Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 5 of 40

Demystifying Application Settings

 

Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 5 of 40

Demystifying Application Settings

 

Lesson Info

Demystifying Application Settings

We've got two sets of preferences for light room one for the application so the software itself and another set of preferences for the catalogue and you know by now that the catalog is the database of that has individual records for your individual photos, your photos are not in light room there in the database, so the database has setting, so we're going to look at those so let's take a peek on a mac, your preferences live in the light room menu and you can see that we've got preferences here and then we've got catalog settings and just incidentally, the still green circle is not in light room. This is uh uh, another piece of software that we've got loaded on my machine so that, you know, you can see where I'm clicking and pointing at things, so you're not gonna have this little green circle, so let's, take a peek at the preferences now that pc, these two items, we're gonna live in the edit menu instead, they said, just know that so with the preferences let's, take a peek at what we'v...

e got here. So in each of these dialogues, we've got several different tabs, so if you don't see a setting that you expect us, click through the different tabs to find it, but in the general tab here, what I want to do is point out this option right here show import dialogue when a memory card is detected if you want light room teo automatically open every time it detects a memory card are there with a card reader or if you've got a slot on your machine like I do that you put the memory card in then this is where you would turn that on so that is important to note so that's lightning preferences and under the general tab show import dialogue when the memory card is detected the rest of this stuff if you're using multiple catalogs remember earlier we talked about how your history so you're edit requests our catalog specific and your metadata is searchable all eyes only catalog specific so that's why I like one catalogs I've got access to everything and I don't have to go switching around but you can have different catalogs if you want just know that you can't search across them so you can use this poppet menu right here to tell light room which catalog you want open when you launch the program so that's where that can be handled in the general tad now let's come over here to preset I mentioned earlier that light room is riddled with presets and I mean arrows in everywhere I was thinking indians riddled with errors texas cowboys and indians so here we just get a peek at the many different kinds of pre sets that we can have here so we've got file name process so if you can think of a file named convention that you want to use over and over and over again let's say you want to put the shoot day in the file name and then you want to be able to enter the client name and that also be in the final name you can set up a preset for your file name. You can also set up a preset for any library filters, so your library is really like your main viewing area in light room where you can see all of the images that you are previews of all the images that you've imported so you can set once you start rating and labeling and doing things like that, then you can sort your images or filter them rather so that you only see let's say, three star images or four star images or you on ly see images previews that you have a sign, a certain set of key words it's tio so those air called filter so think of it as your filtering down your image collection to meet certain criteria attributes so you khun set presets for that. So if you find yourself looking for the same type of criteria over and over and over and over, why take the time to set all that up each time you could save a filter is pre set and we'll go over here to do all this, I just want to get you excited about all the presets otto layout presets that has to do with creating books in web gallery so that's your layout template. Someone should get those customized the way you want make a preset so light room is just incredible with its time saving productivity, because once you set presets for everything first ball that allows you to be consistent in your processing, if you said a preset, you could do it the same way, over and over and over and over and over that's just better for organization, and it also lets you hand off those tasks to somebody else. Once you get your game plan down, if you will, of how I'm going to name my files, how I'm goingto you know what? What a maggot assigned star ratings for. What does that mean to me in my own work flow. So once you get those things nailed down, consider presets for that stuff, and then it just becomes automatic. And you talk about time saving. We've got text templates here. What are the text templates for? Well, when we get into any module where we can add texts, so that would be the print module, uh, let's say you're entering captions or you want to make some fine art prints. And you want to put a little text down at the bottom? Maybe you know maui sunset you can think about a gallery print right? You've got that print, you got some white space on the side that underneath maybe you've got a title for that image the formatting, the font size bolding or italics or whatever save your favorite says a preset and then when you go in to edit the text you just click the preset and bam all the formatting happens just like that that works on the print module the web gallery module as well as the slideshow module. So any of those in the book module you khun ad text color label presets you've got several different ways to mark images in light room we've got flags that we can add and we're gonna look at that a little bit later today. Ugh god color coding labels that's what? The labels are color coding. So