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Welcome, my name is Chris Orwig. We are here at Photoshop World in Las Vegas. And, what I want to do in these movies is show you a couple of tips that will help you get more out of Lightroom 2.0.
Alright, well here we have this photograph of the musician Jack Johnson. Now, I like this image. There are a couple of problems. One is I need to crop this, two is I need to work a little bit on the overall light or the color of the tone of this image. First, let us start up by cropping the image. In order to access a crop tool, you can press the R key from any module of Lightroom. So, I press the R key and those have this nice crop overlook. I can actually cycle through different crop overlays, which may help me evaluate the image. You press the O key. You can see here they are cycling through some different crop overlays. One of the things that I noticed as I go to this different overlays is that I think there is a little bit too much headroom above at the top of this image so let me go ahead and hold down one of the corner points here. I am simply going to click and drag down.
Now, I can see the area is going to be cropped off and it is the area that is gray there, reposition the image, that looks pretty good. Double click to apply that crop. I think that is a little bit more interesting. It is a little bit more less about the person, a little bit less about the environment, I like that. Under the color and tone, I am going to go in the basic panel. I will open up the basic panel here inside of the develop module and I am going to increases exposure, just a touch, add a little bit of fill light. I like to think of fill light as reflective light. It is almost like you have a reflector. You can bounce some light into the shadow areas like the shadow areas in the eyes. I am going to go ahead and increase the fill or reflective light there. Okay, that looks quite a bit better, add a little bit of contrast here and then save some of the highlights here with the recovery. Press the backslash key. So, here is before and here is after.
Okay, the image is going to a good direction except there is a little bit too much of a shadow around the eyes. In order to fix that, I am going to navigate to the adjustment brush. You can either select the adjustment brush from the tool strip. You can notice it right here underneath the histogram or you can press the shortcut key. This is one of the shortcuts that is worth of writing down, it is the K key. So I press the K key. I am here inside of the adjustment brush and I am going to go to the effect of exposure. I am going to increase the exposure, just attach it here, the size of my brush or hover over the image. That is much too big so I am going to decrease it. A couple different ways to decrease it, the easiest way is to use the bracket key. I will press left bracket key and now, I have a much smaller brush there. Automask I am going to turn off. Feather, I want a pretty high feather amount. Not quite that high though. Go down to 50s. You can think of the flow as the intensity of the effect. With a low flow, you can paint some and then just a little bit of the effect is painted in. You can slowly build it up more and more and more. So I want a pretty nice low flow there. I am just going to go ahead and begin to paint over the shadow areas in the eyes.
Now, when you are doing work with light or you are doing work with shadows and bringing light in the shadows, you want to make sure your adjustments are pretty settle. Those were a little bit too strong so I am going to decrease my flow amount here. They are even less organic. I can just fill this up as I am painting this in, we will go around the other edge of the eyes there, a little bit of light in the corner on the eye. Now, to see that before and after, all that I need to do is click on this toggle switch here and it will show me the before and then now the after. To the overall before and after, I will press the backslash key. There is my before and there is the after. You will notice that there is a little pen or a little note and that is showing me that I made an adjustment. I can hide that if that is distracting by pressing the H key. Now that adjustment is still there, it is just hiding that little note or that little marker, that little pen. Press the H key to bring it back.
That wraps up this movie. And, in this movie, I hope you picked up a few helpful tips that will help you get more out of using the crop tool as well as the adjustment brush.