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Lightroom Tips, New Textures & a Give Away


Benny got his haircut.... a little shorter than usual... I think he looks more puppy-ish.... 

Hello friends, 

How are you? It's almost Monday here... not quite.... How was your weekend?

I just could not let the weekend pass without a new post. I spent most of the weekend finalizing a new texture set... The Cloth & Paper Collection...I'm wondering if I should call it the Soft & Subtle collection. Oh my, I'm pretty close to bursting about this new collection. I hope to release it Wednesday. 

In other news, my new class, Picture Process is open for registration.  CS6 users, click HERE for all the details. Elements Users click HERE. Can not wait to dive in!

Okay  I know I say this … a lot… but I gotta say it again… I love lightroom….I often wonder… what on earth I ever did pre-lightroom. I'm so excited about my photos and editing…. It's good stuff. As much as I love Lightroom... I will always love photoshop. I honestly NEED them both.  

I know there are many lightroom and photoshop lovers out there….. which means there are many fabulous tips & tricks we could share with one another. 

I thought I would start with a few of mine and invite you all to join in. 

Need a little incentive to share….. How 'bout a give away?

Today I'm giving away a spot in my upcoming Lightroom class, Round Trip to one lucky commenter or a spot in Picture Process (8 weeks access) (winner picks...)

Round Trip begins on March 5th. Click HERE for class details....go quick...there's still time to save on registration.

To enter the give away, simply share a favourite Lightroom or Photoshop tip, trick or shortcut.

Before I dive into a few of my favourite Lighroom tips & tricks…. I do have a little texture-love to share….. 

Click HERE to download the 1402 set. 

New to the black speckled textures (I call them magic textures)? Simply add the texture to your photo and change the blend mode to screen. It can be a subtle effect…. almost like drybrushing… Give it a go.

Textured with 1402 at Soft Light.

Okie doke…. here's few of my favourite LR TIPS.

  • In any of the Lightroom modules hit the keyboard shortcut command / or control / to see a list of shortcuts for that module. To close the shortcut list click inside the page.
  • Hit the tab key to toggle the side panels on and off and shift tab to toggle the side and top and bottom panels on and off.
  • In the develop module hit the \ key to see a before and after of your photo.
  • In the library module hit \ key will show/hide the top filter bar. and the T key will show hide the bottom tool bar.
  • Hit J to turn clipping warning on and off.
  • There are 6 different crop overlays in Lightroom. To access the different overlays hit the R key to activate the crop tool then hit the O key to toggle through the 6 overlays. To rotate your crop, hit the X key.

Okay, must sign off..... 

Just a reminder this week's Texture Tuesday theme is Dream-Like.

Until next time.... big love & so much gratitude....



p.s. wanna see more of Ben? I added a pet section to my portfolio....which should be called a Ben section. 'smile'. Click HERE to check it out.

Reader Comments (121)

I would thrilled at the chance to win a class!Thanks for the opportunity to do so!
Love the new textures - thanks for them too!
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Z. Johansen
I have a preset made that has my fave settings already saved (turn off sharpening, auto lens detect, etc) I open the first image of my session, click mu preset & set the white balance & other fine tuning. Now I update my preset. Sync the whole session. Done!

Doing it this way means I never accidentally forget to turn off/on something I want set.
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
I had to just say how awesome this (top) pic of Ben is. The other is great also, but wow, I love the top one a lot, such a handsome young lad :)

Okay, got that out of the way, lol, I'll be back with a Ps tip soon ;)

Oh yea, these look great, thank you so much, Kim! I CAN NOT wait to see the new set!!!
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott Allan
Thanks for another nice set of textures Kim!

