In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to Use Lightroom 5 On Location), Julieanne demonstrates how to create a “template” catalog on the computer that she uses on-location. Then, she shows how to retain all of the edits made to images while in the field (including collections, virtual copies, ratings, saved output projects, etc.) by merging the on-location catalog with her master catalog upon return.
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Did you know that you can have Lightroom automatically display all of the images in a catalog that are missing keywords or has an Unknown Copyright Status? Or, that you can have Lightroom show you all of your best images in the past 90 days? If not, it’s time to explore Smart Collections! As you can see in the screen shots below, there are numerous settings that can help Lightroom create task-oriented Smart Collections of images to expedite your workflow.
I often download files into a folder, import them into Lightroom and then find that I have additional files to add to that folder. When this happens, I simply copy the additional files into that folder using the operating system. Then, in Lightroom, I Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the folder in the Folder panel and choose Synchronize Folder (or choose Library > Synchronize Folder). In the Synchronize folder dialog, you can choose to display the import dialog to add additional metadata or toggle it off and add any necessary metadata in the Library module.
If you are in the San Francisco/Bay Area, and want to join me LIVE in-studio this weekend as I give my LR 5 training class, there is limited seating available… You’ll need to click this link and click on “Want to join Julieanne LIVE in-studio?”.
Here’s the course description:
Ready to drastically reduce your post-production workflow? In this 2-day workshop, Julieanne Kost, the Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Photoshop and Lightroom at Adobe Systems, will show you how to save time every step of the way, from importing raw images to exporting expertly enhanced photographs — and everything in between.
Julieanne will teach you how to streamline the import process, create a simple organizational structure, and edit a shoot efficiently and seamlessly. You will learn the key tools to enhance your photographs, correct color and tonal values, customize your color to black and white conversion, and even add special effects such as selective coloring, split toning, and vintage looks.
Julieanne will also demonstrate how and when to move images from Lightroom into Photoshop for further enhancements, and outline how to easily create slideshows, photo books, and templates for printing. By the end of this class, you’ll understand key tools and strategies for streamlining your workflow while creating stunning images.
Click here for more information and to enroll for this free 2 day class! I hope to see you in the studio – or on-line!
If you need a good overview of ”What Is Lightroom”, check out Richard Curtis’ post here.
We’ll take a look at how to streamline the import process, create a simple organizational structure, and edit a shoot efficiently and seamlessly. You will learn the key tools to enhance your photographs, correct color and tonal values, customize your color to black and white conversion, and even add special effects such as selective coloring, split toning, and vintage looks.
I will also demonstrate how and when to move images from Lightroom into Photoshop for further enhancements, and outline how to easily create slideshows, photo books, and templates for printing. By the end of this class, you’ll understand key tools and strategies for streamlining your workflow while creating stunning images.
If files and/or folders have been moved using the operating system (instead of from within Lightroom), Lightroom will lose the link to the file and display a warning icon (!) next to the missing image in the Grid view (as well as in the Histogram panel) or next to missing folder in the Folder panel.
Clicking on the “!” icon will allow you to locate and re-link any files (Lightroom will prompt you to find the files that you moved. In the subsequent dialog, be sure to check the option to Find nearby missing photos if more than one image from the same folder is missing).
You can re-link folders that have been moved or renamed by Control (Mac) / right mouse -clicking on the folder name in the Folders panel and selecting Find Missing Folder.
To view all missing files in your library, you can also choose Library > Find All Missing Photos and then relink them.
Lightroom can understand changes made in Bridge and Camera Raw (such as the addition of metadata like copyright and contact information as well as enhancements made using ACR such as modifications made to Color Temperature or Exposure). By default however, if you open a file in Bridge and make changes to the Metadata, Lightroom will NOT automatically update the Metadata. Instead, Lightroom displays an icon warning that the file has been changed by an external application.
You can then choose whether or not you want to use the updated Metadata from Bridge/Camera Raw or use the information in Lightroom’s database. To update the file with the external application’s Metadata, click the icon and choose “Import Settings from Disk” (or select the file in the Grid view and choose Metadata > Read Metadata from File). If the information in the Lightroom database is correct, choose Overwrite Settings.
Note: Additional software applications that follow the XMP standard should also be able to read/write Lightroom and Photoshop’s metadata.
