Plugin Presets

 

Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® Plugins 101

 

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Plugin Presets

I want oh I'm going to start testing the let's let's just start with testing are totally rad presets so this comes from a company called totally rad totally rad makes what's called a rad lab rad lab is a plug in but they also make presets and so the rad lab is really cool and we'll talk about we'll show it tomorrow but the presets are you know they're really funky interesting process so if I were if I were to try and classify rad labs I would cut cross classify rad lab presets as crazy interesting funky presets like they you know I mean their logo is really gritty and here let me show you it's there so you can see there that's their logo so if that's their logo then you kind of get a sense of the kitschy nature of what they're trying to accomplish with their presets. And by the way here's the code plug in for a fifteen percent discount. So so it's good through september eighteen so if you if you want these you khun certainly go get those for fifteen percent off so but that's their logo...

and that's what they're trying to accomplish so let's go in here and use totally rat and I would keep the navigator open and I would literally just start at the top and just kind of scan through and see what it does to the images like this and then as I see something that I'm interested in as to you know, what is this thing doing? Then I would click on it so if it was like this bright side light, if I click on it, what did it do and then undo then redo and then undo and I watch I actually look over here to see what happens and so in this case it's just it's not doing all that much actually it's it's just simple the changing exposures and stuff like that it's not doing a lot to the image now I might go in the tone, kurt, maybe it's doing something there no it's not doing anything, they're so I'm investigating what this thing is doing if I'm interested in it and in the most cases I'm not really interested in anything in the basics because what what totally rad did in their basic settings is they just got a bunch of presets that you can click on and it's changing the exposure and the highlights and the shadows and the whites and that's a that's a philosophy I don't agree with. I do not agree with the idea of changing your exposures and your highlights and your brightness and your whites and stuff like that inside of a preset because each image is different, so I try and create presets that specifically target everything outside of the basic settings because the basic settings air very, very unique to every single image that you shoot and hopefully we're all exposing our image is very close to you know correct so hopefully we're all all of our images air very well exposed but you're always tweaking images here and they're based on what the problem of the images and that's for the basic panel s o I don't find the need to use any basic presense especially considering and we'll talk about this next during the next session right? At the end of the day we're going to talk about these this is the rpg keys so with rpg keys I don't need toe have a preset turn a shadow or highlight upper down to me that's a waste of a click because I can do everything from this keyboard so if I want to do that same thing so I could go to the totally rad basic preset and say, oh, I'm going to do a bright side light so that's what it did to it right it that's what it did well if I want to do that same thing, then all I need to do is use my keyboard and choose oh, I want my exposure so I'm just going to click on exposure and I want that to go up ok, I'm done I didn't even have to go over and find a preset click it to have a slider move, I just pushed this key and it did that. Ok, so so think about the process you're making and using and buying if they're just doing very basic image adjustments. That's not really a valuable thing for a pre set to be doing so that being said, the totally basics from rad lab get deleted because all they're doing is the basic stuff that's not to say that the rest of them are in some way valuable, but that one folder gets the leading so there's a really long answer to her question, which is, what do you do on the day you collect a set of images that kind of show the basic everything that you do? And then you start looking through folders one of the time, and you just click so here's the black and whites for rad lubbe ok, that looks interesting, so let's, click on great white. Okay, what does it do? Well, it changed the clarity it changed the highlights, it changed the contrast, it changed the white balance so it's changing a lot of stuff in the basics, which I don't necessarily agree with, but it's also changing what let's see great white it's changing anything the black and white setting so if you go here and click on that like that, so it's changing black and white settings so that the reds air going up a little bit yellows air going down so I'm investigating what it's doing because I kind of like the punch iness of it but I don't like you'll see that it's creating a little bit too much punch on their faces and that's all a result of this clarity knob so they punched the clarity too high and it's starting to make the faces look bad so I pulled the clarity back down then I like that I like that effect that's a pretty good black and white so if I like that then I'll keep that one but I might have to do some changing to it so if I've changed it like for instance I just changed the clarity so I'm going to make note that I need to get rid of the clarity because I don't want it playing with the clarity so I make a note about that say ok, I like everything about this preset except for the clarity and then I also want to go in and I don't have to worry about setting the clarity to a specific point I just have to know that I don't want it and then I just have to go back and click on it again and undo and click on