My favorite Photoshop shortcuts are pressing the spacebar to activate the hand tool to move your image around when using a tool from the toolbar, holding the Alt key to activate the eyedropper to sample colors when using the Brush tool, and Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E to merge all the visible layers into a new layer. A good tip for Photoshop but not Elements is to convert textures to Smart Objects so you can transform them multiple times to get them positioned just like you want them or flip them horizontally or vertically without losing any quality.
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Howle
On a Mac, when in the library module in Lightroom 4 you can simply click on and drag a texture down to the PSE icon on the bar at the bottom of the screen to take it into Elements so that you can apply it to a photo.
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Kittmer
What I've been using lately to quickly get close to the contrast I'm looking for, is the targeted adjustment tool within the curves box. It's the little right hand index finger near the lower left corner. Just click on it and then go to your photo and choose the area you want to lighten or darken... click there and drag up to lighten or down to darken. It quickly get me going and then I'll fine-tune from there. I've always been somewhat scared of curves and have preferred levels, but this is fairly easy to control as a stating point for me...
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott Allan
Photoshop Tip:

To show all of a Transform outline that is partially hidden - Mac: Cmd zero, PC Ctrl zero
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Ooooh, I love that black texture - can't wait to try that out.

I love Lightroom too, but have not learned too many shortcuts yet.
One I do use in LR.... click R to crop. (Which is different from PS, which is C)
(I hope I am saying correctly now, because I am at work and can't verify this but I am grabbing it out of memory.)
And of course.... Ctrl and +/- to zoom in and out (on a PC).

In PS, I can mention that F5 brings up the Brush panel, which is useful.
And clicking < and > will toggle through the various brushes open in the panel.
[ and ] buttons will increase and decrease size of brush.
Clicking numbers from 1-9 will change the opacity from 10 to 90%, clicking quickly 25 will make it 25% etc.
Clicking 0 will make opacity 100%.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAino
Kim are you ok with me pinning this to my Online classes and tutorial board? Its not a free only board but this one I think might interest a lot of people who might then enjoy more of your Klasses (haha added the K for you) Kim Klassen Klasses?
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTanya
I've never tired a black texture - I'll have fun experimenting with that one for sure!

Also for sure, I have no words of wisdom to share in Photoshop! And I'm not really up to speed with my newer LR, but one tip I like to use is, when cropping in Develop module, type L to darken everything but the image, and again to completely black it all out. It makes it easier to get a good crop without any busyness surrounding the image. Type L once again to bring it all back.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDannie
My tip would be for people to learn to use the Blur Gallery tools that are new in PS6. The three filters are Field Blur, Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift. They are FANTASTIC for creating bokeh and controlling depth of field. If you haven't tried them yet, there are several good online tutorials.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie
I would love to win a spot in your CS6 Picture Process class.

Not really knowing too many NEW tips to share, I would say that I would encourage everyone to explore all of the new features in camera RAW. It's amazing how much basic processing can be done in RAW without even going in to Photoshop. A lot of people overlook ACR.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue
Thank you for two more wonderful textures. I don't have any great tips because I'm just really getting to know Light Room. I love what I know about it and from your class at BP! One thing I've learned to do is search for LR presets on the web - there are wonderful ones and they're free a lot of the time!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie LaPoint
One of my favourite and most used Elements tips is Ctrl G to clip an adjustment layer to the layer below . . .x
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa
A tip that I have for Photoshop is that you can move the gradient when you are creating a gradient fill layer. Let me show you what I mean in this video.

click on this link to view the video
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEarl
Another great post from you Kim! A photoshop elements tip is (and I can't remember where I discovered it - may even have been you Kim!!) - to hit \ when masking out/erasing an area. The area shows up red so you can see what you have missed etc.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
I like to use square brackets [ ] to change the brush size. I also like to convert layers to smart objects so that I can edit any changes I make to that layer and finally, I set my preferences to use my mouse wheel to zoom.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermerkusje
Hi Kim! One of my favorite in Photoshop, is Automation. I have a script for the photos in my blog, and it's a pleasure to resize them all in just one click!
Good luck with your new courses!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Oh dear! I'm such an ignoramus when it comes to Photoshop, even though I've managed to do a couple graphic commissions for website design. *looks thoughtful* Let me see, now. Favorite tip, trick or shortcut. Heaven help us. :D Ahhh....right off the top of my head, I love the keyboard shortcuts. For instance, Ctrl+Shift+N to create a new layer. Or Ctrl+E to merge layers. That sort of thing. Really saves time once you learn them! I need to learn a lot more about Photoshop CS2, though. It's a wonderful thing. :D

