Friday Tip (and other stuff) – Background Color

Here are a couple of updates. If you just want the Lightroom tip then skip down to the end.

First off, I have my “blatant plug” of the day. If you’re thinking about attending the cruise this summer that Dave Cross, Moose Peterson, and Laurie Excell are teaching on you’ll need to move quickly. The ship is nearly sold out. According to the cruise line it will be sold out within the next few weeks so if you’re on the fence about it, make sure you decide soon. Click here to see a full outline of what we’ll be covering on the cruise. It’s going to be a blast, and these cruises are a great way to spend some 1-on-1 time with some great teachers so I really do hope to see you there.

Moving on. The Disney Marathon I’ve told you all about is here. First off, thanks SO much for all of the kind wishes you have all given me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Now, if you read my Monday post about being fairly calm and relaxed, you’ll be happy to know that feeling has now transitioned to utter panic :) I have to admit I’m a little nervous now. It’s normal I know, and frankly, there’s nothing I can do about it. Race day will be here on Sunday and I’m feeling good physically. Plus the weather gods appear to be in our favor with temps in the 50-60 range and cloud cover. I’d love for that cold front to speed up and make it here earlier but I’ll take cloudy and a little rain if I have to. It’s way better then hot and sunny. If you want to track me here’s the website. Just plug in my last name (spelled: Kloskowski). You’ll probably see my brother Ed pop up there too. My anticipated pace is a 10 minute mile. So that should make gaging my success easy (5 miles = 50 minutes, 10 miles = 1 hr. 40 min.).

Finally, a Lightroom tip. You know how the background area around your photo is a neutral gray color. You can click here to see what I mean. Well, if you right click on that area you can change the color. Some folks prefer white, some prefer black – well they’re both options if you want to change it. Heck, if you’re one of the special few that prefers the Pinstripe texture because it’s obnoxious looking and totally takes away the focus from your photo then you’re in luck, as that is an option as well. Click here to see a graphic of the list that pops up when you right click. Just pick your color (or pinstripe texture) and you’re in business.

That’s it for the Friday tip (and update and stuff). Wish me luck this weekend!

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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