windows),
“Cmd + Shift + U” (Mac)
6. Paste the Settings From the Previous Photo: “Ctrl + Alt + V” (Windows), “Cmd + Option + V” (Mac)
7. Compare Before and After Retouching: “\”
8. Zoom: “Z”
9. Edit in Photoshop: “Ctrl + E” (Windows), “Cmd + E” (Mac)
Lightroom strictly works on an image by adjusting colouring, exposure, white balance, tone and hue, as well as other similar functions. Photoshop allows you to manipulate the photo in more detail such as removing objects from the image or adjusting more specific details. This function will allow you to switch the image over to photoshop seamlessly so that additional edits can be made. *note these edits are made to the original photo *