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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 New Features, photographer and author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 brings to each phase of the photographic workflow—from importing and editing, to exporting and publishing. This course details Lightroom 3's new importing and asset-management features and its significant improvements in the Develop module, including enhanced sharpening and noise reduction. Chris also shows how Lightroom 3 broadens output options, and shares workflow tips and advice for upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with images processed in earlier Lightroom versions. Exercise files are included with the course.
You can think of this movie a little bit like a bonus movie and what we're going to do here is take a look at how we can get creative with watermarks. If you navigate to the demo_files folder, you notice that there is an image which is titled corners.psd. We're going to go ahead and open that one up inside of Photoshop and we'll do that by pressing Command+E on a Mac. That's Ctrl+E on a PC, or you can always navigate to the Photo pulldown menu and then choose Edit In and then select Photoshop. This will then open up this file inside of Photoshop. We want to edit the original file.
And once this is open in Photoshop, you can see here that I simply have a black edge with rounded corners. Now, we can do anything we want to this file, but the point is that we have some sort of transparency in the middle. Now that we have that transparency, what we're going to do with this file is go File and then choose Save As. We're going to save this file out to our Desktop as a PNG file. So we'll go ahead and choose PNG there and then click Save. All right. Well, back in Lightroom, we're going to move on here over to our photos and then select a folder that we want to work with.
I'll go ahead and select sayulita. Next, I am going to navigate to the Web module, and in the Web module I am going to pull-up one of my different Web galleries. In this particular case, by default it selected a gallery I used previously, which is titled Slideshow right here. Well, so far we can see that we have this little watermark on my images that has a copyright. I have a black background. Well, what I could do is navigate into my Watermark Editing dialog and I can do that by clicking on this icon here.
You navigate to Output Settings and then click on the icon and then choose Edit Watermarks. Now, when I go to Edit Watermarks, what I'm interested in doing is actually choosing a graphic. So I'll hit Choose for the graphic, and on the Desktop, I'll select that PNG file. Now, when I select that particular file, you can see that it brings that into this image and now you can see I'm stretching over the entirety of the file. There are a couple of ways that we can extend that as well. We can choose Fit or Fill and then that would go to the edges of that image.
Now, again, this is a subtle effect, yet could be kind of interesting. Let's go ahead and save this out. I'll save the current settings as a new preset. In this case, I'll name this one corners, and then I'll hit Create and Done. Now when I navigate back to Lightroom, one of the things that we're going to see is that as we go through our images, they now have these rounded corners. I am using an image that's a little bit brighter here, so that we can see what that actually looks like, and you can see those little subtle rounded corners rather than the square corners.
What I'm trying to do here is, again, just to get your imagination going in regards to what you can do, because anything you can do in Photoshop, you can include as a watermark. In my particular case, I chose a PNG file because it allowed me to have transparency, so that the graphic just affected a particular portion of the image. Now, this particular watermark won't always work in all situations. You'll have a couple of problems when you're working with vertical files, yet again, the point here is just to begin to think how you can start to creatively use watermarking and how you can begin to tap into some of your Photoshop knowledge and skills and then apply that right inside of Lightroom.
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