Lightroom Version 1 is Announced!

Well, after one year in public beta, Adobe has announced the release of version 1 of Photoshop Lightroom. The last public beta release was beta 4 and I’ve got to say that version 1 has some excellent new features that make it worth every penny. According to Adobe, it will ship sometime in mid-February. However, if you can’t wait until then to find out what’s new and cool then you’ve got to see NAPP’s...

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Adding Keywords to Multiple Photos

If you’ve got a photo that has keywords associated with it and you’d like to copy those keywords to other photos, try this. In Library grid view, highlight the photo that has the keywords attached to it. Then go to the Keywords panel. Highlight all of the keywords that you want to use there. Now press Ctrl + C (Mac: Cmd + C) to copy them. Go to the grid again and highlight all of the photos that you’d like to copy...

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Fill Light

Not quite sure what the Fill Light slider is doing? Well, think of it this way – when you adjust your Exposure setting, Lightroom will tend to make the entire photo brighter. This may be fine most of the time but it may eventually push some of your highlight areas to the point where they’re clipped and become all white. If you reach that point and you’d still like to make the photo brighter, you can resort to the...

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Hiding Your Panels

One of the things that Lightroom excels at is bringing your photos to you. There are no palettes in front of your photos and there are no windows to move around. It makes it really simple to see what you’re working on. If you want to take it a step further and REALLY hide the panels that appear on the left and right side, all you have to do is press the Tab key and they’ll go away. Now if you move your cursor over to...

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Darkroom Magazine

I’m very happy to report the folks over at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) have recently announced the launch of Darkroom® – the how-to magazine for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom™ users. Darkroom, written for pro photographers, will feature in-depth tutorials and articles specifically for those photographers using Lightroom. I’ll be writing for it as well as Scott Kelby, Dave Cross, Corey Barker...

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Tinting Your Photos

If you don’t own a warming or cooling filter for your camera or you just flat-out forgot to use one when you took the shot, then consider trying the Temperature slider in Lightroom. Just go into the Develop module and you’ll see it. It’s right under the Histogram in the White Balance area and it’s a great way to add a warming or cooling effect to the photo after the fact. To cool the photo, drag the slider to...

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