Using Snapshots in Photoshop
Okay when we left off we had told light room tio we had selected a couple of files in light room and sent them over to the photo shop as individual layers in the same document wave used that to create this beautiful collage that we've got here so once you decide which background you want to go with them and give you just another idea of something that you might do to create another sellable product in your photography business is I'm gonna go ahead and choose this little palm tree because I liked that shot and let's give it a color tent and easy way to color tint and photo shop is to do it with an adjustment layer then you can do this and elements as well click the half black half white circle the bottom of the layers panel in photoshopped the top of the layers panel in elements in choose hugh saturation basically this is going to allow us to create a split tone like we did yesterday in light room when this dialogue depending upon what version of photo shop you're running here this use...
d to open up in a separate dialogue but it'll open up in a dialogue or a panel just click the color eyes button and then you can experiment with the hue slider to change the color tent so you can think of it as a quick split tone ever here and fed a shot or in elements so we'll make this one a little bit of a different color than the one I've already got in the library will go down here to the yellows for a little bit of a c p a look, and then you can control the saturation level of the color tent with the saturation slider. Do you want it really intense? Do you want it? Not quite as intense and you can control how ladder, how dark it is with the lightness slider so dragged to the left, where the slider looks dark to darken, it dragged to the right where they're slider looks lighter, to lighten it and that's it so now let's save it by pressing commander control act can you could go ahead and delete those other layers just to make your photo shop file a little bit smaller on your hard drive, and then when we come back overto light room, we'll see our beautiful collage in our catalogue as well. You can do the same technique in elements the facts will do that next. The only caveat is that you can't send multiple images as single layers over two elements, but they'll just open up in separate windows and you have to do the copy and paste into this single document yourself, but you can still do this so now back over in light room. We say our collage that we just made and again to make the thumbnails in the library of you bigger or smaller just pressed the plus ke making smaller press the minus key so there's our collage right there now some of you may be asking why they have to I care about seeing this file over in light room that's because you might want to use it in one of these other modules you might want to create a fine art print out of this and put your signature underneath that you might want to include this in a contact sheet that you hand out to potential customers so that's why having these more artistic pieces that even manipulated in photo shop that's what's handed to have them over here in light room you can include anything in the light room catalog and any of these other modules so we could we could have this included in our book that we're going to create this afternoon we could have it in our slide show the final print like I was talking about where we can post it on our website so that's why you would want to manage these psd is over here in light room just for all the output capabilities that we have a minute go down and thumbnail sized by pressing the minus key or the hyphen and let's just have another go at that technique so we're going to start off by selecting all the images that we want to include so just clicked activate the first one and then if they're sequential you can shift, click if they're not sequential in the library of you, then you can command or control click other images toe activate them so now we would right click or control, click on any one of those thumbnails or go up to the photo menu to get athey edit in command and to have them open as individual layers in a single photo shop, cc or photo shop, see a six footer shop, see us five whatever version of photo shop you've got on your machine. The big, expensive shop used to be expensive is not that expensive anymore is part of the creative cloud to be quite honest, but if you choose open as layers and photoshopped than those images were going to appear in a single photo shop document on individual layers but let's, take a look at how to do that in elements so we could just choose edit in photo shop element's editor or that elements preset that we set up earlier. So when that happens like room's gonna do pretty much the same process, but it is going to ask you how what do you want to edit? So in this case we want to choose edit a copy with our light room adjustments because what's that really is saying is that light room is going to take these images that you've selected it's going to make a copy of them and that's what's going to be sent to elements why is it making a copy? Because these aren't raw file. Well, these air raw files but elements does not support the smart objects in the same way. It's just a little bit of a different process going over two elements were going to say at a copy it's just going to open each image up in individual windows and then we are going to have to go in and select the image, copy it to combine them into a single doc, can it that we can then create a collage. So here we are, an element so we can see all of our images or open as tabbed documents. And there is a keyboard shortcut for trotting through tab documents. What is it? Oh, I have it written down here somewhere. I will come across it. I will come across a and think of it later, and I will tell you what it is because it's really, really hear this needs control. Tab? Yeah, controlled tab so on a pc, I suppose that would be right. Click tab, I'm not sure if you've got a control key on your keyboard on a pc you tell my pc user but this is a real handy keyboard shortcuts to control tab and other photo shopper elements will try through all the open documents so that you can see them. So what we're going to do from this point is just used keyboard shortcuts to select the image copy to our computers clipboard and then pasted into a single elements document so let's press commander control a to select all commander control c to copy it to our clipboard and then we'll just come over here to one of these other backgrounds and we'll press commander control v to pace that image will come over to another document