Lightroom Tip #490 In The Possible Worst Case...

Let's just pretend to have the nightmare scenario that one morning you wake up and all of your hard drives, backups and RAW files have ascended away from this Earth. If you still have your computer and Lightroom, there might be a chance you could, at least minimally, salvage your images. This article on Fstoppers, which is a great resource by the way, gives you the rundown on how you might be able to save some of your work, if you've had things set up the right way. Read on, and let's pray there's never a real need for this! 

Video: Library Organization in Lightroom

Lightroom is not only a powerful image editing platform, but can and/or should also serve as your digital image and video library. But before you start getting thousands of images in your library, it's important to follow a few ground rules, so that you can always find your images later, as well as making sure Lightroom doesn't lose track of where your images are as well. This quick video from Adobe's Julieanne Kost will give you the rundown on the best practices. 

Lightroom Tip #239 Brush Tool Advanced

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The brush tool can be your best friend in Lightroom, allowing you to add just about any adjustment you like onto very specific parts of your image. But did you know LR also lets us have 2 brushes set up to quickly switch between the amount of adjustment being added?

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With the A & B brushes, you can set a different Flow and Density for each, letting you choose and quickly switch between the amount of adjustment you're painting on. Sometimes you'll need a high Flow and Density to achieve a powerful effect, other times you'll want lower settings to give you much more subtle changes. Set up your A & B brushes to your most common needs, and start saving time!

And what the heck is Auto Mask? Basically, it's LR's way of coloring within the lines. If you have it turned on, and you're painting effects on areas with very definable lines, say a red car against a blue sky, LR will try to follow the lines in the image, allowing you to paint a bit faster and with a little less accuracy than you may think you need to.

 

Bonus: Keyboard Shortcuts for the Brush Tool

(K) – Open Adjustment Brush Menu
([ or ]) – Decrease or Increase Brush Size
(Shift [ or Shift ]) Decrease or Increase Feather Size
(1-9) – Easily Change the Flow of the Brush
(O) – Turn on painted area to see where you brushed.
(Shift – O) – Change color of painted area.
(Alt or Option) – Turn your brush into an eraser tool.

Lightroom Tip #802 Customize Your End Panels

You can easily customize your end panels in Lightroom. That's the things that go here:

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Just right click on the image that's there now, and then follow the menus to the last item in both. Create your design and save as a .png. I've found that around 500px with transparent background and white text works nice, but it's all up to you of course. Add that file to the Panel End Marks Folder, restart Lightroom, and it should appear. Magic! This along with the Identity Plate can be a great way to keep your branding consistent if you use Lightroom to show work to your clients.