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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we are going to take a look at what happens when we modify a PSD, TIFF or JPEG file, what are some of the considerations in regards to our Edit In Photoshop options when working with files like that. For example, here I have a PSD file. Now this could be PSD, JPEG or TIFF, but just for the sake of a demo, I've chosen this file, it's in the subfolder, Chris. What I am going to do is navigate to my QuickDevelop settings and I go to Color Presets and select one of these Cross Processing presets. Now this is a little bit over the top, but I think it will illustrate kind of how we can then process or work on these files.
Again, it doesn't matter the file format; we can use the Lightroom controls in order to change the way they look. What happens is these adjustments, they aren't really part of the file until we export or edit the file in another application. So let's say we're ready to edit this one in Photoshop. Well, we'll press our shortcut, we've learned that before, its Command+E or Ctrl+E in order to select Edit In Photoshop or we can choose Photo > Edit In and then Edit In Photoshop. This will then open up our dialog.
We've seen this before. Well, let's look at the three different options, starting off with Edit Original. If I select Edit Original, what's going to happen is it will open up the file without any Lightroom adjustments applied to it. Interesting, it strips off all of those adjustments. Let's close this file. Let's go back to Lightroom here and let's try our shortcut, Command+E or Ctrl+E. What about Edit a Copy? What this would do is it would actually duplicate the file, it would create another PSD document but the Lightroom adjustments wouldn't be visible.
This document would become part of our library over here. Now why would you want to do that? Well, you could do that if you want just, say, another version of the file without all those Lightroom adjustments on it. Let's see what this looks like. We'll click Edit. Once this opens up in Photoshop, we're going to see that we won't have any of those adjustments here. We'll go ahead and close it; we just have a copy of the file again. None of the adjustments we applied in Lightroom. Well, let's look at the third scenario, Command+E or Ctrl+E in order to Edit In Photoshop. Here we can Edit a Copy With a Lightroom Adjustments.
Now this is the only option where all of our work in Lightroom will be rendered or baked or included or be part of this file. In other words, if we select this option, it will render all of those adjustments into the document before it even gets to Photoshop. So this is the only way to see all that we've done in Lightroom in the file once we get to Photoshop. So here, let's go ahead and click Edit. Now it opens up this dialog, what do we want to do? Who do we want to have render this file? Do we want to have an older version of Camera RAW that's kind of outdated in Photoshop do the rendering? Well, always, of course, you want to have the latest version of Camera Raw do the rendering.
So we'll click on Render Using Lightroom. This will then create another version of the document. You can see it's generated this file, brought it into Lightroom and then just to make something different here, let's go to Hue/Saturation, for instance, and let's just change may be our Hue. Let's do something really dramatic here. How about -- actually, I'll choose Colorize. I am just trying to look at something that will make this file look different in our library catalog down here. And the let's go ahead and close the file and save it, while we close it and we'll choose all these TIFF options. Sure that's fun.
Now back in Lightroom, what we can see is we'll have this file, and this was the one that allowed us to have all of those settings applied to it and then it brought open in Photoshop and then we could kind of take it even further. In other words, if we want to use or take advantage of all that we've done inside of Lightroom, what we need to do there is to choose this third or top option, Edit a Copy with all these Lightroom adjustments applied. Now keep in mind all of these settings, well, they are relevant, whether we're working with a PSD, a TIFF, or JPEG, it doesn't really matter.
And my hope is by kind of breaking this down that this process of working between Lightroom and Photoshop, well, my hope is that it will become a little bit more clear or easy so that you can start to figure out well, what option is going to be best for me. Let's recap a little bit. Well, you may want to choose Edit Original; if you don't want to see any of the Lightroom Adjustments or maybe you haven't made any, that's a good option. Edit a Copy if perhaps you just want another copy of the file without Lightroom Adjustments to kind of compare or contrast or have some way to look at what you've done. Or you can, of course, choose this third option if you want to have all that you've done in Lightroom included, embedded, rendered as part of that file.
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