As many of you have seen when I present, I like to have my panels docked to my tools on the left hand side of the screen. This saves me a significant amount of time over the course of the day when choosing tools, options and panel settings. In order to dock the panels to the tools, drag either the panel’s tab or the grey bar at the top of the panel and reposition it next to (maybe even a little bit overlapping) the tool bar.
When a blue bar appears between the tool bar and the panel(s), and release the mouse button. If the panels do not dock, then the panels will float above the image.
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne shares several suggestions for hardware, software, and preferences to help optimize the performance of Lightroom. Keeping these tips in mind when setting up a new system or refining your current system will help speed up Lightroom and make you more productive.
Previews, File Size, Lens Correction, Local Adjustments, Camera Raw Cache, Automatically write XMP to Files, Saving files, Preferences,
Lightroom automatically adjusts the amount of sharpening in the Print Module based on the size of the original and the size of the printed piece. The different “Print Sharpening Amount” – Low, Standard and High, should be selected based on the content of the image as well as personal preferences. I would suggest that you print a small number of “typical” images on the paper stocks that you use most frequently to see what amount your prefer. Of course if you want more control, you can always open your image into Photoshop to apply sharpening using any of the many different Filters.
Command + Shift + M (Mac) | Control + Shift + M displays the options to Email Photos in Lightroom.
If you are using an email program (such as Outlook), you can simply choose it using the “From” list. If however, you are using a web based email, use the “From” option to choose “Go To Email Account Manager”. Click the Add (+) icon in the lower left and, if you’re using one of the 4 programs listed (AOL mail, gmail, Windows Live Hotmail or Yahoo! mail), select them from the list. If you’re using another program, then you will need to get the necessary information from your email provider. Note the default email preset (for size and quality) also include copyright and contact information, but you can create your own preset by selecting Create New Preset from the Preset list in the lower left.
Photographers, I want to remind you that for a limited time, you can still get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 and your own customizable Behance ProSite to host your online portfolio – all for $9.99 per month! From today until 9am PST on December 2, 2013, you can sign up for this offer – and you do not have to have owned a previous version of Photoshop to qualify. You will need to commit to a one-year plan. Click here for additional information.
If you have any questions with regards to this offer, please contact Customer Support: http://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html
Perhaps some of you have seen this video that Aaron Grimes made of Russell Brown and our crew in Japan, but if not, be sure to check it out - ”Adobe Create Now - Japan 2013“. I think it sums up our Create Now event nicely! Thank you to everyone involved – including Rayce Bird for such awesome makeup and Etsuro Endso for your incredible translation skills!
That’s all for this week. For those of us in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving.
After my 2-day class on creativeLIVE, I had a number of great questions that I wanted to answer. Well, I’ve finally had some time to sit down and answer the questions regarding printing (both in the Print and Book modules).
1) phylbyrdy: can we use the LR format and page templates to create book pages to use with another publisher?
JK: Yes and no. In the Book Module, there are three different options under Book Settings: Blurb, PDF and JPEG. So, if the other publisher will use PDF or JPEG files then yes, you can use the book module to create pages to use with another publisher. One thing to be aware of though: if you are printing to JPEG from the Book module, you will notice that the width of the JPEG files will be smaller than the selected book size as those dimensions are calculated with the assumption of a gutter. Therefore you might have to do some resizing of the images in Photoshop. You might also want to try using the Print module (especially the Custom Package Layout Style) to print to JPEG files - to create additional custom layouts.
2) mquinteiro: I have a question about changing the colour of the background. On LR it’s not possible though we can do it on blurb booksmart. Will that be possible in the future or do we have to import a coloured background?
JK: In the Background panel in the Book module, you can check Background Color and then click the color swatch to change the background color – but this is a global setting. You are correct, it’s not possible to set the background color differently for each page – unless you wanted to make some solid color “images” in a program like Photoshop, and use them as the background image – because individual images can be added on a per page basis.
3) jozibel: Does filmstrip hide photos you have used in the layout?
JK: If you want to hide the photos that you have used in the layout, use the Filter options to choose to view the files that are “Used” or “Unused”. The illustration below is a bit misleading because you don’t actually want to click on the word “Filter” you want to click on the pop-up menu to the right where, by default it says “Filters Off”. As soon as you select it, as you can see in the illustration below, it hides where I’m telling you to click.
In addition, the filmstrip will display a count of how many times an image is used in the Book.
Photography1001: Is there any option for different size for blurb? Because in original Blurb book creating software there are several sizes available.
JK: Lightroom only includes the 5 different options for book sizes that you can select in the Book Settings panel.
4) eddytheteddy: Q (Oslo, Norway) Can you save custom templates in the Book Module?
5) How do I create a PDF file with previews of all the photos that you can send to a client?
JK: You can use the Print module to create a PDF file using the “Single Image / Contact Sheet” option found in the Layout Style panel. This video (Print the Perfect Image) will help layout the contact sheet that you want, but you will need to set up your Printer Settings to “Save as PDF” instead of printing to a printer.
After my 2-day class on creativeLIVE, I had a number of great questions that I wanted to answer. Today we will focus on working with Catalogs. Fortunately, I have videos already recorded that will answer these questions!
1) MQuinn: So you ALWAYS create a new CAT when you are on the road?
JK: Yes, I always create a new catalog when I’m on location so that I don’t mess up the files inadvertently when doing demos. And, in fact, I have posted a new video tutorial on this exact subject - How to Use Lighroom 5 On-Location.
4) jjack: If you want to put all of your files on a new HD, how do you deal with your LR Catalog and Previews?
JK: I think this video (How to Migrate Lightroom to a New Computer), will help explain all of the components of Lightroom and what you might need/want to move to a new machine: Or, if you simply want to move files, this video, will show you how (Questions About Lightroom and Photo Management).
