Posts in Category "Adobe Lightroom"

May 10, 2016

Using Lightroom to Reinforce the Visual Narrative (Adobe MAX 2015)

Here is a link to my presentation (Using Lightroom to Reinforce the Visual Narrative) at Adobe MAX last year.

Discover how to use the Lightroom Develop module to process images so that they reinforce the story you want to tell. Just as you choose a specific typeface to convey meaning, you can make adjustments to photographs in Lightroom to help define the mood, style and essence of the image. Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost will show you how to refine your personal style by using a combination of global and selective adjustments, as well as teach how to quickly apply those enhancements across multiple images.

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April 28, 2016

Hong Kong and Singapore Lightroom Library Shortcuts

Thank you to everyone who attended our “Take It | Make It” event in Hong Kong and I’m looking forward to the event this afternoon in Singapore! Because we will be covering so much information in such a short amount of time, I thought I should post my notes for the Lightroom module section in order to help reinforce the topics and shortcuts covered in the seminar.

Click here 2016 Tips_Library_Mod to download the PDF.

To watch additional tutorials and tips about Lightroom (including “What’s new in Lightroom”, The Lightroom CC Getting Started Series”, “Lightroom on Mobile Devices” and more) , click on the Lightroom Video Tutorials in the “Additional Information” area to the right.

To watch additional tutorials and tips about Photoshop (including “What’s New, Layers and Masking”, Automation” and more), click on the Photoshop Video Tutorials in the  “Additional Information” area to the right.

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April 27, 2016

Duplicating Saved Books, Slideshows, Prints, or Web Galleries in Lightroom

When you choose to create a Saved Book, Slideshow, Print, or Web Gallery in Lightroom, the project is saved in the Collections panel. To create a duplicate of any saved project (to create another book with the same layout but different images for example), Option-drag (Mac)  | Alt-drag (Win)  the collection until  you see a gray highlight and then release the cursor.

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March 21, 2016

Using Photoshop Actions and Droplets with Lightroom

Learn how to use Photoshop Actions to create Droplets that can be used in Lightroom to batch process images after exporting files.

Note: Although this video was recorded in previous versions of Lightroom and Photoshop, the technique will still work today and, in fact, you could create conditional actions and process both vertical and horizontal files at one time! Click here to find out more about conditional actions in Photoshop.

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March 18, 2016

Search Added to Lightroom Web as Technology Preview

“Lightroom on the web makes it possible for you to access all of your Lightroom images from nearly any computer around the world, and today we’re announcing the addition of Technology Previews, a series of features that will let you test drive new functionality before it’s officially available. The first Technology Preview we’re making available is Search, which coupled with our new image analysis technology, lets you search through any image you have synchronized online, either with Lightroom for mobile, Lightroom on the web, or with Lightroom desktop through a synchronized collection. We’ll be releasing new Technology Previews as they’re ready, which you’ll be able to use and even provide feedback on the functionality, helping to shape the feature.” —Josh Haftel, The Lightroom Journal

To enable the feature launch Lightroom on the web (https://lightroom.adobe.com), and log in. In the upper left, click the LR menu, then click to select Technology Previews from the list. 03_18LRweb

Toggle on the Search switch and choose Apply Changes.

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The search technology will search on a lot of different things, including metadata such as file names, captions, titles, camera, lens, and exposure data, location, faces, etc. It will grow to include additional data in the future (hence the “technology preview”). You can also try searching your library for general topics such as food, travel, animals, and more.

Search results based on "animal".

Lightroom web search results based on “animal”.

Note: it might take a little bit to create the initial index of your photos (depending on how many you are working with) in order to return the optimal search results.

Please let us know what you think on the Lightroom forums. 

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March 1, 2016

What is the difference between Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC?

