Posts in Category "Adobe Lightroom"

November 21, 2013

Retaining History States when Merging Lightroom Catalogs

For whatever reason, I thought that if  you merged two Lightroom catalogs you would lose the History states from the images that you had made adjustments to in the Develop module. But it turns out that you don’t! So, when I work on location with a location catalog and make change to my images in the Develop module, when I return home to my master catalog and choose to “Import from Another Catalog”, all of the History states from the Develop module are available. I have a feeling that this is not a new feature, just one that I didn’t know about.

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November 20, 2013

Video Tutorial – Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC), Julieanne demonstrates how to take multiple exposures and combine them into a single 32-bit HDR file that can then be edited nondestructively using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop. In addition, you’ll discover how powerful using Camera Raw as a Smart Filter can be when working with layered files.

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November 18, 2013

Minimizing Derivative Files Exported from Lightroom

One of the benefits of capturing Raw files and processing them in Lightroom is that I can easily create derivatives of those files as needed. For example, if I need to send some files to a publication as PSD files or if I want to post some of the images to my blog as JPEG files, I can quickly batch export the images from Lightroom. As soon as those files have been received (or posted or whatever), I can then throw away the exported derivatives because I have the original raw files to return to and can therefore quickly export any additional copies of the files at any time. Of course this workflow might not work for everyone, but I find it convenient that  I no longer need to keep track of as many derivative files. One word of caution, however: if you export a number of files and then do additional work (retouch the files in Photoshop, for example) I would keep those retouched files (as well as the original RAW files) – but I would still delete any derivatives created from the retouched files.

And while we’re on the subject, I would strongly encourage photographers to keep their original raw files – because you never know when you might need those high quality originals. Plus, I have found that I have been able to significantly improve the quality of my older images as the technology  improves (which is exactly what happened to me with my window seat images – refining them with Lightroom’s improved processing is enabling me to pull out more detail with less noise than I was able to 10 years ago).

Of course there are photographers who are going to disagree with me, and for their workflow, they may be absolutely correct – they may never need to return to the images that they are making today,  so there might not be a need to keep them. It depends on the type of work that you do.

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November 7, 2013

Entering Text on a Cover Spine in Lightroom’s Book Module

If the font size is too large, you will not be able to enter in text on the spine (on the cover) of your book. However, I was able to fix this by reducing the point size in the Text panel. Note: Another cause might be because the cell padding has accidentally been reduced so that the text won’t fit. In order to change this, reduce the padding values in the Cell panel.

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November 6, 2013

Video Tutorial – Lightroom 5 Backup Strategies

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Lightroom 5 Backup Strategies), Julieanne discusses backup strategies for the Lightroom catalog, incremental backup catalogs, photographs, presets, preferences, and additional supporting files. Of course there are many ways to manage files – this tutorial is intended to help you identify the best approach for your workflow.

 

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November 5, 2013

Finding Files Based on Keywords in Lightroom

Although you can certainly use the Keyword List panel to search for images tagged with specific keywords, it might be easier to use the shortcut Command + F (Mac) | Control + F (Win) in the Library Module to enable the Text Filter. Choose Keywords from the drop-down list and type in the desired keyword. Note: the Keywords drop-down is persistent so the next time you use the shortcut, you will only be searching on keywords.

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November 4, 2013

Creating a Collection from a Folder in Lightroom

To quickly create a collection from a folder of images in Lightroom, drag the folder  from the Folders panel into the Collections panel. If you drag a folder that contains subfolders, it will create a single collection including all of the files in the parent folder and all subfolders.

 

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November 1, 2013

Removing Duplicate Files from Lightroom

I ran across this plug in (Duplicate Finder) and although I have not used it myself, I thought I would post the link because so many people ask me how to remove duplicate files from Lightroom. Please let me know what you think of the plug-in if you use it.

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October 30, 2013

Exporting Files from Lightroom while Retaining the Folder Structure

When submitting my images to the copyright office, I wanted to quickly export each of my photographs as a JPEG and have those exported files retain their folder structure. I ran across this “Folder Publisher“ plug-in by Jeffrey Friedl and it worked like a charm.

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October 29, 2013

When does Lightroom Use Smart Previews

If the original file is OFF-LINE, Lightroom uses Smart Previews while inside the Develop Module and Standard Previews outside the Develop Module.

If the original file is ON-Line, Lightroom uses the original file while inside the Develop Module and Standard Previews outside the Develop Module.

Click here (blog post) or here (video tutorial) for more information about Smart Previews.

 

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October 24, 2013

Auto Import into Lightroom

Lightroom has the ability to automatically import files using a watched folder. To enable this feature, in the Library module, choose File > Auto Import and customize the Auto Import settings. This might be an alternative to tethered capture if your camera is not supported (although auto import can only copy files to a single, flat folder as its destination).

 

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October 23, 2013

Video Tutorial – How to Use Lightroom 5 On Location

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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October 22, 2013

Advanced Smart Collections In Lightroom 5

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.

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October 17, 2013

Synchronizing Folders in Lightroom

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.

 

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October 10, 2013

Free, 2-Day Live Course on Lighroom 5 at CreativeLIVE

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!

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