commander control a commander control see and paste that in and here's another possible background choice for us commander control a commander control see go back and find the document that you pasted everything else into and then drag marvin shirley to the top now let's create our collage so we have as you can see here the tools and elements are similar to photo shop but there are a lot friendlier look how big they are for one you can actually see them. What a novel idea icons aiken see text look options that are readable because they're large so what we want to do is grab the right angular marquis from the toolbar and we have the same tool keyboard shortcuts and elements as we do in photo shop so you could press the m ki tto access the marquis tools if you want, and then the options bar in elements is at the bottom of your screen instead of the top of your screen. And so the shop serena choose that elliptical marquis tool, and then we can go ahead and add a feather elements handles feathering in a slightly different way than set a shot. We don't have that that masks panel with that nondestructive feather slider in elements, so we don't have to go ahead and set the feather amount right here in the options bar. I think we used one hundred seventy or something like that in the other image, so now we can click and drag to draw a selection atop the image. If you want to reposition the selection while you're drawing it like I still have my mouse button press down, then you can press and hold the space bar and you can move that selection around on your screen and that works exactly the same way in photo shop is it does here in elements now we're gonna add a layer mask the layer mass button and elements is at the top of your layers panel instead of at the bottom of her layers panel and photo shop just keeping you on your toes, so now we have that nice feather and honestly here in photo shop elements if you decide to change the feather amount then you'll need to press commands a your control z to undo the mask portion of it and then you could come back here and maybe add a little bit less of a feather so little bit of experimentation and there we go we'll call that good for the moment now we can just trot through with our visibility eyeballs and see which one of these background this looks the best asset is turn off the visibility I have the ones that you don't want to use and when we find one that looks good we're still going to go with our palm trees are actually let's go with these other palm trees just for the sake of doing something different will turn off the sense it so now we can add that color tint exactly the same way that we did over in photo shop just click the little half black half white circle it was at the top of the layers panel and elements it lives at the bottom of the layers panel in photoshopped tooz you saturation turn on color eyes and then experiment with the hue slider to get the color treatment that you want and we'll just go ahead and say that this looks find us and then save it you can go ahead and delete the other backgrounds if you don't want to use them that will just make your photoshopped elements file a little smaller in file size and then just pressed command or control s to save or you could choose file save if you want to rename this file to something else that's meaningful to you, you could choose save as to speak sure not to change the location of where the file lives on your hard drive or you won't see it back over there in light room. So let's, go ahead and you save usami, as you say, then it still gave me a dialog box didn't die to save this is save as yes, I did to you say, okay, we're just not going to move it, we can rename it if we want where it's not going to move it. Go ahead and click save obviously, I've already done this technique couple times because there is that file already in there. Okay, so it's close all this up and elements come back over to light room and there's our new collage right there, so that was just to prove to you that you can do that stuff over in elements. The only thing that doesn't work in elements is that we get to file selected here so you can see it, you can't make it open these files as layers over there in elements, but you can here in fun shop all right, so now, let's, start talking about him and delete a few of these files, so I'm not dealing with a bunch of duplicates. The reason we're sealing, seeing duplicates here is the way that elements handles opening those files over there, so it duplicates them. There we go now were cleaned up a little bit. Okay, now, let's, take a look at how we can send multiple versions of the same file over to the photo shop so let's, go find a file here that we have done all kinds of interesting things, too, and we're going to use our history panel to get back to different states of the file or different versions of the file rather, and we're going to save them using a lightning feature called snapshots. So it's, activate the file that we want to use, and that happens to be this flower shot right here. And then we're going to pop into the develop module by pressing the d for develop key. Well, actually hide my film strip down the bottoms. We have a bit more screen real estate. So over here, on the left hand side of the developed module, you know that you've got several panels. Whether one were after at this moment is the history panel. And again, my panel's air automatically collapsing the other panels are automatically collapsing when I opened a new panel because I put these panels in solo mode, which you can do by option are all too clicking the panel header and the noodle triangles turn into dots so we've got all the different history states of everything we've done to this file and as you can see, we've done quite a lot to this particular image. We drain the color from the image, and then we brought it back by painting with the adjustments brush set teo one hundred percent saturation over here so that's, why we've got one hundred million brushstrokes appearing, so what we want to do is just be able to preview this file in different states so let's, go ahead and save one state as ah the way it looks right now, so the way we do that is we use the snapshots panel right here. So as you can see, I've already got three different states of this image and we're going to recreate them here together, but I just want to show you what I mean one state is the full color, this is exactly like saving history states and photo shopped for those of you here familiar with that, we've got another snapshot where we saved the state of the photo with the partial color effect in the kind of blue split