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Creating presets for editing in Elements

From: Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

Video: Creating presets for editing in Elements

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.

Creating presets for editing in Elements

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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Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

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  1. 10m 38s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 4s
    3. Why use Lightroom and Photoshop together?
      5m 58s
  2. 16m 37s
    1. Setting Lightroom preferences for editing in Photoshop
      6m 20s
    2. Setting file naming preferences in Lightroom
      4m 27s
    3. Maximizing PSD compatibility in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    4. Matching color settings
      1m 10s
  3. 24m 25s
    1. Passing raw files from Lightroom to Photoshop
      8m 17s
    2. Handling mismatches with Open Anyway
      6m 21s
    3. Handling mismatches with Render using Lightroom
      4m 43s
    4. Updating your software
      5m 4s
  4. 19m 41s
    1. Passing non-raw photos from Lightroom to Photoshop
      4m 9s
    2. Choosing Edit a Copy With Lightroom Adjustments
      5m 26s
    3. Choosing Edit a Copy
      3m 59s
    4. Choosing Edit Original
      3m 34s
    5. Revisiting edits
      2m 33s
  5. 17m 9s
    1. Creating presets for editing in Photoshop
      4m 51s
    2. Passing photos to Photoshop with presets
      4m 48s
    3. Creating presets for editing in Elements
      3m 4s
    4. Passing photos to Elements with presets
      4m 26s
  6. 10m 44s
    1. Sorting and stacking edited photos in Lightroom
      5m 1s
    2. Synchronizing metadata between Lightroom and Bridge
      5m 43s
  7. 56m 22s
    1. Building a panorama with Lightroom and Photoshop
      6m 57s
    2. Creating an HDR image with Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 51s
    3. Creating a Photoshop Smart Object from Lightroom
      6m 32s
    4. Opening as layers in Photoshop from Lightroom
      4m 47s
    5. Applying photographic filters
      5m 33s
    6. Photo compositing
      7m 30s
    7. Making precise local corrections
      5m 28s
    8. Retouching and removing content
      6m 36s
    9. Enhancing photos with text and graphics
      7m 8s
  8. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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