Posts tagged "The Develop Module"

November 30, 2012

Virtual Copies in Lightroom – A Very Useful Tip When Scanning

The other day I needed to scan several hundred photographs when I remembered a tip that Kevin Connor suggested. To increase productivity, instead of scanning each image individually (because this can take a long time if you have lots of little photos), place as many images as you can on the scanner and scan them all at once. Then, import those scans into Lightoom, Create Virtual copies for each individual image, and refine as needed.

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October 24, 2012

Video Tutorial – Toning Black and White Photographs

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Toning Black and White Photographs in Lightroom 4 ), Julieanne explains the best way to add a color tone to an image using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels as well as demonstrates how to save presets to increase your productivity.

Single Color Toning

Single Color Toning using the Split Tone panel. Examples include the Original Auto B/W Mix, Antique, Blue, Mustard, Sepia Midtones, Sepia Shadows, Blue, Cyan, Green, Magenta, Orange, Purple, Red, and Yellow presets.

Although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6. Click to download the Toning presets for Lightroom 4 (JKost_Toning.zip)  and Photoshop CS6 (PS_JKost Toning.zip).

Note: here is an updated version of the Toning Presets for Lightroom 4 (Windows versions)JKostToningWin. I had use and asterisk in the file names which has now been changed to “0_” to keep the “reset” presets at the top of the list.

Color Toning using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels. Examples include the Original Auto B/W Mix, Coffee Stain, Cyan/Yellow, Forest Horror, Orange/Yellow, Red/Cyan, Warm Strong, Warm Medium, Warm Subtle, Stark Winter, Warm Chocolate, and Weathered Marble presets.

To install: download and unzip the presets for Lightroom 4 or Photoshop CS6 (above) and place them in the following location:

Lightroom

• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

Photoshop

• Mac(user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw / Settings

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

If you are on a Mac running Lion, the Library menu is hidden by default. To reveal it, hold the option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.

Note: The preset names differ slightly for each product as ACR does not support folders in the Presets tab and I wanted similar presets grouped together.

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October 17, 2012

Video Tutorial – Converting Images to Black and White

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Converting Images to Black and White), Julieanne demonstrates the best way to convert images to Black and White as well as how to save presets to increase your productivity.

Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6. Click here to download the presets for Lightroom 4 (JKost Black & White.zip)  and Photoshop CS6 (PS_JKost Black White.zip).

Original Image, Default B/W Mix, Auto B/W Mix, Portrait B/W Mix +ROY
B/W Sat-100, B/W Sat-100 Lum+ROYP, B/W Sat -75 Vintage Look

 Note: The preset names differ slightly for Photoshop and Lightroom as ACR does not support folders in the Presets tab and I wanted all of the Black and White presets grouped together.

To install: download and unzip the presets for Lightroom/Photoshop (link above) and place them in the following location:

Lightroom

• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

Photoshop

• Mac(user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw /Settings (put the presets loose in the Settings folder – not in a subfolder)

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

Note: If you are on a Mac running Lion, the (user)/Library folder is hidden by default. To reveal it, hold the Option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.

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October 16, 2012

Changes Made to JPEG Files in Lightroom and Photoshop

If you capture images as JPEGs, and then make changes to JPEG files in the Develop Module (or in Quick Develop) in Lightroom or in Camera Raw in Photoshop ,and post those original JPEG files online, the adjustment changes will not be displayed. You must have Lightroom or Photoshop render a new version of the JPEG with your changes applied (via Export, the output modules and/or publish services).

Why? Well, when you make changes to your files in Lightroom (or Camera Raw), you can choose to push settings such as copyright and keywords into JPEG files. In Lightroom you do this by choosing Metadata > Save Metadata to File or by checking “Automatically write changes to XMP” in Catalog Settings > Metadata. In Photoshop, you add your information in File Info or in the appropriate panels in Bridge. Most other programs, (if they’re savvy enough to read IPTC data) can read information such as copyright and keyword and display this information.

But other programs (including browsers) are not able to read changes made in Quick Develop or in the Develop Module in Lightroom or in Camera Raw in Photoshop and render it, so you need  to export your modified files (in order to render a new file with the changes applied) and post those files instead of the original JPEGs.

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October 10, 2012

Video Tutorial – The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush

In this episode of The Complete Picture (The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush), discover the power of making selective adjustments like dodging and burning, color corrections and noise removal using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.

 

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October 8, 2012

Plug-ins for Lightroom 4 on Adobe Labs

Adobe has released 2 pre-production plug-ins that extend existing functionality inside the Develop Module in Lightroom: Adobe DNG Flat Field and Adobe DNG Recover Edge. These plug-ins are provided free of charge, but without an official support program.

• Adobe DNG Flat Field plug-in in a tool used to correct an optical phenomenon called shading, also known as “lens cast”.

• Adobe DNG Recover Edge plug-in is a tool used to recover image data typically lost when using the in-camera crop mode.

Like other technologies on Adobe Labs, these tools are not finished products, but rather beta or prototype utilities that may work in your particular environment. To download the plug-ins and for more information, please visit Adobe Labs. 

 

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September 18, 2012

Greater Accuracy with the Tone Curve

When working with the Point Curve (in the Tone Curve panel in Lightroom 4), it can be difficult to set a point on the curve and just nudge it up or down ever-so-slightly. Instead, use the Targeted Adjustment Tool to click on the tone that needs to be changed in the image area .This will set a point on the curve. Then, use the arrow keys to nudge the point into place. Add the shift key to move the point in greater increments.

