If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get started with Adobe Lightroom 2, this book does exactly what it says on the tin.
Its 227 pages are divided into fairly short snappy chapters which break things down nicely. Opening with a brief ‘What’s New in Lightroom 2’ section, the book proper kicks off with an overview of the Lightroom’s five modules, that offers nothing not already covered by the software’s minimal onboard help.
Chapter 2, which has a little more meat on its bones, deals with importing images, using ‘catalogs’, managing them across multiple computers and a brief discussions of Raw vs DNG.
Whole chapters are then devoted to ‘navigating the library’, ‘organising and reviewing images’, ‘using keywords’ and ‘finding and ‘collecting images’ (witch translates as using filters, adding and syncing metadata, creating and using collections). This all takes up almost half of the book, the next two chapters of which deal with ‘developing images’ and making local adjustments. Creating slideshows and web galleries shares a chapter, which is followed with one on printing. He final chapter deals with exporting images, closing with Lightroom integration.
Packed with colour screenshots, the book is clearly written and easy to understand, making it a great way for visual learners to master not just the basics, but much of the extended functionality of Lightroom. More advanced users, looking for a fully comprehensive guide, may prefer to look in the direction of Scott Kelby or Martin Evening.
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