Harnessing the Powerful New Tools in Lightroom®

Lesson 2/4 - Adobe Sensei


Harnessing the Powerful New Tools in Lightroom®


Lesson Info

Adobe Sensei

The one major thing that is in Lightroom CC that is not in Lightroom Classic is Sensei. So when I'm looking at Lightroom CC, so this is Lightroom CC, it's the much more simplified little brother, and I can search all of my photos and I can search for a woman in a hat. And there's a woman with a hat and there's a woman with a hat. So all of these women have hats. And then apparently, there's me. (audience laughter) So apparently, I mean I don't have hair, but anyway. So Sensei doesn't always get it right, but most of the time Sensei does, right? It knows that's a hat. It knows it's not actual horns apparently. Sensei does a pretty good job. I can find most photos this way. That is all based on machine learning. Looking at photos as a computer knowing what a hat looks like, knowing what a woman looks like. It's not that way in Lightroom Classic. Lightroom Classic only finds images based on the keywords that you put into it. If you are a Lightroom Classic user and that's all you wanna use...

and that's all you'll ever use, great. If you want to find an image, just turn Lightroom CC on and let it pull your images into it. Tell it to keep zero of the photos on your computer, so it won't even store it. All it'll do is look at the cloud and then search there. And you can search through Lightroom Classic, find the image with the woman in the hat, and then all you have to do is grab that image and drag it into any of your collections here. They call albums in Lightroom CC. You can take it, drag it into a Lightroom CC album and it will show up in a Classic Lightroom collection. So you can use the two together even though Sensei's not over here inside of Classic. You can actually use Sensei in Lightroom CC and then send it to Classic via collections, okay? So Lightroom CC is still a very valuable tool even if that's the only reason you're using it. I particularly like it, because I can put it on my laptop, and it becomes, it makes my laptop into a mobile device. So now I can work on my laptop, I can work on my phone, I can work on my iPad, and all of it shows me what's on my desktop at home. And then the desktop is where Lightroom Classic is run. I very rarely, the only time I use Lightroom Classic away from home is when I teach you. That's it, so when I'm teaching I have to show you Lightroom Classic here. Otherwise, it never opens up here. I open it up on my iPad, on my phone, and I use Lightroom CC on this laptop. I never use Classic. I'm always using Classic when I'm at my work horse computer. Okay, so that is the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. We talked a little bit about Sensei. Sensei just keeps getting better and better and better. Just keep looking for it to get better and better. Your searches will get better, your adjustments, the auto features are getting better. And that's the first thing that we wanna talk about is one of the things that Sensei is doing behind the scene, and we talked a little bit about this in our Lightroom Mobile class because Lightroom Mobile has Sensei attached, one of the places that Lightroom Classic is using Sensei is in auto. So if you look down here in the auto tone area, so right down here, just below the white balance there's tone, and that's right above the exposure, there's an auto button. And in the past, you would've looked at an auto button and said, "I don't know. "I'm not gonna touch that thing." Because auto is always very poor. But because Sensei is involved, and it can actually see what people are wearing and what the person looks, and that that is a person and that is a sun and that's a lake and there's a reflection off the lake, can see all that kinda stuff, so when you hit the auto button, it actually does a really good job at making, notice that the white stayed white. 'Cause it knows that it should be white. And especially if you go in and you're photographing a person. So you click on this and you say, "I want to photograph this." But auto would generally try and bring the entire scene up, right? And I've never hit auto on this, by the way, so I don't know what it's gonna do, but I pretty much trust that it's gonna get it close. So I'm gonna click on auto, and notice that it actually brought up the exposure on the background and it tried to maintain her face tone because it knew that she shouldn't be bright bright bright but it wanted to get the background right. Now, it went too far, so it feels a little HDR. Auto's not 100 percent accurate all the time, but it does get me in a ballpark. And so now I just need to say, "Oh, well it's fine if she's a "little bit brighter than that." And I can brighten up this just a little more. I'm in the ballpark, so instead of running five sliders, I'm running two or three. That connection to Sensei in the cloud is helping your work here inside of Lightroom Classic. That's just a really super great option in there. That's the same on Classic. It's the same on Lightroom CC, but that's a really great thing that's coming into fruition. Another thing that is new to the release, and really this class is to help you understand all of the new things that are coming out or have come out as a result of the last release that was in April of 2018. April 2018 is a fairly decisive