Posts in Category "Adobe Lightroom"

February 12, 2016

Customizing the Default Setting for ACR and Lightroom

I have customized my default processing settings for Lightroom in order to apply both Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration on import. To do this, I selected a raw image, moved to the Develop module, and clicked the Reset button to remove any previous edits made to the file. Then, I checked both the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration options.

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To save the settings, choose Develop > Set Default Settings > Update to Current Settings.

Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.

Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.

Once the defaults are changed, any images taken with that camera model will automatically have the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration settings applied when they are imported into Lightroom (any images that are already in the catalog remain as they were). Because you are simply enabling Profile Corrections, if you change lenses, Lightroom will automatically look for and apply the appropriate lens correction profile based on the EXIF data in the photo.

If you are using multiple camera models, you will need to customize the default settings for each one (by taking a raw file from each camera model into the Develop module and changing and saving the settings). You can even save out different settings for each camera based on ISO settings and serial number using Preferences > Presets > Make defaults specific to camera serial number and/or Make defaults specific to camera ISO setting.  This can be very useful when using custom camera profiles and/or changing Noise Reduction options for example.

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Personally, I like automating the application of Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration to my images. However, there are some drawbacks. First, because I have told Lightroom to render Lens Corrections on every image I import, if I import 1,000 images but end up using only 100 of them,  adding the Lens Correction to all of the “unused” files may add additional rendering time for previews (how much time depends on your system, file size etc.). If you notice a slowdown in your workflow, you may prefer to create a Lens Correction preset and apply it just to your best images. In addition, if you have lenses that you don’t want corrected, you would have to remove the settings. It’s really up to you and how you prefer to work.

Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) changes the Reset button to Set Default and displays the Set Default Settings dialog.

Finally, you should know that when you choose to customize the default settings  in either Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, those settings are saved for both products.

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February 2, 2016

Calling all Students: Passport to Creativity!

The Adobe Student Marketing team is very excited to launch Passport to Creativity! Passion Passport will give six students from around the world the chance to travel to the world’s most protected natural environments, capture them, and showcase their work. Students can simply tag their Instagram photos, videos or Behance portfolios with #MadeThis and #PassportToCreativity.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?
A: Students who are currently enrolled in a college or university, from all majors and backgrounds, are eligible. You must be 18 years of age, or older.

Q: I don’t live in the US. Can I participate?
A: Yes. The opportunity is available globally.

Q: Will I be paid for my work?
A: No. However Adobe will be providing room and board, food and travel.

Q: Can I tag multiple posts?
A: Yes, you can tag as much of your work as you’d like with #MadeThis #PassportToCreativity.

Q: Do I need Creative Cloud to participate?
A: Not at all, but it can’t hurt your chances to be familiar with it. We encourage everyone to apply if they have a passion for creativity and exploration. Get started by downloading a free trial of Creative Cloud here: http://adobe.ly/1NctzEp

Click here for more information and application deadlines.

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January 27, 2016

Boundary Warp Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw 9.4 and Lightroom CC 6.4!

When stitching together multiple images of a scene to create a panorama, I often find that the edges end up being irregular (especially when shooting without a tripod). In the past, I typically had to either crop the the image (to avoid transparent areas) or take the panorama into Photoshop to use Content-Aware Fill, Liquify, Adaptive Wide Angle, or other techniques to fill in the missing areas. With the new Boundary Warp feature in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Lightroom  you can  adaptively stretch or reshape the edges of a stitched panorama to fill the rectangle boundary.

In this example, the original stitching results in irregular edges.

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Using Auto Crop removes the transparent edges, but has to also remove some of the foreground which I would prefer to keep.

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Applying the new Boundary Warp feature reshapes the image to fill in the missing areas.

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Here are some additional (animated) examples of the effects of setting Boundary Warp’s slider at 0, 25, 50, 75, and 100%.

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This image was stitched from different exposure taken from a moving car (in case you were wondering why the bus was truncated and two of the the bicyclist appear multiple times.

This image was stitched from multiple exposures taken from a moving car (in case you were wondering why the yellow bus was truncated and two of the the bicyclist appear multiple times).

