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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.
With this photograph, I want to briefly talk about how we can continue to further use the Camera Calibration panel. Well, there are a number of different uses for this panel, and for these controls. Because this is an Essentials course, we are not going to dig into everything, but I do want to point out that you can create your own profiles for your camera in different lighting situations, and you can use software and different devices, like, for example, the X- Rite ColorChecker Passport. And if you use that, you can create a profile and then select it here from this pulldown menu.
Or another thing you can do is start to evaluate your photographs, and if you discover, if the image is rendering, let's say your reds, a little bit too pink, well, you can then shift those. Here we can use this Red Primary, either making those reds more magenta or pink-looking, or we can drag this way, so they look a little bit more orange or yellow. So we can modify the tones in our photograph by using these different sliders. We can also use these sliders for creative purposes. Let's say that what we want to do is shift the reds a little bit, so we will go ahead and make those a little bit more orange, and then we want to remove the saturation.
With this photograph, we want to create kind of a muted contrast aesthetic. Well, here we have modified the reds. Let's go ahead and do the same thing with the blues, in this case, just desaturating those blues. We don't want them to be cyan or surreal- looking, so we will add a bit more blue there, but not so much that they become purple. So again, just modifying the color there a little bit and then desaturating, and perhaps finding just the right spot for that tone. Well, here at this juncture, we have an image that looks completely different. Let's click on the Flip switch to see the before and after.
Here's before and then after. Now, one of the things that's interesting to do is to modify these Camera Calibration controls and then to go ahead and create a preset based on some of these modifications, so that we can apply these particular settings to other photographs, as well. In order to do that, we will simply navigate over to our Presets panel, and we will go into our User Presets here. Next, we will click on the Plus icon, and then I am going to go ahead and call this one bleached color. Next, I will go ahead and turn off the options for everything else except for those Calibration Controls there, and then I will click Create.
Well, now here in my User Presets, I can take advantage of this particular control. And what I can do is select another image. In order to apply that preset, I simply need to hover over this to get a preview of what it would look like, and then click on that in order to apply that to that particular photograph. So as you can imagine, you can work with these different Camera Calibration sliders in order to come up with some pretty creative color combinations. And at times, you may discover that it might be worthwhile to save out one of those color combinations as a preset, so that you can take advantage of those settings at a later point in time.
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