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Lesson 3 from: Developing and Retouching in Lightroom Desktop

Jared Platt

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3. Profiles

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first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna look at a color checker because I want you to see how colors change. So this is what's called a color checker passport. If you take a picture of this, um, you will always know what the colors, what Red actually looks like, what Blue actually looks like. And so this color checker is what professionals used to make sure that their color is dead on accurate, especially when doing like fashion shoots with specific colored clothing, that we need to actually have the exact red so that when they're selling it online or in a magazine or something like that, that the people are seeing the actual color of the dress. So I'm showing you this because I want to show you right above the light area. There is something called the Profile and you'll notice that it's on Adobe Standard right now. But when I click on it, this drop down menu allows me to change the color profile, and you can see look at the difference between that and that. Watch the reds and the bl...

ues and the greens, the brown. So that brown swatch right here when I hover over some of these that brown one becomes gray, and that's all a matter of just colored definition. So adobe color looks like this, but Adobe Portrait looks like that so you can see landscape versus portrait. There's a big difference in the way that those colors look, so a profile is a definition of color. So your camera records color and then you send it into the computer, and the computer needs to then have a definition for color as well. And so it can get that definition of color just by you in putting information and judging it. Or it can get that information from what's called a profile. Now. Ah, Adobe End, Canon and Nikon and Fuji. They all make profiles for their cameras, and they share those profiles with Adobe and Adobe works on profiles and manufacturers profiles in order to try and mimic and make sure that what you're seeing on your camera is what they're getting inside of light room desktop. So that's all well and good, but you also need to make sure that you are calibrating your monitor, and if you haven't calibrated your monitor, then it doesn't matter what profile you use, and it doesn't matter how accurate you think you are. You still have no idea what kind of color you're getting. And so if you have not calibrated your monitor or you don't know what calibration of a monitor is, you are not getting accurate colors. So no matter what you're adjusting your images, when you send them to people, they're probably seen something weird or completely different. And when you print, if you're getting prints back and they don't look like what you're seeing on your monitor, it's because you're not calibrating your monitor. So in order for profiles to be valuable to you and in order for color to be accurate, you have to calibrate your monitor, so go out and get yourself a cow color calibration tool. There's company called X right. They make one. It's called the Color Monkey. That's a great one. Or you can use the I one display pro. Plus, I think, is what they call that one now. But both of those air made by X right there an excellent company and they they make your monitor perfectly neutral so you know exactly what you're getting and you know that you are giving people accurate color. Um, once you have your monitor profiled than the profile of your monitor is going to talk to the profile that you're choosing here inside of this list. And then it's going to talk to the cameras profile, and it's going to try and match it all up and make it look the way it's supposed to, or you can actually use a profile to change the way it looks. So if you go to the profile area, you can also click on the profile browser. When you click on that profile browser, you have the ability to see what the profiles are gonna look like before you ever apply them. There are some that air. There's a favorite area, and then, if you go into, say, like the camera matching one, you can kind of go through that and see the color changes that are occurring. And if you find one that you really like, so you can you can take the one you really like and hit the star button. And if you hit that star button, it's going toe. Add it up to the favorites here so that when you have it in your favorites, and I would highly suggest going through and looking at your profiles that are currently in your system. And if you want to add new profiles, all you need to do is come into the profile area and go up to this little three dot button, click on it and say import profiles. So if you buy a profile, I'm I sell profiles that Jared plant dot com But there's a lot of profiles out there. You can download free profiles from Adobe if you go to the Adobe exchange, just Google Dobie exchange on, download a profile, put it on your desktop and then just go to this import profiles. And then once you do, it'll ask you where's the profile? You point at it and then it'll import it, and then it will be available inside of here. Um, so you can see I have a bunch here that give me all sorts of different color changes, and they're all they're doing is giving it a deaf, different definition of color. So let's see what those profiles look like when we're looking at an actual image. So I'm gonna go to the profile. Let's Let's go the profile browser. And I'm gonna go down to my profiles here. And this is what I can get out. If I can get a really warm look, I can get kind of a muted tone. Look, I can get a little bit more of a natural, new neutral. Look, this is a much more punching color. Look, this is kind of a softer look. I really like this look. A lot. I like the cool looks, too, though I think the cool looks air nice as well. So those air nice, these air. Fairly kind of old school, looking like almost faded film. But you can see that I could get a lot of different colors. I'm gonna go with Ah, this one. So that one looks quite nice. And once I apply a profile, there's a little amount slider, and so I can get more out of that profile or less. So if I go to zero, it's back to normal. It's back to what it was before I applied the profile. And if I add to it, I can just kind of choose how much of that apple I want. A bite. So there I then what's that? 80%. So I did 80% of a given profile, and then I simply go back up here and click the back button. Takes me back to my editor, and then I can work inside of the light area and get the exposure just the way like it. I'm gonna bring the shadows down just a little bit, okay? I like the way that looks. So now I can go into the curves which are also inside of the light area. So we just talked about the profiles, and that's how you apply or import and use a profile.

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