Posts in Category "Adobe Lightroom"

January 7, 2014

Quickly Paste Develop Settings in Lightroom 5

If you repeatedly want to apply specific setting(s) to images in Lightroom’s Develop module, apply the setting(s) to a single image and then use the shortcut Command + C (Mac) | Control + Shift + C (Win) to copy the setting(s) using the Copy Settings dialog. Now, as you move through your images, you can quickly paste the setting(s) using Command + V (Mac) | Control + Shift + V (Win). 

This can help your productivity if, for example, you copied settings for the Post Crop Vignette. As you move through your images (making different adjustments and/or applying different presets that change color,  tone etc.), you can  easily paste the Post Crop Vignette settings  to the images that need it using Command + V (Mac) | Control + Shift + V (Win).

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December 19, 2013

Lightroom Files Can Contain Multiple Dates

Lightroom can display up to three different dates for a file in the Metadata panel: Date Time Original, Date Time Digitized and Date Time. Note: try setting the Metadata panel’s preset to EXIF to display them all. Here’s the explanation of when and why you might need these different dates:

• Date Time Original – This is the moment in time that is shown in the picture.  In other words, if you were at a new year’s eve party last year and took a picture at one minute before midnight, the Date Time Original of that picture is 12/31/2012 11:59 PM.

• Date Time Digitized – This is the moment in time at which the picture was committed to digital form.  For photos from a digital camera, this will always be identical to Date Time Original.  For film, it wouldn’t be.  For example, if you’d taken that new year’s eve picture on film, then waited exactly six months to scan (i.e., digitize) the film the Date Time Original would still be 12/31/2012 11:59 PM, but the Date Time Digitized would be 6/30/2013 11:59 PM.

• Date Time – This is the file creation date.  Again, for a picture from a digital camera that you haven’t mucked with, this will be identical to the previous two fields.  But if you generate a new file from the picture (using covert to DNG, as in your example, or via other means such as creating a PSD by editing in Photoshop) then this field will show the date on which the new file was created.  In other words, if you edited your new year’s eve picture in Photoshop at noon today, generating a new PSD in the process, the Date Time for the new file would be today’s date 12pm.

For most ordinary people shooting with a digital camera, the only field they care about is Date Time Original, and the only reason to ever edit it is if the clock on their camera was set incorrectly for some reason when they took the picture.  For example, if you’d traveled from California to New York for that new year’s party, and forgot to adjust your camera’s clock to account for the time zone change, then that picture you took would show a Date Time Original of 12/31/2012 8:59 PM.  Since you know that’s not correct, you would probably want to edit the capture time and use the “Shift by a set number of hours” option to move the Date Time Original field ahead by three hours.

Thank you so much Ben for this excellent explanation!

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December 18, 2013

How to Change Capture Time in Lightroom 5

In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to change Capture time in Lightroom 5), Julieanne demonstrates two ways to change the capture time of your images. The first enables you to offset a time zone change and the second supports a custom adjustment to align multiple cameras used to shoot one event but with different date/time settings in-camera.

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December 17, 2013

Using the Fastest Drive when Editing

Since I’m always looking for ways to make image editing faster, I will typically store the files that I’m currently working with on my internal drive (which happens to be a speedy little solid state drive). However, this drive is much too small to hold all of my images so when I’m finished editing the project, I will move them to my external storage drives (which are slower) to make room for the “new” work in progress.

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December 16, 2013

Auto Import File in Lightroom after Edit-In Photoshop

If you are working on a file in Lightroom and choose Edit-In Photoshop, make your changes, and save the edited file – then Lightroom will automatically import that file into the Lightroom Catalog. If however, after opening the file in Photoshop,  you choose to make a duplicate image (to experiment in another direction for example) and save that duplicated file, then Lightroom won’t be aware of the duplicate  and therefore, will not be able to auto-import it.

If you find yourself in this situation (Lightroom has not imported files that you want in the catalog), in the Library module of Lightroom, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the folder and choose synchronize.

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December 13, 2013

Opening Multiple Files as Smart Objects in the Same Document

The ability to  open multiple files from Lightroom into Photoshop as Smart Objects and place them into a single document saves a significant amount of time when compositing. The only restriction is that you must first open a document in Photoshop. Since I typically work with a blank canvas to begin with, this requirement doesn’t bother me. Once you have your Photoshop document open, select the images in Lightroom (yes, you will have to be in Normal screen mode in Lightroom to do this) and drag and drop them on top of the open Photoshop document. Each image will be placed one at a time – displaying transformation handles for resizing to the desired size upon placement.

Select the files in Lightroom and drag and drop them onto your open document in Photoshop.

Select the files in Lightroom and drag and drop them onto your open document in Photoshop.

As you can see, all of the files are also automatically converted to smart objects as they are placed and the layer name takes on the original document’s name. Sweet!

The images are placed into the open document as Smart Objects.

The images are placed into the open document as Smart Objects.

Note: the options to “Resize Image During Place” as well as “Place or Drag Raster Images as Smart Object” are controlled in Photoshop’s General Preferences.

Update: Sorry, I think this is a Mac-only feature. If you know of a way to do this on Windows, please share!

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December 12, 2013

File Format View Options in Lightroom 5

In order to quickly view any image’s file type while in the Grid view in Lightroom, I customize my Library View Options (View > View Options), to Show Grid Extras: Expanded Cells. Then, I set the Expanded Cell Extras to display the File Base Name in the upper left and the File Extension below it. This helps avoid the truncation of the file extension when thumbnails are small and  file names are long.

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December 11, 2013

Spine Text for Soft-Cover Books in Lightroom 5

When creating soft-cover books using the Book module in Lightroom 5, you need to have a certain thickness to the book before you can add text to the spine. The limit differs based on the paper type:

- Premium Lustre paper – 84 pages

-Premium Matte paper – 84 pages

-ProLine Uncoated paper – 70 pages

-ProLine Pearl Photo paper – 70 pages

-Standard paper – 114 pages

For NON-softcover books (Hardcover Dust Jacket and Hardcover Image Wrap), you can have spine text even with a 1 page book.  So you’ll always be able to input spine text on a hardcover book.

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December 10, 2013

Video Tutorial – Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5

Since sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference in our workflow, I thought I would repost this video (Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5) today.  I cover  the additional, seldom talked about, features in Lightroom 5 that can make a huge difference in the way that you work with your images.

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December 6, 2013

Largest Size Photo Supported by Lightroom 5

Lightroom 2-5 supports photos up to 65,000 pixels long or wide or up to 512 megapixels, whichever is smaller.

Note: Lightroom 1 imports photos up to 10,000 x 10,000 pixels.

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December 4, 2013

Video Tutorial – How to Optimize Lightroom 5

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Video Tutorial – How to Optimize Lightroom 5), 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.


 

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December 3, 2013

Print (Output) Sharpening in Lightroom

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.

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December 2, 2013

Email Photos Directly from Lightroom 5

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.

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November 27, 2013

Printing Questions from creativeLIVE

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.

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In addition, the filmstrip will display a count of how many times an image is used in the Book.

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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?

JK: Yes, and this video (Lightroom 5 – Improved Book Creation Experience) will show you how. This post on Creating Custom Pages might also help.

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 Imagewill 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. 

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November 26, 2013

Catalog Questions from creativeLIVE

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.

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