Introduction to Plugins


Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® Plugins 101


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Introduction to Plugins

Ok, so we're going to start out today with a discussion on preset and plug in management and I think this is really important because there's a lot of presets and there's a lot of plug ins out there but we've got to understand what they are and what the difference is and why we use them in certain circumstances so we're going to start there s so let's talk about the differences so when you're inside of light room light room has the ability to do a lot to your image just on its own eso if I'm in the developed module inside of light room I can go to the left hand side and I've got all these presets here and presets air kind of like little plug in minis they do something to the photo just by the click of a button and they're able to then manufacture some kind of amount of work and that's the basis for a plug in a plug ins job is to accomplish a complicated task or things that you do that you need to do quickly that's that's the job of a plug it because we can do everything a plug in condu...

ce you manually for instance there plug ins that will upload things to certain sites I can upload stuff to smugmug on my own but I have a plug in that khun do it for me and it does it faster and better and quicker than I could do it myself I can adjust the knobs inside of light room on my own and I can do it just fine but it's going to take me ten times as long to do it as it does if I just touch a preset the same thing's true for renaming I could go in and rename every photo I could go in every time I want to rename a photo and tell it how I want that naming structure to look but the point of making a preset for naming structures is so that I'd never have to come up with that naming structure again, right? So presets and plug ins their whole job is to do things faster that air complicated do that we could do on our own but we're going to do him faster that's all it is so really in the end a pre center a plug in is a an efficiency tool it's just to get you done with your job faster so that you can do more important things like hanging out kids or, you know, going to the movies or whatever the things we want to do and you know the thing is that some people I like to work on their photos I've met those kind of people that you met those people who they say they just love to sit down and play photos it's like going to a movie for them right? And they're like I just want to play with this photo great playing with the photo is fantastic, but if you do it faster you can play with more of them in the same amount of time you know, because we all we all have a finite amount of time I have very limited amounts of time and so when I want to work on something, I would rather work on ten photos rather than one so in the end, regardless of whether the kind of person who wants to just get a bunch of photos done and sees it is work or whether you're a person who's just there for fun of playing with photos, everybody needs efficiency because if they're not efficient they're either wasting time and losing money or they're not getting as many photos done as they could either way, we want to be efficient so that's the purpose of a plug in or pre set and that's what we're going to talk about all week long is things that plug in to your light room workflow and light room is going to and we'll talk about this next segment we're going talk about light room is the digital hub so light room becomes your digital hub and we'll talk about that next segment but as light room is your your hub you need to plug things into that hub that will then make your life more efficient and make your photo editing more powerful because quite frankly there are some things though that plug ins khun do that I wouldn't begin to know how to do on my own so that's important too to have things like for instance their actions and photoshopped that when you click on they do amazing things that like little programs and you have no idea what it did you're just happy it did it you know you're like that's great I'm glad it did that I have no idea what that just did so that's good right? But the key is to know which plug ins you want to get um and you know that you could spend a lot of money too you spend a lot of money on presets and plug ins tons and so one of the things you need to do is you need to pay attention to the rules of plug ins and we're going to talk about basically I have created a and if you register for the course if you buy the course on the paid site is my plug in manifesto I've written a plug in manifesto and we'll go over today basic points but the idea is that there are rules to purchasing plug ins and there are rules tio using plug ins and using presets the questions that you need to ask yourself will guide you into which ones you should buy which ones you should use and everybody doesn't use the same ones. I have a friend in new york carlos who who is a architecture photographer, and he uses hdr from nick constantly. I use it like, once a millennium, you know, so it people use them differently because they do different things and some people have a different style. And so there will be people who big alien skin software, but there are other people who will never touch it, you know? And so you got to get another standing of what they do, and then you gotta understand, okay, I have x amount of of money to spend on these presents or plug ins. What are the most efficient and best plug ins to work with? Ok, so we're going to go over all of that will give you those rules today, but let's, talk about the location. I was just going to jump in and say, I think for me, plug ins are a lot like potato chips. I can't stop with just one, and they're just not always good for me, right? You know, having a whole bag, right? Right? Yeah. That's absolutely true. You know, you could you could get so excited about presets and plug ins that you just keep buying them and using them and and and they'll waste your time because you use too many or you'll