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Importing and working with CMYK images

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One of the new features in Lightroom 3 is the ability to work with CMYK images. Now, this is really important, because as photographers, sure, we tend to work in either sRGB, RGB, or ProPhoto color space, yet a lot of times what we have to do is convert our files to CMYK before we go to press. Or for that matter maybe a client sends us a file that's in that CMYK color space. Well, regardless of the specifics, as photographers we need to be able to work on and organize and access CMYK files. So this is now finally available in Lightroom 3 and this is a real welcomed improvement.

Importing and working with CMYK images

One of the new features in Lightroom 3 is the ability to work with CMYK images. Now, this is really important, because as photographers, sure, we tend to work in either sRGB, RGB, or ProPhoto color space, yet a lot of times what we have to do is convert our files to CMYK before we go to press. Or for that matter maybe a client sends us a file that's in that CMYK color space. Well, regardless of the specifics, as photographers we need to be able to work on and organize and access CMYK files. So this is now finally available in Lightroom 3 and this is a real welcomed improvement.

Well, here I have this file. It's titled fashion.tif. You can see it's a CMYK file, because I have it open here in Bridge and there's a Metadata down below showing me this is CMYK. Well, what I want to do is I want to import this image into Lightroom and then talk a little bit about how we can begin to work with this file in the Lightroom context. All right. Well, I'll go to Lightroom for a moment, and I want to import this file into this photos folder, and I can do that by Ctrl+clicking or right-clicking on this folder name and choosing Import into this Folder.

You've seen that before, right. A really handy way to speed things up. And I'll go to my Desktop and what I'm interested in doing here is just finding that file and here it is. I am going to bring it into this particular location. File Handling, don't need to back it up. File Renaming, nothing there. Apply During Import. Copyright. Sure. Go ahead and click Import. Once I do that, this image will come into Lightroom. I'll double-click it, so I'm in this Loupe View mode. Now, let's say that I have the CMYK file and all of a sudden the client or myself decide, you know what, I want to make some changes.

I want to do some stuff in Photoshop. Well, what do I need to do? Well, to edit a file in Photoshop, we can either use a shortcut or a long cut. The shortcut, if you're on a Mac, is Command+E, on a PC that's Ctrl+E, or the long cut is to navigate to the Photo pulldown menu, choose Edit In, and then Edit in Adobe Photoshop CS4. So let's go ahead and select that option. Now, when this dialog comes up, we want to edit the original file, the actual image. We will click on Edit.

This will then open up the file in Photoshop. I will press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then I'm going to zoom in a little bit so we can actually see the image. You will notice there are two layers here; there is the original file, and then there is the processed or retouched file. Some nice clean retouching. Well, let's say that I decide I need to do some Photoshop work and what I'm interested in doing is going to my Adjustments panel and clicking on Hue/Saturation. And I going to go ahead and make a little color shift. I want to change the color of the dress, and I want to make a pretty drastic color change. Maybe let's say it goes red or something like that.

Well, currently it's affecting the entirety of the photograph. That's no good. So I head over to my Masks panel and here I'm going to choose Color Range. And the intent here isn't to really teach Photoshop, but to show you a few things that you may do in regards to a workflow when you are processing an image in Photoshop. So currently what you do is you grab your eyedropper and you sample one of those colors, and then you grab the eyedropper with the plus icon and you go ahead and click to add more of the colors, so that you can see where it's actually affecting.

And you just want to make sure you're getting all of the kind of reflective color there, and if you get too much color, you can always clean up your mask later. I have a few little problem areas, but for the most part I think that's working fine. I'll decrease my Fuzziness a little bit there and just make sure. That's pretty good, pretty decent adjustment. Click OK. Now, if I want to change the color of the dress further, I'll go ahead and double-click this icon here for Hue/ Saturation and in this case I could change it to a number of different colors. But let's say I have decided or the client's decided they want to go with this kind of red color and I say, "okay, great." Then what we would do is we would save this file out.

So I will go ahead and press Command+S on a Mac, Ctrl+S on a PC, and then I need to close the file, because I'm done with it. And we can close a file by pressing Command+W on a Mac or Ctrl+W on a PC. And again, if that Photoshop workflow is new to you, don't worry about it too much, but it may be a little sign that it could be nice to watch some of those other Photoshop movies. The intent here is just to say, do something in Photoshop, doesn't matter what it is, save it, go back to Lightroom.

Once we go back to Lightroom, we'll notice that, yes, we now have this new updated CMYK TIFF file. Then let's say inside of Lightroom we all of a sudden decide, gosh, I really would like to make another change. So we go to the Develop module and in the Develop module, we decide to navigate down to HSL. HSL is really interesting, because what we can do is we can modify the hue. Let's say we want to change the blue background. Well, if we grab this Target Adjustment tool, we can click on this background color and then we can make a change, so we could change that to different hue one way or another.

So what's exactly happening when we're making this change? Well, this particular change that we've just made has actually been made in this color space that is very close to RGB, and that's what Lightroom works in. It doesn't work in the CMYK. It can't do CMYK color, because it's all raw processing. So you have to keep that in mind, that if we are going to process a CMYK image, we've done something different. So in that particular case, if we were to reopen this image, we would reopen it with those adjustments done in Lightroom, and then we would want to make sure that in regards our CMYK conversion, we need to go through that process to make sure everything was good to go.

But that being said, it's pretty interesting to see that we can start to work with CMYK files, and we can even combine these two worlds together in order to come up with some pretty interesting and compelling results.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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