Boundary Warp may not work well on images with straight lines or architectural features as the process of warping the image to fill the surrounding canvas may bend the lines. In the example below (and in the general case of buildings with possibly many straight lines), it’s not possible to stretch the image to fit the canvas AND preserve the lines at the same time. In other words, something has to give (the windows in the upper right and light on the left look a bit distorted) .

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And a video from the famous Dr. Brown!

 

For more information about new camera and lens profile support, how to install the updates, as well as bug fixes and other changes, please see this post from the Adobe Lightroom Journal.

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December 16, 2015

Lightroom mobile 2.1 is Now Available!

Check out all of the great new features and enhancements made to Lightroom mobile including:

iPad Pro Support – including support for iOS 9’s multitasking capabilities such as Split View and Slide Over (on supported devices).

Using "Slide Over" to make a quick change in Lightroom while working in Adobe Slate.

Using “Slide Over” to make a quick change in Lightroom while working in Adobe Slate.

 

Point Curve Mode in Tone Panel – take color control to the next level with a full function Tone Curve tool, enabling access to composite (RGB) as well as individual red, green, and blue color channels in your photo.
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Split Tone Adjustments – create a distinctive look to your photos by applying a color tone to the highlights or shadows, or to replicate the look of a split-toned black and white photo. 2015_12_14_SplitTone1

 

Shoot-through Presets. Apply one of five new, specially formulated, non-destructive presets while capturing a photo from the Adobe in-app camera including:

  • High Contrast – increases Contrast in Basic Panel and adjusts Tone Curve
  • Flat – decreases contrast in the Tone Curve
  • Warm Shadows – adjusts Blacks and Whites in Basic Panel, Tone Curve and Split Toning
  • High Contrast B&W – converts to B/W and increases Contrast in Basic Panel and adjusts Tone Curve
  • Flat B&W – converts to B/W and decreases contrast in the Tone Curve
Top Row: No Preset, High Contrast. Middle Row: Flat, Warm Shadows. Bottom Row: High Contrast B&W, Flat B&W

Top Row: No Preset, High Contrast. Middle Row: Flat, Warm Shadows. Bottom Row: High Contrast B&W, Flat B&W.

Note: Shoot-through presets are available for 64-bit devices only, such as iPhone 5s and later and iPad Air and later.

Notification Center Widget – get instant access to the Adobe in-app camera by enabling the Lightroom for mobile Notification Center widget, to automatically launch the in-app camera with a single swipe down.

I didn’t know how to enable the notification center widget for Lightroom mobile, so I included the following screenshots to help anyone else that was in the same situation:

Updated (11-18-2016)

Access Notifications by swiping downwards from the top of the screen and tap the Edit Button.

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In the Add Widgets screen, scroll down until you see Lightroom mobile,  tap the green plus icon to add it, drag the grabber handle on the right to reorder if desired, and click Done.

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Lightroom mobile will now appear in the Notification Center enabling you to quickly access the in-app  camera.

 

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3D Touch support on iPhone 6s/6s Plus – press and hold on any photo in the Grid view to preview your photo with Peek and Pop.

In addition, there have been many usability improvements throughout the app including easier addition of multiple photos to collections, faster import options, and improved gesture support to get you quickly organizing, creating, and sharing amazing images anywhere you are!

If you’re new to Lightroom Mobile you might find these links helpful:

Updates to Lightroom for Web (10-2015)

Discover how easy it is to upload raw, psd, tiff and jpg images, organize your files, make non-destructive edits to your photographs, and share galleries – all from a web browser using Lightroom web!

Updates to Lightroom for Mobile (10-2015)

See how easy it is to  organize, edit, and share your photos from anywhere using Lightroom mobile.

Lightroom Mobile on the iPhone (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates the new features added to Lightroom mobile on the iPhone and iPad including  custom sort orders, star ratings, sharing images via email, and auto import from the camera roll.

Setup, Collections and Flags (6-2014)

Julieanne helps you get started with Lightroom for mobile.  She walks through creating and syncing collections, reviewing, picking, rejecting, and filter images using Lightroom for mobile on the iPad.

Cropping, Adjustments and Presets (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates how to crop, adjust color and tone and apply presets to your photographs using Lightroom for mobile on the iPad.

Managing  Collections and Auto Import from Camera Roll (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates how to modify collections, move, add and copy images between collections, and auto import from camera roll using Lightroom for mobile.