hunt around and look for you know you'll try this one and then you'll go out maybe it worked better in this one and maybe you do this and then you just start wasting time and that never works it's not a good idea, so we'll talk about those rules I think right after lunch we're going to come back and we're going to do the great preset preview or review, so we're actually going to go through and look a whole bunch of different presets from a whole bunch of different manufacturers and we're going to talk about him and what they do well and what they don't do well and howto change what they don't do well to make them do well on dh well at that point is when we'll go over the plug in manifesto on t give you those rules, but right now I want to show you where first of all let's talk about presets where are presets in light room? So you obviously have the presets over here in the left hand panel that you can push on, so if you like this photo but you want it to be a black and white or you know whatever you whatever you wanted to do let's say I wanted to be a black and white, you know, kind of a poppy black and white I just click it it turns it to black and white so we all know about those types of presets they're over in the left hand panel if you ever want to know where those are, you consume plea right click any preset and ask it to show it in the finder or the explorer if you're on pc and it will show you the location of that exact plug in so you've got a bunch of plug ins here and all of those air inside of folders so you can see there's a bunch of folders here those folders are also right here those little triangles those drop down all these folders see that and we're going to be going over a lot of these plug ins look at this we've got visco got totally rad we've got replica crone we've got all sorts of cool plug our presets to go over this afternoon but these are the folders where they exist and those folders air replicated here inside of I'm going to show you the pathway because everybody needs to know where their plug ins are especially later on today because we're going to teach you how to make what's called a sink box a sink box is a very important thing to have because how many do you do? You have more than one computer I do indeed you have a desktop? Yep so I'm always ryan you have desktop and laptop yeah, so everybody has a desktop and laptop and they're always, you know, working on one in the night shoot, I don't have the plug in or the preset or whatever I need here that's over here and then everyone's while you make a preset over here on your on your desktop and you think all that's cool and then you go out on the road, you like crap? I don't have that present. I'm gonna teach you literally how to have an up to date preset set everything that you have in lighter and photo shop will be up to date to the minute. So when you're over here working, you make a preset you don't have to think about it. You go over to your laptop and when you open up light room, that presets gonna be in here for you, okay, so that will be an amazing thing for everybody it's called sync box and and you and you can't google it because it doesn't exist because I made it up about that, so I will teach you how to make a sink box anyway, so it's important that we understand where all of these things exist. So if we go into our developed presets folder that basically the way to find this is to go to your light room presets here your preferences light room preferences and inside the preferences there's a preset panel, and then it says, show light room, preset folder when you click on that it's going to open up on area where that exists, and basically that that thing exists inside of a folder. So it's it's hard to get to on a mac because they kind of hide it, but it's inside of this library folder, and you can get to the library folder by kidding go and then you have the option key, and then you go down the library, click on library it's inside of the library, inside of a place called applications support. Now, if you're on a pc, I don't know where your application support folder is it's somewhere like this, but you, you confined it simply by going to your preferences in your light room and telling it to show you that light room folder. And once you click on that, you'll see where all of these things exist. Kind. I am a mac guy, I don't pretend to be a pc guy, so all of you with pcs, you're going to have to just translate what I'm saying, and a quick google search will help you to find where things are, so if you want to know, where is the applications support material for light room, it'll you confined that so inside of applications support in the adobe folder is where you're going to find a light room folder in that folder has all of the information you need about light room and there's. Lots of things in here, so there's developed presets and you'll notice that you go light room and then you go develop presets and then you have a bunch of folders and inside those folders you have ah, bunch presets, you can't put a folder inside of this folder because light room can't see folders to deep can only see one folder inside of that folder, so whatever your preset folder is here, you can have one folder inside of it and that's it then you have to have presets immediately after that. So you see that develop preset inside there you can divide them up into folders and then you khun put him here now what if you wanted to duplicate presets? So if you were in light room and you really loved this, uh preset here that's called softy saturation you can't just duplicate you, khun, grab it and move it inside of light room. You can move it into other folders and it will physically move that precept file from here to another folder lite room's going to reach into the folder and drag it to another folder. It's going to physically do that on your computer so it's hard to then if you say ok, I want to duplicate a preset put it two different folders it's hard to do that unless you come to the actual folder where they exist on your hard drive, then you can just simply right click any of these, copy