Adding Overlays To Lightroom’s Loupe View

It’s Tuesday (did I mention it’s the day before the Photoshop World Preconference workshops start? Well, it is. Whoo hoo!!!), and of course, that means it’s time for Benjamin Warde’s awesome 60-second Lightroom Coffee Break. This time, he’s showing you some very helpful overlays you can add to your Loupe view (the larger zoomed-in view) in the Library module.

Good to know these are there, right? Thanks Ben! 🙂

OK, I’m heading to Orlando today — looking forward to meeting everybody over there. It’s gonna be a Lightroom love-fest! 🙂

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Next month I’m in Minneapolis and Indianapolis with my Lightroom full-day seminar. Hope you can come out and join me. 

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How to Make Keyword Lists and Get Them Into Lightroom

Hi gang. Hard to believe it’s already Monday (sigh). OK, well, let’s brush that off by learning something new to start the week off. If you’ve got a lot of keywords to want to add, it can be faster and easier to enter them in a text editor outside of Lightroom, and then take those into Lightroom. Here how:

 

STEP ONE: Open any text editor (I used Apple’s built-in TextEdit app), and enter your keywords. Put a return after each keyword (as seen above).

STEP TWO: To be able to import this keyword list into Lightroom, this has to be “unformatted text” — so my Mac I pressed Shift-Command-T which is the shortcut in the TextEdit application to convert from “Rich Text” (text with formatting, like font selection and bold, italic and such) to “Make Plain Text.”

STEP THREE: If you want to create hierarchical keywords, then the trick is to hit the ‘Tab” key on your keyboard before you enter the keyword. If you want to go another level deeper (like I did here — my top level keyword is NFC Divisions; then nested below that would be NFC East, and then under NFC East I want to list the four teams, so for that last nested level, you’d have to hit the Tab key twice before entering those keywords.

To recap: For a top level keyword; just type it. To have a keyword nested inside of that keyword; hit tab then enter the keyword. If you want to have keywords nested inside at that level, add two tabs then a keyword, and so on.

STEP FOUR: Now go into Lightroom, to the Library Module, and from the Metadata menu up top choose ‘Import Keywords’ (as shown above). Those keywords are now added to the Keyword list panel in the right side panels.

NESTING EXAMPLES:  Here’s what it looks like when you add a keyword list with a Top Level keyword, and then other keywords nested inside it (note the right-facing arrow to the left of ‘NFC Divisions’ shown circled in red above.

Above: When you expand the NFC Divisions top level keyword, you can see the other other divisions, and the teams in those divisions nested with them.

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

-Scott

P.S. Only 25-days ’till the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando. It’s not too late to get your ticket. Just sayin’

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A hidden secret for using Keyword Sets

Hi everybody. First, as many of you know, I kinda messed up last week’s “Lightroom Coffee Break” by accidentally posting the wrong video (instead of the one that showed how to get more info from your library module thumbnails). It’s fixed now (sorry about that), and thanks for letting me know about it.

This week, in a video that has doubly tested to ensure that it is indeed the correct video from the awesome Benjamin Warde, he shows us a little-known secret about why Keyword Sets are limited to just nine key words, and believe it or not, it’s a good thing, because he reveals why, and the why will make your keyworking faster! 🙂

Ahhhh, see? That’s a pretty sweet little tip-a-roomie!

Hope you found that helpful, and we’ll catch ya back here tomorrow. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

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TIP: How Using Keyword Sets Can Speed Your Keywording

Happy Tuesday, folks. It’s time for another awesome little Lightroom Coffee Break tidbit from Adobe’s own Ben Warde. This time he’s showing the advantages of using keyword sets to speed up the process.

Thanks, Benjamin! 🙂

Are you coming out to see my Lightroom seminar this Friday in Boston? How about on this coming Monday in Philly? Maybe Chicago or the Detroit area next month? Ticket info and stuff right here.

Have a good one!

-Scott

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Lightroom for Beginners: Collection Sets (what they do and why they are so helpful)

This one’s for all the folks out there that are new to Lightroom. I get a lot of questions about Collections Set — what they do and why you might ever use them, so I did a short video that I hope will show why they’re so useful for staying organized, and when to use them.