I came across this very useful document that shows what the differences are between Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom/versions.html

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February 12, 2016

Customizing the Default Setting for ACR and Lightroom

I have customized my default processing settings for Lightroom in order to apply both Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration on import. To do this, I selected a raw image, moved to the Develop module, and clicked the Reset button to remove any previous edits made to the file. Then, I checked both the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration options.

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To save the settings, choose Develop > Set Default Settings > Update to Current Settings.

Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.

Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.

Once the defaults are changed, any images taken with that camera model will automatically have the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration settings applied when they are imported into Lightroom (any images that are already in the catalog remain as they were). Because you are simply enabling Profile Corrections, if you change lenses, Lightroom will automatically look for and apply the appropriate lens correction profile based on the EXIF data in the photo.

If you are using multiple camera models, you will need to customize the default settings for each one (by taking a raw file from each camera model into the Develop module and changing and saving the settings). You can even save out different settings for each camera based on ISO settings and serial number using Preferences > Presets > Make defaults specific to camera serial number and/or Make defaults specific to camera ISO setting.  This can be very useful when using custom camera profiles and/or changing Noise Reduction options for example.

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Personally, I like automating the application of Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration to my images. However, there are some drawbacks. First, because I have told Lightroom to render Lens Corrections on every image I import, if I import 1,000 images but end up using only 100 of them,  adding the Lens Correction to all of the “unused” files may add additional rendering time for previews (how much time depends on your system, file size etc.). If you notice a slowdown in your workflow, you may prefer to create a Lens Correction preset and apply it just to your best images. In addition, if you have lenses that you don’t want corrected, you would have to remove the settings. It’s really up to you and how you prefer to work.

Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) changes the Reset button to Set Default and displays the Set Default Settings dialog.

Finally, you should know that when you choose to customize the default settings  in either Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, those settings are saved for both products.

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February 2, 2016

Calling all Students: Passport to Creativity!

The Adobe Student Marketing team is very excited to launch Passport to Creativity! Passion Passport will give six students from around the world the chance to travel to the world’s most protected natural environments, capture them, and showcase their work. Students can simply tag their Instagram photos, videos or Behance portfolios with #MadeThis and #PassportToCreativity.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?
A: Students who are currently enrolled in a college or university, from all majors and backgrounds, are eligible. You must be 18 years of age, or older.

Q: I don’t live in the US. Can I participate?
A: Yes. The opportunity is available globally.

Q: Will I be paid for my work?
A: No. However Adobe will be providing room and board, food and travel.

Q: Can I tag multiple posts?
A: Yes, you can tag as much of your work as you’d like with #MadeThis #PassportToCreativity.

Q: Do I need Creative Cloud to participate?
A: Not at all, but it can’t hurt your chances to be familiar with it. We encourage everyone to apply if they have a passion for creativity and exploration. Get started by downloading a free trial of Creative Cloud here: http://adobe.ly/1NctzEp

Click here for more information and application deadlines.

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January 27, 2016

Boundary Warp Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw 9.4 and Lightroom CC 6.4!

When stitching together multiple images of a scene to create a panorama, I often find that the edges end up being irregular (especially when shooting without a tripod). In the past, I typically had to either crop the the image (to avoid transparent areas) or take the panorama into Photoshop to use Content-Aware Fill, Liquify, Adaptive Wide Angle, or other techniques to fill in the missing areas. With the new Boundary Warp feature in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Lightroom  you can  adaptively stretch or reshape the edges of a stitched panorama to fill the rectangle boundary.

In this example, the original stitching results in irregular edges.

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Using Auto Crop removes the transparent edges, but has to also remove some of the foreground which I would prefer to keep.

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Applying the new Boundary Warp feature reshapes the image to fill in the missing areas.

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Here are some additional (animated) examples of the effects of setting Boundary Warp’s slider at 0, 25, 50, 75, and 100%.

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This image was stitched from different exposure taken from a moving car (in case you were wondering why the bus was truncated and two of the the bicyclist appear multiple times.

