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Accessing plug-ins

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What I want to do here is showcase a different type of a plug-in. In this case, I want to showcase a stand- alone plug-in, versus something that you run inside of Photoshop. We'll be working on this photograph of one of my good friends, Matt Kloskowski. Matt is a great photographer and trainer. One of his favorite plug-ins is the one I'm going to showcase here. So what we do is select the image, then we go to our Photo pulldown menu, and then choose Edit In. Now we're actually going to skip Photoshop here. We're going to edit this file directly in this plug-in.

Accessing plug-ins

What I want to do here is showcase a different type of a plug-in. In this case, I want to showcase a stand- alone plug-in, versus something that you run inside of Photoshop. We'll be working on this photograph of one of my good friends, Matt Kloskowski. Matt is a great photographer and trainer. One of his favorite plug-ins is the one I'm going to showcase here. So what we do is select the image, then we go to our Photo pulldown menu, and then choose Edit In. Now we're actually going to skip Photoshop here. We're going to edit this file directly in this plug-in.

This one is called the Viveza. It's put out by the folks at Nik Software. So when I click on Viveza, I have the option: Do I want to edit the original file, or copy, or what? I'm going to go ahead and just edit a copy, because I haven't done anything to this photo in Lightroom. So I just want a copy of this actual JPEG here. Then I'll click Edit. This will then export this image and open it up in an external software program, in Viveza itself. Now I'm just using the trial version here, so I'll click on Demo.

You can download a 15-day full version of this plug-in. It's a great one. You may want to test it out. What you can see is that I have the image. I have a number of different controls. Here I'm going to go ahead and say, add a little bit of brightness. Structure also is really interesting. It adds some texture there. We could add a bit of contrast. Again, all that I'm looking to do is to kind of make this image snap even a little bit more. If you scroll down, you can see that you have some more controls. Let's warm this up even a little bit more.

Look at the preview. Here it is before, and then after. You can also do other things with Viveza. You can add what are called control points. So I can go ahead and click on this, and add a control point, which would just then affect this area. You can see how I'm just primarily affecting this center area of the image. I can go through these different fields and modify this and change these variables as needed. All right. Well, the intent here isn't to teach you how to use a plug-in but rather, showcase how you can use it from right inside of Lightroom.

Once you've your changes to the photograph, simply click Save. This will then save the file and reintegrate that back into your Lightroom workflow. Let's compare these two images. Well, here is the original image, which has a lot of snap, a lot of color. It's really vibrant and bright. But then, after Viveza, it even has more color, more color saturation, and more warmth. We're able to accomplish that with just a few adjustments. As you can see, there are certain plug- ins like this, which integrate really tightly into Lightroom.

Some of those plug-ins can really help us to give a boost to our photographs. So one of the things that I recommend is that you start to search around for different Lightroom plug-ins. You can almost always download a free trial. Test out the plug-in. See if it's something that might be of interest to you. Then if it is, consider purchasing it, so that you can integrate it into your Lightroom workflow, and ultimately, so that you can create more compelling and interesting photographs.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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