when would you use color coding? All kinds of stuff. I personally use it to mark images I want to put on the web that's just me. I may not like light rooms colors that it uses as a default I may want to have my own colors like fuchsia for going to the webber what happy? So you can edit those and you can save all of that as presets you can uh have adjustment presets so anything we do in the developed modelers that's where we're going to be actually changing exposure and doing from coloring and all that kind of stuff you can save those is preset. You can even combine all of these presets into a master preset for applying on import. I mean, you can imagine the time saving opportunities that are here. You can even set up a bunch of presets in the developed module that that happened on import or on export presets we considered presets. Teo, say your start photographer and there's some very specific settings that go along with that. I have a great class on that if you're interested it's called how to make money shooting stock and it is absolutely fabulous. I was I can say that because I was I stopped photos chief of angeles for almost seven years, and I learned a bunch of secrets about making money and start photography. So that's in my course catalog how to make money shooting micro stop, but we're going to talk a little bit about setting specific in light room to help you if you are shooting for stock, but just imagine a hard drive an export preset, you know you mark your images that you're going to submit to the stock agency damn you hit a button export it's got all of your settings you know you're you're sharpening for output your if there's re sizing, if there's not really re sizing, if there's water marking if there's not water marking for stocky wouldn't do water marking but you get the point could set all that up so it's just automated click click, click click, click done you're back out shooting it's really, really amazing! So this gives you an idea of some of the different presets that we can create here in light room. Now we mentioned at the top of the day the importance of letting light room put those presets in a separate folder that's outside the application folder that's outside of the folder that you're database or catalogue lives in. That is so if you have multiple catalogues, then they can all look back at your preset, because nobody wants to be redoing those suckers over and over. Kind of negates the whole purpose of doing a preset to begin with so but for whatever reason, if you do want your precepts to be stored with your catalogue, then you would turn that on right here. Hey, so light room preferences in the presets tab, and then you turn that on right there your next question, of course, will be well, lisa, where did my presets live? You got to know where they live in order to back him up, right? To be honest with you, I do a complete clone of my hard drive two of them every night complete clone so I kind of don't care where the precepts lived, but if you're backing at specific folders, it is good for you to know where those are in case you need to get to them or more usefully if you need to share them with others assistance to do the work for you s oh, just click on this little button right here show a light room presets folder when you give out a click it's going to take you to the folder in which that lives okay, so here we are on my hard drive light room opened up the adobe folder and then here I've got a light wind folder and if we look in this folder I'll just double click it we can see all the different praecis look this otto layout we talked about that color profiles developed preset that's anything you want automatically apply two photos email address book that's right people that email address book right here in light room how easy is it to email proofs to clients azizia selecting them in light room and clicking the email button and entering an address that room will do all the resizing don't have to worry about resolution anything we've got expert actions expert presets file name templates filter preece ftp preset sets for your posting, your web galleries import preset keywords fitz, you can make your own keyword says we're going talk a lot about key wording later on today color label sets and on and on and on and on and on and on and on to infinity watermark presets so that's where they live now currently, even though light room is part of a toby's created cloud talked about it's also available as a standalone product where you have a perpetual license but if you are a member of the will be created cloud you get light room but light room is not a creative cloud program that's why it's not light room c c still lightning five in further to that that means that there is currently no way to sink your presets through the creative cloud like you can with all the other programs like photoshopped in design and illustrator you can sink your process for the creative cloud, but there's a workaround if you are a membership of the created cloud way we now have the ability teo sink files so all that basically means is that you're taking the files on your hard drive and you're storing them on adobes created cloud what does that mean? That means we figure to another computer you can access them and pull them down to that computer so you could either keep these presets on a little flash drive that you carry around with you if you do need to access them on other machines or give them to assistance or what have you or you can use the file thinking option on the creative cloud but it is not a not a preset saying per se it's just a hey, I'm copying my files up here and on another computer I can get to them up here and then copy them down to that other computer so that can be handy to know how to do and how do you do that? I'm gonna go up here to my menu bar and the creative cloud icon it looks like two interlocking sees which also looks like a cloud that was a good graphic designer right