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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 New Features, photographer and author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 brings to each phase of the photographic workflow—from importing and editing, to exporting and publishing. This course details Lightroom 3's new importing and asset-management features and its significant improvements in the Develop module, including enhanced sharpening and noise reduction. Chris also shows how Lightroom 3 broadens output options, and shares workflow tips and advice for upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with images processed in earlier Lightroom versions. Exercise files are included with the course.
In the Develop module, one of the features that we've seen before is Lens Corrections. Yet where this is located has shifted a little bit in Lightroom 3. You can navigate to the Develop module and then open up the Lens Corrections panel. It now has its own panel. And Lens Corrections involves how we can add Vignetting or deal with Chromatic Aberration. What this stems from is this idea that a lot of times when you are using a wide angle lens, you'll have a vignetting effect around the edges, or you may have some color problems. So with the vignetting effect, if you go ahead and decrease the Amount, what it's going to do is it's going to darken the edges of the frame, or if you increase the Amount, it's going to brighten the edges of the frame.
Now a lot of people use this for either corrective purposes or to creatively modify the image. Yet one of the problems with this particular effect is if we go to an image like this and go ahead and darken the corners, you notice that it's just darkening the lower portion of the image and the reason that's happening is because this photograph has been cropped. Well let's press the R key to view the crop. Here we can see the crop and so it's darkening all this area up here, but we are not really seeing that because it's out of the crop area of the photograph. All right. What we need to do in situations like that is go ahead and reset this vignetting.
You can do that by holding down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC. You'll notice that Lens Vignetting changes to Reset and then click on that. It will take it back to normal. We now need to travel to Effects. Effects actually are completely new inside of Lightroom 3 regarding how they function and what they actually look like. Well the first effect is called Post-Crop Vignetting. While we've seen this before, the way that this is applied has changed a little bit. So I am going to go ahead and darken the overall edges.
Here you can see I can bring the edges in even further. I can control the overall Roundness of the edges, and also the Feather of those edges. Now one of the things that's interesting in regard to this is we have a few different styles. We have one called Paint Overlay, another one called Color Priority, and then a third call Highlight Priority. Now each of these are going to interact differently whether the amount is decreased or increased. So whether we are making the edges a little bit more white or whether we are making them dark. So again going to Color Priority you can see more of the image through and then Painterly, we're seeing less.
So what you are going to need to do is experiment a little bit with your particular image, because a lot of this, the way that it interacts with the photograph is contingent upon what you have in the image. Yeah, we do have some new options. We also have this new slider which is titled Highlights and what Highlights allows us to do is to brighten up some of our highlights. So again if we darken the image a little bit, we can go in this Highlights slider and then bring back some brightness into some of these areas. If we have a high amount, well then the Highlights are to be disabled because we've already brightened those up.
Now if you ever want to see the before and after of this effect, well simply click on the toggle switch. Here is our before and then here is our after. All right. Well, what about this next option down here, Grain? Now we can not only correct our images or enhance them, we now have new creative control. So this kind of signals a new direction for raw processing. I am going to navigate over to my collection of black-and-white photos and I am going to select this middle photo here. In this particular image, what I'm interested in doing is making it look a little bit more antique.
And so I am going to go ahead and go into my Post-Crop Vignetting. I'm interested in darkening the edges there. And I am going to bring up my midpoint there and just going to look to try to have a nice dark edge and try to find a spot where that will work pretty well, and then dial this in a little bit further. All right, great, again. So I am just looking to try to make a little bit more of an antique affect. The Basic controls I am going to brighten this up a little bit. The image needs a little bit of overall brightening and that looks good. All right.
Well onto film grain. What we really need to do is to zoom into this one-to-one view and in this one-to-one view, here is where we can start to really see the grain and see how it's going to take effect. When I increase it drastically, you can see the amount of grain, the size is going to go from very small grain, all the way up to really big blocky grain where you can't really see the image very well. Now the Roughness slider, if I have a low amount of roughness, you can see how it's working and then when I have a high amount of roughness, it's going to make that even more painterly.
Now when I zoom out to Fit in View, we can't really see that effect. So what you are going to need to do is do the zoom in and zoom out to find the right spot. In this particular case, we are going to want to have much lower values. So I am going to go ahead and decrease these values and then zoom into 100% and pan around the image. In particular, I want to look at the face. Now one of the nice things about using film grain is that it can really smooth out some of that transition areas of your photographs. That can add a nice aesthetic or a feel. While I am liking how that's looking, I think that's going to print well, the last thing that I want to do here just for fun is to go into Split Toning.
Now this isn't new to Lightroom 3, but I thought it would be fun just to add a little bit of color to this image to kind of finish off this creative effect. One of the things that this particular control is getting me to think about is how can I start to expand my creative potential now working with Lightroom and now having ability to add some film grain. And the nice thing about raw processing is you can always undo this, so much so that you can simply flip a switch, and it's gone and you don't really have to worry about it. So as you start to dig into Lightroom 3, in particular as you dig into Lens Corrections and these effects, start to experiment with these a little bit so you can get a handle on them and also so that you can figure out how to best integrate them into your overall workflow.
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