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External editing preferences

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: External editing preferences

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.

External editing preferences

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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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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