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September 17, 2012

Resetting Lightroom’s Tone Curve

As many of you know, double-clicking on the name of a slider (on a panel in Lightroom’s Develop module) will reset the slider to its default value. Although this might have been obvious to you, it had to be pointed out to me that in order to reset the Point Curve (in the Tone Curve panel) you simply need to double-click on the words “Point Curve”. (I was trying to drag the individual points off of the curve, which was taking much longer!)

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August 21, 2012

Vibrance and Saturation in Photoshop and Lightroom

There are two sliders in the Basic panel (in the Develop module in Lightroom and in the Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop), which can be used to quickly adjust color – Vibrance and Saturation. Lately I have overheard a number of people “arguing” over which adjustment is better. So to put that argument to rest, I’m going to say that both adjustments have their strengths!  Although I will agree that it’s a good rule of thumb to use the Vibrance slider to increase (or decrease) saturation in images (especially portraits because not only is Vibrance a relative slider, it is also biased to leave “skin-tones” alone), there are also times when I prefer to use Saturation to set the mood in my images. In fact, there are many times when I use a combination of BOTH sliders to reduce colors that are too overbearing – I will make a negative adjustment using Vibrance and then increase the resulting (more “even” color palette) with Saturation. Since the sliders are nondestructive don’t be afraid to experiment!

(Yes, sometimes I run with scissors too. )

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August 15, 2012

White Balance Settings for RAW and JPEG Files

The units of measurements displayed in the Basic panel (in Lightroom’s Develop module and in the Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop) for Temperature and Tint differ between RAW and JPEG files. When working with a raw file, the Temperature slider ranges from 2,000 to 50,000 Kelvin and the Tint sliders range from -150 to 150. When working with JPEG files (or other pixel based files such as PSD or TIFF) the Temperature and Tint sliders both range from -100 to 100.

You might also notice that when working with RAW files, Lightroom displays a list of “preset” White Balance settings (Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten etc. – this list might differ slightly from camera to camera). When you work with a JPEG file, LIghtroom only displays As Shot, Auto and Custom in the pull-down menu

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August 14, 2012

Increase the Camera Raw Cache in Photoshop and Lightroom

When moving back and forth between images in the Develop module in Lightroom and in the Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop, it can be a performance advantage to increase the Camera Raw Cache when working with raw files. To do so, in Lightroom,  select Preferences > File Handling > Camera Raw Cache Setting and increase the Maximum Size. In Photoshop select  Preferences > Camera Raw and increase the Maximum Size. The larger the cache, the greater the number of images Lightroom can hold onto for quick access – making it faster to load recently viewed images. If you are simply moving from one image to the next (without returning to the previously viewed images), then you may not see a benefit from increasing the Camera Raw Cache.

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August 2, 2012

Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom

When using the Spot Removal tool (Q), tap the “H” key to hide and show pins.

Use the Page up and Page down keys navigate (up and down) through an image (screen by screen) reducing the possibility of missing spots. Use the Shift key to move left/right. To move to the upper left of the document, tap the Home key. Tap the End key to go to the lower right.

Note: on a laptop, press the function key (fn) plus the up/down arrows to move up or down through the image. Press the function key (fn) plus the left or right arrow to go Home or End.

Once the dust spots are removed from one image, select similar images (similar because they all have the same dust) and use the Sync button to apply the Spot Removal settings to others. Of course you should check each image to make sure that the clone/heal is seamless – as the photographic content will (most likely) vary from one image to another!

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August 1, 2012

Previewing “Clipped” Values in Lightroom 4

Positioning the cursor over the triangles in the upper left and right of the Histogram panel will display areas of the photograph that are clipping to pure black or pure white. Areas that are clipping to black are shown with a blue overlay, areas clipping to white are shown with a red overlay.

Moving the cursor away from the shadow/highlight clipping icon hides the overlay. For a more constant display of the overlay, click the warning icon to show, click again to hide – or  tap the “J” key to toggle on/off both of the shadow/highlight clipping previews at once.

An alternate way to preview clipping is to Opt (Mac) /Alt (Win) -drag the Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Whites and/or Blacks sliders in the Basic panel. This differs from the clipping warnings above as you will see a per channel clipping preview displayed.

Note: In order to preview the clipping warning in ACR in Photoshop, tap the “O” / “U” key. Similar to Lightroom, clipped highlights will be displayed in red, shadows in blue. I remember these shortcuts by thinking of Over/Under exposure.

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July 26, 2012

Working with History in Lightroom’s Develop Module

Often, I find that the default “before” history state (which is automatically created when the file is imported), is not the state that I want to compare to the “after” or current state. Fortunately,  to compare a different history state, you can simply drag and drop the desired state from the History panel into the “before” preview area. Note: don’t click on the state in the History panel – that will select that state as your current or “after” state: click -drag the state to the Before image.

• Tap the “Y” key to quickly cycle between the Before and After (current state) view.

• Shift + Y toggles the Split screen preview.

And don’t forget, if you reach a point where you like what you’ve done, but want to try a different direction, Command + ‘ (apostrophe) (Mac) | Control + B (Win)  + ‘ (apostrophe) creates a virtual copy of your photograph so that you can explore all of your creative variations.

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July 25, 2012

Toggling Changes Made in a Single Panel in Lightroom 4

Almost all of the editing panels in Lightroom’s Develop module display a small “light switch” icon on the left side of the panel’s header. Click the “light switch” to toggle the visibility of changes made in that panel.

The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush also have the “lights switch” icon to toggle the visibility of the changes made with the respective tool. Note however that the icon is displayed at the bottom left of the tool’s options  (as there is no Panel header for these tools).

Tapping the “\” (Backslash) key  toggles changes made in all of the panels.

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