by Julieanne Kost
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.