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Creating Prints and Books is part of author Chris Orwig's investigation of Adobe Lightroom 5, and focuses on the Print and Books modules, which can be used to create high-quality prints and proofs and design custom layouts for books. Chris briefly reviews how to correct and paint away gamut issues and other problems in the Develop module and shows how to take advantage of templates and collections. The course also shows how to adjust print job settings for contact sheets, single image prints, and print packages, and the final chapters guide photographers through the step-by-step process of building and printing a book from Lightroom.
A bonus chapter introduces a quick condensed workflow for experienced designers who want to learn about changes to the process in Lightroom 5.
One of the steps that you can take in your overall print workflow in order to most dramatically improve the quality of your final print is soft proofing and we'll be talking about soft proofing quite a bit in this chapter, yet before we get to that topic we need to step back a little bit. We need to talk about how soft proofing can fit into our overall workflow. By doing that it'll help us gain some clarity about the topic of soft proofing. So for now lets jump back in time to start off with working on our images here in the Develop Module.
Typically we start off with a picture like this. This is a photograph of one of my daughter's friends. And I like her bright expression, all the vibrant colors. She was dressed up for Halloween and this was at a Harvest Festival I just lover her bright warm smile. Well, here we typically start off in Develop Module, and I know that you know this stuff, right? We use controls perhaps increase the color temperature, perhaps add some contrast, or maybe a little bit of vibrates, or color saturation. We make our way through these controls. We also use other controls as well to work on detail, and noise, and to sharpen the image.
And we make adjustments really based on improving the overall visual appeal, the visual aesthetic. Well here we have the before and after. We just added a bit of a snap there. Perhaps even a bit more contrast would be nice, or maybe a little bit more warmth in this picture. Okay well after we made those adjustments we also make some adjustments which are a bit more objective. Using the histogram what we can do is turn on what are called our clipping indicators. These indicators are really important. If you hover over them or click on them, it will turn on this indicator. This will give us some objective way to evaluate our photograph in regards to the highlights and shadows.
It will show us any clipping that we have. In other words, if I exaggerate this exposure amount here, it's going to show me with this red detail here that I have clipping. I have loss of detail in this area. Well, that's easy enough to correct. We use our controls in order to bring the exposure down so we don't have any clipping. The same thing is true with our deep shadows. If I exaggerate here we can see I have clipping in these dark areas where the blue is highlighting the problem or problematic area. Again, we can use our various controls in order to correct that.
Now I assume you know all of those things, yet I like to highlight that because that really is the precursor for working with soft proofing. It's the precursor because it shows us Clipping. It shows us problem areas. And it highlights those problem areas and then it kind of clues us into thinking okay we need to make some adjustments in order to correct for that. It kind of helps us step outside of ourselves. It helps us step outside of just making subjective adjustments. Because subjectively right now, well this image, it looks great.
You know, we may be thinking to our self, we are ready to go to the Print Module and to create a print. Yet, if we were to do that, we would be pretty disappointed because this image wouldn't print very well. Well how would we know that or how could we make changes to this image so that it would print well? Well, in order to start to evaluate our photographs for print, what we need to do is to use soft proofing. Soft proofing it will allow us to evaluate and to make changes to our photographs so that they will reproduce even more clearly.
Or in order to more clearly understand how soft proofing works let's go ahead and talk about that with this image, and let's do that in the next movie.
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