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How to Use Lightroom’s AutoAdvance Feature

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This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series If you find yourself needing to work through a large volume of images quickly, then you may wish to turn on the Auto Advance feature. What this does, is once you’ve added a star, label or flag to an image, Lightroom automatically advances to the next image in the folder. This is the case whether you’re adding a new rating or updating an existing rating. To turn the Auto Advance feature on or off, choose Photo > Auto Advance from the menu. You can also turn on Auto Advance by pressing...

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Dimming the Lights in Lightroom

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Dimming the Lights in Lightroom

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. If you wish to focus specifically on an image without distractions, you can use the Lights Dim feature to dim or completely black out the interface by pressing the letter L on your keyboard. The first time you press the key, the interface is dimmed. While the background is dimmed, you can still interact with the interface. For instance, you can click an image in the Filmstrip to focus in on a different image. Likewise, the arrow keys on your keyboard allow you to navigate the images in the folder, even...

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How to add a Post-Crop Vignette in Lightroom

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How to add a Post-Crop Vignette in Lightroom

This post is part of the Learning Lightroom series. A vignette adds darkening to the edges of your image, thus creating a nice finishing effect. It also helps to draw the viewer’s eyes to the center of the image. If you’ve already cropped your image, use the Post Crop Vignetting tool located under the Effects panel. By using this tool, you can brighten or darken the edges of your image within the constraints of the crop. Note that this is different than a lens vignette which occurs when your camera inserts dark edges around an image (you can fix this...

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Finding Images Using the Filter Bar in Lightroom

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Finding Images Using the Filter Bar in Lightroom

This post is part of the Learning Lightroom series Lightroom’s search feature is both flexible and powerful, in that you can search for photos by keywords, file name, caption metadata or attribute (ranking, labels, rating, flagged status) and this is all accomplished from the Filter bar on top of your screen. If the Filter Bar is not visible, choose View > Show Filter Bar from the menu or press the \ key on your keyboard. From the Filter Bar, you can search by Text, Attribute or Metadata. From the Text tab, you can search by a specific category such as...

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