Lightroom Preferences for Photoshop
I just want to give you a little teaser on some of the things that were going to be creating today, so we're going to start the day off with learning how to switch between photo shop and light room as well as photo shop elements in light room. So we're going to be going back and forth between those programs for the first part of the day here, and this is one of the pieces of art that were going to create light room is not a text editor, and you cannot create effects like this in light room, so we need to go over to photo shop or photoshopped elements to create this photo through text situation, so we're going to be building something like that today, as well as combining multiple images into a collage or a composite if you want to think about it that way. So photoshopping photoshopped elements can both manage multiple images within the same document. Why? Because they support layers light room does not support layers, but it can see photo shot files so long as you don't move them outsi...
de of the folder in which light room knows about because remember, light room can't see any images on your hard drive unless you import it, important them into light room. But we can see our ps defiles, which stands for photoshopped document over in light room, which is great for organizational purposes, so we're going to be creating a nice little collage and giving it interesting edges here we're also gonna be creating a painting to show you how that works, as well as editing an image that we sent from light room over to photoshopped in camera raw from photo shop and seeing how that affects our workflow. We're also going to be creating this image right here. So what I've done here is I've sent to images over to photoshopped as layers, so that one from a shop document opens with two or several images on separate layers so that you can experiment with never experiment with another kind of collage here. So what I've gotten here is a palm tree photo in the background and then a nice shot of our friends, marvin shirley from hawaii in the foreground with a soft edge oven yet around it. So we're going to be creating that in photoshopped, adding a color tint and then coming back into light room. We're also going to be creating some beautiful photo books, and I have a couple of examples here to show you. These are two books that we created or that we're going to create today together with light room in there just beautiful light room has partnered with blurb for the book printing, and the cool thing is, not only are they crazy, inexpensive, but you get the code chunks of code that you can copy and picks pace to your own website in order to sell these books and actually making money from them. So not only are they great pieces tohave to tryto get more work like sample pieces to show off is your portfolio, but they're also great for, you know, people want to buy some of your artwork for coffee table book, or what have you so it's? Ah, really great thing, and it just could not be easier to build in light room and and the thing I love the best about building books and light room is that the price is calculated as you're building the book. So if you want to add ten more photos to that book as you see that price go up, you may think I'm really good with the volume of photos that are in the book right now, so we're gonna be taking a look at that and there's quite a bit of customization that we've got in the book module in light room. And that has gotten better in light or in five so we can actually manipulate some of the built in templates and safe presets as our own. We're also going to be taking a look at the print module, which is separate from the book module, so the book module is for creating an actual books that you either print three blurb or you can export as a pdf, which is great for putting on an ipad traveling portfolios anybody but over in the print module we can actually set up fine art prints you know something looks like it you can print picture packages so multiple pictures or multiple sizes of the same image per page you can set up contact sheets, which you're great for handing out to potential clients, so that would be multiple images, you know, having meaning you set per page, we're goingto look at water marking, but this example that I've got right here is the painting that we created in photo shop, but we sent the file from light ran to photoshopped added a painterly effect, added a radio filter teo highlight the flower here. I'm not sure what kind of flower that is, but I may be in the helicon your family again, lots of those in hawaii and then you'll notice that I've got my signature down there at the bottom, right? So we're going to look at importing your logos had to incorporate your logo and your signature with some of these beautiful print projects to really take your print projects to the next level. So that's a digital signature there that you see at the bottom right and it's just a p engine png file which supports transparency. So whatever color background I said for that print you know, for the paper part of it, then I can put my my signature right on top of it, so we're going to be looking at that too we're also going to be creating some slide shows and this title screen all of this that you see was created in light room and if you look at the top left right underneath my website you're ill, you can see that I've got captions that air changing, so we're going to take a look at how toe add that information in the library module into the photos metadata so that the other modules print module but module slideshow module web gallery module can read