there. So if I give that create cloud a click and I go back to the kind of home area of the creative cloud app that just opened if you click that files icon right there you can see that basically with the creative cloud you just get an option where you khun copy files to the cloud and then coffee and back down so that's where you could handle that so it might be handy for you to drag your pre sets into a creative cloud folder if you are a member of that so that's how you would share them so now let's go back tio light room in our preferences incidentally, the keyboard shortcut for opening your preferences is command comma on the mac or control comma on a pc so that is the presets panel also interesting to note this is an essentials class not necessarily a superduper light room advanced class but for you super advanced folks out there you might be interested to know that you can set up here in the presets area defaults that are specific to camera serial numbers so if you're shooting with different cameras and which means you would likely process those pictures perhaps a little differently depending upon that camera superpowers then you can set up preferences or presets rather that are specific to a serial number so that the right set of presets get applied according to what camera took the photos that's pretty powerful pretty powerful hoodoo right there same thing with s o setting you khun set at presets that happen according to a specific associating which is this your camera sensitivity to light so let's say that if you're shooting with higher so you will need more noise reduction perhaps so you could have a preset that looks the esso and applies more or less depending upon what the so is so he's powerful stuff here so this is where you would manage all of that so now let's go to the external editing tab this is where we determine how light room hands off files to other pieces of software such as adobe photoshopped or photoshopped elements and you can tell it what programme's open so by default it's gonna want to go to a photo shop if you have photo shop on your machine it will know about it and it will automatically try to get there if you use the keyboard shortcut for you know send the file ofthe edit in another program so it'll look for photo shop automatically but what it won't do is look for photo shop element so if you have a shop elements instead of photo shop and you can just choose that right here from this second little section so if you click the choose button you're going to get a navigation panel that opens and you could just navigato where that other program lives on your hard drive and set that up as your external editor you can also handle how the file assent to that other program we talked a little bit about that earlier what color space do you want to use? Like I said, I stick with pro photo rg because it's got the most data or it has support for the most colors and you may as well use them well you've got him so this is where you can change that if you let's say you're preparing images mostly for the web then you might wantto have an s r g b file sent over to photo shop instead of pro photo just so that you get a more accurate visual of what that image is gonna look like once is posted on the web if that's really important to you, so if you're when would it be important? Maybe if you're a photographer and you're selling your client work on your website, then it might be really important for that for you to know exactly what that photo is gonna look like. So it that would be important, their bit death. What what the heck does bit depth mean? That's another thing for volume of colors, so sixteen, it just means that that can have more colors in that image that's a very simplistic way of putting it, but that's really what it is. So why go into the technicality? Eight bits has support for fewer colors. I stick with sixteen bits when I send over to photo shop, and that would be important if you're submitting for stock, you definitely want to have maximum information, so you would for stock, he would definitely stick with pro photo rgb over in photo shop, as well as sixteen digits. Over in photo shop and your next question of course for stock would be well why the hell would you need to go to find a shop anyway at least is you just told us how awesome light room is you really sold us on this why would you goto photo shop if you need to remove things that are very difficult so for stock photography for royalty free stock you can't have logo's anywhere in anything at all so light room while it does have a spot hailing brush that I mentioned earlier you khun set to other clone which is a straight copy of pixels from one place to another great for family reunions and break up she could give that person a third eye you really wanted teo a lot of fun he needs therapy it's when you've got a light oh but light rains ability to remove complex things in your photograph is limited so if you've got some serious removal of stuff to do, then you're going to need to go to photo shot for that so that's why you might get a photo shopped for a stock situation so I would stick with sixteen this in pro photo rgb when you're going to photo shop now photoshopped elements does not support sixteen bits more colors it can only read fewer colors so you can just go to eight bits when you're sending two elements which is fine and resolution doesn't really matter hill of beans two hundred forty is just the default setting and that's fine I rolled with that because really what I'd like to get you guys into thinking into your habitual thinking is paying attention more to pay ical dimensions because that's really what's important in your photos resolution like we talked about earlier is just how you control how big or how small they are so what the heck is that magic she contained it anytime you want so this is just saying hey when the folly it's over in the photo shop or elements my place is there going to be this