them and then go to any other folder and right click and paste so you just right? Click here and then you would pace the item and it would paste it into that folder so now you would have duplicates now why would you want duplicates? Because sometimes you're in this folder and you want something like for instance, you'll notice that I've gotta remove grain inside of this folder right here so if I were to let me zoom in on her and if I were to add grain say heavy grain, turn this photograph but then I think I don't really want that grain I can remove the grain with another preset right, so I may want to remove grain in this folder, but guess what in the black and white folder? I also have a grain remover right here and the reason for that is that everywhere you add grain, you might want to remove the grain or every pre set that you have the ads grain you might wantto pull it out for some reason so it's a good idea tohave duplicated presets everywhere so that they're useful to you but that's something that you can on lee do if you know where the actual presets on right ok now knowing where the presets are will also help you with some other things so you know where your developed presets are but now you also know where everything else is for instance, you even know where your email address book is in a light room five can email photos to people you just click on don't view you're in light room if I want to deliver this as a as a photo to someone like really quickly I just go file email photo right and when I do that it's going to open up a dialogue box I type in the two person and the subject and hit send and send it to my resident email program and aiken set up the presets of like you know what size I wanted and whether I wanted to have a logo on it things like that I can set that up is another preset gear that word preset even here inside of an email situation there's presets but also you can go in and say I want to send this to someone and I'm not gonna put my address book right now because I know I think it's a good idea to share my email address book with everybody in the world but if I click on a person's address and start typing it in like, for instance, and my wife or whatever it would pull up her email just like your email program does well, you you do that right? You get these e mails in here by typing him in the first time and then it well, you can add it to your email addresses, okay, so you can have a whole list of email addresses here. Now, if you synchronize with our sink box that will teach you how to do, then all those email addresses will be available in all your copies of light room, so that if you're constantly e mailing your brother photos that you did, all you have to do is just email and type in, you know, joe, and it'll pull it up and send it off. Okay, so down to an email address book is a preset inside of light room, often so that they're trying to even automate the idea of emailing someone. That's how important automation is a couple quick questions regarding this so two questions one is, if you're using, for instance, gmail or yahoo mail, can you connected through that? No more, your it's your local your local hope it's trying t it's trying to send it to whatever your email resident program is ok? And, you know, if you could set up groups like a group of people they goes out to, like, all my clients are all my all my family or that's well, you can certainly you can certainly put them in with a common between them. Perfect, but I don't know, I've never tried to like type in a group name and see if it would somehow register that group name. Okay, but as you start to type it, if auto fills it oh, great. And then you kick comma and that will register and then auto, fill that it's almost like, have you typed in key words on? Yeah, you know how auto for one of those, right? Yeah, right. So if it starts to auto fill the person's email address hit common, it'll just it'll just register that one. Okay. That's. Good. And then you start typing the next one. So doesn't take very long to internal group. You just happen to know have to know who they are. I've never tried to make a new email group. Okay, see if that works, but, um okay, so not only that, but you have your export actions, you have your export presets you have all of your presets, everything including fdp presets so if you're constantly using light room to ftp stuff up to a server, you can have those on there so you don't have to keep entering in the password in the path and all that kind of stuff as well as key word sets. So if you have a set of key words that you're constantly using, it could be sink to cross all of your computers so that you don't have to keep tight so it'll auto fill on your laptop and your desktop because you have the presets that are already embedded into your light room experience because it's gone all those key words in it. So as you make keyword set so everywhere that you need a preset to occur inside of light room is inside of here now here's an interesting one that isn't actually inside of white ruminant ships if you go here to publish services, see that folder published services okay, let me quickly introduce you to a published service just so anybody who doesn't know what a published services if you go into your library down to the bottom under the collections is a thing called published services and this is available, I think, on foreign five I don't think I don't think it was available in three, but foreign five have published services. Well published services air just a quick way to get something to a location, whether it's a hard drive or whether it's some place on the web like facebook so you can drag stuff in just like you would to a collection and then publish it and it will take care of all the publication of that image so that image can be placed on facebook from light room or it can be placed on your smugmug from light room so and we'll show you that as a plug in feature a little bit later I think we cover that on saturday is is published services but anyway so published services air right here but the interesting thing and here's a little