Tech Tuesday: Lightroom 3

Over the next few weeks I will be posting tips and shortcuts to help with your Lightroom workflow.

Here’s the first one and it has to do with showing Before and Afters in the Develop module. By default, if you press the \ (Backslash) key in the Develop module, it toggles you back and forth between the original untouched image (the Before view) and the photo as it looks now with your edits. However, what if you don’t want your Before photo to be the original? For example, let’s say you did some Basic panel edits on a portrait, and then you used the Adjustment Brush to do some portrait retouching. Maybe you’d like to see the Before photo showing the Basic panel edits after they were applied, but before you started retouching. To do that, go to the History panel (in the left side Panels area), and scroll down until you find the step right before you started using the Adjustment Brush. Right-click on that history state and choose Copy History Step Settings to Before. That now becomes your new Before photo when you press the \ key.

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One Response to “Tech Tuesday: Lightroom 3”

  1. good tip

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