If you have ever tried selecting a new foreground color using the eyedropper tool only to have the background color updated, make sure that in the Color panel you have the foreground color swatch selected. If, for some reason you have selected the background color swatch, every time you use the eyedropper it will update the background color!
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).
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!
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).
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While tapping the Q key will cycle through all of the Preview modes in Camera Raw in Photoshop, I primarily use the same view 95+% of the time. So that I don’t have to cycle through so many different options, I click-hold the Mode button to display the pop-up menu for Preview Preferences. Unchecking all but one of the Preview modes allows me to tap the “Q” key to quickly toggle my Before/After Left Right view on and off.
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.
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.
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.
One of the greatest benefits of making images every day is that when I look back over the past, I’m often reminded of places that I’ve been, people that I’ve met and emotions that I’ve experienced – all which I might have forgotten if it weren’t for the aid of those still images that I made. Here are a few from Photoshop World – Atlanta, WPPI – Las Vegas, and PPA’s Texas School – Dallas.
And this morning I ran across this quote: Besides the nobel art of getting things done, there is the nobel art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. -Lin Yutang
Last week Adobe announced Adobe Voice—an iPad app that helps you tell your story using your beautiful images, your voice, and cinematic motion to create an engaging, animated video. After creating the video, you can embed it on your website and share with friends, connect with clients and even promote your business. I have to say, not only is it really easy to use, but it’s also free!
Click here for more information as well as see examples of how these videos are being used as the “Voice of a Cause”, the “Voice of Education” and the “Voice of an Entrepreneur”.
If you need to extract CSS properties directly from objects in your PSD files (without opening Photoshop), then be sure to check out the new Adobe Project Parfait beta. You can extract CSS font styles, in-line styles, colors and gradient values. This tool should be a huge help for any developer who needs to quickly turn PSD comps into code. Upload your own PSD here and give it a try. If you have questions, download the FAQ or check out the forums.
Layer masks in Photoshop are white by default, they are not transparent—even though they control the opacity/transparency of the contents of the layer.
If you Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel, you can view the contents of the mask. You will not see the checkerboard which, in Photoshop, represents transparency. Instead you will see white, black, or any shade of gray.
Where it might seem confusing is that the result of the mask is to show or hide the contents of the layer – in essence, hiding/revealing varying levels of transparency. But this is achieved by painting with shades of gray in the mask, not transparency.
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.