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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques
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Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile


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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

with Chris Orwig

Video: Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile

When you purchase the ColorChecker Passport, it comes with a DVD, and on that DVD is an external application. Now, that little program is essential, because what you can do is you can run that program as a stand-alone application or you can run it from right inside of Photoshop. So be sure to install that application, and then you're ready to go to the next step. Now, typically what we're going to do is just work in Lightroom. Yet, before we get to Lightroom, I want to showcase how you can work with this application, or program, as a stand- alone application, just so you can kind of deconstruct what's happening, so you really get familiar with how this works. And then we'll say, okay, now in a more realistic scenario, how do we work with this just in Lightroom? Okay.
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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

Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile

When you purchase the ColorChecker Passport, it comes with a DVD, and on that DVD is an external application. Now, that little program is essential, because what you can do is you can run that program as a stand-alone application or you can run it from right inside of Photoshop. So be sure to install that application, and then you're ready to go to the next step. Now, typically what we're going to do is just work in Lightroom. Yet, before we get to Lightroom, I want to showcase how you can work with this application, or program, as a stand- alone application, just so you can kind of deconstruct what's happening, so you really get familiar with how this works. And then we'll say, okay, now in a more realistic scenario, how do we work with this just in Lightroom? Okay.

Well, first things first. Let's go ahead and launch the application. You can see I have it here. It's called ColorChecker Passport. Well, what you can do with this stand-alone app is you can select a DNG file, drag and drop that into the application, and it's going to analyze the photograph. It's looking for that ColorChecker chart, and typically what you want to do is make sure that your ColorChecker chart takes up at least 10% or 20% of the frame. And here we can see that the ColorChecker application is thinking, and now it has found the chart.

It has zoomed or cropped into that area, and you can see it's identifying all these different little color swatches or color squares here. Well, what it can do then is analyze each of those squares. Why is this important? Well, in color management, the goal is consistency and accuracy-- consistency when you see color, and then when you capture it and then when you work on it and eventually recreate it. What happens is each camera and each camera's sensor actually sees or renders color in a little bit different way.

So what you can do is you can create a profile for your particular camera in a particular lighting situation. Well, what I'm going to do is go ahead and create a profile for this. I'm going to name this one starfish, because there are some starfish there in the background. I'll call this "starfish-1." I'll click Save. It will then save that profile. Now, again, typically you don't need to go to this stand-alone app, yet I'm showing you what's happening here because I think it's kind of helpful to see how it's identifying these different little swatches, and how it's analyzing that information.

All right! Well, how are you going to more typically work with this particular application? Well, if you're a Lightroom user, it's incredibly simple. What you'll do is you'll start off in Lightroom. And here we'll choose that same exact image. And what we want to do is create a profile from this image, yet we don't want to leave Lightroom. We don't want to export a DNG and launch another application. That would be really tedious. Rather, we want to have this really tight cohesive workflow. So there are two ways that you can work with this. The first technique that you can use is to go to your File pulldown menu and then choose Export.

In the Export dialog, you'll see that you'll have an X-Rite Preset for your ColorChecker Passport. Click on that option, and I'll go ahead and name this one "starfish-2," just to have something different. And you'll notice you have a few other variables here. You can click on this button here to open up a user guide, and that user guide is a really valuable document. It's packed with interesting information, which will help you dig deeper into this topic. There also are some other fields here, which you can see. I'll go ahead and collapse these, so that we can see all of these.

It shows us our calibration status, it talks a little bit about using our profile, and also it will provide you with some more resources or training. So again, once we've gone here, all that we need to do then is click Export. This will then process this particular file, and it will create a profile of this image. All of this will happen in the background. In other words, while this is happening, I could go to some of my other images. I could start to work on those photographs however I see fit. That's one of the great things about Lightroom is that this type of work can always take place in the background. Okay.

Well, I talked about how there is another way, perhaps an even better way, to create your profile, and here is how you can do it. What you can do is select an image. In this case, I'll select a different photograph. And before I do so, let's look at this dialog. It now completed creating the profile, and it says, "Hey, it was generated successfully. Lightroom must be restarted to activate the profile." Well, I don't want to restart Lightroom just yet, because I want to create one more profile. So here, I'll click OK. As I mentioned, I want to select another image with the Passport in it in order to create a second profile for a different scenario, a different lighting situation, et cetera.

Well here, perhaps even more quickly, we can go to our File pulldown menu, and then we can choose Export with Preset. And when you choose Export with Preset, all you need to do is to choose a preset for the ColorChecker Passport and then give this one a name. I'll go ahead and call this one lynda-bag, because this is a lynda.com bag here. It's a computer bag that I just thought looked interesting, and I saw it sitting on the floor here as I walked in this morning, so I snapped a picture of it.

Here I'll go ahead and click Save in order to create that profile. Again, all of this is going to happen in the background. You can see that by using this technique, we don't really have a new dialog. We don't have to scroll through things or double check anything. It's just a really quick and fast way to actually generate or create that profile. All right! Well, while it's creating that profile, we can of course go on to do other things or just wait for it to be completed. All right! Well, now that it's completed, we can go ahead and click OK. Well, now let's take a look at how we can actually use those profiles, and let's do that in the next movie.

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