Showcasing and Sharing your Photographs  (6-2014)

Julieanne shows how to quickly save, share, and show slideshows using Lightroom for mobile.

For more information, see the blog post on Lightroom Journal.

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December 8, 2015

DNG Pros, Cons, and Myths

To find out everything you want to know about DNG, be sure to check out Martin Evening’s excellent article on the Photoshop.com blog: The Pros, Cons, and Myths about DNG.

If you’re not familiar with Martin’s books —and you want to know everything there is to know about Photoshop and Lightroom, be sure to check them out:

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers — by Martin Evening

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers — by Martin Evening

 

 

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December 7, 2015

Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4 now available and free!

In October, Adobe released Lightroom 2.0 for iOS which made it possible to use Lightroom on iPhones and iPads without a paid subscription, and the response has been phenomenal. Today we’re excited to announce Lightroom for Android version 1.4, which adds the same free offering for Android users. The ability to use Lightroom for mobile without a paid subscription means that anyone can take advantage of the organizational, editing, and sharing abilities that Lightroom for mobile offers. Signing up for a free trial or logging in with a Creative Cloud subscription adds the ability to synchronize files and edits with Lightroom on a desktop or laptop, as well as with Lightroom Web. (Thank you for this post Josh!)

For more information please click here.

And the download is available here: Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4

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November 25, 2015

Cropping Shortcuts in Lightroom

• If you crop one image in Lightroom’s Develop module (let’s say to a 4 x 5 aspect ratio) and then move to the next image (which has a different aspect ratio), tapping Shift + A applies the same (or previously applied) aspect ratio.

• Option + Command  + R (Mac) | Alt + Control + R (Win) will reset the crop.

• Option + Command + Shift + R(Mac) | Alt + Control + Shift (Win) + R will reset the crop as shot.

• A toggles on/off (locks/unlocks) constrain aspect ratio.

• And Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) will crop from the center (instead of the upper left position).

• “X” toggles the orientation of the crop.

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November 17, 2015

Lightroom CC 2015.3 and Lightroom 6.3 Now Available

Lightroom CC 2015.3 and Lightroom 6.3 are now available on Adobe.com. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw and lens profile support, as well as address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. This release also restores the Import experience available prior to Lightroom 6.2.

Click here for more information on lens profile support and bug fixes.

Here are my current Import videos.

02. Lightroom –  Importing Images From a Camera Card

03. Lightroom –  Importing Photos from your Computer into Lightroom

Once you’ve updated to the latest version of Lightroom, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. Lightroom wouldn’t be what it is today without our passionate and loyal customers around the world. Giving us regular feedback helps us to find and fix issues that we may otherwise not know about. We are listening.

Here are a few ways that you can send us feedback:

Report bugs and suggest features

Discuss workflow and get help with how-to questions or basic troubleshooting 

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November 13, 2015

Merging Lightroom Catalogs

In this video (How to Use Lightroom On Location), Julieanne discusses how to create a template catalog for use on-location and merge the “on-location” catalog with a master catalog upon return in order to retain edits made to images while in the field.

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November 9, 2015

Selecting a Color from an Image in Lightroom

When using any of the Local Adjustment tools (Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, or Adjustment Brush), click in the Color swatch to choose a color from the Color Picker. To select a color from the image, first click in the color picker, then continue to hold the mouse down and drag over the image area to choose a color from the photo.

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Note: applying color using the local adjustment tools is similar to adding a color wash, not a solid paint stroke (which would obscure details in the photograph). Adding color in this way can create a hand-colored look (similar to the traditional technique of applying colored pencils over on a B&W image).

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October 5, 2015

Lightroom CC Updates Now Available!

Discover how to dramatically improve an image either by removing or adding haze to an entire photo, or to specific regions using the local adjustment tools. Note: this technology is also available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC.

This update also includes support for new cameras and lens profiles, as well as assorted bug fixes (click here to see the entire list).

Updated 11-17-2015 to remove Import videos. The following are now current with Lightroom 6 and CC.

