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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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