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

Photoshop People – I’ve got some brush tips for ya!
I did a quick video today on my 5 favorite brush tips over at my daily blog — scottkelby.com – hope you check it out.

Best,

-Scott

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How To Save a Collection As a Favorite

Welcome back, and I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day! 🙂

Here’s a quick video on a feature that most users I know don’t even realize is there, and it’s just so handy (especially if you have a lot of collections). Take a quick look:

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

Don’t forget, Stella Kramer is my guest today…
…on ‘The Grid.’ She’s a Pulitzer Prize winning photo editor and portfolio consultant, and just an awesomely insightful and entertaining person. Sooo, good!

It’s free – open to everybody, and it’s 4pm ET at http://kelbytv.com/thegrid – see you then!

Best,

-Scott

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Don’t Forget To Update Your Copyright Info For 2017

Hi folks. Before it actually becomes February, I thought I’d better get this one in for everybody like me who forgot to actually update their Lightroom Copyright metadata to 2017 (I didn’t realize it until this past week when I saw I was still adding my old 2016 copyright to my 2017 images).

So, here’s how and where you update it:

NOTE: Also, I’ve got the kickoff tour dates and cities for my new Lightroom tour at the end of this post.

STEP ONE: Go to the Library Module; go under the Metadata menu and choose “Edit Metadata Presets” as shown here (by the way — even if you don’t have a Copyright template in place, you can use this same menu to create one, so still choose Edit Metadata Presets to get started).

STEP TWO: When the Edit Metadata Presets window appears (shown above), choose the name of the preset you want to Edit, and it displays your copyright template info (as seen).

 

STEP THREE: Go to the IPTC Copyright section, and click on the field to the right of Copyright (as shown here), then just type in 2017 right over where it previously said 2016. If you’re creating your first Copyright template, just go ahead and type in the IPTC Copyright and Creator Fields info (as seen here).

STEP FOUR: Once you’ve updated the date, it’s time to save you new preset by going to the pop-up menu at the top of the window and choosing “Save Current Settings as New Preset.”

STEP FIVE: This brings up a small dialog where you can enter the name for your New Preset (as seen above).

STEP SIX: If you don’t have any old 2016 images you haven’t imported into Lightroom yet, then you can delete last year’s preset (you won’t be using it again if you’ve already imported all your images from last year), so if you want to delete it (totally up to you  — you don’t have to), just choose the 2016 Preset from the pop-up menu; then go to the same pop-up menu and choose Delete Preset “2016 Copyright” (or whatever you named it), then click the Done button.

That’s it! OK, talk about getting that one in right before the end of the month (Whew!).

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My new Lightroom On tour full-day seminar is kicking off in Boston on the March, 10th, and in Philadelphia on the 13th. Hope I get to see you there (here’s the link with details). 

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Adding Keywords with Less Hassle

Hi gang and happy Tuesday — and if it’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a Lightroom Coffee Break — an awesome little 60-second [or less] tip from Adobe’s own Benjamin Warde. Here ya go!

Hope you found that helpful!

Big News today at 4pm:
There’s a BIG very cool announcement for KelbyOne members today on “The Grid” (my weekly talk show about photography), and you don’t want to miss it (plus, my very, very special guest is none other than Kalebra Kelby herself).

Lots to share today on “The Grid” – our topic is “How to become a better photographer in 2017”. That’s at 4pm ET (http://kelbytv.com/thegrid). See you then!

Have a good one!

-Scott

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How Lightroom’s Survey Mode Makes Finding Your Best Image Faster and Easier

Hi Gang! It’s 2017 — I’m back to work — let’s not waste any time.

I did a short tutorial on Lightroom’s very awesome Survey Mode, which is great for helping you find the best image (from a group of very similar images) much faster and easier.

> If you don’t know what Survey mode is; watch the video
> If you already do know what Survey mode is, you might still watch the video to see how I use Survey Mode

It’s short and sweet, but really helpful. Check it out:

Hope you found that helpful.

Great to see you back here — I have a lot of fun planned for us this year here on the blog in 2017, and I’m glad you’re a part of it. 🙂
Best,

-Scott

 

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