June 16, 2014
Since people often ask me when I convert my files to DNG, I will admit that I don’t convert until after I am finished editing the images (including rating, keywording and developing them). Why? Because, although I could convert on import, I throw away a fair amount of images in my editing process, and I figure that there’s no sense in wasting the time to convert files that I’m going to throw away.
Of course you don’t have to wait until the end of your workflow to convert your images, I just find it satisfying to convert as a final step. Plus, this way I know that any image that is a DNG has made it through my entire workflow.
Below are two videos with more information about DNG:
May 29, 2014
To have Lightroom show you any missing files in your catalog, in the Library module select All Photographs in the Catalog panel. Then, select Library > Find All Missing Photos. The missing photos will be displayed in the grid and “Missing Photographs” will be added to the list in the Catalog panel (see below).
Note: if “Missing Photographs” is already listed in the Catalog panel (from a previous search), you should choose Library > Find All Missing Photos again so that Lightroom will run the search based on the current state of your images (otherwise Lightroom will use a cached result that might not be accurate).
May 28, 2014
If you have moved folders using the operating system after importing them into Lightroom (essentially moving files behind Lightroom’s back), Lightroom will display a “?” next to the folder icon in the Folder panel. Control (Mac) / right mouse -click on the folder and choose Find Missing Folder to re-link folders that have been moved or renamed.
To avoid this in the future, simply move your images using the Folder panel in Lightroom!
May 27, 2014
If you move files on your hard drive(s) using the operating system after importing them into Lightroom (essentially, moving files behind Lightroom’s back), Lightroom will lose the link (or the “path”) to the files and display a warning icon next to the image in the Grid view. Depending on whether or not the image had a Smart Preview built, it will either display a “!” (to let you know that the file is missing and that there was no Smart Preview built) or a rectangle with dots around it (meaning that the image is missing but there is a Smart Preview so you can continue editing it even though it is “off-line”).
Clicking on either of the warning icons will display the following dialog (regardless of the availability of a Smart Preview):
If you don’t remember where you moved the file, drag-select the name of the file and use the following shortcut: Command + C (Mac) | Control + C (Win), to copy the name of the file to the clipboard.
Click OK and in the subsequent dialog, Command + V (Mac) | Control + V (Win), to paste the name into the operating system’s search feature. Once you locate the missing image, be sure to check the option to “Find Nearby Missing Photos” if more than one image from the same folder is missing (the option should be on by default).
Click here to watch a video about Smart Previews in Lightroom.
Or perhaps this post will be helpful.
May 21, 2014
In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (Batch Processing Develop Module Styles on Import), Julieanne demonstrates how to create and apply presets to your images on import.
May 20, 2014
Option + (Mac) -dragging | Alt + (Win) -dragging any of the Sharpening sliders in the Detail panel in Lightroom will display a greyscale preview of the slider’s effect. Previewing the edges of the masks (created with the Detail and Masking sliders), can be helpful in determining which option is best for the image that you’re working on. As a rule of thumb, use the Detail slider to suppress sharpening in landscape images, and use the Masking slider to suppress sharpening in portraits. And don’t forget, it is best to view an image at 100% to see the effects of sharpening (as well as noise reduction) accurately.
May 19, 2014
Lightroom reads camera and lens profiles from several locations on your computer depending on the operating system. If you use the Adobe Lens Profile Creator utility to create your own lens and camera profiles, Lightroom installs them here:
Applications/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom X/Right-click Show Package Contents/Resources/Camera Profiles
Applications/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom X/Right-click Show Package Contents/Resources/Lens Profiles
X:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 RC\Resources\CameraProfiles\
X:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 RC\Resources\LensProfiles\
For more information about creating your own lens and camera profiles, click here.
May 7, 2014
In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Find your Files Quickly in Lightroom), Julieanne shows you how to quickly filter your photographs in Lightroom.
April 24, 2014
The Lightroom mobile team has changed the default cellular network behavior to dramatically improve the product experience. Instead of the preference being turned OFF by default (like I state in my video tutorials), it is ON by default. This enables Lightroom to automatically Sync using Cellular data if WiFi is not available.
Note: if you have aWiFi only iPad, then this doesn’t apply to you. If you do have a cellular plan, don’t forget to monitor your data usage!
April 23, 2014
In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to View Your Best Photos from the Past 6 Months in Lightroom), Julieanne reveals the power of Smart Collections to reveal your best photos.
April 22, 2014
When saving custom Tone Curves in the Develop module, the curve will be saved to this location:
• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Curves
• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/CameraRaw/Curves
Saving them to this location (instead of Lightroom’s default Preset location), allows both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw to access them.
April 17, 2014
With Soft Proofing enabled, the first time that you make a change to your image, Lightroom presents a dialog asking if you want to “Create virtual copy for soft proofing?” If you choose “Create Proof Copy”, Lightroom automatically creates a virtual copy allowing you to preserve your previous settings (in the master file), and create a new rendition (or version) tailored to the specific soft proofing options that you choose. If you choose “Make this the Proof” Lightroom will make the changes on the master file. Because everything that you do in Lightroom is nondestructive, if you ever choose “Make this the Proof” and then want to undo the changes, in the Develop Module, select Setting > Proof and disable it.
April 16, 2014
In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Copy Files to an External Hard Drive in Lightroom), Julieanne shows how to copy files to an external drive that Lightroom is unaware of.
April 14, 2014
Did you know that the Library module in Lightroom has the ability to Auto Sync? I find this especially useful when using Survey mode. Let’s say, for example, I start with 10 similar images and then remove the less important ones until I only have 4 left. If I want to flag, rate or label all four of those images at one time, without leaving Survey mode, I just flip on the Auto Sync switch. Then, whatever I do to one, is done to all.
Just don’t forget to flip off Auto Sync when you are finished.
April 10, 2014
A number of people have been asking me to post the presets that I have showed when demonstrating Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. Although I don’t feel that they are earth shattering by any means, I do hope that they may prevent us all from individually recreating the wheel.
To install: download and unzip the presets for Lightroom JKostLRDevPreset and/or Camera Raw JKostACRPresets and place them in the following location:
• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets
• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets
• Mac(user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings
• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings
Note: If you are on a Mac, the Library menu may be hidden depending on your operating system. To reveal it, hold the Option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.
There are presets for converting to grayscale using the B & W and HSL panels, toning using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels, and adding grain and post crop vignetting using the Effects panel. The preset names differ slightly for each product as Camera Raw does not support folders in the Presets tab and I wanted similar presets grouped together. These presets are meant to be a starting point, you can customize any of them as you see fit, create your own, and delete the one’s that you don’t want to use.
Note: If you watch the sliders when applying these presets, you will see that each preset only moves the slider positions in a single panel. Therefore, if you click on one preset that changes sliders in the Tone Curve panel for example, and then click to apply a second preset that changes the sliders in the same panel, the second one will replace the first.