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In this course, Chris Orwig investigates the Lightroom properties as a digital asset management (DAM) system—specifically, its catalogs, which track the location, metadata, and keyword tags associated with your images. The course shows how to import images into a catalog and keep them current with synchronized folders, maintain good backup practices, and recover and restore a catalog. Chris also provides his recommendations on hard drive options, and explains the process and benefits to raw processing when working with catalogs.
Here I want to see if we can gain some clarity into the topic of working with CMYK Files in Lightroom. In the previous slides we talked about working with these files between Lightroom and also Photoshop, and let's go through that workflow, let's slow this down a little bit and go through this step by step. Well, first I have this image, it's titled Fashion.tiff; this is a CMYK File. I want to edit this image in Photoshop, to do that what we can do is press our shortcut, which is Command+E or Ctrl+E, that allows us to open up our Edit Dialog.
Now if you prefer not to use shortcuts, you can always navigate to the Photo pulldown menu and then select Edit In, and then choose the version of Photoshop you want to open this up in. In this case what I want to do first is edit the original file, I want to edit the CMYK TIFF file inside of Photoshop, to do that it was simply open up the File. Here we click Edit. What will happen is, we'll have this File, and we can take a look at its color space. You can do so by going to Image and then Mode.
Here you can see this is CMYK, I'll go ahead and zoom a little bit in on this image, so we can see it a bit better. We have two layers, an original, the background and then the photograph after it was retouched. And this is one of the photographs that I used in one of my other training courses on retouching. Well, let's say we want to apply another adjustment; we want to change the color of the dress. We want to do something in Photoshop. So here what I'm going to do is change the color and I'll do that by using Hue Saturation, so we'll click on the Hue Saturation Adjustment.
Next, what I want to do is choose a new Hue by simply clicking and dragging until I find a nice color or tone. I think that red would work well. Well obviously, we need to mask this color adjustment off from the other areas of the photograph. To do that, you go to the Mask Panel. In the Mask Panel, you can go to what's called Color Range. Here I'll click on the Color Range button. This gives us the ability to work with our Eye Dropper tool. Here I can click on the color of the dress, and then hold down the Shift key, and then drag around this.
You can see that it's becoming more and more white. White is showing me where this adjustment will be revealed. Again, I'll just Click and Drag around here in order to make this adjustment. Now if you're new to working with Hue Saturation or Color Range, you may want to go back and watch one of those other Photoshop movies. The point here isn't to teach Photoshop; rather, it's to highlight this whole idea of making some sort of an adjustment. In this case, we've changed the color of the dress. Here we can see this adjustment layer; it's changing it from green to red.
To make any further color adjustments, you can double-click the Adjustment Icon and then here we can choose a different color, perhaps you want to change it to the other hue, or we can just choose Red as I've done so here, and perhaps increase the color saturation. Okay, well, I'm done with this photograph; I want to Save it out. To do that we can go ahead and navigate to our File pulldown menu and here we'll select Save. Next, after saving the File, we'll go ahead and close this File. Again, File Menu and then here close.
By default, whenever you're working in Lightroom, you open up in Photoshop and save, it will then obviously just save this file and Lightroom will recognize those changes. So this image here, it's still CMYK, because we've only worked on this photograph inside of Photoshop. Lightroom is just handling or recognizing this file, showing it to us. Well, let's say that all of a sudden in Lightroom we think, well, yeah, it might be kind of fun to change the background. And rather than going to Photoshop, I want to do this inside of Lightroom.
Well, let's do that. We'll go to Develop Module by clicking on the Develop button. Next, you can navigate to the AHSL panel and click on Hue. This gives us the ability to change different colors in our photograph. Because the background is basically one color, we can use the Targeted Adjustment tool; you can Click on it and then hover over this color, and then click and drag. And you are clicking and dragging to make this background more aqua. Well, what's just happen here is kind of significant.
This image is no longer CMYK, because I've made an adjustment in Lightroom. If I were to open this up with these Lightroom adjustments, well, this image will now be in an RGB color space. Let's take a look that. Here I'll go ahead and click Done. Then next what I want to do is I want to open this photograph up in Photoshop. We'll go to Photo, Edit In, and then choose Photoshop. Now, here's where I have an important to decision, I can either choose to Edit the Original file, in other words this would ignore everything I did in Lightroom, no background color change.
I could edit a copy, again, ignoring anything I did in Lightroom. Both of these options, because they would ignore the Lightroom adjustments, will keep this file as a CMYK File. The third or top option up here is Edit a Copy with the Lightroom Adjustments. In other words, apply the background color change. What this will then do is open this file up not in CMYK but RGB. Let's take a look. Well, here we'll click Edit in order to see this in Photoshop with this background color change.
Now if I navigate to my Image pulldown menu, here we are going to see Mode; we are going to see that this is now in this RGB color space. You'll also notice that we lost some of our layers, we just have this merged or flatten version of the file in this new color space. Well, in this case what we can then do is do some more Photoshop workflow, whether converting it to a different color space or doing whatever we need to do. Yet the whole point here I think is, is that if we start to work on our CMYK files inside of Lightroom, we just have to know that what we're going to do eventually is if we WANT to apply those Lightroom adjustments, well, it's going to change that color space to an RGB color space.
On the other hand, if we want to keep our files in that CMYK color space, well, that then means avoiding making adjustment inside of Lightroom.
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