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External editing preferences

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: External editing preferences

Lightroom is a powerful and a professional tool and it doesn't stand by its own; it's not an isolated application that we just use by itself. Rather it's part of the Photoshop family. The official name of Lightroom is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. One of the reasons why people like Lightroom so much, including myself, is because it's closely connected to Photoshop; it helps create a seamless and really fluid workflow between the two applications. So here in this chapter, we're going to look at how we can work with Lightroom and Photoshop together, starting off by setting up our external editing preferences.

External editing preferences

Lightroom is a powerful and a professional tool and it doesn't stand by its own; it's not an isolated application that we just use by itself. Rather it's part of the Photoshop family. The official name of Lightroom is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. One of the reasons why people like Lightroom so much, including myself, is because it's closely connected to Photoshop; it helps create a seamless and really fluid workflow between the two applications. So here in this chapter, we're going to look at how we can work with Lightroom and Photoshop together, starting off by setting up our external editing preferences.

To navigate to those, you want to go to the Lightroom pull-down menu and then select Preferences. Here we're going to go to External Editing, it's the third tab. Now this allows us to determine what we're going to edit in. In this case, while I'm recording this, the latest version of Lightroom is CS5. So, whatever your latest version is here that'll be the default option here up top. Now, you can choose your File Format. You have two options here; TIFF or PSD and TIFF is always going to be better, especially if you're ever going to have a layered file.

And what's interesting about this is the Lightroom engineering team initially wasn't even going to include PSD as an option because TIFF is just a much stronger and better format. So again, we'll leave that on the default setting. Next, Color Space; what's interesting about Lightroom is there isn't really a color space. There's this really wide gamut but the color space isn't applied until you export a file or until you edit a file in another application like Photoshop. So from this Color Space dialog, this is an important choice.

We need to decide something here. The default is ProPhoto and the reason that is because that is a wide, wonderful, rich, big, broad color space and you want to leave that default option turned on because that's going to give you the ability to work with the file in the best way. Now, if you want a smaller file size, you could go to this Adobe RGB but most Lightroom users have really adopted this ProPhoto workspace. Next, Bit Depth; we have the choice between 16 or 8 bits per channel.

Now some will argue why use 16 bits per channel because most printers they print at 8-bit. So it's kind of extra or irrelevant information. I disagree. The reason why you choose 16 bits is because, again, you have the ability to preserve all of these details in Lightroom. Having more formation in a digital file allows you to stretch or push or pull that file, in other words, bring up the blacks without adding extra noise or add contrast without things kind of falling apart or recovering highlights or whatever it is.

So by having this 16 bit here, it again gives us the ability to really preserve the most from Lightroom for most of the changes we've made to our files. Of course, this will mean a larger file size; I'll talk about that in a second. Resolution, we can choose any resolution here. Again, 240, the default is great and then a Compression of ZIP is a really good default compression you want to leave on. Now, some of you will be thinking okay, gosh, if I do that, if I have these as my preferences, this is going to just be a gigantic file.

What if I'm just going to kick a file out of Lightroom? I want to work on it in Photoshop a little bit and it's just going to be on my blog or on a website or something. I don't need this to be 16-bit at this high- resolution, this high or big of a color space. What else can I do here? What you can do is define an additional external editor not choosing another application but choosing Photoshop again. Let's go ahead and take a look at that. Here I'll click on Choose. What I'm going to do is go to my Applications folder and then I'm going to select Photoshop again here and I'll try to find this from the list, scroll down to that, and select Photoshop and click on the Photoshop icon and Choose.

Now, this says hey, you've already chosen Photoshop. Are you sure you want to do this? You can use this setting to choose an editor other than Photoshop. I'm going to say Use it Anyway. The reason is what I could do for my Additional External Editor is have Adobe Photoshop again, File Format TIFF again, but then I could have, say, a smaller Color Space like Adobe RGB, 8-bits per channel, Compression here, I'm going to choose that ZIP compression as well. Now in this case, you can see what it's going to allow me to do is, of course, to export a little bit lower quality file from Lightroom.

If I'm in a hurry or maybe as these files eventually going to go online and it's not going to be printed or maybe this file was pretty good from the get-go, so I'm not too concerned about having all of that extra information, I don't really need all of that. So in my own workflow, I like having these exact two setups. It just gives me a little extra flexibility and I have to say the majority of the time, you know, what I do is I use this one and then I make any other changes I need to in Photoshop. But I just want to highlight that you can kind of have this two-tiered approach.

Next thing, we want to stack this file with the original, leave that checked on. All right! Well, now that we've dialed in these external editing preferences, let's take a look at how we can start to edit our photographs inside a Photoshop and let's do that in the next movie.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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