Did you know that you can use the free Adobe Lens Profile Creator Tool to create lens profiles for less common lens/camera combinations that work in Lightroom and Photoshop/ACR? All of the information that you need to know is here:
Or, you can go directly to the downloads here:
Note – the Creation process is fairly involved, so if you decide not to create your own, you can use the Lens Profile Downloader to see if anyone from the community has created on that you can download and use.
Lightroom 5.2 and Camera Raw 8.2 both include lens profiles for the GoPro HERO3. Click here to find out more with Russell Brown.
Improvements made to both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in Photoshop include:
• Refinements to the Spot Removal/Healing tool include a new Feather slider to control the softness of the edge when cloning or healing areas of an image. In addition, there have been improvements in the way that the Spot Healing tool determines the auto source location (the area that it clones/heals from), so that it now works better for images with textured areas. And, if the image has been cropped, the Spot Removal/Healing tool will bias the selection of the auto source location from within the crop rectangle (as opposed to auto-choosing image areas outside the crop).
• To help reduce low-frequency color mottling like you see on the left side of the illustration below, a new Color Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Color Noise Reduction options in the Detail Panel. When the amount is increased, the color mottling is removed (as you see on the right side of the illustration below).
In addition, several improvements were made to Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as they are already available/not applicable in Lightroom.
• The Histogram is now interactive in ACR. This enables the ability to click and drag on the Histogram to adjust the Blacks, Shadows, Exposure, Highlights, and Whites slider adjustments in the Basic tab.
• ACR now has separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint controls, which are applied by Shift -double clicking on either the Temperature or Tint adjustment sliders.
• Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush include the ability to reposition brush adjustments by clicking and dragging on brush adjustment pins. In addition, Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag (Win) a Local Adjustment Brush pin will duplicate the pin and Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click(Win) will delete the pin. If you prefer, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) displays both options – to duplicate or delete a pin.
• Workflow presets are now available for defining and then quickly choosing output settings in ACR. And, after creating your custom presets, you can Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) the workflow link to quickly switch between them. In addition, when changing image size, a new option for Percentage is available in the drop down menu.
• Save Image options now include Color Space, Image Sizing, Output Sharpening and Presets. This means that you can select the desired images and save them using Save Image presets without having to change your current workflow settings.
Click here for more information, about the Photoshop Photography Program.
Check out this interesting interview with Thomas Knoll on the history of Photoshop and the shift to Creative Cloud.
I’m often asked if Lightroom’s panels can be moved to a secondary screen like you can do in Photoshop. And, while you can’t physically separate the panels in Lightroom and move them, Lightroom does have the option to use two monitors to display images. This video was recorded with a previous version of Lightroom but the information is still valid today. Click here to learn how to take advantage of using the different display options to compare images using multiple views, achieve a consistent look between images, and use two monitors in a sales environment.
Read more about this announcement on the Creative Layer blog.
“Since introducing Photoshop CC, we’ve listened to feedback from a spectrum of our customers, from advanced professionals to casual enthusiasts. One common request was a solution specifically tailored for photographers. We listened, and at Photoshop World we’re announcing a special offer for our loyal Photoshop customers. Beginning today, customers who own Photoshop CS3 or higher are eligible for a special Creative Cloud membership offer that includes all of the following for just $9.99/month:
- Photoshop CC
- Lightroom 5
- 20 GB of online storage
- Behance ProSite
- Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources
- Ongoing upgrades and updates
To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. This offer will be available at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2 in a couple weeks. Visit the FAQ to learn more and follow Photoshop on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to find out when the offer goes live.”
When using Lightroom’s selective adjustment tools (such as the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter and Radial Filter), in order to reduce the effects of several sliders at once, click the disclosure triangle to the right of “Effect”. In the closed position (with the Effect adjustment sliders hidden), the Amount slider is revealed. Use the Amount slider to modify (increase or decrease) all of the Effect sliders at once.
Note: when using the Amount slider, all sliders are changed at once. This is very useful when a complex adjustment has been made using multiple effect sliders and you simply want to fine tune the intensity of the total effect and don’t want to have to manipulate each individual slider.
In addition, when using the Adjustment brush, positioning your cursor over the pin and click-dragging left/right (with the scrubby icon displayed) will decrease/increase the sliders without having to use the Amount slider.