that information. So if you want to have your captions appear in several different places and you can so all of this is created right in light women, you've got quite a bit of control the great thing about slide shows you can also export them either as a pdf or as a movie so you could just post them right on your website so I just can't tell you how much I love light room. I have a serious crush on it. I mean, it is worse than being in love with it like I needed it. I love it. I mean, I have not had this much fun in a piece of software and I can't tell you what I mean. I love photo shop. Don't be mad at me photoshopped. I love you, too, but light room is just so easy to use its all slider based in these different projects that you can create in the same piece of software. We'll save you so much time and again, it just makes you happy being in light room, seeing all your beautifully organized photos and just you feel so efficient and so productive, it's really fantastic and last but not least today we're going to be creating some web galleries, and y'all are not going to believe what you can dio. So this is an example here we've got an index page on the left hand side, which shows. Several photos and you can choose how many are being shown on that page you can choose the size of the thumbnails that background colors were adding all of this text that you see here is coming from light room and light room is even managing the enlargement so if you click the bottom left thumbnail on the index page then you go to another page which is the same photo but larger and you can control in light room how big that enlargement is you don't want to make him too because you don't want teo people snatching them and using them as their own so we're going to look at how to resize those in light room is also adding these water marks that you see here so there's just so much you can do in this one piece of software and if you can peek down at the bottom left of the enlargement page, you can see that there's a contact name spot right there that's an email link exceeding put your name in there and people can send you an e mail and enquire about your artwork and so on and so forth are you all ready? Let's do it and just so you know there are several of these images that we're going to be providing as exercise files so that you can play along with a lot of the edits that we made in the developed module on yesterday so that'll be a neat thing for those of you decide to go ahead and take advantage of the course and purchase it so the first thing we need to do when we're going toe start sending images back and forth between light room and photoshopped or photoshopped elements is to set up our preferences and we took a peek at these preferences on monday, but I just wanna take a spin through them again real quickly to kind of recap on that so you can open your preferences in a couple of different ways if you're into keyboard shortcuts and I am, then you can open them by pressing command comma on the mac or control common on a pc or you can trot up to the light room menu on a mac and cheese preferences or on a pc than that preferences command is going to be in the edit minions dead so however which way you open it once the preferences dialogue opens, we're going to click the external editing tab. So just be aware that when you're trotting through these dialog boxes that they may have several different sections and if they do those air represented by these little buttons that period think of them as tabs and that happens sometimes in the panels is a well, but over there they looked like we'll test text link so just be cognizant of the different options that you've got so here in preferences, we want to click on external editing, and you get to set up two different external editors here, but you can also save your external managers is preset, so you're not really limited, but I can't imagine you having that many programs that you had to choose from, but you could maybe set up different, uh, circumstances let's say let's, just go through these options real quick and then that'll kind of become clear to us, so light room is automatically going to see photo shop on your machine if you have it. So this first section we'll say adobe photoshopped if that's on your hard drive the file format, you want to choose psd for that because we want a woman creating layers in photo shop and elements to then we want to be able tio xs those later on to go back in, continue editing if we need to, so we want to keep our layers intact, so we do that by choosing psd file here actually, tip supports layers to, but a ps cities will be a little bit smaller in size and again, that stands for photoshopped document and if you're a graphic designer or even if if you are a designer for a photography studio then most of the page layout programs today can read psd file so cork express khun re psd files in design is happy to import penis defiles it used to be that we had to change everything to a tiff and then imported we don't have to do that anymore color space we talked about that on monday you're going to stay in pro photo rgb ifyou're going over to photo shop photo shop supports pro photo rgb and that just gives you maximum information to deal with now if you knew that you were going to prepare images mostly for the web over in photo shop, then you might choose s rgb as your color space but that would be a good reason to set up a couple of different presets. So down here in the second section we can set up all these parameters and then again where those preset that at the bottom of these pop menus so we could save current settings as a new