it again and undo and click on it again and undo right so and I can just reset the image and then I can click on it again and undo or aiken g o I had a little bit of adjustments to this to begin with, so I can go down here in the history, go back up to great white, and I'm just going to go back and forth and see what it's doing to my image, and I can see well, I all right, what is it doing to the image that I wanted to? I wanted to work in the black and white settings, so I say yes on the black and white, no on the clarity, what else don't want it to d'oh I can deal I I could bet here's the thing they probably should have been using the tone, kurt, to create the contrast on not the contrast, because contrast is kind of like a it's like a real basic thing, and so usually I would want that to be left for the image itself, and then I would use the tone curve to add like a stylistic contrast. So the contrast contrast would be something to normalize the image, and then the tone curve would be the contrast, but I can I can be ok with someone moving the contrast, so let's just say, we're going to keep the contrast, but I don't want to change the temperature that doesn't make any sense. So why am I going to change temperatures? So I say no on the temperature and once I'm armed with all of the I've investigated, I know what I like and don't like about the way the priest said is being done, then I will apply the preset so I go over and click on great white click on it and then I right click it and say update the current settings when I update the current settings I turned everything off, so check none and then I start to add things that I've made notes about, so I say ok? We wanted to contrast, we wanted the clarity when what we didn't want the clarity, but we wanted the black and white treatment of the image there was no split tones or anything like that, so that's pretty much everything, and then you get a decision as to whether or not you're going to use the process version. The process version is just whether or not it's a light room five and four thing, or whether it's a light from three thing or that's a light from two thing because it will actually literally change your sliders and stuff like that. So generally speaking nowadays I'm trying to force things in the light room five if they're being used, but if it's something that's just treatment black and white in contrast those things haven't changed from light room to delight room five other than just how good they are but they haven't changed in the slider or whatever so you can just literally leave that and this so this preset that I'm updating is goingto work art in light room five, four, three, two and one it'll work across the board if you're using something like upright mode, this preset would on ly work in light room five, so you would have to force people into the process version two thousand twelve so that it would be available for lighter on five so that's all I need to do and I update so I have just updated that great white setting and now watch what happens if I goes back into my history and change this thing to normalized, right? And then I go back up to great white watch watch over here in the clarity and up in the contrast in the temperature and see what happens when I click on it, see how much better the preset is now it's not it's, not because what's happened is is no longer taking my temperature to a different temperature it's no longer taking my highlights down because I didn't choose him, so now those highlights that were there before are staying there, so I have just in effect taken something that rad lab worked on and I basically gutted about forty five you know, about sixty percent of it, I got it and took what I liked about it and kept it, and now I have something that's uniquely mine just came as an idea from them now it's me, so now I'm going to put it into my collections. So what you're going to do now is you're going to take this a little black and white, great white, whatever, and you're going to drag it it's no longer rad labs now it goes into the test folder and that's or name a folder dragging into there. Those are the ones you're keeping, and then you start going through all of them like that, you just keep going scan all that looks in using, try a play around with, see what it does if you like it, great, drag it up if you if you like it, but you need to change it, investigate, figure out what it needs to, how it needs to change, change it, rename it or don't, and then move it up. At one point, you're going to come into here and you're going to find that you've got a whole bunch of different like you've got this one, you know, warm tones, split tone edition thing, you've got a portrait film, you know, version, you've got a great white version you've got remove a grain remember you've got all sorts of stuff even throwing in there and at that point then you can start renaming him you can right click this and say, well, it's no longer great white because I shifted it it's no longer you know what rad lab had done its now what I did it's it's my version of it and if you want, you can keep the rad lab names so that it so that you know what you're looking at but in my instance, what I would prefer to do is I would write click it and I would rename it and I would I would name it something that makes sense so I would say, ok, this is going to be number forty five and it's going to be black uh just vw black and white with, uh, auto color and contrast so the auto color adjustment is the color adjustment within the black and white. So the auto it's basically doing an auto adjustment of the colors within the black and white and then and contrast because remember, we let it add the contrast, and so we hit ok? And now instead of a great white, which doesn't mean much, much anything, anything like that, I was glad you change that's that was people have been asking about that, right? Yeah doesn't mean anything now it means something now I know it's black and white with auto color