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Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom

From: Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Video: Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom

One of the ways that you can extend and expand the way you work with Lightroom is by integrating into it Photoshop actions. Now what we're going to do here is explore how we can take advantage of Photoshop actions from right inside of Lightroom. Now this process is going to at first seem a little bit confusing, yet after going through this movie, it will become clear how you can create an action and then create a droplet and save that in a particular location, which you can then access from right inside of Lightroom when you'll export your images.

Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom

One of the ways that you can extend and expand the way you work with Lightroom is by integrating into it Photoshop actions. Now what we're going to do here is explore how we can take advantage of Photoshop actions from right inside of Lightroom. Now this process is going to at first seem a little bit confusing, yet after going through this movie, it will become clear how you can create an action and then create a droplet and save that in a particular location, which you can then access from right inside of Lightroom when you'll export your images.

All right, well, for starters, let's jump over to Photoshop. So here I am inside of Photoshop, and in Photoshop, I'm going to go to Window and then choose Actions. Now if you're not familiar with actions, it may be worthwhile to watch another lynda.com tutorial on Photoshop actions. So I'm going to assume that you have a basic understanding of what actions are. Well, I've created a small action for you, and what I want you to do is to load that. You can do this by clicking on the flyout menu icon here at the top of the Actions panel, and here we're going to choose Load Actions.

We'll navigate to this folder in Exercise Files folder, titled other, and then we'll click on the action here, CO Actions, and simply click Open. Now if you don't have access to this action, no big deal. You can simply write one of your own, but here I have a demo action. I'm going to go ahead and close this, just to highlight that this particular action will give us a good conversion to sepia toning. Now what we need to do with this is we need to click on this action and then create what's called a droplet.

Now we'll save this droplet in a particular location, so that Lightroom can then take advantage of it. In order to see where we should save this, I have this layer here I want to turn on, and I'm going to hide everything else just for a moment, so that I can highlight where we're going to put this particular droplet. Well, on a Mac, you're going to save this droplet to your Users folder/Library /Application Support/Adobe/ Lightroom and then Export Actions. On Windows, you'll go to your Local Disk/Username/Application/Data/ Adobe and then Lightroom.

All right, well, let's take a look at how this will actually work. I'll press the Tab key here and then press F to bring everything back inside of Photoshop, so we're out of Full Screen View mode. Okay, well, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to my action. I'm then going to navigate to my File pulldown menu and choose Automate. And near the top of the Automate dialog, I want to choose Create Droplet. Now what a droplet is is it allows us to trigger this action which is inside of Photoshop from outside of Photoshop.

So here, we'll create a droplet. This will open up our Create Droplet dialog. First things first: where do we save it? Well, I already articulated that, so let's go there and see where this is. What we're going to do is we want to see this in a particular location. So I go to my Username > Library > Application Support > Adobe, scroll down to find Lightroom, and then finally go to Export Actions. Now that seems like a lot, yet once you write down that location, you'll be able to remember that.

I'm just going to save this out as sepia and simply click Save. Next, which action? Well, it's from the CO Actions, and the one that I am going to create a droplet for, or save in that location, is chris orwig - sepia, and I'll turn on Suppress Color Profile Warnings as well, and simply click OK. Now it doesn't really look like much has happened here, but what Photoshop has done behind the scenes is saved a droplet in that location. Let me show you what I mean. Well here, I'm going to go to my Finder window, and in my Finder window, you can see I'm in corwig/Library/ Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Export Actions, and there is that little droplet that we just created.

Well, keep in mind that any type of action that you can create in Photoshop, you can create a droplet for, and what this can do is really extend the power and the reach and the strength of Lightroom. Well, let's now take a look at how we can access and run that action from right inside of Lightroom. In order to do that, we need to head over to Lightroom. Here we are, inside of Lightroom 3. I'm going to navigate to my File pulldown menu, and what I want to do is export this image, and you can only do this by using the Export dialog.

You'll notice the shortcut there: Shift+Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+E on Windows, or simply File and then click on Export. This will open up our Export dialog. Well, here we're going to export this image to our hard drive, and in this case, I'll save it to my Desktop, just so that I can see that there. And then I can go through, I can rename this file if I wanted to. I'm just going to leave this as is. Keep the current naming conventions. I have some File Settings Options, Format, Color, Space et cetera. And then I'll just scroll all the way down, passing up all these options to my Post-Processing option here.

After I export it, what I want to do is select that droplet that I just created, which will then trigger that Photoshop action. All right, now that we've dialed in all of those settings, all that we need to do is to simply click Export. What will happen here is Lightroom will first create this TIFF file. It will then pass this TIFF file off to this droplet, and it will run that particular action. You can see that taking place here in the background. Now once that's complete, what I'll have is this file--which I'll zoom in on a little bit--with this sepia toning applied to it. And the great thing about actions is that they give you flexibility if you write them correctly.

Well, here I'm going to go ahead and just close my Color panel and close Adjustments by double-clicking those tabs, and then I'll open up the different layers that it created for us. Now this particular layer here gives this image a lot of its color. In my opinion, there's a little bit too much color, so I'm going to bring this down a bit more. This layer gives us a bit of contrast and color. Also bring that down. In other words, because this action was written in a way that it took advantage of adjustment layers, we can then go in and customize all of these different settings in order to get it to look just right.

All right, well here I'm just going to make a few more changes, and I think that looks pretty good. Here we have our before and then after. And as you can see, what we can do is we can extend and expand how we work with Lightroom by taking advantage of Photoshop actions and then by saving those out as droplets, saving them in a particular location, and then taking advantage of them when we export our images from right inside of Lightroom.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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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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