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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques
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Installing plug-ins


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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

with Chris Orwig

Video: Installing plug-ins

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.
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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques
6h 45m Advanced Nov 23, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Maximizing file compatibility
  • Speeding up the workflow with automation
  • Working with catalogs, collections, and folders
  • Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
  • Performing and restoring backups
  • Setting up tethered capture
  • Advanced retouching techniques, such as eye enhancement and blemish reduction
  • Working with color profiles
  • Perfecting prints from Lightroom
  • Creating custom watermarks
  • Making a custom web gallery
  • Exporting and publishing photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Installing plug-ins

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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