Here’s a few Lightroom related links and news, and a Lightroom tip at the bottom. Have a great weekend!

• Here’s a very clever Lightroom plug-in from Ariana Falerni that allows you to preview what your photos will look like on the wall of a home (make sure you watch the video). Way cool!

• The folks over at Dell are picking up the tab for a free Zinio issue of the 100 Hot Tips issue of Photoshop User Magazine. Click here to get it.

• Timothy Armes has recently released a pretty major update to his Web Site Publisher Pro plugins.

• And a quick tip with the Crop tool: When you’re in the Develop module, you’ll always see that there’s the Histogram panel at the top right side of the Lightroom window. Well, the histogram always changes as you make adjustments to your photos. But, did you know that if you crop your photo with the Crop Tool (press R as a shortcut to get to it) that the histogram will update as you make adjustments to the crop area? Give it a try. As you move your crop area you’ll see the histogram continually update to reflect only the photo inside the crop.



  1. Jim 17 January, 2011 at 07:56 Reply

    Speaking of the crop tool, why is it that in LR 3.3 if you crop a picture 1 x 1, then click “Previous” to do the same to the next picture, yet you want to tweak the crop, LR fumbles around and makes you click “1 x 1” again? Has anyone else noticed this?

  2. Jim Ormiston 17 January, 2011 at 05:54 Reply

    I’ve been watching the videos with great interest as I have just started to use Lightroom 3, I came over from iPhoto.
    Quite often you switch over to Photoshop to edit with the tools that Lightroom does not have — for those that do not own or can’t afford Photshop, can another photo editing software be used as an alternative — such as Pixelmator?

    • Bob Abela 19 January, 2011 at 15:44 Reply

      Jim, to answer your question, yes. In the LR preferences, choose the “additional external editor” of choice..Piixelmator, whatever…then, when you right click an image (PC), you can choose that particular program for editing if you wish.

  3. Allan 16 January, 2011 at 10:57 Reply

    I been wanting to catalog CDs with photos that I received but not load them to my harddrive. What I did so far is to create a new catalog (CD) and do an ADD import. I also place an unique ID for each CD in the keyword tag so I can reference the photo back to the CD.

    I use Minimual for the thumb picture to reduce the size of the catalog. I also discovered I need to give it time to create the thumbe picture and to scroll though the imports to make shure all the thumb pictures are created.

    Now I can look thought all the pictures stored on CD. Once I located the picture(s) I need, I just look at the keyword and insert the correct CD.

  4. RON 14 January, 2011 at 13:09 Reply

    very interesting way to show pictures. although i didn’t see any download for any template.

    i still like the project images, the client can get a better idea of the size that way.

  5. William Chinn 14 January, 2011 at 11:33 Reply

    Totally off today’s subject, have you completely stop posting to Photoshop Killer Tips? The last update was in July of 2010. I really miss it. And while we are at it, when does D-town resume?

    • Matt Kloskowski 14 January, 2011 at 16:42 Reply

      Yep. I had to cut back on something. We’ve got a bunch of other projects that take priority, and there’s even a new show that’s going to be coming up soon. I’ll keep you posted.


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