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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany 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 this own font by hand. Here we can see the silkscreen, and I love how the light is shining through that and 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 want to remove a little bit of the distortion from this close-up perspective. So here we'll go ahead and click on Enable Profile Corrections. And 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'm going to go ahead and remove a bit more of the Distortion here. I'll also work with the Vignetting until I think that looks good.
I always like to press the Backslash key. Yhat shows me the before, press again and then the after. Okay great! Well we're going in a good direction, except what I want to do is tilt this or rotate this a bit. So in order the make an adjustment like that, I need to go to my Manual controls. All that I'm going to do is just rotate this over a bit to the right. I may work on the Distortion there just a touch, trying to get that exactly where I want ot, and I can work with the scale. A little bit of a tighter crop is kind of fun there. Focusing in on those letters and again, I'm 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'm going to exit Lens Corrections and enter the Adjustment brush. To do that, I'll press the K key. This will open up my Adjustment brush and here, I'm 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'll just go ahead and paint over this area. Again, because there's 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'll do is you'll 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'll experiment with these controls.
So keep in mind that as you work with Lens Corrections, again, you're 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's the before, and now there's the after.
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