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By combining Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, you can take full advantage of each program's capabilities. Use Lightroom for photo organizing, sharing, and basic image enhancement. When you need more advanced retouching and editing features, one click sends a photo from Lightroom to Photoshop.
In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili shows how to combine both programs. The course begins with details on how to set up the two programs for maximum compatibility. The course then covers strategies for working with photos in a variety of formats, sending them from Lightroom to Photoshop to viewing the edited results in Lightroom. The final chapter demonstrates several real-world scenarios for using Lightroom and Photoshop together.
Another use for the second section of Lightroom's external editing preferences is to set up another pixel editor other than Photoshop so you have the option to pass files from Lightroom to another program. As an example let's set up Adobe Photoshop Elements as an additional external editor. I'll open my Lightroom preferences by pressing Cmd+Comma, that's Ctrl+Comma on a PC, and clicking the External Editing tab. Down here in the second section, the Additional External Editor section, I'm going to set up a preset for Adobe Photoshop Elements. But why do I want to have that? Believe it or not, Elements has some features, particularly some special effects, that Photoshop doesn't have.
So I would like to add Elements as an additional external editor. By the way, if I didn't have Photoshop on this computer, Lightroom would have automatically gone through my applications, found that I do have Elements on the computer, and made Elements the primary external editor. In that case, pressing Cmd+E or Ctrl+E on the PC would have handed the file from Lightroom to Elements by default. But since I do have Photoshop on this computer, Photoshop is automatically specified as the primary external editor up here in the first section. So back to the second section. The first thing I want to do is choose Elements in the Application field here.
So I'll click the Choose button and I'll navigate to the Elements Editor application in my file system. On the Mac I'll go to my Applications folder, and my Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 folder, and then I'll go into the Support Files folder, one that you might not think of, in order to find the file that launches Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. I want the file that launches the editor, not the Element's organizer or its welcome screen. So I'll select that and I'll Choose. The path on the PC is slightly different, there I'm looking for the Photoshop Elements Editor.exe file, which I'll find on the c drive in Program Files/Adobe/Photoshop Elements10/.
Next I'll choose the file properties that I want when I use Elements as my external editor. I'll set the File Format back to TIFF. I'll set the Color Space to Adobe RGB, the Bit Depth to 8 bit, and maybe I'll put the Resolution at 240 pixels per inch, just to make a set that differs from the others that I've made in this course. And this configuration will work just fine for most images that I would take from Lightroom to Elements for further editing. Now I want to save this as a preset, so I'll go up to the Preset menu and from there, I'll choose Save Current Settings as New Preset, and I'll give this preset a title.
I'll call it Elements tif argb 8bit 240 pixels. So that later, when I am looking to apply this preset, its name will remind of its contents. I'll click Create, and then I'll close the Preferences. So that's how to create an additional external editor preset for passing files from Lightroom to Elements. In the next movie, we'll see how to apply that preset.
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