pre set. So what you might do in that case is have one preset for photo shot when you're doing print work or stop when you're preparing your images for stock, you'd want to say stay in pro photo rg because that's the biggest color space that we've got to work with currently but if you're preparing things for the web often, then you might create another preset with the color space set toe s rgb, which just saves you the step of heaven to mess with it over in photo shop resolution I don't really care you're not really going to care about resolution because what light room was going to do when we send these images over to the other program is going to give you the maximum pixel dimensions that you have and you all know from monday that you can make those pixels any size you want by changing the resolution measurement over in photo shop or in elements so don't even worry about that in my opinion over here in light room because it's the pixel dimensions that really matter the most and light room will always send the maximum pixel dimensions over to those other programs down in the second section since I'm also going to show you photoshopped elements which in my personal opinion honestly for most people and this is going to sound like I'm shooting myself in the foot here have a big old honking book on photo shop cc for most people photoshopped elements plus light room is the ideal set up. Both of those programs are still available as a standalone product, which means you will get a perpetual license too then you actually own them they're being revved once a year like dream is usually ribbed spring early summer elements the last several years is being revved in the fall uh both programs well, elements is around eighty dollars you might be able to get it a little bit more affordably on amazon dot com we don't buy any software on ebay because you cannot be assured that it's a really copy so light room is one hundred fifty dollars normally right now it's on sale for one hundred twenty three january the eleven so if you don't want to get into that monthly payment situation, if you're certain that you're not going to use any other program in the creative cloud, then you could purchase light room and elements of standalone products now elements is not available is part of the cloud it's more of a consumer level program. I just did a fabulous workshop on that in october called photoshopped elements for photographers you guys won't believe how powerful that program is I can make it do almost everything photoshopped khun do not quite but a lot of it and for most photographers that's going to be all that you need and it is user friendly is far more using user friendly than photo shop is so that's why I'm gonna show you photoshopped elements so this is really important because you do if you do have photoshopped elements currently and you want to set light room up to edit in it it is a tiny bit tricky it's the weirdest thing so let me just show you what you do so let's say you want to use butter shop elements as your external editor, so you're going to come down here to this middle section and you're going to click choose this button is goingto let you tell her point light room at the program you want to use as the external editor so let's click choose your going to trot over to your applications folder, of course and you're going to sort it by name and your scroll down here and you're gonna go oh there's photoshopped elements I'll just click that negative give betty that is the application folder do not click that then the next thing you're gonna do is you're gonna go oh well there's the program native get betty if you click this this is an alias and if I zoom in, can you see how there's a little microscopic arrow on it that's a pointer toe where the rial application program file lives if you choose this and light rooms happy to let you your photos will never open you'll get the launch screen for elements, but nothing will ever happen seriously is the hottest thing what you want to do to set elements up as an external editor is you're goingto expand this next folder down just called support files there's the program that's what you have to click to make it work if you choose anything else that looks like the program, your photo will never open elements open and it'll sit there when la la la la la la la you know I'm just sitting here, nothing will ever happen, so do make sure to go into the application folder the support files and choose the application from there. Do we have a question? Just wanted to confirm that the way that photo shop elements is exactly the same on pcs as it is on max, so we'd still be looking in support files? I believe so, yeah, the question is, is the directory structure in which element's lives in your hard drive? The same on p sees is a as it is on max, I believe it is so just to make sure that you're not choosing a shortcut or an alias to where the program lives, you've got to go find the actual program and you'll know it's the actual program because see that that application icon doesn't have any extra little badges on it, and if you scroll over to their right, you can see I'm pretty sure that pieces have this same kind of situation working. You can see the file kind or file format just look for the one that's an actual application, all right? So now we've got elements set up is our editor under file format again, we're going gps de because we're going to be creating some layers in elements color space this time you're going to choose adobe rgb because elements does not support pro photo rgb cheese adobe rg because that's, the next largest space that we've got s rgb is