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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the ways that we can extend Lightroom is by using third-party plug-ins. Now we can use these either in order to do something functional or creative. What I want to do here is first take a look at how we can find some of these plug-ins and then explore how we can install them and then access and use them from right inside of Lightroom. All right. Well, first things first. I'm going to go ahead and hide Lightroom, and I'm going to go to my web browser. And here in my web browser, I'll do search for Adobe Lightroom and then Exchange. This will take me to an area of the Adobe site.
If I click on the top link here where we have some resources, we can filter these resources by plug-ins. So if you go to the right-hand side, click on Export Plug-in. Now, I'm going to filter the plug- ins by the most popular ones, and as I scroll down, you'll see there are some functional plug-ins, Exporting to Facebook, to Flickr. There also some other creative ones, like this one, Export to Photomatix, which allows you to create HDR tone map images from right inside of Lightroom. And these plug-ins give you a fascinating way to extend Lightroom's reach.
We can also find plug-ins in other places. For example, if you do a search for "onOne software," it will take you to the onOne Software site, where you'll find that they have a whole suite of plug-ins that you can use. And you can access or trigger these plug-ins from right inside of Lightroom. What you want to do is search around a bit, do a couple of Google searches for Lightroom plug-ins, and then download some of the various plug-ins. You could do that with these onOne software plug-ins here. You can try them for free. Now the trial versions aren't complete, and it will have watermarks on them.
But it will give you an idea for how the plug-in works, and it will help you determine if you actually want to purchase it, so that you can integrate it into your workflow. All right. Well, next step is once you've download those plug-ins, you need to install them. Here I'm going to hide this browser, and I want to highlight a couple of things. I've downloaded a few of the onOne software plug-ins, because those are plug-ins that I use on my own computer. And what I want to do is install these. Well, somehow what I need to do is to get these plug-ins here that I have in this folder, that have been downloaded to my Desktop here, into this main plug-in folders here.
Well, what is this folder about? Let me show you. Let's go back to Lightroom. If we go into Lightroom, you can go to File and then choose Plug-in Manager. Now the Plug-in Manager will show you all of the various plug-ins that you have installed. One of the things that I like to do is rather than simply add a plug-in, I like to click on one of the pre-installed plug-ins and then click on Show in Finder. That will then open this folder, which will show me where it's storing all of the plug- ins. Next step is to simply select the plug-ins I want to install, and then drag those over to this folder.
And then I can close those two finder windows there, go back to Lightroom, and what I'm going to need to do in Lightroom is to quit Lightroom and then restart it. So we'll go to the Lightroom pulldown menu. Click on Quit Lightroom. We'll Skip the Backup this time. This will close Lightroom down. Next step will be to relaunch the application. Well, now if I go to my File pulldown menu, and if I go to Plug-in Manager, what I should see is that I now have these different plug-ins installed.
You can see some of them, say like Genuine Fractals, that's now installed. PhotoFrame, it's installed and running. Well, if you have a plug-in which isn't installed, what you can do is you can click on the button to enable it, and you can see now that plug-in is installed as well. And here we have this whole list of plug-ins that we can then access from right inside of Lightroom. Now you may be wondering, "Okay Chris, well, why did you click on one and go to this whole Show in Finder thing?" Well, I did that because with plug-ins you can actually keep them wherever you want, yet I like to keep mine all in one place. And I like to keep it in that same default folder as the other plug-ins.
So by going to that Finder or Explorer window--depending on your operating system--it then just helps me keep these all in the same spot. It helps me stay organized and just make sure I'm keeping things in the right location. Okay, well, now that we can see all these plug-ins are visible, I'm going to go ahead and click Done to exit out of this window. And let's say that I want to apply a plug-in to this image here. There are a couple of different ways to do this. First, we can do this by way of export. Let me show you what I mean. Well, here I'll good to File, and then I'll click on Export.
Now you notice that the first option is Export To. Well, what I could do is I could export to one of my external plug-ins. For example, if I wanted to do something like add a frame or an edge or a border, I might choose onOne PhotoFrame. So here, I'll click on that option. You'll notice that my Settings variables have now changed. What I could do is I could select something from this pulldown menu. And here I'm going to go ahead and just choose one of these presets in order to work with that. Next, I could use the same location.
If I have an existing file, I want to choose a new name for the exported file. No renaming needed there. I'll save this out as a pretty JPEG but also relatively small file, 650 pixels at the Longest Edge. No metadata or watermarking. Now keep in mind with all these options, you can choose whatever you want. I'm just choosing some variables here which will speed up the process for demo purposes. Next step is going to be to click Export. Now what will happen is it will then export that image, it will open it up inside of Photoshop, as you can see here, and it's then launching the onOne Plug-in Suite 5.
Currently, I've just download the trial, so I'm going to use a demo version of this. This will then launch this plug-in and apply that particular frame or affect to the photograph, and it will save it inside of Lightroom. So here you can see that as we click on this, we now have a new layout for this particular image, with this added border, or edge, around the photograph. And we're able to do that really quickly by exporting that, which then sent it to Photoshop, launched the plug-in, and then saved the file out, and brought it back to Lightroom.
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