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LightRoom is a strong and professional application. Perhaps it's one of the worlds best applications for working on photographs. Yet that being said, it's a tool which doesn't stand on its own. You know the official name of Lightroom is Adobe Photoshop LightRoom. Yet Adobe included that in the name, because in a sense LightRoom is an extension of Photoshop and these two tools work incredibly well together. That's one of the main reasons why so many people use LightRoom, is because the way it allows you to work back and forth between Photoshop and LightRoom.
Yet before you start to open up your images in Photoshop What you want to do is dial in a few external editing preferences. We can do that by navigating to the lightroom pull down menu, and then here let's select preferences to open up our preferences dialog. In this dialog, click on the tab for external editing. And here I want to have a quick conversation about our initial or default editor, and also I'm going to talk about how we can set up an additional external editor. Now, for starters, almost all of these default settings will work extremely well.
So there isn't too much to customize here. Yet still, I want to talk through the menu items, in order to give you some options. So that you can choose the right options which are relevant to your own work flow. All right. Well, up top we have File Format. Here we can choose between TIFF or PSD. Out of the two, the TIFF file format is more stable, more flexible, it works better, so you want to leave that default setting as is. Next, we have color space, and here we have three options. If you workflow is entirely web-based, well then, you may want to choose sRGB.
If you one day are going to make prints, well you want to choose Adobe RGB or Pro Photo. Or either way, if you just want a higher quality or better quality version of your photograph, choose one of these options. Now out of these two, the colour space which has the widest gamut, the best flexibility so you can achieve the best results. Well, it's Pro Photo. So again, I encourage you to leave that default setting as is. Next, we have our bit depth. We have the option to choose either 16 or eight bits. Now, 16 bits per channel allows us more flexibility when we're correcting exposure or modifying color or making changes to the photographs.
So again if you're interested in quality choose 16 bits per channel. now the only downside of this is that the image file size will be a bit higher, so if that's an issue, it it's really bugging down your system ,well you can always go to eight bits per channel, yet my own work, I select 16. Then we can determine a resolution. Here 240 will work well. Compression we'll leave this at the default zip which works extremely well as well. Alright well next lets talk about an external editor. You know what you can do is you can select an alternative option.
So you can open up your images in PhotoShop. But perhaps you can change your color space in your bit depth. Let me show you what I mean. Well here if we go to application you can click on choose and I'll select the latest version of Photoshop that I have which is Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud and then click on choose. This will give me a message that says hey you know what? You've already selected this as your main editor. Do you still want to do this? Yeah I do so click OK, then next, I'll chose my file format as tif, my color space I'll chose as Adobe RGB1998, I'll select a bit depth of eight bits per channel, compression, we'll use that zip compression, here as well. And in this case you can see that we have here very similar options Its just if I'm in a hurry.
Or if I know that I need to work on a file which is going to be a bit smaller so that it doesn't slow down my system or performance. Well here I have the option to open up an image which is in Adobe RGB versus Pro Photo. Which has eight bits per channel versus 16 bits and in this case, again, this just allows me to have this particular version of the file, which is going to be a little bit less. Alright, well next we have the ability to stack this with the original image If we work with stacking, what that will allow us to do is to connect these two images. We'll go ahead and leave this on, and we'll talk about this in a moment, as we start to work with Photoshop.
So again, let's leave this setting on here, alright? Well, in order to apply all of these preferences, simply close the preferences dialogue, and now we're ready to begin to edit, and to open up our photos in Photoshop, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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