September 08, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 35 – Back to School…EDIT (Keyboard Shortcuts)
Welcome to the 35th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 2. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes (also including previous editing tutorials). This week’s theme or prompt was to show us one “Back to School” SOOC shot (this was just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot). Hopefully you linked up with Jill’s blog earlier this week.

Each Thursday, I will take my SOOC shot and provide a simple/basic or advanced Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or Lightroom tutorial. You can then try my tutorial on your own photos and link up here – linky will now open EARLY on Thursdays and be open THROUGH SUNDAY. If you’d prefer, can simply share your own edit and show us what you did to achieve the look.

We want this challenge to be a learning experience, so feel free to teach us something new too! Also, it does not matter what editing program you use. Although I tend to work within Adobe CS5 (Photoshop), Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw and now Lightroom…it does not mean that you have to use the exact same program. I hope you’ll be able to take the concepts and apply them in the program you feel most comfortable using.

This week, I decided to keep it simple…especially since I’m on “blogcation.” Here’s my SOOC again:
When I shoot these types of shots with my white foam board and flash, my processing typically requires little more than a white balance adjustment…and if I spent just another minute setting up my shot, it probably wouldn’t require that.

But before I share my final edit, I thought you might be interested in a few Photoshop and Lightroom keyboard shortcuts. Yet one more way to speed up your workflow.
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts by Smashing Magazine
Lightroom users have a lot more shortcuts – didn’t exactly fit in a diagram. I will tell you that a number of the keyboard shortcuts that work for Photoshop do translate…many don’t. Click HERE for a complete list of shortcuts. They are sorted by version. That ought to keep us all busy for a while, right?

Alright, back to my edit – what do you think?  What about that watermark? Although I love the simplicity of my web address, I can’t decide if I prefer my custom watermark (which I love), this version or just I’ll probably stick with my custom one, but I’d already marked these and didn’t feel like redoing it.
Colored Pencils RS
So, to recap our lesson, today I shared some keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop and Lightroom.  Here’s a final look at my before and after:
Colored Pencils CompareFor your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past 34 weeks as well as apply today’s lesson or share something you’ve learned recently. I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits. Next week’s theme is “Night Shots.” Have a great Thursday!
Good to WOW

By the way, don’t forget to add your edited photo to our good to WOW {EDIT} Flickr Group (for those of you that prefer to upload and visit that way). When adding your photos to the group pool, be sure to include the Week #, the Theme and EDIT in the description section. You may upload one photo per week. I also want to point out that we are all here to improve our editing skills. When offering constructive criticism (either on Flickr or within blog comment sections), be sure to point out at least one thing you really like about the edit before offering any advice for improvement.