Recently, Adobe ran a contest called “No App Is an Island”. We asked you to submit an original text or video tutorial that explains how you use two or more Adobe apps together.
We had a great time reading and watching the entries, and we’ve now chosen the winners. The Grand Prize—a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud, worth almost $600—goes to Theo Lipfert, an award-winning filmmaker who is also Associate Professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman. His entry garnered praise for its simple workflow that could be adapted to many animation projects:
Howard Pinsky submitted a close contender for the grand prize. He’ll get a $100 gift card to Amazon.com for his how-to on getting the most out of a photo:
The other winners include Jason Anderson (“Complete Map-Making Workflow”), Sara Frances (“Photo Effects and Filters”), Mike Gentilini (“Customizable Twitter and Facebook Logo Videos”), Kirk Nelson (“Create Cool Pie Charts”), and Kelly Vaughn (“Acrobat Highlighters that Don’t Require Recognizable Text”). Theo Lipfert was also recognized for two additional entries: “Using Lightroom as a CinemaDNG importer for After Effects” and “CinemaDNG Round Tripping Between After Effects and Premiere Pro”.
All of these entries will appear in several places in the Adobe universe in the upcoming year.
Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners!
This is the time of year many of us think about creating a photo book to give to family and friends. If you are using Lightroom 4, try the Book module to lay out your book and upload it to the Blurb book printing service.
The book module is covered in the Adobe Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book. Peachpit press has provided the detailed book lesson free on their web site. See Creating a Photo Book in Lightroom 4. You’ll need to follow along using your photos rather that the tutorial files, but you’ll end up with a book of your own. Skip the instructions about importing the tutorial files and put the photos you want to use into a collection.
Tip for tablet users: View the lesson article on your iPad or other tablet device as you follow along in Lightroom.
If you are looking for a quick start to the Book module, I recommend Julieanne Kost’s video:
If you are having trouble getting your web gallery posted from Lightroom, watch this video from Tim Grey. He walks through the Lightroom FTP settings and provides tips on the type of information you’ll need from your internet provider.
The Lightroom Queen, Victoria Bampton, provides a quick insight in how to think about these new controls: http://bit.ly/xzlIHU
By the way, if your question is: Where are these new controls? They are right there in the Basic panel, but you need to convert your image to Process Version 2012. Click the ! icon in the lower right of the image area. Julieanne discuss this in her video.
Many people like a border around their photos. The way to do this isn’t obvious in Lightroom, because there’s no border option when you export photos. One trick is to do it through the Print module. Here’s how:
In the Library module, select the photo you want to have a border, then switch to the Print module.
In the Template Browser on the left side of the application, select a Single Image template the correlates to the size you want the photo to be, such as 4 x 6 or 8 x 10.
In the Image Settings panel on the right side of the application, select Stroke Border. Specify a Width of the desired size (such as 10 points) and click the color swatch to choose a color, such as white.
In the Print Job panel, choose Print To > JPEG File. Specify the resolution and other options (sharpening, JPEG quality, etc.).
Click Print to File.
There. You’ve just “exported” a JPEG of your photo with a border. Now you can post it online, upload to a print service, or do whatever you do with JPEGs that have borders.
A second way to do it is to create a border effect in Photoshop, and then apply it to your photo in Lightroom as an identity plate. Scott Kelby shows how in the tutorial Adding cool frame borders to your photos. The tutorial is old—for Lightroom 1 and Photoshop CS3—but the principles still apply and you can do it using Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.1. For another (Lightroom 1) tutorial of this technique, see Sean McCormack’s frames video.
A final way is to use an export plug-in, such as Timothy Ames’s LR/Mogrify 2 plug-in.
In a continuing effort to improve Lightroom Community Help, I’ve rewritten the instructions for how to export photos using the Publish Services panel. I made each service on its own page/topic, and added links to relevant community videos and support docs to each page:
We hear the question all the time: “What is that question mark next to my photos in Lightroom?” Sometimes, the question takes a more panicked form: “Where did my photos go??? Lightroom lost my photos. Help!”
Don’t worry. Lightroom will find them.
If you move photos in the OS away from the location where Lightroom thinks they are, Lightroom loses the link to them. When that happens, you’ll see a little question-mark icon in the image thumbnail in the Library module, and in the Develop module, you’ll see a big message: “The file named XXX is offline or missing.”
The "missing photos" icon in the Grid view of the Library module
The "missing photos" error message in the Develop module
To relink the photos, see the Lightroom Community Help topic Locate missing photos. There’s even a link to a video tutorial of the process as well.
If you move entire folders of photos in the OS and break the link in Lightroom, the folder appears dim in the Folders panel and has a question-mark icon.
To prevent broken links between Lightroom and the folders and photos in your catalog, remember these tips:
Don’t move photos or folders in the Finder (Mac OS) or Explorer (Windows). Do it from within Lightroom.
If you store photos on an external hard drive, make sure it is attached and powered on when you start Lightroom. If the drive is disconnected, Lightroom will lose the links to the photos, even if they haven’t been moved.