02. Lightroom –  Importing Images From a Camera Card

03. Lightroom –  Importing Photos from your Computer into Lightroom

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Updates to Lightroom for Web 

Discover how easy it is to upload raw, psd, tiff and jpg images, organize your files, make non-destructive edits to your photographs, and share galleries – all from a web browser using Lightroom web!

Here are a few helpful keyboard shortcuts for navigating Lightroom Web:

When viewing a collection:

Tap “S” to show sharing options

Tap “?” show current keyboard shortcuts

While viewing a single image:

Escape cancels photo selection and returns to grid

Tap 1-5 to add star ratings in a collection

Tap P, U, X to pick, unflag or reject an image in a collection

Spacebar toggles play/pause when viewing video

Left/right arrow navigates back/forward through single image (loupe view)

Tap “I” to open/close Photo Info side panel

Tap “O” to open/close Comment side panel

When editing a photo:

Tap “W to select the White Balance tool

Tap “R” to select the Crop options

Tap “A” to toggle aspect ratio lock

 

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Updates to Lightroom for Mobile

See how easy it is to organize, edit, and share your photos from anywhere using Lightroom mobile!

New in Lightroom for mobile for iOS, version 2.0:

  • Get from shoot to finish faster with the new Adobe in-app camera on your iPad or iPhone.
  • Control haze with the newly added Dehaze filter.
  • Adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of colors throughout your image directly with the new Target Adjustment Tool in the Color / B&W adjustment tool.
  • Send a collection of photos over the newly updated Adobe Premiere Clip 2.0 and create amazing video stories, synced to the beat of your music.
  • Get professional quality retouching with Photoshop Fix  which is now seamlessly integrated with Lightroom for mobile with CreativeSync, accessed through the new Edit In option.
  • Lightroom for mobile for iOS can now be used on your phone or tablet without a paid membership, coming soon to Android.

New in Lightroom for mobile for Android, version 1.3 includes:

  • Refine individual colors in your photos with the new Color / B&W adjustment tool.
  • Precisely control the tone of your photo with the new Tone Curve adjustment tool.
  • Bring out the best in your photos with adjustable vignettes.
  • Crop the perfect photo with a redesigned experience that enables you to quickly adjust, align, and auto-straighten.
  • TIFF files are now supported.

You can get Lightroom from the links below:

Read more about Lightroom on the Lightroom Journal here.

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August 26, 2015

The Activities Center in Lightroom CC

Hovering the cursor above of Lightroom’s Identity Plate displays a white disclosure triangle. Click on the triangle to reveal the Activities Center in Lightroom CC. The Activities Center displays the progress of background operations including Lightroom mobile sync, address lookup (GPS), and indexing for face tagging. You can manage each of these tasks independently.

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• Turn on Sync with Lightroom mobile to sync collections with other Lightroom mobile clients. Only the collections that you have enabled (by clicking the empty well to the left of the collection name) will be synchronized.

•Turn on Address Lookup to have Lightroom look up new GPS coordinates to provide city, state, and country suggestions.

•Turn on Face Detection to have Lightroom index the faces of people in all of your photos. Note: if you enable this and let Lightroom index all of your photos in the catalog, then when you enter People view, it will load faster.

Right-click within Lightroom’s Identity Plate to switch Identity Plates, control which background tasks show in the ID plate area, and edit an Identity Plate.

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In addition, in the Catalog Settings > Metadata, you can set preferences for Address Lookup and Face Detection.

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August 17, 2015

How to Rename a Lightroom Catalog

To rename your Lightroom catalog, locate the catalog and quit Lightroom. If you don’t know where your catalog is, the default Lightroom catalog is stored:

Mac (user) /Pictures / Lightroom
Win (user) / My Pictures / Lightroom

If you have made a new catalog, the easiest way to find it is to select Lightroom > Catalog Settings (Mac) / Edit > Catalog Settings (Win), and click General. Lightroom displays the path to the currently open catalog. Click the “Show” button to reveal the catalog in the Finder (Mac) / Explorer (Win).

There are three files that you need to rename. They are:

(your catalog name).lrcat
(your catalog name) Previews.lrdata
(your catalog name) Smart Previews.lrdata

Make sure that you leave the space between the catalog name and the word Previews in the two .lrdata files.

Note: If you have no smart previews in your catalog, you might not have the (your catalog name) Smart Previews.lrdata file.

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