Category Archives: Adobe LightRoom

Adobe Lightroom 5 New & Changed Keyboard Shortcuts

Anticipating the upcoming release of Adobe Lightroom 5?  There are some cool new features on the way, many of which I’ve already outlined in my preview of the product for Maximum PC.

Some of the keyboard shortcuts have changed since Lightroom 4.  Here are the common ones that have impacted my workflow:

  • Toggling through screen modes (normal, fullscreen, fullscreen w/o menus) used to simply be the F key under Lightroom 4.  In Lightroom 5 the F key now shows a fullscreen preview of the selected image.  Shift-F is the new shortcut.  If you want to jump straight to fullscreen w/o menus, Ctrl-Shift-F (Cmd-Shift-F on Mac) is the new shortcut.
  • Jump straight to the new Radial Filter Tool: Shift-M.  This works within the Develop module, or right from the Library.
  • Traditional Spot Removal Tool: Lightroom 5 now adds the ability to draw non-circular spot removal areas, an awesome feature to be sure.  Simply click and drag to start painting your non-circular removal area.  In Lightroom 4, clicking and dragging would define the spot (the click,) then define where the fill should be sourced (the drag.)  If you want this same behavior in Lightroom 5, hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd on Mac) and click-drag to set the spot and source in one fluid motion.

Canon’s mRAW, sRAW formats and DNG

Do you use the mRAW or sRAW capture options on your Canon dSLR to save space?  If you do, there’s a chance your good intentions are backfiring.

If you leave your files in the native Canon .cr2 format, there’s nothing to worry about.  But if you’re like me and always convert everything to Adobe’s DNG format, you’re actually increasing the file size. Continue reading Canon’s mRAW, sRAW formats and DNG

Adobe Lightroom and Canon 5d mark III

The Canon 5d mark III officially went on sale yesterday, and many of you already have one in your hot little hands. (Mine comes on Monday!!)

If you eagerly ran out and shot a few frames, then tried to import into Lightroom, you discovered that Lightroom isn’t ready for the 5d3 yet. Full-release support is likely coming soon, but in the mean time there’s a way around this issue. Download the DNG Converter 6.7 Release Candidate from the Adobe Labs site.   Continue reading Adobe Lightroom and Canon 5d mark III

JPEG output in Adobe Lightroom 4 Book Module

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 does so many things right.  The IQ improvements in the develop module are significant enough that at times I feel like I’m shooting on a whole new sensor.

The book module is also a welcome addition, and one that I was looking forward to tinkering with.  I have high hopes that it can replace InDesign for most layout jobs.  That said, currently the only way to get custom layouts out of it is via PDF.  I work with a well regarded bookbinder in Texas who only accepts spreads as JPEGs, so this makes the entire book module a non-starter for me. Continue reading JPEG output in Adobe Lightroom 4 Book Module

LightRoom 4’s New DNG Spec Allows Lossy Compression

Adobe Photoshop LightRoom 4 has dropped, and I must say it came faster than I expected.  This is good news of course, along with the 50% price cut.

Anyhow, there’s plenty of coverage of the software ALL OVER the ‘net, so you don’t need me to tell you about it yet again.  What I am going to do is target very specific things that I find useful.

Today’s tidbit is about the new DNG format.  Adobe LightRoom 4 introduces the DNG 6.6 spec.  DNG 6.7 is coming very soon, and adds support for the Canon 5d mark III and a handful of other brand-new cameras.  If you need 5d mark III support today, you can download the “release candidate” or “RC” version of DNG 6.7 from Adobe’s website.  (A “release candidate” has passed beta, and is the version the software engineers believe will become final.) Continue reading LightRoom 4’s New DNG Spec Allows Lossy Compression