Ben is so cute! I agree, the haircut makes him look more like a puppy-- don't you miss his silky curls though?!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDolly Madison
My favourite shortcut is hitting the P key to mark photos as "Picks" quickly and easily. Thanks for the chance to win.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Hargreaves
Thank you for the textures & tips, & I must say Ben looks adorable, what a sweet little face he has!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeonie-Australia
Kim is picture process a class you have done before or is it a new one? I have done a few of your classes but I thought this one sounds like it might be new?
Oh and favorite tip for photoshop is to make an action out of anything you do over & over as it will save you heaps of time.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeonie-Australia
The black texture is truly ingenious of you. I definitely will use this which is a new for me since I am a beginning novice in photo textures. Thank you for the double goodies. I am one of your PSE-11 users. (At my age, 78, I can't afford PS with huge medical copays. I am a blessed recovering quadriplegic and cannot type so use speaking software. I write this not for sympathy, but to show what is possible in spite of odds. I do have an older PS-CS version though. I have no problem learning new software, in fact, I love to explore.) I really absorb your site warmness, your dedication to teach and share, along with your fabulous textures. After reading the comments and your information, I definitely will have to check out Lightroom 4 because the photos I receive from family members leave a lot to be desired. Until the next time, stay as beautiful as you are. ;)
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergrambie
In LR clicking R to reject photos - when scrolling through a shoot using the arrow keys, using 'R' to reject makes it so much quicker to sort out your 'keepers' :)
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusie
Thanks Kim, for the reminder of the LR shortcuts, just soooooo helpful! P.S. Ben is super goregous! Lucky you! :)
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLouise in England
seeing you posted something new always feels a bit like Christmas - always so much goodness you share - thank you so much for that.
I´m still figuring out Lr but I like the shortcuts x and p for a quick first choice of my import
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterelke
Beautiful textures as always! Tip I don't know many but when I want to make my own photo mask, I use the rectangle tool to draw on a new layer, fill with black from the paint bucket and then use control D to change it into the mask I wanted
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurieW
Blue is definitively Ben's color! Love love love that first photo with his new haircut. I love this post as I am the one who needs all the tips. I will read and reread everyone's tips and hopefully be able to offer one next time : ) I guess one tip I can share is that you can scan just about anything and use it as a layer! love your black textures - so mysterious! thanks kim.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercathy @ ma vie trouve
I love Lr! thanks for the textures!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie S
To quickly duplicate a layer mask in PS ... click Option and drag the mask from one layer to another. :) Thanks Kim. Cheers! Tom
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom
Thank you Kim for more wonderful textures. I love them and use them often.

Photos Shop tip: My favorite is to use File> Place a photo or element into my work area. It allows you to make the image larger, and I never have to worry about losing my original image!

Thanks for the chance to win Kim!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrista
The new haircut DOES make Ben look rather puppy-ish! :)
I'm such a beginner with PSE11 that I don't have any tips to share but I am definitely looking forward to taking your new Picture Process class! Thanks for the fun new textures too!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandy C.
Love your doggie and all his photos! Thanks for the textures!

My fav photoshop trick is how to quickly size a texture to perfectly fit over an image.
Open the texture. Hit Option (alt) Command and the letter i....the Image Size dialogue box comes up, Do not change anything in the box. Just go to Window along the top panel bar. In the drop down menu click on the name of the image you want to apply your texture to.....and click ok. This will synchronize the sizes of the texture and image..The texture can now be dragged/placed onto your image, sized perfectly to fit. No dragging corners. This should work in all versions of Photoshop and Elements.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon O
Thank you for the textures. They are beautiful.

I have been using Lightroom for a while, but I do not know half of the features, I bet. I love the presets that come with Lightroom and ease of setting up your own user preset (though, I do not do that as often as I should). The best thing about Lightroom, to me, though is the ability to apply common edits to a batch of photos at once. That makes processing so much quicker.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
Thanks for the new textures, Kim.
A tip I found to help with washed out images: duplicate background and change blend mode to multiply. Repeat if necessary.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne
Wonderful textures which look like so much fun to try! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.

