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Creative Cloud Overview

Lesson 3 from: From Capture Through Edit Using Lightroom

Jared Platt

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3. Creative Cloud Overview

This lesson is an overview of the creative cloud, how Lightroom connects to the Creative Cloud and how that will help you in your photo workflow.
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Creative Cloud Overview

light room desktop for Adobe is a cloud based system. Now that doesn't mean that the program itself is in the cloud, and you have to be online in order to use it. What that means is that light room itself. Your program on your computer is tied to the cloud, which means everything that you put into light room wants to go up to the cloud so you will have an original image in light room on your desktop in a hard drive. But then, as soon as you put it there, light rooms also gonna take that image and put it in the cloud, the whole thing. So if it's a 13 megapixel file on your computer, it's gonna be a 13 megapixel photo in the cloud. And if you have other light room, either another laptop that has light room on it or an IPad or a android device on, do you have light room on those as well? The cloud is going to then broadcast that image toe all of your devices. Fortunately, each one of your devices can be, um, set so that it will either take the original photo so it'll download the original...

photo so all of your devices could have the original photos on them. Or and this is my preference. One of your devices say your desktop computer has the original file on it. The cloud has an original file on it. But when it broadcasts to your IPad or to your android phone or wherever its broadcasting to those we set the preference to Onley allow a smart preview download. And when we do that, then we limit the amount of space that we're using on the IPad itself. So if I have a small space on my IPad, I don't have to take hardly any of that space up because I can use smart previews on Lee on the IPad. And and so it's not taking up in space so I can set those preferences, and that's important to do. But that's the way the cloud system works. It's literally just that all of your light room clients, the programs that are on your various devices, are all talking to that cloud whenever they happen to connect. Now, your phone can actually connect to light room and talkto light room via the cellular signal, and you could tell it either to do that or not to do that in the settings on the IPhone and on the IPad on. Do you definitely wanna pay attention to that? Because you don't wanna be uploading and downloading files if it's burning all of your cellular data and so you could tell it on Lee to do that on WiFi. But all of these devices air talking to the cloud. And if I put photos in one device doesn't matter which device I put it in, it's gonna end up being accessible on all devices, uh, momentarily as soon as it has time to connect to a WiFi and send it up or go straight up through cellular. So that's a fantastic thing, because everywhere I go, I have access to all of my photos. Plus, if I'm going to adjust a photo on one of the devices, it will adjust it on all of the devices. That means that if I add keywords or if I adjust an image or if I crop an image, anything I do, even if I add an image to let's say I'm traveling and I start collecting, I do this all the time because I lecture. I take my IPad and I and I look through images. And as I look through images, I think, Oh, that would be good for this particular lecture. And so I grab it and I drag it into a, um, album specifically for that lecture, and then I can use it anytime I want. That's how I prepared this lecture is simply by being around my IPad and I just think, What do I want to talk about? And which images do I want to use when I'm talking to you? And so I make an album, and then I drag images into that album. I make a folder for those albums, and I drag images into our albums into that folder. And so now I have a folder full of items that I can use when I'm talking to you about light room, so something that you might want to do. If you're a professional photographer, you might make a portfolio of images for different types of activities, so weddings and portrait's and landscapes and commercial and and start dragging images as you find a great image, drag it in there, put it in there into an album so that the next time you're with a client or see someone that could be a client and they ask you what you do for a living or they ask you about your photography, you can say, Oh yeah, I have photos here and you can click on your child portrait album and then you can show them your child portrait right then and there because you're organized. And any time you put something on there, even if you were doing on in your desktop, it's now on your phone. It's now on your IPad, so no matter where you are, you have access to those photos, and I'll even show you throughout this workshop how not only can you have access to your photos on your devices, but if someone asks to see your images, you could create a website in seconds for them to look at as a portfolio of work. So it's a fantastic system and because it's connected to that cloud because you have that cloud, you not only have access to your photos anywhere you are, but you also have a an artificial intelligence system in the cloud that's looking at all those photos and it's doing all of the work up in the cloud. Like, for instance, finding faces, uh, is figuring out what those photos look like and what's in those photos so that when you start searching for things, you can find them because the artificial intelligence is sending information down based on your search is if I search for a hat, I'll find a hat because the artificial intelligence in the cloud is telling my systems what to do. So there's a lot of value toe having this cloud based system and light room just ties everything together, seamlessly and perfectly. And by the way, if you happen to be using light room classic as well, you can use light room classic in tandem with Light room on your IPad on your IPhone on your desktop here as the new version of Light Room and even on the Web so it ties into the whole system. Although we're not going to be talking about how it ties into light room classic because that's a whole different class, I'm assuming that you want to use light room in this class, and so that's what we're talking about and light room desktop. The new version of Light room is a cloud based system. It is something that wants to be talking to the cloud and you want it to talk to the cloud.

Class Materials

1. Lightroom Presets and Profiles

JP Color Pro

2. RAW Images To Follow Along With


3. Lightroom Creative Cloud Schematic

Lightroom Creative Cloud

Ratings and Reviews

Teresa Piccioni

Great great great class: Jarett explains the Lightroom workflow clearly and thoroughly. I am not a native English person and my English is quite poor but Jarett explains in a very simply and clearly way everything and I understand all chapters perfectly. Thanks guys, great job. I highly recommend this lesson to everybody,


I have watched each and everyone of Jared's classes on Creative Live and they are first class. I've waited a long time for a new one and now we have it and it's another gem. This is a wonderful overview of Lightroom and will repay watching sections (or all of it) several times to absorb the wealth of information presented. For anyone new to Lightroom, this is just what the doctor ordered.

Bess Palmer

Great class. So informative with just the right amount of practical examples combined with clear theory. He speaks clearly, confidentially and calmly so it was easy to follow him. I watched the whole 8 hours straight through

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