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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.
One of the ways that you can start to expand the strength of Lightroom is by tapping into how you can edit multiple photos inside of Photoshop. Let me explain. Well, here in this people folder, I have these two photographs of lynda and Bruce. I'm in the Library module. What I'm going to do is press the N key. The N key is the shortcut key for Survey mode. When I look at these two images side-by- side, I decide this would really make a nice diptych to have these two images together. So, what you can do is if you press the G key to go back to the Grid View mode, you can select the two files by holding down the Command key on a Mac, or the Ctrl key on a PC, and then by clicking on multiple files.
The next step is kind of interesting. What we'll do is Ctrl+Click or right-click, and then choose Edit In. We're going to open these files as layers in Photoshop. What this will allow us to do is to open up these two files in one document inside of Photoshop. All right, well, let's see how it worked. Well, again, here we have one layer, and then another. What I can do in Photoshop now is I can take advantage of many of Photoshop's strengths in order to create something kind of interesting.
What I want to do is I'm going to use my Move tool here, and I'll reposition this image, and then navigate to the Image pulldown menu, and choose Reveal All. It will then extend the canvas, so I have these two images side-by-side. Now, what I'm trying to do here is just to get you to begin to think about how you can open up multiple files in one layer document in Photoshop. Now at this point, we did this to create an image side-by-side or two different images. But there are so many other ways where you can use this technique, whether for combining for exposures, or having compositions that you want to create, or let's say you want exposure for the sky and the foreground.
Well, you can then open up both of those files in one layer document, and then be off and running. So, as you can see, this feature has real potential. Now once you've made these adjustments, all you need to do is save - Command+S on a Mac, Ctrl+S on a PC - and then close the document. Now when you go back to Lightroom, that new image will be part of this whole Lightroom library. So again, it's a real seamless workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop, and back to Lightroom once again.
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