warning about published services is that published services if you have a plug in that light room is looking at as a public service if you move so let's say you download a public service you find this you go oh, I want the smugmug published service and you download that plug in because of public service is a plug in you download the plug in from their sight and you and you put it on your desktop and then you install it into light room and then you delete the plug in from your desktop because you think it's in light room when you goto light room that little smugmug will be gray and say I don't know where the plug in is because you just deleted it so what I've done and fortunately light room doesn't delete folders inside of its light room folder so if you put folders in here of things that need to travel with light room it will leave him there even though they didn't create them it will leave them there and so I've put all of my published services inside of my preset folders so that it travels with light room anywhere I go so that way light room can always look to that folder for the plug in and the plug and will always be there right? So if you have a plug in that needs to travel between computers I would put it inside of this folder inside of the light room preset folders and make a folder for it as I have as the published services and we'll talk more about that when we make the sink box but the ideas that as you're moving from computer to computer you need all the same plug ins to be in the same places relative to what light room is looking for and so light room always knows where that light room folders it always knows where the light room precept folder is so that's your key to understanding what you can make sure light room always knows where it is that's the on ly folder light room never has to look for it knows where it is so no matter what I'll always be there so you can use that to your advantage and we'll show you how okay now if you are inside of this adobe folder there's some other things that you there are not inside of this light and folder which is a mystery to me why this occurs but there are other did you know they're presets let's go the develop module did you know there are pre sets in the tone curve so if you go to the instead of the regular tone curve where you like change your highlights dark slights that kind of stuff instead if you want to go to the point curve here so if you click on that little this little box here it turns to appoint curve where you can like start shifting it around and you can create presets for this for your tone curve so like if you were to you know just something like this and kind of make it a interesting you can save that as a preset now you see that so you can actually change this tone curve and then you can save it as a preset so you have all these presets s o I could say ok, this is a no blacks tone curve right and I can save it here is a preset all right, so that's a pretty fantastic deal to be able to do that ok, so if you want to find those presets however you have a problem because they're not in the precept folder it's weird they aren't here you you can look how I long for this and you will never find a tone curve precept folder inside of light room presets for it's weird I don't know why they put it there because it's part of camera raw and camera raw and I guess maybe we ought to explain what the difference is so you have two programs that dobie makes that works on these photos you have photo shop and you have light room both have more work on photos and in between the two of them you have what's called adobe camera raw and adobe camera is the engine that process is both programs so light room uses camera rob plus as a kind of is a plug in and photo shop uses it kind of is a plug in and so that can rob program is what's doing the processing and so there are certain things that they have chosen to put in the side of camera raw as opposed to in light room or in photo shop, so if you go right above the light room precept folder and again you can find the light room preset ful they're simply by going to preferences and then going into the preset and clicking on show light on preset folder right? So you can do that but you can go once you once it shows you where that folder is if you just look right above it there's one called kamerad and the camera raw folder has all of the pre sets that are associated with camera raul and so when we look at that we've got camera profiles so this is again if you go down to the bottom the calibration inside of white room go to the bottom of the calibration area there's a bunch of camera profiles here, right? If you were to add new camera profiles and we'll talk about making a camera profiles they would show up right here so everything that you're looking for is right inside of camera raw here's where these curves are so we can add all of these curves into the camera raw situation simply by having him in the right place. All right, so we have camera profiles, we have curved profiles, we have lens profiles, all of those things local correction profiles. All of these types of things are also important in photo shop and in light room in camera so it's just important to know that that's also there so you have the light room precept folder and then you have a camera raw folder and that camera roth holder gives you more stuff that's supposed to be available in light room okay, so you just have to make sure that, you know, are both places are and we'll talk a lot about those presets when we come back from lunch because we're going to actually go into the individual presets and we'll talk about working with him but for now, just I need everybody understand where things exist you'll also notice that inside of this application support so this this little all you have to do is find that lightning presets folder and it gets you really close to all of the other stuff that you need to know so like takes you into the underbelly of your computer and then you khun you can find the stuff you need to find so another couple things that you need to know where they are our things for