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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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