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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the things that we discover when working with our Lens Corrections panel is that we have the ability to work with the vignetting, whether in the Profile or in the Manual option. Yet sometimes what we'll discover is that when we Enable Profile Correction with a particular lens profile, that we can modify the vignetting, but here we're seeing that it's not really affecting the image, or it's only affecting the lower portion of the image. Also, when we go to our Manual controls, when we make these adjustments again, they're just affecting that bottom portion of the image.
Well, what's the deal? Well, the reason why this isn't working is because we've cropped this photograph. If you press the R key, you'll see the actual image, and what happens is that in the Lens Correction panel that Vignetting control is controlling the actual pixel edge there. It's not controlling the crop area. So, if we want to work on the crop area, what we are going to need to do is to close Lens Corrections and then go down to the Effects. Now, here in Effects, you'll notice that we have the ability to add what's called Post-Crop Vignetting.
You'd also notice that we have three different styles for the type of vignetting that we can work with. Well first, let's deconstruct what we have here. I'm going to go ahead and lower the amount, then press the R key to exit out of that crop, so that we can see the area that we are affecting. I'll modify the midpoint, and the roundness, and the feather, as well. Now, this is a great way to deconstruct how each of the controls work. For example, now as I modify the roundness, I can see the different changes. Also, here we can see how I modify the midpoint, how that midpoint will be affected depending on the roundness, and then of course, the overall Amount, either darkening or brightening.
What's great about this is if we press the R key to activate the Crop tool, and if we reposition the Crop, say to something much smaller here, a much tighter photograph, you can see that this particular vignette follows the area that we've cropped. And that's really a good news, because it allows us to work with vignettes in a way that honors the crop that we've applied to our photograph. Well, here I have a pretty awkward vignette. This really wouldn't work, right? What could we do to make it better? Well, of course, we could add some vignetting there, little bit less of an amount.
We could change the overall size of this and then control this, again, one way or another just creating a little bit of a diffused, darkening effect around the perimeter, or edge of the frame. What's great about this is that now in Lightroom 3, we have different styles: Highlight Priority, Color Priority, and Paint Overlay. You can think of Highlight Priority as the same effect in a traditional lens vignette. Color Priority, on the other hand, tries to ovoid huge shifts or color issues inside of the vignette area.
Then finally, Paint Overlay is a little bit more like blending either black or white, depending on our Amount, in a graduated fashion. So what you'd want to do is make selections of the different options and explore how it affects different areas of the frame. Here you can see that it creates a different type of a look depending on the different option that we were choosing, and you can see that it's created even a different effect. So again, what you'll want to do is experiment with which one will work best for your photographs, and you want to play with these controls a bit, until you get it just right.
A lot of times what you can do is use these controls together in order to come up with a really nice effect. So here, I'll go ahead and pull this back just a little bit, so it's a bit more of a subtle effect there. And I'm going to go to that Color Priority which protects some of these colors down here in the lower portion of the image. I should also point out that the Highlight slider helps us to deal with highlights, because as a vignette travels over a brighter area, it should affect the area differently. This slider allows us to control that in some pretty subtle ways, to dial in just the exact type of post-crop vignette that we want to apply to our images.
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