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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
In many occasions, opening up one image at a time, well that will be enough. Yet, there will be those other situations where it would really be nice if you could open up say two, three, four images at a time and have those all in one Photoshop document as different layers. What would be an occasion for that? Well, maybe you are working on a composite, perhaps you have a group photograph and you need to composite an expression from one image to another in order to finish that image off. Or maybe it's a creative composite, or maybe you are compositing based on exposure and you want to combine two different exposures together in Photoshop. Or maybe like in this scenario, you have one image here that you like, and then another that you like, and it would be kind of fun to put these side-by-side.
You know how you can do that in Lightroom? You click on one, you hold down Command or Ctrl+Click on the other image and then you go to say this Compare or Survey view. Now, when you go to that view, you get to see the images side-by-side, and it's just kind of interesting. And you think to yourself, yeah, this would be fun as a diptych, which means having two images next to each other. What I want to do is I want to arrange those two images side-by-side in Photoshop. Keep in mind of course, you could arrange three, or four, five or whatever it is as well.
I am just going to do two for demo purposes. Well, in order to open these files as layers in Photoshop, you can right-click or Ctrl+Click on top of one of the images. We could do that here in the Survey or Compare view or in the Filmstrip or in the Grid view. All that you do is right-click or Ctrl+ Click, choose Edit In, and then navigate to the bottom of this menu over here which is Open as Layers in Photoshop. In this case, we will go ahead and open this up.
This says, we will need some Camera RAW plug-in. Fine! We will open these anyway. We know Photoshop is set up with that plug-in, and now we have these files open inside of this document. Let's take a look. Well, here I am going to go ahead and expand this a little bit just to cover up more and we have two different layers. I am going to reorder my layers for a moment. You will notice that I have one image which is much smaller than the other. Now, why is that? Well, why that is, is these particular JPEGs were just different sizes. So the reason why I want to use these files was to illustrate that.
If you have various sized documents, well it's going to maintain whatever size they are. If they are RAW files, of course, it will bring them in their native RAW file size. If they are JPEGs or crop files like you can see here, well it's going to bring them in whatever size they are and just maintain that file size integrity, and that's a good thing. Well, in order to do a layout here, what I might do is click on the bottom image, and I will choose my Move tool. I am going to go to Edit, and then select Free Transform here. I am just going to free transform this so that these images are the same height.
Now again, I'm not trying to teach Photoshop but rather kind of go through a workflow of arranging things a little bit. I will drag this file off to the side here. Now that, that's off to the side, what I really need to do is to open up some canvas space. I can't see all of this image. Well, in order to do that, we can go to Image, and then choose Reveal All. That will extend the Photoshop canvas to include both pictures. Perfect! We can just use a Crop tool. Select the Crop tool and click-and-drag over this.
Now, if all of this Photoshop work is a little bit distracting or overwhelming or you don't know how to do this, well, don't worry. Again, I'm not trying to teach Photoshop here, but just illustrate how we could start to work with these files when we bring them into Photoshop. You could do anything that you know how to do here in Photoshop. In this case, I am just arranging two things side-by-side. Well, next of course, I need to save this out. Well, if I go to save this file, what will happen? File, I will choose Save. Then, we will say okay, we saved it.
It's now a TIF file because we have layers in it and then I'll go ahead and close it. Back inside of Lightroom, this document, this two images side-by-side, well it's now part of my Lightroom catalog. That's a great thing of course about Lightroom and Photoshop as they communicate well together, they get along. The work we do in one application is remembered, or taken note of, or included in the other application, and then we can be on our way in order to continue to work in whatever way we need to. As you can see from this process, it opens up this new opportunity to open up two or more images from Lightroom into a single-layered Photoshop document in order to make corrections or creative enhancements or unique layouts like we did here.
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