big so that the bigger the number the smaller the pixels are but if you're always going to the web once you get over to photo shop for whatever reason then you could rat it that down to seventy two pixels prince pixels are going to be bigger so but this is where you set all of that now this is a neat setting right here down toward the bottom of the external editing tab here in the preferences stack with original what the heck is that? Well if you have this turned on and I think it's off by default if you haven't turned on than any time you let's say you're working with a file and you send it over to photo shop and you save it then you come backto light room then, instead of showing you individual previews of those files instead of having to right next to each other, they would just automatically stack on top of each other that's handy to keep your your view kind of a little bit cleaner in the library module, so you're not seeing a million of the same images when I'm out shooting I shoot in a burst mode. I'm sure most of you guys do too, so when I import my images in the light room I'll end up with, you know, ten, fifteen, twenty exposures of the same shot, one of those is going to be sharper than the other, usually the one in the middle, which is why she don't burst mode great ifyou're not trotting around with a tripod or a mano pie, so if you turn on stack with original, then you can also stack those multiple exposures just so you're not seeing the million of the same image in your library of you so it's just a little housekeeping thing, but so this is where you can turn that off. Also, when we get into creating virtual cop he's in light room, which is our way of making a like another photo record inside of our catalog database, that gives us the opportunity to experiment with different treatments on the same photo without duplicating that photo on her hard drive, then light room will stack those a cz well, this makes your library of you a little bit cleaner, so I know that that you can change that there. Now, let's, go over to file handling this is where we can control. We'll go over all of this because it's not very much fun, but the fun things are and this is a great tip free down here is this section camera rock hash settings, so the developed module in light room really is camera raw and camera raw is a I think of it like a plug in it slowly, like an apple it that gets installed right alongside of photo shop or photoshopped elements when you install those on your hard drive. And what happens when you open a raw image that's an image that you've shot in raw foreman on your camera, then instead of you going straight into photo shop or elements, this other application is goingto open, which looks exactly except for its light gray instead of dark gray, everything else is exactly the same as a developed module in light room. So when you're dealing with your raw images and you're going back and forth and then develop module between this invention, that image in this image and that image we'll light room is having to draw a one to one ratio. Preview for you to work with because when your when you get into changing stuff in the developed module you really want to see you know your image at one hundred percent let's say because it would be easy to go overboard if you reviewing you know what a smaller size so when you're switching back and forth between different images that light room is cashing that information really in camera raw think about that way so cashing just means temporary storing like in its frontal lobe as it were be the equivalent of us having a piece of paper on our disc rather than tucked away in a file cabinet we still get to in the file cabinet but it's quicker to get to what's on our desk that's what akash is like a temporary memory if you up this innit set toe one gig by default if you up it then light room will perform faster in the developed module so if you feel like it's running a little bit slowly than definitely go into these preferences under file handling and up that maximum size of the camera raw cash is going to make the develop module feel a heck of a lot zippier so I just wanted to point that out to you because that's a really really handy thing on the interface tad, you don't have a whole lot control over the colors of the interface in light room um you've got a little bit so you can set some of those up here here's our main lindo and our secondary window remember we said that you can run light room on two different monitors you do that by using these little buttons down here at the bottom left of the library module so there's a one that stands for your first monitor and there's a two stands for your second monitor so to set that up that's where you would do that right here so here you can see that you can set up some limited colors per monitor window but to be honest with you it's faster just to come over here and if I were, uh, zoomed into an image I would get this little background so this is one of the few colors you can change in light room if you just right click or control click on that background then you can choose a different color onto which you can preview those the image when you're just looking at a single image so that's one of the few areas that you can't change the color of so we'll go back to preferences for just a second here. So uh otherwise what else do I want to show you about interface not too much but default frieda to poke around in all of this stuff key words separate common separate key words using commons that set to default but if you'd rather just put a space in between your key words and not do a common let's, say, for this image, I might, keyword it. You can see over here, malli, and sense it. Well, if you don't want to have to type akama to separate him, then you can come over here into the interface preferences and down here. In the keyword entry, you can change that. Two spaces.

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