One of my favorite photoshop tricks (and this may change as I learn Lightroom) is to use the gradient filter to bring light directly on a subject. I choose a diamond or radial shape, uncheck "align with layer," set the filter to "soft light" and move the spotlight onto the area to lighten it. I can move the scale up or down and then change the opacity to get the intensity I want. I've associated my URL to an example, so just click on my name to see how I've lightened my dog within the shadows.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMicki
I love these new textures! Ben is adorable in these images that you have created of him.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Rushing
Kim As always thank you so much for all your gifts, your warmth, caring, talent for teaching, and of course those wonderful textures. This one I learned from you and has been a huge help. When cropping in LR I sometime want to make a portrait crop on a landscape oriented photo, X is the key to switch orientations. Huge help. And thanks again.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Thank you Kim. My absolute favorite PS trick, to duplicate a layer mask onto another layer, select mask in layers palette, hold Alt, left click and drag to the other layer. I searched forever on the internet to no avail, but eventually, many keyboard combinations later, figured it out. It saves me so much time.

The image of Ben is soooo sweet.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M
Oh my, Ben looks fabulous! We had a Springer that we used to have shaved regularly. He certainly looked like a puppy every time. :-) As for the courses, I wouldn't know which one to choose. I've been using LR for a while, yet you mentioned shortcuts that I didn't even know existed. As for CS 6, I just bought it 2 days ago! Which to choose! LOL
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica de Moss
Thank you, Dearie! i really enjoy using your overlays - and i get inspiration for their use from the examples on your blog! Any one of them adds pizzazz to my photos and layouts!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjayleigh
Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity! I've heard so much about Lightroom and have been just itching to learn more! I would just love to take your class Round Trip-was so difficult not to press the buy now button :( My favorite tip in PSE is to hit the backslash to show where you have missed on your mask. Thanks again!

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Wolff
I am still learning LR, but one shortcut I use the most so far is hitting the "g" key to see my pictures in grid mode. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in one of your awesome classes and thanks also for the fabulous textures!
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie E.
Thank you for the texture, Kim!!! My PS tip: Add a layer mask to any texture and toggle between black and white on the background/foreground color picker to erase/add more of the texture you are working with; select a black brush to remove texture and a white brush to add texture.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
I've had lightroom3 on my computer for over a year...still have no clue what i am doing! Help would be appreciated! (o:
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranita johnson
Thank you for the lovely textures!

Thanks for this opportunity to win. One of my favorite shortcuts in photoshop is to select the top layer and then use shift+ctrl+alt+E (on PC) to combine all visible layers together.

Like your pictures of Benny.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuthAnn
I am enjoying all the shortcuts. One I use frequently in PSE (PS, too, I think) is D sets your foreground/background colors to black/white. X switches your color chips back and forth.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCher
I wish I had a favorite shortcut -- that's why I need to take some classes -- does that count? I'm so glad I came across your blog -- I love reading it, looking at your work, and learning.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTamsen
Kim I have learned so much just reading the tips from above. I have used PS and LR for a long time and also taken most of your classes. It doesn't matter with how long I have been doing this, I always learn something new or has just passed over my head when I heard it from you or someone else. This is why these posts make so much sense to finally click into my head.

My favorite tip for PS is :
!. click Shift+Control+N
2. select Soft Light for the Mode and check Fill with 50% gray then use a soft brush with either black (darken) or white (lighten) selected.
3.Opacity low around 12% or higher but start out low and then can increase as needed.
4. Now if an area is too bright brush with your black over the area and you can darken, that area, if too dark use your white brush and lighten an area.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst
Love the textures Kim, Thank you

My favorite of the short cuts I know are the bracket keys to change the size of the brush. Seems to be the one I us the most.

Would love to win...I think it would 'force' me to upgrade to CS6
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Underwood

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