While I may not have access to the beta stuff like the bigger players in the photo industry, I have been toiling through it as I have time since it’s release a short while ago.  I’ve been working hard at putting together a nice repository of videos and tutorials to help answer some of the more common questions people are having about this new software.

There are pros, and there are cons to the new software.  I’ve already talked about a couple of them, and the videos are coming – I promise!  (I know, famous last words, right? 🙂  )  But, while I continue to pound away at some new videos that feature some of the best tricks and secrets to deciding whether LR4 is right for you (and how best to leverage it into your existing work flow), thought that sharing a few nuggets on using it might be in order.

So, without a lot of fancy intros, music, teasers, or any of that other rigamarole, here are 5 quick secrets that anyone using the beta edition of LR4 simply must know:

  1. When you’re in Soft Proof mode, the default background your photo appears on is called Paper White, but you can change this fairly easily!  Simply right-click anywhere outside the edge of your photo and choose a different background to view your images on!
  2. When you Export photos,  there are some new metadata options to include (or not include) various types of info that get shared when you share your photos online.
  3. Previously, you were unable to move multiple folders (in the Folders panel) from one drive to another. So if you had 10 folders you wanted to move you had to do them one at a time. Now you can shift-click to select multiple folders and move them if you need.
  4. Hiding less frequently used modules is easier.  Simply right-click on the Module Picker (along the top right of your Lightroom window), and choose which modules to exclude modules that you simply don’t use.
  5. Emailing photos natively became a reality in LR4 – simply navigate to the file menu and select the option to “Email Photo” (the kb shortcut is Shift+CMD+M).

Like these?  Have you started using LR4 yet?  What are your favorite features?  Got any “must-haves” you’d like to share?  Sound off in the comments section!

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