This image was stitched from multiple exposures taken from a moving car (in case you were wondering why the yellow bus was truncated and two of the the bicyclist appear multiple times).

Boundary Warp may not work well on images with straight lines or architectural features as the process of warping the image to fill the surrounding canvas may bend the lines. In the example below (and in the general case of buildings with possibly many straight lines), it’s not possible to stretch the image to fit the canvas AND preserve the lines at the same time. In other words, something has to give (the windows in the upper right and light on the left look a bit distorted) .

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And a video from the famous Dr. Brown!

 

For more information about new camera and lens profile support, how to install the updates, as well as bug fixes and other changes, please see this post from the Adobe Lightroom Journal.

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December 16, 2015

Lightroom mobile 2.1 is Now Available!

Check out all of the great new features and enhancements made to Lightroom mobile including:

iPad Pro Support – including support for iOS 9’s multitasking capabilities such as Split View and Slide Over (on supported devices).

Using "Slide Over" to make a quick change in Lightroom while working in Adobe Slate.

Using “Slide Over” to make a quick change in Lightroom while working in Adobe Slate.

 

Point Curve Mode in Tone Panel – take color control to the next level with a full function Tone Curve tool, enabling access to composite (RGB) as well as individual red, green, and blue color channels in your photo.
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Split Tone Adjustments – create a distinctive look to your photos by applying a color tone to the highlights or shadows, or to replicate the look of a split-toned black and white photo. 2015_12_14_SplitTone1

 

Shoot-through Presets. Apply one of five new, specially formulated, non-destructive presets while capturing a photo from the Adobe in-app camera including:

  • High Contrast – increases Contrast in Basic Panel and adjusts Tone Curve
  • Flat – decreases contrast in the Tone Curve
  • Warm Shadows – adjusts Blacks and Whites in Basic Panel, Tone Curve and Split Toning
  • High Contrast B&W – converts to B/W and increases Contrast in Basic Panel and adjusts Tone Curve
  • Flat B&W – converts to B/W and decreases contrast in the Tone Curve
Top Row: No Preset, High Contrast. Middle Row: Flat, Warm Shadows. Bottom Row: High Contrast B&W, Flat B&W

Top Row: No Preset, High Contrast. Middle Row: Flat, Warm Shadows. Bottom Row: High Contrast B&W, Flat B&W.

Note: Shoot-through presets are available for 64-bit devices only, such as iPhone 5s and later and iPad Air and later.

Notification Center Widget – get instant access to the Adobe in-app camera by enabling the Lightroom for mobile Notification Center widget, to automatically launch the in-app camera with a single swipe down.

I didn’t know how to enable the notification center widget for Lightroom mobile, so I included the following screenshots to help anyone else that was in the same situation:

In Settings, tap Notifications (your settings might be slightly different depending on your iOS and device).

Choose Settings

Select Lightroom from the list.

Scroll and select Lightroom

Enable “Allow Notifications” and “Show in Notification Center”.

Enable "Allow Notifications" and "Show in Notification Center".

Then, access Notifications by swiping downwards from the top of the screen. Tap Edit. Under the the “Do Not Include” section, tap the green plus icon next to Lightroom mobile to enable it.

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Scroll to the top to verify Lightroom mobile has been added, and tap Done. Lightroom mobile will now appear in the Notification Center enabling you to quickly access the in-app  camera.

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3D Touch support on iPhone 6s/6s Plus – press and hold on any photo in the Grid view to preview your photo with Peek and Pop.

In addition, there have been many usability improvements throughout the app including easier addition of multiple photos to collections, faster import options, and improved gesture support to get you quickly organizing, creating, and sharing amazing images anywhere you are!

If you’re new to Lightroom Mobile you might find these links helpful:

Updates to Lightroom for Web (10-2015)

Discover how easy it is to upload raw, psd, tiff and jpg images, organize your files, make non-destructive edits to your photographs, and share galleries – all from a web browser using Lightroom web!

