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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.
In order to dig into how we can work with the Web module, what I want to do here is look at a realistic scenario, and in this case I have a folder full of 44 photographs that I've captured of this family, down at a local beach here in Santa Barbara. And what I need to do is I need to show this family these images, so that they can then determine which ones they want me to send them or which ones they want me to print. Well, what I want to do is I want to show the family, or the client for that matter, a couple of different versions of these photographs and I want to do that by way of a Web Gallery.
So first thing that I'm going to do is actually leave this folder and I'll scroll down to my collections. You may remember from a previous movie that we created a collection called Beach Family. Well, we're going to ignore that one for now and simply create a new collection set. We'll do so by clicking on the plus icon and then by choosing Create Collection Set. Here I'll go ahead and name this one Beach Family-Web, again just to highlight that that's what we'll be doing here, and here we'll simply click Create. All right. Well, now that we have that, let's click on the plus icon and create the collection.
The first collection that I want to create I'm going to call Color. I'll include this in the Beach Family-Web and then hit Create. What I need to do next is add images to this particular collection. To do so, we'll go back to our folder here, we'll go ahead and click on that folder, and then what we can do is say go to the Grid View by pressing the G key, and select all the images. Press Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on Windows. Well, now that we've selected all of those, we simply need to drag and drop those into that collection. All right. Well, if we target this collection, you can see that we have a lot of images inside of this.
Now, sometimes it's nice to modify to limit the images we work with. One way to do that is to double-click an image and then just use our arrow keys and go through this. And in this case, as I go through these images, I realize, you know what, there are some different options and who knows what the family might actually like. There are certain photographs that I like, but they may like some of the ones that are in between some of my favorites. So I'm just going to go ahead and leave all of those there. The next thing that I want to do is create another collection of all the black and white versions of the images.
So I still have everything selected here in the Filmstrip. If for some reason you deselected, well, you can always press Command or Ctrl+A again to select all of those. Next, click on the plus icon and here let's create another collection. This time we want to make new virtual copies. We're going to include all the selected photos. We're going to call this one BW for black and white. Let's click Create. Well, once this creates this collection, it's going to look identical to what we've seen before, in this case 44 color images.
So what we need to do is we need to convert all of these to black and white. One easy way to do that is to navigate to the Develop module and then in the Develop module here, I'm going to simply press the V key in order to apply a really generic black and white conversion. So there I've done that by simply pressing the V key. Next, if I wanted to, I could go into the Basic panel and modify this further, maybe add a little more contrast, increase the exposure a bit, add some fill light. Because sometimes with black and whites, it's nice to have a little bit more in regards to that contrast.
Or you can dial this in however you want. Next thing that we want to do is go ahead and apply this to all of these photographs. So here we'll press Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on Windows. Next, we'll click on the Sync... button. Whenever you see dots that means you're about to see a dialog if you click on this. So let's go ahead and click on that. It will open up this dialog here. I'm going to Check None. What I want to do is apply the Black & White conversion and also the Basic adjustments. So I'll click on these options here. Next, I'll simply click Synchronize.
This will then apply all these settings to this entire group of photographs, and you can see that as I click through these images, they're now all converted to black and white. And what's great about this is I have two different distinct collections: one with the color photographs, if we click on this version here, and then the other one with these black and white images. All right. Well, let's go back to the Grid View by pressing the G key and let's go back to our folder. Before we go to the Web module, let's just revisit that folder. Well, Beach Family you'll notice has twice as many photographs in it.
It has the color image and the black and white image, because we've created these virtual copies of each individual photograph. Now, sometimes when you go back to this folder, it may be kind of confusing to have both of these images in here. Well, in order to filter this out, simply press the Backslash key. That's a key that leans to the left. That will then open up your Library Filters. What you can do here is go to Attribute, and in the Attribute option you can choose just to view your Virtual Copies in this case. And I'll just click on that option there so I'm just viewing the Virtual Copies.
Or I can choose to view the Master Photos by clicking on this option and then clicking off Virtual Copies. Again, that can be a really quick and easy way to filter out the photographs that you're seeing here, inside of your main folder. Let's go back to our collection. I just wanted to show that in case that issue came up for you later. Well, again, here down in our collection, we have this black and white set of photographs, and we also have this set of color photographs. All right. Well, now that we have organized things with collections, let's go ahead and explore how we can create a Web gallery and we'll do that in the next few movies.
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