great for the web, but it's a slightly smaller color space, which means it holds slightly fewer colors than pro photo rgb for bit depth that's just a away, teo tell elements how many colors your file can actually contain elements does not support sixteen bit files were to choose a bit files, and then we're not going to give a care about resolution because we know how to set it ourselves. And if you don't have a great program or great workshop for use called photo shopped for beginners or a photo shop intensive? Yeah, that's, a four day workshop that we did a couple of years back that has all kinds of resolution goodness in it now, let's, take a look at this next to the last option here is called stack with original and I think it's turned off by default, but if you turn it on, let me just try back over here to the program momentarily to show you what that is, so you'll notice here means make sure I don't have any photo selected, okay, see how I've got a little too on top of this thumbnail and I've got two on top of that thumbnail, and it looks like several pieces of paper stacked on top of each other, that's letting you know that that photo is part of a stack it's just a way tio keep a clean library grid views you're not seeing a bunch of thumbnails of the same thing. Well, if you have light room, stack your psd files or the files that you're sending to an external editor and then bringing back, you can create a little bit less cluttered library of you. I personally don't like t that just because I'll forget what's in the stack s o that I'm constantly expanding your collapsing the stack. So I like to see my ps d's, uh, root level flat next to the original files that I used to create them. But if you want to roll the stacks that's great. So what you're going to get is this little little handle teo on either side of the thumbnail, so to expand a stack, just give it a single click, and then that other photo will slide out from underneath it. So I just wanted to show you in case that you like to have your library organized that way and then just click those little double lines on either side of the thumbnail to collapse it into a stack again I do yu stacks when I've shot in burst mode a sequence of photos I will stack those in my library just so I'm not seeing you know twenty of the same some nails but I don't typically like to stack my ptsd is that's just a personal preference but that's what that means stacking all right let's go back to preferences again the last thing that we need to set up before we start editing it sternal editors is what you want you're naming convention to be oh yeah here we go again it may mean conventions because you need to assign some kind of name that's different so that you know what has gone on with that file so we can create presets for that of course so let's go ahead and click that little poppet menu and you can see all of the presense that light room has and these are the same naming precepts that we saw on monday back in the import dialog box and if we if you set up any presets there they're going to appear here so this lisa's maines is what we set up on monday for my import file naming preset and we can access those here so what you might do is you might start with that. Okay? So let's say you set up a naming convention and you've relieved yourself of any self loathing in irrational guilt for not having a naming convention prior to to this day this is a new year people let it go so we can start with our naming convention that we set up and because the naming convention that we set up the other day involved a custom name field, then I'm getting a custom text field here custom text field so I get the opportunity to change that final name in some way so you could do something as simple as put the word edit in there but she will make up your own naming convention julianne cost likes to use m e for master edit that's a fabulous system you'll create your own something that's meaning toe meaningful for you what you really don't have to do though and you may be tempted to do is put either psd in their toe let you know it's a photo shot file you're going to get that anyway is the file extension so you'll end up with psd dot psd and then I'll drive you a little bit crazy so I personally I would resist the urge to put psd in there but if you want a tight photo shop in there that'd be fine but you get a really long file may but she'll come up with some kind of perhaps abbreviated system that makes sense to you I use edit I know it's lame but I use at it so if we get the look at my edit in template, which is what I named it then you'll see that I've got the file name and then a dash and then edit I told you flame but that's what I like but you've got the same kind of options here as you did when we set up naming presets on monday, so whatever it is that's totally fine, so if I wanted to use my other naming preset, then I would just type add it here so now what I'm going to end up with is whatever the file name wass plus the word at it and then if you if you do it that way, then you can also add a sequence number, so but I've already got a template set up, so we're gonna choose that one edit in and then in the library so we're done with the preferences right now, so we'll go back to the library view you can see here in my actual some nail sales each of these little criminal areas is a sale I've got. I can see the file name right there so I can see it's a psd versus a j peg versus a raw file so I can see exactly what kind of filed it is and I also can see that if edits in the name, I know that that means that the psd but you'll come up with your own naming scheme