instance like totally rad if you have totally rad plug ins and you have a bunch of recipes that you've put in they call in recipes that basically presets where do they keep him? They keep him in the application support folder in totally rad inside of a folder called recipes now we don't have any in here because I haven't placed any, but if I put any recipes they would show up right here, which means then I could copy them and I could send them to someone else's computer or I could make a drop box sink box and then we can have them shared between computers so I can have my presets inside of totally rad have those synchronized between computers so there's a lot of stuff we could start sinking but it's important to know where the recipes are so totally rad keeps there's in here visco keys keeps their stuff inside of here there's just a lot of stuff inside so if you're looking for nick software keeps stuff in here so there's all sorts of programs that are keeping little bits and pieces of things that you need inside of this application support folder, which is the same folder where adobe if you go up to adobe so there's aliens skin right there so alien skin keeps its exposure and then if you go from inside of exposure you can see all of the different things so if I want grain there's where they would keep grain stuff inside of alien exposure five so but if I go into dobie go down the light room there's where all my presets are and if I go to camera raw, there is where all the presets for camera arrr which are also utilized inside of light room kind so any questions out there about that that air coming in that need to be weii do have a few jared and I'm going to start with when you're talking you're originally we're talking about the sink box did I say that correctly, this thing and how it can sink across, you know, the different computers a cz faras, the plug ins in camera raw and potentially the plug ins there inside the totally rad folder? Do those do those sink as well? You can sink those as well. So for instance, if you look at my camera folder, there's a little arrow on this folder so that there's an arrow on this and an arrow on my light room folder and those indicate that they're not really those indicate that those are what their most people would call them a, an alias or a shortcut, but they're not actually, those there are similar to a shortcut or an alias, but they're not exactly that because there it's a different method for creating them, but they operate as kind of virtual folders, and they're happening through drop box and that's the sink box method, but it's very specific, so you gotta follow along with it, but anyway, anything that you do that too khun synchronize across any computer, but you just have to follow the method that I'll teach out to do so. Ok, fantastic! And we also have a question from papa t wanting to know the regarding the sink function sync function in regards to creative cloud. Okay, so there's another good point and we'll talk about that when we come right back to that in a minute perfect all market ok any other questions about um we're good to roll okay good all right, so um once you know the location of the things that you're going to be using then you have the ability to start synchronizing him start sharing with people a cz well is just installing things because they're you know they're some places like if you buy presets from some of the manufacturers they it's a whole company and so they have a program or that makes an install and you double click it installs and puts it where it needs to be but if you buy presets from me I don't have a program so I just give you the presets and then you can install them and you can either install them by going up and and going in and right clicking and saying import and then import a set of of presets or if you want to import, say, ten folders of presets if you just know where the presets reside, you can just simply go in there and grab a bunch folders and drag them in and then the next time you restart light room they'll be there so that's an easier way to install things but you've got to kind of know where they are incidently on my website if you go to jared pot workshops dot com, there are lots of videos on installing presets and stuff like that. Very easy to do. Just follow along and you you'll get it. But it's, a simple is simply just clicking on that developed preset, grabbing the folders of presets that you want in there. Remember, they could only be one deep and you put them into this folder. Once you restart light room, the presets air there that's for developed pre cents. If you have, like export actions, they need to go in this folder. If you have export presets, they need to go into this folder. So each folder is specific to its own type of preset, for instance, local adjustment presets. Those are the's things up here, like the brushes and the grady inst and stuff like that. Those air called local adjustment presets, and they have their own folder and there's the presets right there. So you got a bunch of presets there so that you don't have to. When you, when you go do a brush, you can choose what you're going to do without you. Keep setting the brush settings every time.

Class Description

Want to know how to tailor Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® to make them even more powerful? Join creativeLIVE instructor Jared Platt for a three-day introduction to the plugins that will change the way you use Adobe’s seminal programs.

Jared will guide you through a wide variety of plugins as he explains why and how to use each one. You’ll learn about building a workflow that incorporates plugins, saving you time and money in the post-production process. Jared will also cover ways to synchronize and implement plugins on multiple computers. You’ll also explore the built-in tools in Lightroom® and Adobe® Photoshop® for creating and implementing your own plugins.

By the end of this course, you’ll be ready to harness the power of plugins and take your image editing skills to new heights.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0, Adobe Lightroom 5