Updates to Lightroom for Mobile (10-2015)

See how easy it is to  organize, edit, and share your photos from anywhere using Lightroom mobile.

Lightroom Mobile on the iPhone (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates the new features added to Lightroom mobile on the iPhone and iPad including  custom sort orders, star ratings, sharing images via email, and auto import from the camera roll.

Setup, Collections and Flags (6-2014)

Julieanne helps you get started with Lightroom for mobile.  She walks through creating and syncing collections, reviewing, picking, rejecting, and filter images using Lightroom for mobile on the iPad.

Cropping, Adjustments and Presets (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates how to crop, adjust color and tone and apply presets to your photographs using Lightroom for mobile on the iPad.

Managing  Collections and Auto Import from Camera Roll (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates how to modify collections, move, add and copy images between collections, and auto import from camera roll using Lightroom for mobile.

Showcasing and Sharing your Photographs  (6-2014)

Julieanne shows how to quickly save, share, and show slideshows using Lightroom for mobile.

For more information, see the blog post on Lightroom Journal.

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December 8, 2015

DNG Pros, Cons, and Myths

To find out everything you want to know about DNG, be sure to check out Martin Evening’s excellent article on the Photoshop.com blog: The Pros, Cons, and Myths about DNG.

If you’re not familiar with Martin’s books —and you want to know everything there is to know about Photoshop and Lightroom, be sure to check them out:

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers — by Martin Evening

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers — by Martin Evening

 

 

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December 7, 2015

Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4 now available and free!

In October, Adobe released Lightroom 2.0 for iOS which made it possible to use Lightroom on iPhones and iPads without a paid subscription, and the response has been phenomenal. Today we’re excited to announce Lightroom for Android version 1.4, which adds the same free offering for Android users. The ability to use Lightroom for mobile without a paid subscription means that anyone can take advantage of the organizational, editing, and sharing abilities that Lightroom for mobile offers. Signing up for a free trial or logging in with a Creative Cloud subscription adds the ability to synchronize files and edits with Lightroom on a desktop or laptop, as well as with Lightroom Web. (Thank you for this post Josh!)

For more information please click here.

And the download is available here: Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4

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November 25, 2015

Cropping Shortcuts in Lightroom

• If you crop one image in Lightroom’s Develop module (let’s say to a 4 x 5 aspect ratio) and then move to the next image (which has a different aspect ratio), tapping Shift + A applies the same (or previously applied) aspect ratio.

• Option + Command  + R (Mac) | Alt + Control + R (Win) will reset the crop.

• Option + Command + Shift + R(Mac) | Alt + Control + Shift (Win) + R will reset the crop as shot.

• A toggles on/off (locks/unlocks) constrain aspect ratio.

• And Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) will crop from the center (instead of the upper left position).

• “X” toggles the orientation of the crop.

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November 17, 2015

Lightroom CC 2015.3 and Lightroom 6.3 Now Available

Lightroom CC 2015.3 and Lightroom 6.3 are now available on Adobe.com. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw and lens profile support, as well as address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. This release also restores the Import experience available prior to Lightroom 6.2.

Click here for more information on lens profile support and bug fixes.

Here are my current Import videos.

02. Lightroom –  Importing Images From a Camera Card

03. Lightroom –  Importing Photos from your Computer into Lightroom

Once you’ve updated to the latest version of Lightroom, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. Lightroom wouldn’t be what it is today without our passionate and loyal customers around the world. Giving us regular feedback helps us to find and fix issues that we may otherwise not know about. We are listening.

Here are a few ways that you can send us feedback:

Report bugs and suggest features

Discuss workflow and get help with how-to questions or basic troubleshooting 

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November 13, 2015

Merging Lightroom Catalogs

In this video (How to Use Lightroom On Location), Julieanne discusses how to create a template catalog for use on-location and merge the “on-location” catalog with a master catalog upon return in order to retain edits made to images while in the field.

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