Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Essentials

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Essentials
Rob Sheppard Why Lightroom? • Designed for photographers; it is intuitive • Non-destructive; if you aren’t sure, try it! • Lightroom is built for speed in filing and sorting as well as processing images • Lightroom works efficiently from files to processing and back, then to specific output needs from printing to exporting Lightroom Layout • Five modules – three functions (plus an important non-module function) o Library (Edit and sort) o Develop (Processing) o Special Output - Slideshow (Presentations) - Print (printing) - Web (Web galleries) o Output – Export (not a module) • Panels o Center work area o Left (Templates and organizing; preview or navigator) o Right (Specific actions) o Filmstrip (Linear grid) o Menus Keyboard commands o Control work area - Tab (Hide and show side panels) - Shift Tab (Hide and show all panels) - F6, F7, F8 (Hide and show specific panels) - F (Cycle full screen mode)

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L (“Dim the lights”)

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o Go to photos - E (Loupe/Library) - G (Grid/Library) - D (Develop)

Library Module
1. Import Photos - Selecting folders - Setting up import dialog box - Metadata templates – create templates that consistently use key info such as contact info - Add keywords that fit large group 2. Editing Photos - Set up area like a light table for first look - Then go through photos at full size - X for delete, U to unmark - Magnifying - Comparing - Ratings, colors, flags 3. Keywords – tagging images - Over many photos – Import - On individual photos – Library - Adding one word to scattered images – Painter - Adding to selected images – Keyword area - Copying from one to other images – Sync Metadata - Semi-automated 4. Collections – corralling images; creating groups - Simple set up - Select photos and drag to collection (no photos actually moved) - Collections allow you to work across folders - Smart Collections – based on specific criteria (including keywords) - Collections for brief holding – Quick Collection, Target Collection - Use Collections to hold photos for extensive keywording 5. Metadata - Copyright, captions, and more

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Develop Module – made for speed and control
1. Image Processing - Processing quickly and easily - Remember four key photo needs o Blacks, whites o Midtones o Color o Emphasis/Balance - Set up interface for your needs - Check out Solo Mode - History is very different 2. Basic workflow a. Blacks and Whites – start with Basic - Blacks in Blacks - Use Alt/Option key to see threshold screen - Fill - Whites in Exposure (watch histogram, too) - Recovery - Clarity - Vibrance vs. Saturation b. Midtones - Midtones strongly affect the life and color of an image - Tone curve offers great control - Sliders for regions – Parametric Curve - Click and adjust on the photo c. Overall Color Correction - Eyedropper in Basic for color correction - White balance settings d. Correcting Color - HSL: Hue, Saturation, Luminance - Cameras do not record colors “equally” - Hue to change the color of a color - Saturation the intensity - Luminance the brightness (and it works!) - Click and adjust on the photo

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3. Synchronize settings for speed - Combine work over multiple images 4. Balance, emphasis and localized image correction I - HSL o Click and adjust tonality o Click and adjust color - Crop and rotate o Non-destructive o Click and drag edges, then drag image inside o Can set specific crop sizes - Heal and clone o Click for auto effect o Size with bracket keys – [ ] o Change effect by clicking and dragging o Use H to hide points - Red-eye tool 5. Gradient and Adjustment Brush Tools (Balance, emphasis and localized image correction II) - Gradient and brush like being in old darkroom - Set point and apply change – Enter/Return or Esc - Non-destructive so you can experiment freely - Gradient (M) o Set function o Click and drag gradient o Rotate into position - Brush (K) o Set function o Brush changes over photo - Options for local change o Exposure o Brightness o Contrast o Saturation o Clarity o Sharpness o Color

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Gradient or Brush can be set for single or multiple changes Variables for each brush change o Size (also bracket keys) o Feather o Flow o Two brushes o Alt key to remove change by brushing As long as point is “open”, you can readjust your change Click on finished point to re-adjust change Hover over point to see where change is Click new area for new change Use Delete to remove active point

6. Black-and-White - In color area - Click and adjust tonalities directly on photo (based on underlying color) - Recheck blacks, whites, midtones

Exporting Images
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Nothing is changed on a photo until it is exported Non-destructive processing Right-click photo is easiest Export to Photoshop Export alone for more options

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Output Modules Overview Slideshow Module
1. Limited application because of restricted ability to use music - If music is needed, try ProShow Gold from Photodex (Windows), FotoMagico from Boinx Software (Mac) or Adobe Premiere Elements (both) 2. Good for live presentation of photos 3. Good looking display of images 4. Exported as Acrobat slideshow file

Print Module
Lots of printing features in one place Left panel browser good place to start Regular printing (contact sheet/grid) or Picture Package Lay out image on page - Layout (size and number of images per page) o Margins o Grid (for multiples) o “Cell size” – image size - Image Settings o Zoom o Stroke o Auto-Rotate - Overlays 5. Set up printing to printer o Sharpening – output sharpening o Color management – printer or software (profiles) o Print settings 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Web Module 1. Two Types of Simple, Effective Web Galleries a. HTML b. Flash 2. Collect Photos a. Quick Collection (9 minimum for HTML; no minimum for Flash) b. Filmstrip or Grid c. Rearrange photos in Grid 3. Overview of Panels a. Templates on left panel a good place to start b. Right panel to adjust individual parts 4. Output a. Output settings b. Output c. Upload

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