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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