5) AlexSanDiego: How do you merge catalogs, ie secondary catalog to Master?
JK: This video (Merging Individual Catalogs into a Master Catalog), will demonstrate how to merge catalogs.
6) Wayne: How do you export a catalog from one computer and import the catalog on another computer?
JK: This video (Questions About Lightroom and Photo Management), covers 3 topics including how to export a catalog. You might want to skip to 6:20 where I start discussing how to export a catalog.
After my 2-day class on creativeLIVE, I had a number of great questions that I wanted to answer. Well, I’ve finally had some time to sit down and answer them so that’s what I’llbe concentrating on this week. Today we’ll look at the questions about the Develop Module:
1) Guest6550: I created a folder for presets but couldn’t make another folder within that… is it possible?
JK: Unfortunately, no – you cannot “nest” a folder of presets within another folder of presets in Lightroom.
2) lizj: can Julieanne show us how to install a preset we download from her blog (or from somewhere else)? Thanks.
JK: The easiest way to download the presets on my blog would be to do a search (in the upper right corner) for .zip. Look through the search results for the presets you desire – the instructions on how to install will be listed with each blog that has presets.
3) SSchwarz: Is there a way to auto-balance several flash images? For example, when the flash’s power differs and thus brightness. In Photoshop, I could manually check histogram info average brightness and change one picture until it’s the same as another. Can this be done in Lightroom automatically?
JK: Select all of the desired images in the Grid view and choose Photo > Develop Settings > Match Total Exposures. Each image might still need a bit of refinement (using Quick Develop or in the Develop Module), but this might allow you to automate some of the process.
4) peter-minneapolis: regarding post-crop vignetting: if you perform one vignette with color priority on one virtual copy and create another virtual copy with highlight priority, can you mask out the color-distorted highlights or shadows then merge the two images like HDR? Would you need to export the images first, then re-import them to merge like HDR?
JK:There isn’t an automated way to do this (like the Merge to HDR Pro command) but you could open both files in Photoshop and use layer masks to hide and show the areas that you prefer.
5) Spencer: Is there -any- possible way to create a preset that rotates an image a set amount or set cropping?
JK: Presets can’t contain cropping information, but you can modify one image and then copy and paste and/or synchronize the crop setting between images.
6) BKlock: I have another Preset question: does the version of lightroom matter? Understanding they are just starting points for further tweaking.
JK: Yes, the version of Lightroom can matter. If Lightroom makes changes to the slider between versions ,it would change the preset. This is why it might be a good idea, when saving presets, to include the Process Version.
7) Cosmo: Q: If you make a bunch of edits to a photo then discover that you accidentally auto-sync’d it to several other photos, how can you undo the sync’d changes without undoing the first photo’s edits?
JK: There isn’t an easy answer for this one. If you use the Undo command (multiple times if necessary), it will undo all of the changes to all of the images – but that means that you are also Undo-ing the changes made to the primary image that you wanted to keep. If it’s more important to you to keep the changes to the primary image, then it becomes a manial process of Undo-ing all of the other images (disable auto sync, click on each of the other images that were changed and use the History panel to move back in time – unfortunately specific History states can’t be synced).
So, your decision will probably be based on whether it will take you more time to reset the images you didn’t mean to change, or redo the changes you made to the primary image.
9) WheresMyTiara: Would like to know where the “brightness” and “fill” sliders went from the develop module?? They are very important to my style of editing. Please help!
JK: In Lightroom 5, the process version was updated in the Develop Module in order to raise the quality of raw processing. In a nutshell, the “brightness” and “fill” sliders were greatly improved and as a result the sliders were renamed the “highlights” and “shadows” – they had to be unique because their behavior was changed). If you want to revert back to the older technology, you can change the process version for an image by selecting Settings > Process > 2010 but I wouldn’t recommend it as the new process version (2012 technology) is better. This video (Lightroom 4 Develop Module), might help explain in more detail the changes that were made to the process version. Note: you can skip the intro on how to upgrade your catalog and go directly to 2:00.
Since I still get this question quite often, I thought I would repost this video on “Should I use Lightroom or Bridge?”
For whatever reason, I thought that if you merged two Lightroom catalogs you would lose the History states from the images that you had made adjustments to in the Develop module. But it turns out that you don’t! So, when I work on location with a location catalog and make change to my images in the Develop module, when I return home to my master catalog and choose to “Import from Another Catalog”, all of the History states from the Develop module are available. I have a feeling that this is not a new feature, just one that I didn’t know about.
Photographers, here’s your chance to get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 and your own customizable Behance ProSite to host your online portfolio – all for $9.99 per month! Yes, that’s correct, from today until 9am PST on December 2, 2013, you can sign up for this offer – and you do not have to have owned a previous version of Photoshop to qualify. You will need to commit to a one-year plan. Click here for additional information.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC), Julieanne demonstrates how to take multiple exposures and combine them into a single 32-bit HDR file that can then be edited nondestructively using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop. In addition, you’ll discover how powerful using Camera Raw as a Smart Filter can be when working with layered files.
There are two choices in the Image Sizing area of the Workflow Options in Camera Raw 8.2 that I didn’t understand the difference between: Width and Height and Dimensions. Well, thanks to Eric Chan, now I know!
• Width & Height: One would use this option to resize using both the image width and height. The width of the resized image will be limited to the unit specified in the “W” field, and the height of the resized image will be limited to the unit specified in the “H” field.
• Dimensions: This option is similar to the “Width & Height” described above, but it disregards the image orientation. That is, the longer edge of the resized image will be limited to the larger of the two specified units. Similarly, the shorter edge of the resized image will be limited to the smaller of the two specified units.
So now we all know. Thanks Eric. : )