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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.
Learning how to develop a solid workflow which includes working Lightroom and then editing our photos in Photoshop is really essential, because so often what we can do in Lightroom is we can take our image to about 80 or 90% completion and then the final steps, the finishing, the magic, well, that really happens in Photoshop. So we need to figure out how we can work with different file formats, how we can open those up inside of Photoshop, and then come back to Lightroom, and how we can kind of make sense of this overall process. Well, what I want to do here is take a look at a few different file formats which will help us kind of deconstruct how we can best work with Lightroom and Photoshop together.
Well, let's start off by navigating to this folder, Becky. Here we have a typical scenario; we have a few Raw files. Well, we process the files in Lightroom and then we are ready to edit these in Photoshop. Well, how can we do that? Let me show you a couple of different ways that you can access the controls in order to do this. First, we can go to the Photo pull- down menu and then choose Edit In and here we can select whatever we defined as our Presets, remember that we did in that previous movie. These were the Presets for the first one, the primary which was the TIFF file, ProPhoto, 16-bit, really big wonderful full file or the one which was a little bit smaller.
So again, we can choose whichever option we want to choose here. You'll also notice there are some valuable shortcuts. This is a shortcut you just have to write down because it's going to be one that you'll be using quite frequently. On a Mac, it is Command+E, on Windows that's Ctrl+E, the shortcut to Edit In Photoshop. Alright, well how else can we access that menu? You can also hover over your image and right-click or Ctrl+Click, go to Edit In and you'll see that same exact menu there.
Alright, well, because I think the shortcut is so valuable, let's use that so we can start to integrate it into our workflow. We have a Raw file, let's say we've worked on it, we're ready to go to Photoshop. We press Command+E or Ctrl+E and as we do that, we get this interesting warning dialog. And this dialog is actually really important. So let's talk about it. It says hey you know what, the version of Lightroom that you're running, it's not the same as far as the Camera Raw stuff as the version you have in Photoshop. In other words, in my scenario, the version of Camera Raw that I have here is newer than the version I'm running it with Photoshop.
The reason that is, is because that version of Camera Raw isn't out yet for Photoshop while I'm recording this course. Yet in your own scenario, it might be that the version of Camera Raw in your version of Lightroom is more up-to-date. It's the latest and greatest, while the one that you have in Photoshop is older. Well, what do you do in those scenarios? Well, you don't click Open Anyway, because what you're going to do is say well, yeah, sure, I'll have this older version of Camera Raw process the file. No, you don't want that. You want to select Render Using Lightroom, you want all of the Raw processing power of the latest and the greatest version of Camera Raw to be applied.
So that's the option you want to choose if you ever see this dialog. So here I'll go ahead and click Render Using Lightroom. What it's going to do is it's going to create a file for me based on my Preference settings and then open that file up inside of Photoshop. Well, now that this image is open in Photoshop, what I am going to do is apply an adjustment. I am going to apply a really easy adjustment, because this is a demo file and because this isn't about Photoshop; it's about just how we work with Photoshop and Lightroom and here I'm using a Black & White conversion. Great! Okay, let's say we're done.
In order to save and close this file, what we're going to do is go ahead and navigate to File, we'll choose Save, and then next we'll choose File and Close. That will then take us back to Lightroom and let's go ahead and take a look at what we have in Lightroom. Well, what we have is the original Raw file here and then, we also have the TIFF file that we created inside of Photoshop. The great thing about this is these two files are right next to each other, they're in the same folder, the same location and you can see that this workflow is really seamless. It's really easy.
And in this case what we've focused in on is working with Raw files, taking those Raw files, and then editing them in Photoshop and then coming back to Lightroom and again, we're off and kind of on our way. Well, there is actually more to talk about though. There's more to talk about in regards to well what about those scenarios where we don't start with a Raw file. What if we start with a PSD or a TIFF or a JPEG? Let's take a look at that and how we can work with those file formats inside of Lightroom and Photoshop and let's do that in the next movie.
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