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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.
Typically in Lightroom, we start off by working with RAW files. Yet, we also work with other file formats like TIFF or PSD or JPEG. Now, what're some of the considerations when editing those files in Photoshop? How can we have a tight and seamless workflow when we have these different file formats? Well, that's exactly what we're going to talk about here. Now, this topic can be a little bit confusing. So what I'm going to do is use a few different images and kind of simulate walking through various steps.
What this will do is as we edit these files in Photoshop and come back to Lightroom, my hope is that this will make it clear. It'll show us why we might choose some of these different options or settings. Alright, let's start off with this image here. It's titled sara.tif. Now, this is a file that I worked on in another Photoshop Training Course in the lynda.com Training Library. This file now has two layers in it. It's a layered TIFF file. What I want to do is open this file up in Photoshop, because I want to apply an adjustment there.
Well, how can I do that? We can use our shortcut key. It's Command+E on Mac, Ctrl+E on Windows. This will open up this dialog. It's asking me, well, how do I want to edit this in Photoshop? Let's look at all three options, but start off by looking at Edit Original File. Well, if I want to edit the original file, I'll click Edit, it will open this file up. Here I am going to press F to go to Full Screen View mode, and then just double-click a little bit, so we can see this image a little bit more clearly.
Here we have the full layered file. Here are just two layers of background layer and then some sharpening applied to the top layer. Well, let's say that I want to apply another adjustment, a Black & White Conversion. I'll click on my Black & White icon here in the Adjustment panel and maybe just brighten up the reds. Now, my point here isn't to teach Photoshop but just to kind of simulate, making some sort of an adjustment. I'm choosing Black & White because it's really easy to see. Well, I'm ready to save and close this file. So I'm done with Photoshop, I go to File, I choose Save.
That will then save the file, and then I choose File and then Close. Well, if I go back to Lightroom here, we can see that now, this original file has been modified and Lightroom now knows it's been modified. That's what's great about Lightroom and Photoshop. They communicate. They get along. Yet, let's say I decide, you know what, I don't like the Black & White. I really liked it better in color. Well, no big deal. We simply reopen the file the same way we did previously. We press Command or Ctrl+E, edit that original file, we'll click Edit.
This will then open up the file here. I'm going to trash the Black & White layer, I don't like that, and then I'll go ahead and save and close this file, File > Save, and then File > Close. Then again, we go back to Lightroom and we can see Lightroom now is aware of those changes that we made in Photoshop. So here, all I'm trying to do is kind of illustrate this idea between how Photoshop, and Lightroom communicate together and also how we can choose the original file. Well, why would we choose that? Well, we would choose that if we haven't made any changes to the file inside of Lightroom.
We just have a file that is a TIFF file. We haven't touched it with Lightroom, or Lightroom controls and we just want to access that in Photoshop. Okay, well that's easy enough. Yet, what about the scenario say where you have a file that's a TIFF, PSD, or JPEG, and you've made changes to it in Lightroom? Well, what then are some of the options or considerations? Well, let's take a look at that and those scenarios in the next movie.
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