in contrast and now wherever I put that it's going to make sense to me I can throw in a black and white folder aiken could mess with it play with it so just because I'm saying that great white is not a good name and that and that sixty percent of what they did I got it does not mean it wasn't worth purchasing right? It just means that I have to take the violin the strata various that I buy and I still have toe tweak it and tune it and play it with the right feeling and put the right chin rest that fits my chin onto the violin it could be the most amazing thing that you can buy but it still needs to be tweet fit me terrific and from a workflow standpoint when you're doing this and you're testing this out, do you well I'm going to come back to the number because you numbered years in your renaming so I'm going to ask you about that but do you ever duplicate and then alter thank you that's a great question I don't duplicate and then alter because I don't want to keep the original right if I'm all train on altering it because it needs to be altered right? But I do duplicate okay that's important because if you look at my and again my my presets of very workflow oriented so I want to get things done and so if you look at my everyday favorites folder I have a whole bunch of stuff and some of them are black and white stuff and some of them are color stuff there's all there's all sorts of things that I'm working on inside of these but it's everything that I would do on a regular basis so with those thirty or so presets I can accomplish ninety nine percent of what I do just with those and then I have to go down and tweak a couple or play with a couple somewhere here there and then occasionally over the last month I've been scanning down and spending hours and visco going, you know, because they're just so many, you know, there's just so many and what we'll get into that in a minute so but you'll notice then that there are other folders that say black and white this black and white folder has many of the same presets that air up here in the favorites because I want them to be in my everyday favorites, but I also want all of my black and white options in one place so if I decide I'm going black and white on this photo and what I have in my everyday favorites isn't going to do it because I only have two or three in my everyday favorites then I would go ok, I'm really want to work on this is a black and white simon and go down to my black and white segment and see that black and white segment has enough to just barely fit inside of the area, but now I can start rolling through those and see what it's going to do to the images as I scroll through it and right now it's not but held on to me sometimes if you just tap in and out, they're so you can see what I could do with the image just by scrolling over you know all of these, but if I decide that one of these is fantastic, so let's just say I went to this, you know, really aged paper, so if I click on the aged paper and I really like that effect and I think you know, I'm using that a lot more often I want to duplicate it and put it in my everyday favorites, so what I'm going to do is I'm gonna right click it because I can't I can't duplicate from here I think it's a flaw light room should have allowed you to hit duplicate and then moving right, but hopefully from six cross our fingers, I do a lot of finger crossing with that, but anyway, if you can't do it here you can always go and say, showing finder it's going to show me that folder in the finder. Then I can write click that one and copy it and then go back up here. And so this is the folder it's in go to my everyday favorites folder, right? Click that and paste the item when I paste that item. Then when I come back here and restart light room, that item will be here. I have to restart light room to do it, but it'll it'll come up there and so then from then on out I'll have that in my everyday favorites. You numbered it. You put a number in your renaming, the reason we numbers to keep them in position. Thank you. So they because it's alphen americ the only way to hold black and white next to see pia is to put a number in front of it instead. Because otherwise black and white would be here. Cpi would be down here, so the number just holds it in position. Can I throw one more question? Yeah, brian g would like to know is your comprehensive preset collection updated for light room five my light room preset collections have my my comprehensive collection was updated the light room five when light from three came out and then and that that's not saying that I have learned five at that time, it just means that I developed my presets in such a way that they don't aren't dependent on what light room you're in great, so all of them work in light room five. However, I am just finishing up a light room five siri's that will then update that collection, and anybody who buys my presets has access to the presets forever, and so when it gets updated, they could just go back onto their account and updated again. They can just download the new files that will be up there. So you basically you're not buying a set of presets you're buying access to that set of presets anytime I update it's great, we're buying a subscription to your subscription to the previous preset yeah, and then I'm actually adding a lot of tools for light room as well in the new preset collection as well. So but there's about there's, about ten new presets that air going in to update that collection, but it's not to fix things it's just adding more things to it because light room five gave us more abilities. Great, but yeah, they all work in fighting five, so if you purchase today or tomorrow or whatever during the fifty percent off sale in two weeks or three weeks. When we update the light room five, you'll get an email. And you could just go and download it. And you'll have the newer ones, too.

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

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