tone of a background then I save another state with the partial color but with the pure black and white background so let's go ahead and delete these state so that we can create them again unfortunately you can't you can't activate multiple states and delete them in mass so here we are back in our history panel so let's go ahead and take a this is showing on my snapshots here so you probably wouldn't see those in your history panel so let's go back down to something that you might see so just click on a state and that shows you what your image looked like up to that point in time so we're seeing everything that occurred to the image down below the history state that we activated just save a snapshot all you do is click the plus sign next to the snapshots panel header and you get an opportunity to name its own name it something meaningful to you something that's obvious so we're gonna call this one partial color blue background now let's go back to our history panel and let's cruise down and let find this image where it is in a different state so as I click on that history state now I'm only seeing everything that happened up until that point in time which is before we added the split tone effect over here so it really is worth cruise and ram in this history panel get a feel for how that works so now let's, create another snapshot by clicking the plus sign next to the snapshots panel header. Then again, we're in the developed module now, let's, give this one a meaningful name. I'll call this one partial color being w now let's, go back to the history panel now let's, scroll down! I'm using my scroll p on the mouse, which you could just as easily use this scroll bar right here on the left side of the interface and let's cruise down past the million brushstrokes and let's find the full color image should be that one right there so now let's scroll back up in the interface and clicked the snap shot button, and we can call this one full color. I fully realize somebody will ask that I could have clicked up here to get back to the full color image state, but that's only because I had previously created these snapshots, and I'm trying to show you what it will look like on your own machine because you haven't created snapshots, so you would be scrolling all the way down to this to the bottom area of your history states, and you click on the state that was after you had made your adjustments in the basic panel said after you'd made your exposure changes and so on and so forth so if you wanted to get back teo the full color after producing a technique like this, which we did yesterday, then you really would be scrolling pretty far down to the bottom of your history pain also. Now, if we look in our snapshots panel, we've got three different states of this image, so let's, go ahead and open it in a shop. I'm just gonna press commander control e and we should be able to open it straight from the develop module. Who? Okay, so now actually, I need to open that is a smart object for this to work so let's, go ahead, close that go backto light room back to the library module. Thank you. And now it's, open it as a smart object that's where we're going to be able to get to this, so go ahead and write clit or control. Click on the image itself and choose at it in open as smart object in photo shop because remember, we're the smart object that gives us our protective rapper, and that means that we're sending the raw file over to photo shop where we can double click it and open up camera raw and that's where we're going to be able to see these snapshots states is over in camera raw, so here we are in photo shop now let's double click the thumbnail of that smart object layer which contains are real raw file from light room open camera raw there's no way to get to those snapshots in photo shop but you can get him on camera inside photo shop now I'm making a big deal out of where you double click on this layer because it matters different things were gonna happen depending upon where you double click on this layer if I double click over in this area or as we might say in texas over then photo shot might think I want to rename the file I don't worry name the following open camera all right well what if I double click over here well photoshopped thinks you want to add laywer styles your layer effects I don't want to do that thank you but no so it's important where you double place you want to double click the thumbnail the preview of the picture double click that and if you have opened it as a smart object from within light room then if you come over here and camera all to this snapshots icon far right give it a clit lookie there that's when we've got our alternate versions why on earth would you want to do that if you've got a client that you know persistently changes their mind and they say no I want that one in your life no you don't I know this already night out go ahead and make different versions, saving the snapshots, and then you saved yourself a lot of trouble, or if you want to experiment yourself with different looks, you may not know yourself exactly what treatment you want to use in whatever project you're making. Then you've got several versions to experiment with here in photo shop. This just cuts down on the traffic of going back and forth between programs, and it might save you from the inclination to go into the develop module in light room after you've been in photo shop to change the final version of what you're doing over here in front of shop to get the other treatment that you could have had available as a snapshot to begin with, and we'll try through this one one more time as well. So now, if I decide I'd rather be working with the partial color, I just click that particular snapshot in the snapshots pail of camera raw and then here's our partial color with the blue background so that's really handy for experimentation, probably more of an advanced technique, and you might want to use if you're just starting out so let's, go ahead and close that come back over the light room, so what did we do? We'll do that on another image let's use our palm trees here, and we will come over to the develop module. And what will do is we will make this a black and white by pressing the wiki as a keyboard shortcut for black and white or we could go down to the black and white panel right here to accomplish that so let's just press the wiki now we've got a black we have created a black and white and I'm not doing a virtual copy because I only want to get back to history states of this image so let's say we wantto black and why and then we might come down here to this split toning panel and we might add a little