Author Archive: Jeffrey Tranberry

Free Adobe eSeminars for Photographers

Adobe has put together a series of free eSeminar for professional photographers to learn more about Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4:

Adobe® Lightroom® 2
Thursday, April 9, 2009, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 for photography
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Adobe® Lightroom® 2
Thursday, May 7, 2009, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Adobe Photoshop CS4 + Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 – The pro photo solution
Thursday, May 14, 2009, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific

See the Adobe Online Events page for details & registration info.

March User Group Event

The Twin Cities Lightroom User Group will meet this Wednesday, March 11, 2009, from 7-9PM.

Topics and speakers include:

Rikk Flohr, professional photographer and trainer, will discuss installing and configuring a custom PayPal web gallery in Lightroom’s Web Module.

Steve Bye, Adobe Certified Instructor and Lightroom beta tester, will share some Library/Develop tips and tricks.

Jeff Tranberry, Photoshop Product Lead and Lightroom Evangelist, will talk about 3rd party plug-ins, Plug-in Manager, and the community around Lightroom Extensibility.

More information on the group’s website and Facebook page.

Adobe and Default Browsers

In January, CNET ran an article titled “Time for vendors to stop foisting IE onto consumers” which asks “Why the hell do Adobe CS4 help and Lightroom geotag links launch Internet Explorer? It’s not even my secondary browser, much less default.”

According to Andy Rahn, an engineer on the Lightroom team, there is no bias toward which browser is invoked from Lightroom, we simply look to the operating system registry for what the user has defined as the default browser. That’s not to say this always works correctly. There may be issues with certain browsers registering with the operating system correctly as the default browser.

In a follow up with the individual who originally reported the problem on Twitter, it sounded like the issue may be specific to Google Chrome and the Vista 64-bit operating system. Google released an update yesterday that includes changes that include: “Fixed several problems with making Google Chrome the default browser on Windows Vista.”

If you’re experiencing applications not launching the correct browser, try setting the default browser manually.

[Update: Stephen Shankland posted an update: Adobe's default-browser advice worked for me. Thanks to Stephen for working with us to track down this issue and post additional details. - JT]

New Export Plug-In and Develop Presets on Exchange

Prolific developer Jeffrey Friedl has released yet another tasty ‘export filter’ called “Run Any Command”. Jeffrey writes on his blog:

‘This plugin provides an “export filter” (but in the official Lightroom vernacular, it’s a “post-process action”). The point is that unlike a full export plugin (such as my “Export to Flickr” plugin), this filter (post-process action) can be used with any export from Lightroom. It can be used in conjunction with the standard “Files on Disk” export, in conjunction with one of my other plugins (e.g. “Export to Zenfolio”, “Export to PicasaWeb”), and/or in parallel with other third-party export filters (such as my “Metadata Wrangler” Metadata Wrangler or Tim Armes’ “LR2/Mogrify” for watermarking).’

Sean McCormack has released “LRB Dragan,” a set of free grunge type presets.

Free Lightroom Presets for Download

The folks over at the Presetting Lightroom Flickr group have compiled a collection of 180+ Free Lightroom Presets with sample before and after images for anyone who’s interested. Included in the collection of links are Wonderland Lightroom Presets and Presets Heaven.

Pro Photography Show has a similarly expansive collection of links to free Lightroom presets. Collections range from authors Sean McCormack, Jack Davis, and Matt Kloskowski to Adobe’s Exchange community.

Sharing labels between Lightroom and Bridge

Several users have pointed out an issue where you assign a color label to an image in Lightroom and then view the same image in Bridge the label appears white instead of in the expected color.

The issue is Lightroom and Bridge assign labels as text and not as a specific color in the file metadata. The label text is associated with a specific color in Bridge’s preferences and Lightroom’s Color Label Set settings.

To make the labels you assign in Lightroom show up in the same colors in Bridge, go into Bridge preferences, choose “Labels,” and then change the text string for each to simply the color (“Red” for red, “Yellow” for yellow, “Green” for green, “Blue” for blue, and “Purple” for purple).

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Or if you prefer Bridge’s label naming better, go into Lightroom and select Metadata>Color Label Set>Edit and the text string from Bridge for each (“Select” for red, “Second” for yellow, “Approved” for green, “Review” for blue, and “To Do” for purple). You can then “Save Current Settings as New Preset” from the Preset pop-up.

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We’ll likely provide a “Bridge Defaults“ Color Label Set preset in a future version of Lightroom. [Via]

User Group Events

There are two user group events this evening, Wednesday, January 14th.

The Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley, CA are hosting Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes, talking about Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4, starting at 7pm.

The Twin Cities Lightroom User Group will meet tonight at Easel Training in Saint Paul, MN, at 7pm. Topics include catalogs, backing-up & moving your data, and Lightroom/Photoshop interop. Engineers from the Lightroom & Photoshop teams will be on hand to help answer questions.

We hope to see you tonight or at future user group events.