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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.
Here I want to briefly talk about how we can have more control over the way Lightroom names our files when we open a file and edit it and then save it inside of Photoshop. Well, here you can see I have a photo of my daughter Annika swimming in a pool in Costa Rica, and let's say that I want to open this one up in Photoshop. Well, before I do so, I am going to navigate to my Edit pulldown menu and then select Preferences. Now, in the Preference dialog, what we're looking for is External Editing, and then we are going to go down to our Edit Externally File Naming.
Now, we have a number of different options here. We can click on this pulldown menu and choose something say, for example, like Filename. This will update how this will be displayed. In this case, it will show the file name, which would be costa_rica_01, dot, whatever file format here--in this case TIF--we've chosen up top in our Edit in Photoshop CS5 options here. We can also choose some other naming conventions as well. Let's say we want a custom name. Well, we could add that, and here you can see it's updating this to show us how this may be displayed.
Now, if we want to go even further-- for example, let's say we like Filename-- but we want more than that, we can then go to Edit. When you click on Edit..., or whenever you see dots for that matter, that's Adobe's way of saying, "Hey! A new dialog is going to show up. We're going to have some options. We can dial this in or finesse this." So let's go ahead and click on that. Here you can see we have the Filename Template Editor. Now I could add some more information to this. Currently, we have the filename. I could also add to that perhaps that an original number suffix, or something like that.
You can see it's appending that to the end of this. You see that we have a number of different options in regards to--we could add some metadata, some dimensions. And all you have to do is to click on those options in order to be able to see that in the Filenaming Edit field here. Now, once we create a preset, what we can then do is save this out as a new preset. And I will go ahead and do that just for demo purposes, and then I will click Create and Done. Well now, here you can see we have this new naming convention. I am not necessarily saying you should use these variables; rather, I am just trying to show you that you can customize this.
What you want to do is dial this in or customize it so that it fits your overall workflow. Well, here for the sake of a demo, I am going to go back to something really simple like Filename, and then I'll go ahead and cancel out of the Preference dialog, and now I am going to open this image up inside of Photoshop. You press the shortcut: On a Mac, it's Command+E. On Windows, it's Ctrl+E. Now, that's one of the shortcuts you just have to learn, because it's something you're going to be doing all the time. So here, we've opened this file up inside of Photoshop.
I will go ahead and apply an adjustment, let's say make a really simple curves adjustment. I want a little bit more contrast here, and a little bit more brightness-- just add a bit more of a snap to that. Here is our before, and after, a really simple edit. Let's save this file. To do so, we can navigate to the File pulldown menu and choose Save. Or you can press the shortcut: on a Mac, Command+S--Windows, Ctrl+S-- and then we'll go ahead and close the file. And we will choose File, and then here we will simply click on Close or press the shortcut there.
Well, now you can see we have this new file. It's titled costa_rica_01.tif. So the only difference between these two files is what file format it is, in regards the overall naming convention. Now, you can get really creative with how you name these files, and you really want to think about this. And you want to create a naming convention that you'll be able to use long-term-- something that will last for you, something that will make sense. Whether it's simply keeping that -Edit on there or perhaps leaving it the same file name, and just having a different extension--whatever it is, choose an option which will work best for your overall photographic workflow.
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