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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Adding dimensions and contrast


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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

with Chris Orwig

Video: Adding dimensions and contrast

Here we are going to explore how we can modify dimension or contrast or highlights and shadows in a photograph. Let's zoom in on this image, and let's say that what we want to do is kind of enhance the shape of the muscles here. Bring those out a bit. To do so, we will use the Adjustment brush. Press the K key. Next, what we are going to do is have a nice low exposure--not too low, just a touch low. We want a lot of contrast there, maybe a little bit of clarity. Here I have a pretty low flow amount. Nice small brush, so I can get into the area that I want to work on.
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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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques
6h 45m Advanced Nov 23, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Maximizing file compatibility
  • Speeding up the workflow with automation
  • Working with catalogs, collections, and folders
  • Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
  • Performing and restoring backups
  • Setting up tethered capture
  • Advanced retouching techniques, such as eye enhancement and blemish reduction
  • Working with color profiles
  • Perfecting prints from Lightroom
  • Creating custom watermarks
  • Making a custom web gallery
  • Exporting and publishing photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Adding dimensions and contrast

Here we are going to explore how we can modify dimension or contrast or highlights and shadows in a photograph. Let's zoom in on this image, and let's say that what we want to do is kind of enhance the shape of the muscles here. Bring those out a bit. To do so, we will use the Adjustment brush. Press the K key. Next, what we are going to do is have a nice low exposure--not too low, just a touch low. We want a lot of contrast there, maybe a little bit of clarity. Here I have a pretty low flow amount. Nice small brush, so I can get into the area that I want to work on.

I am just going to trace over the areas where I am seeing shadows. As you do this type of work, you shouldn't see a huge drastic change. You should be able to build up this change little by little and then press the Spacebar key and pan around. And I'll go ahead and try to bring out some of these shadows down here as well and just try to bring that shadow detail out a little bit. And if we zoom out a touch-- let's press the backslash key--here it is: before and then after. Zoom in. Press H to hide our little node there.

That's where we started the adjustment. Now here is before and then after. You can see how again it's just bringing out a little bit of that shape. If we make our brush a touch bigger, we can start you have a little bit more transition too on some of those edges. If you want to add a little bit more in a couple other areas, or if you want more precision make your brush nice and small, and you can really get into small, little detail areas. Now the great thing about this is that we can always change this. For example, here I am going to go ahead and decrease my exposure. Now as I do that, you can see that it's darkening up these shadows even more.

Or as I paint, you can see they're going to become more distinct brushstrokes. Now if you make mistakes when you're doing this, especially at this high of a level, what you might want to do is go back and erase. And here I am going to make a few little mistakes on this area. So I just make my brush nice and big, hold down Option or Alt, and make it a little bit smaller there, and just paint this adjustment away. Again, it's much too strong over here. My lines weren't very straight. So you can see that all I am doing is painting over what I have done in order to bring this to a little bit more of a realistic spot, so that this looks a touch better there. Okay, great! Well our exposure is obviously too low.

I wanted to exaggerate to show you a lot of times you need to add some color. Click in your color here and then click and drag to the image and just add a bit of perhaps skin tone or maybe little but a yellow into the shadows, so they're not quite so black. Next, we went too far with that, right? And I did that to exaggerate. I want to bring that back to more reasonable spot there. Now when we press the Backslash key, you can see that before and then after. We are just bringing out some of those shadow details. If I zoom out a little bit more, you can see before and after.

Okay, well that's still too strong and too hard, so I am going to modify this a little bit. And then I'm also going to choose my Erase brush and just clean up a couple of areas where it got a little bit out of control. So I am just painting away the adjustment in just like few of these areas. Again, before and after. You can do that by pressing your Backslash key to see those previews before and after. And whenever you are making adjustments like this, you want to think about other areas of the image as well. Like one of the things I'm noticing is that this hand color is a little bit strange.

I think just because it's tucked in there, we have nice kind of golden skin. So if we want to change that, let's create another adjustment here. Press K once. Press it a second time. What I am going to do is just go down and choose Color. This will zero everything out, give me a color. Click on your color chip, and what you do inside of this field, as you have seen before, you click and then drag over the image until you get a nice tone. I am going to try to have a nice skin tone there. Next, I am just going to paint over this area of the photograph. And it looks like this skin tone is a little bit too faint for me, so now that I have the color, I can bring in--maybe it's a little bit more yellow would be nice there.

And I will increase the flow, so you can see where we are going, and then we will decrease the saturation a touch here too. Just a minute. All right, take some of the saturation of that original one out and maybe darken this up just a little bit too, just so that skin has little bit more consistency with the rest of the image. Here is before, and then here is after. And then you can see all those adjustments kind of stacking up together. Now that's a small adjustment, but what I am trying to illustrate here is that you can make these types of small adjustments to the different areas of your image, whether it's to darken, as we have done so here, or if we want to brighten, we could have an increased amount of exposure and paint across our highlights.

And what this can do for us, it can help us bring out different aspects of our image--sometimes to make corrections and other times to make enhancements.

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