moment for Lightroom. Because a lot of things kind of shifted and changed and so that's kind of a demarkation. It's unfortunate that they don't have big version numbers anymore, because now you have to say April 2018 Lightroom CC. Anything after April 2018 is gonna be quite different than before April 2018. If you haven't updated since April, you need to update. Because there are things and tools in there that are much more valuable and good. You need to update today. Don't leave, if you're on CC, update. If you're on six and you just haven't made the leap to become a subscriber to Lightroom CC, then you need to rethink what you're doing. Because you're missing out on a lot of tools for the last year and a half or two years. But if you're on CC, go ahead and hit your update now, because the tools that we have are very very valuable and you'll have access to this kind of stuff. Let's talk a little bit, I'm gonna depart for a second, and we're gonna talk about a major tool that has been put into Photoshop as well. That's also been updated as well. And one of those things that you're gonna find in Photoshop, so let's just say that I worked on this image and I like the way it looks. I'm just gonna finish it out so it's about right. And then I'm going to go and edit this in Photoshop. Oops, I don't wanna export it. I wanna edit it. So I'm gonna take this to Photoshop, edit it in Photoshop, but in the past, if I wanted to take a photograph that was, this was 24 megabytes, right? So it's a 24 megapixel file and it's gonna print 16 by 20 no problem, but let's say I wanna print it 50 inches. So now I need to go and get a plug in to do that, and it's gotta do this extrapolation, interpolation and it's gonna resize it and sharpen it and do all this stuff to it. One of the things that Sensei has actually allowed is intelligent size increasing. So what happens is that, and you have to go to Photoshop CC, preferences area. In a PC, it's in the edit menu. But here in a MAC, it's in the Photoshop CC menu. And you're gonna go to technology previews. This is a fun place to look. You should look there all the time, because they just put stuff in there. It's like little gifts left for you. It's like the Tooth Fairy arrived and put something under your pillow. You go to the technology previews, and in this right now, you have two technology previews available. One is called enable preserve details 2.0 upscale. And the other one is to enable paint symmetry. Which by the way, is fun to play around with, but I'm not an illustrator so I have no reason to use it. But it allows you to draw symmetrical things. Anyway, but it's fun. Click on it, play with it, it's fun. This is the important one is enable preview details 2.0 upscale. When I enable that, now if I go to the image size area and I say, "Okay, so this is 5,760 pixels wide," okay? And I'm going to choose instead of this bicubic sharper or smoother or details, I'm gonna choose this preserve details 2.0. No matter what I'm doing, just choose that. That is your deal. Then I'm gonna take this thing up to 10,000 pixels. And then we'll just look at the way this thing looks. Does anybody have a problem with that as a 10,000 pixel, I just doubled the pixel size. So I went from a 16 by 20 to a 40 by 32. No problems whatsoever. And I have this fancy dancy little noise reducer here that if I do start to see noise, which at this point, I'm not seeing it, but I can go to 20,000. Should we go to 20,000? (audience mumbling) Let's do it. Living dangerously, whoa. Look at that. Still, looks pretty good. There we go, looking nice. And now, I can probably see a little bit right there in the shadows maybe, so I can take this noise reducer and bring it up. And now that's gonna get rid of that shadow noise. But what's happening is that it's not just Photoshop increasing pixels. It's Photoshop increasing pixels, and Sensei is peeking in and say, "Nope, that's an eye. "Nope, that's hair. "Make sure you keep that hair sharp." 'Cause usually when you try to increase something like this, the hair starts to become a matted mess but Sensei sees that that's hair and says, "You can't do anything to that hair, "so don't soften that hair. "But you can do that to the skin, "so go ahead and soften the skin. "Don't do it to the eyes." You know what I mean? Sensei's talking back and forth, and so, having Sensei involved in that process allows for a much more intelligent upscaling of a photo so now, sky's the limit. Make 'em big. Get a good capture, you can increase three times, four times the size, no problem. Okay? Go head and increase to your heart's delight. And that is because you're attached to the Creative Cloud. So those of you who are out there wondering whether it's worth being attached to the Creative Cloud, the answer is yes. It absolutely is.

Class Description

Adobe’s latest Lightroom® release is chock-full of awesome new features that will help you make your images even more gorgeous, even more quickly. Join Jared Platt for this insider’s look at the best, newest, most fabulous Lightroom® tools. You’ll learn about Range Masking so you can adjust your images faster, Profiles so you can style your images with more power and control, and Sensei so you can find your images in a snap. And that’s just the beginning! Jared will show you how these major advancements in Lightroom® will transform the way you edit your photos.