color to make it a little like a c p a in the shadows so now if we look in our history panel I can get back to three different states of this image so let's go ahead and save this state because it's what we're currently viewing in the history panel so let's just click the snapshots panel the plus sign to the right of it we'll call this one see pia click our history panel and we're gonna go backwards in time to the convert two black and whites action that we did click the plus sign that's the snapshots and call this one b l debe which is similar to be w but different go back to the history panel step back in time and now we're back to our full color image click our plus signings to snapshots and call this one time in his whole misspell colors will and now let's go back teo the library module repressing g in let's write clicker controls clip on that thumb nail in twos get it in open a smart object in photo shop so light room packages up the raw file it's a protective wrapper around it sends it over to photo shop. They're actually fellow shots putting the protective wrap around it so I guess light room is saying hey photoshopped you protect that image you wrap it up so it's safe so now in photo shot we're gonna double click where the thumbnail itself not over here not over here over here. Double click it's open camera raw and that's where you can get to your additional your snapshots rather by clicking camera raws snapshots panel which is on the far right of this writing inside of the window give that a click and that's where we can see our different states are different snapshots rather of that image we have a question. The audience yes, I have two questions. One is can you explain a little bit the difference between the snapshot state and virtual copies and I just wanted to confirm I think you described to using snapshots as more of a convenience thing within photo shop for client management have you is there any other case where you find snapshots particularly useful? Great questions? Thank you for for both of those I'll take the last one first experimentation you, depending upon what you're creating over here and finish up, you may want to have access to several different versions of that image. The reason we didn't create virtual copies is I mean, we could do it with virtual copies as well, so if you want to do it that way, you make virtual copies at the virtual copies and then then apply these different treatments to the image, and then you could select all of those virtual copies in light room and send them to photo shop is individual layers you could do that way. This is just another way to do it. You won't see these snapshots as thumbnails in your library, so when you get a million images in light room into, you will, and you have a million different virtual coffees, and you might you may not want to add to that if you're just in the experimentation face. So this is just another way to do it without end up ending up having to look at those thumbnails in the library themselves any other questions on snapshots it's a handy thing? So let's say well let's take this a step further so we want to be working with the c p a for whatever reason it great for graphic designers to you know light room is not just for photographers it's not just for pro photographers is not just for for tyre for us it's for anybody who takes pictures with any device that has gone beyond the capability of eye photo or what is it on a pc because the casa picasso tomato tomato it's for anybody who's gone beyond those capabilities you really values their imagery and wants to manage it and have a solution that scaleable over time we talked about on monday there's no limit to how many images you can have in light and there's no known limit nobody's hit it yet so it's also for graphic designers because you may be creating an ad for a travel agency lets say you are a graphic designer and you've got a staff photographer maybe you work for a newspaper you're designing ads for the newspaper what heavy your staff photographer you mate maybe managing their images in light room or he may be handing you a memory card for you to do it yourself and you've got all this amazing capabilities at your fingertips so you may be doing the snapshots just experiment with different treatments for the ad that you're creating or the magazine cover for that month or what have you so to get to the different states, we're seeing them here in camera robert, to use them in phony shop while you have to do is click okay, now we're back here, we're in photo shop now we've got our c b a and I'll just do some little something actually a really quick example for you. I'll just do a quick text treatment here and what we're doing here. We did cover in the graphic design for everyone class, which just happens to be on sale right now. Sun is creating a safe place for text to give you an idea. Or if your photographer, you might be creating a photographic postcards. What? See, I can call this one nelson photos. I believe. I read a monthly column for photocopies were magazine, which is ah, a member benefit. If you're a member of the national association for the shop professionals, you can also get it this going to take too long. You can get it on. The magazine stands at bookstores, and if it's not this month and it's the one it may be the one coming out february march something like that, but my column was on creating photographic postcards for either announcing a gallery showing that you may have going on is a photographer or doing a sale on sitting fees. You know any kind of promotional materials that you've got, and this is exactly the technique, but I did. So if you want to learn more about creating your own postcards, then you can certainly try to pick up that magazine and it's a it's a really fantastic article, but it's a great reason of why you might want to experiment with different shots, so if you're creating your own postcard and we'll call this good right here and then I'll make that a color that you can actually see. Okay, so let's say, this is your photographic postcard great opportunity for those snapshots because you may not know which version of that image that's goingto look best on that promotional postcard that you're creating as a photographer soon after. I want to see those other states, all I have to do is double click or snapshots rather double click that smart object camera raw pops back open tried over here on the right hand side to the snapshots and now let's, take a look at the black and white click okay, and now I'm looking at the black and white back in photoshopped great for experimentation. Really great for experimentation.