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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom - the Five Rules
When I first got involved in using computers (and more specifically
computer software) in the publishing and
advertising industry, way back in the mid 1980s,
I was laughed at for using those funny looking Macintosh computers and
software like Aldus (later to become Adobe) Pagemaker, Adobe
Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Macromind Director to create artwork
for publications and advertising campaigns.
The general consensus was that in order to produce serious professional
work you had to use serious, complicated and difficult to understand
computers and software. Typesetters and computer graphics operators
were up to that point highly trained technical professionals. Creative
and Art Directors where of course constantly pulling their hair out in
those days because the technical operators never understood what the
creative types were talking about.
Well we proved them wrong and we even did it better, the new generation
of computers and software allowed people with artistic talent (and no
technical training) to learn the basic skills required quickly and
within days be working on their computers creating the final artwork
for everything from brochures and restaurant menus to full blown
Adobe Lightroom was created on the same principal. Photographers are
artists, they need a set of photographic image handling tools that
allow them to be technically correct and creative without having to go
back to school to learn how to use them. So here are the five rules
that can get you started on Adobe Lightroom right now, and as the last
rule so eloquently says, Enjoy.
The Old Five Rules dialog
window (Lightroom Beta)
for larger image
The New Five Rules
The new Five Rules are very slick compared to the old Five Rules but
they say basically the same thing.
I won't show all the Five Rules as large as the Module Picker rule
below, but please note that the Module Picker is highlighted while the
Module Picker rule is active. Same goes for the Panels and the
Filmstrip, they are highlighted when their rule is selected..
1. Module Picker
4. Key Commands