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Going Beyond Lightroom CC Into Photoshop

Lesson 19 from: Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Digital Photo Life

Jared Platt

Going Beyond Lightroom CC Into Photoshop

Lesson 19 from: Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Digital Photo Life

Jared Platt

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19. Going Beyond Lightroom CC Into Photoshop


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Creative Cloud Construct


Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom CC


Importing and Organization


Folder and Album Creation


Image Selection


Connectivity and Data


Finding Images in Lightroom CC


Lesson Info

Going Beyond Lightroom CC Into Photoshop

We want to talk about the idea of opening something in Photoshop. So if the software that you have in front of you which is Lightroom CC, doesn't have the ability to work on your photos the way you want them. So whatever it is that you're looking at, it doesn't have quite the abilities to do something. And you need to go to something else, then we need to go into Photoshop. Or you could go into other types of software as well. But Photoshop is the one thing that we all think of for editing photos. So if you reach the end of your abilities here inside of Lightroom, then it's a matter of going into Photoshop. And so let's talk about that. Launching Photoshop. So when we look at our photos, we want to open those in Photoshop. We just simply go to the file menu and we go to Edit in Photoshop. Now what's gonna happen, is Lightroom is going to create a image, or it's gonna take the image and it's gonna send it to Photoshop. Photoshop's gonna open it. If you work on it inside of Photoshop, an...

d then you save it, it's going to save the same image as a Photoshop document. TIF or JPEG or whatever you save it as. And it's gonna put it right along side of it. So that you have both of them inside of Photoshop. So we talked about this earlier. Was it you or you? I don't know. Anyway, we talked about it earlier in the idea that I've got all these photos and I wanna go out and come back and, oh it was you. Okay so I want to, how do I organize those iterations? Lightroom's gonna organize those iterations for you. So I'm going to hit Edit in Photoshop and it's going to open it in Photoshop. You can see right up here in the top left hand corner, there's a timeline bar that's telling you that it's in the process of opening in Photoshop. We're gonna open it in Photoshop and there it is. So the image is in Photoshop now and it is a TIF document. So, notice that this image here is a TIF, so this image is a TIF. Now, if I opened up a raw image, so let's cancel out of there. And then let's go to this image and let's just say that I wanted to work on this some more in Photoshop. There was something that I couldn't do inside of Lightroom. So I want to open that in Photoshop. So I'm gonna go, Edit in Photoshop and by the way, the command is Command E. Click on Open in Photoshop and I'm opening up a raw image in Photoshop rather than a TIF document. Okay? Oh, well. It's still opening it as a TIF. That's interesting. Okay. So. At the moment, it is opening up as a TIF document. Because it's taking the settings that we used. And it's creating a TIF document. Then when I save it, it's going to save it back as. You will find that as we go further into the future, you'll be able to open it up and work it as like a smart object or things like that. So if you're used to working in Photoshop, there are things that you're going to want to happen that aren't happening just yet that will happen later. When it comes to Lightroom CC, you have the ability to right click it, open it as a smart object, you can open it as a copy, you can open it with the adjustments that you've made, or without the adjustments that you made, so you got a lot of different options there. Whereas here, you're just opening it up as the TIF document. So let's just do something to it so you can see that it's different. So I'm just gonna take this image here and I'm gonna go up and I'm gonna, let's just do our, what should we do to it? I don't know. What can we do to make it look different? Here, we'll do this. We'll do like a black and white adjustment to it. We can do a black and white adjustment in Lightroom just fine but, just so you can see the difference. So here's our black and white adjustment. And we're going to hit file, save. So it's saving that. Then we're gonna close it. There it goes. See how there's two now in there? See that? It's a stack. So I've got a stack of images. And if I look at that stack, you can see that I've got one that's black and white and one that's color inside of that stack. So I've got a stack of images that was created. One of them is a TIF document and one of them is a raw document. So now you can, here's the stack. I double clicked to get into the stack. And you can see the difference between the two. So that's how you get organized inside of Lightroom. So then if I go back out to the grid, you can just see that whenever I'm scrolling through, I can see a blue stack. That tells me that I've got that stack of images. That I've created. You can also stack other images. So if you decided well, I wanna keep all these images, but these all are represented by, say this image here. You can also stack those into a group. So, you would go in and just say, go to the stacks. So you're in the edit menu. Go to Stacks. And then group into a stack. And now you've got all of those images in a stack of 12. And then if you click on that stack, it shows you that little stack right here. And that helps you to organize those images so you're no longer like, fishing through hundreds of images. Even though you get to keep those images, they just kinda stay collected. Cause one image can represent 50 images below it.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lightroom® CC Ecosystem PDF
Film Presets

Ratings and Reviews


This class blew my mind! As a full-time professional photographer, with a very complicated workflow (that is next to impossible to explain to my assistant) I cannot express how essential this class is to overhauling and simplifying my workflow. I am so excited to finally be able to split my workflow between multiple laptops and work stations WITHOUT having to build a server at my studio. I love that I now have a framework to start building a new organizational and backup system that I can easily train others on, and mobilize quickly. With all of the changes and improvements that Adobe is bringing to Lightroom CC & Classic, this class is integral to understanding and utilizing the program to its fullest potential! Jared Platt is a wonderful teacher and this class especially is perfect for novices and seasoned professionals alike!

a Creativelive Student

I was lucky enough to participate in-studio for this class. Jared is a great presenter and broke down the complicated Lightroom CC vs. Lightroom Classic changes. His conversational style of presenting kept things interesting and participants involved. This course was much more than just learning what the programs do. Jared walked through sample workflows to show when and why you would use the multitude of sliders and editing tools within the program. The course is worth every penny! Topics will remain pertinent well after newer versions of Lightroom CC and Classic are released.


I won't be able to watch all of this, but I purchased it anyway. Jared's ability to address the technical as well as the artistic aspects of Lightroom is unparalleled. He is one of my preferred presenters, especially for Lightroom. I especially appreciate how he has clarified the differences among the versions of Lightroom that are available. Thank you Jared!

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