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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 New Features, photographer and author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 brings to each phase of the photographic workflow—from importing and editing, to exporting and publishing. This course details Lightroom 3's new importing and asset-management features and its significant improvements in the Develop module, including enhanced sharpening and noise reduction. Chris also shows how Lightroom 3 broadens output options, and shares workflow tips and advice for upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with images processed in earlier Lightroom versions. Exercise files are included with the course.
In order to further our working understanding of Lens Corrections, let's take a look at how we can enhance and improve this photograph using Lens Corrections and a couple of other adjustments inside of Lightroom. Well first, let's open up our Lens Corrections panel by way of a shortcut. On Windows it's Ctrl+6, on a Mac that's Command+6. Now this is a photograph of my grandfather's font. He literally created his own font by hand. Here we can see the silkscreen, and I love how the light is shining through that in the shadow below or the light shining through the letters.
We can see his alphabet here. Well, what I want to do is remove a bit of the vignetting around the edges. Also, I am going to remove a little bit of the distortion from this close-up perspective. So here, we will go ahead and click on Enable Profile Corrections. Now once again, we can choose the make, the model, and the profile for this particular camera and lens combination. Already the image is looking a lot better. Next, I am going to go ahead and remove a little bit more of the distortion here, also work with the vignetting, until I think that looks good.
I always like to press the backslash key that shows me the before, press again, and then the after. Okay great. Well we are going in a good direction, except what I want to do is tilt this or rotate this a bit. So in order to make an adjustment like that I need to go to my Manual controls, and all that I am going to do is just rotate this over a bit to the right. Let me work on the distortion there just a touch, trying to get that exactly where I want it, and I can work with the scale, a little bit of a tighter crop is kind of fun there. Focusing in on those letters.
Again, I am just going to modify this until I get it exactly where I want it. All right, so far so good. Press that Backslash key, there it is. Before and then after. Now once we've done this, what I want to do then is bring some detail back to this area. So I am going to exit Lens Corrections and enter the Adjustment Brush. To do that, I will press the K key. This will open up my Adjustment Brush and here I am going to decrease the Exposure, increase Clarity, maybe a little bit of Saturation and Contrast and a little bit of Sharpness as well.
I have a nice big brush here. Auto Mask is turned off. I will just go ahead and paint over this area. Again, because there is some loss of detail in there, because of the Exposure, I want to correct the Exposure for this area. Now I know that this isn't necessarily a technique connected directly to Lens Correction, but I wanted to illustrate that a lot of times what you will do is you will make your Lens Corrections and then go through all of your other workflow steps. So here with this image again I just want to get this looking a little bit better, increasing that Contrast even more, maybe some more Color Saturation would be nice there, and I will experiment with these controls.
So keep in mind that, as you work with Lens Corrections again you are going to create the best image by starting off by making those adjustments, and of course integrating that into the rest of your workflow. All right. Well let's evaluate our before and after, Let's press the Backslash to do so. There is the before, and now there is the after.
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