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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.
At the end of the previous movie, I encouraged you to import all of the exercise files into Lightroom. Now if you did this, you would have received this error message which says, "You know what, it can't read this file, which is titled scott_without_max_compatibility." It says, "You need to re-open this file and turn on 'Maximize Compatibility' in order to import this in the Lightroom." Well, let's take a look at how we can do that. Go ahead and click OK to exit out of that little Error dialog window and then open up Adobe Bridge here.
I'll choose the image that I want to import into Lightroom. It's a PSD file. I will double-click it to open it up in Photoshop, press F to go to Full Screen View mode here. Now, let's say that what I want to do is make a little change to this file. I will go to my Adjustments panel and let's say add a curves adjustment and just brighten up the shadows there a little bit. Next thing I am going to do is navigate to my Preferences. In the Preferences, I want to choose the option, which will ask me to maximize the file compatibility. So here I will choose Photoshop > Preferences, and then select File Handling.
Now in this Preference dialog, you're looking for the File Compatibility area, and we want to choose the option that best suits our workflow to maximize PSD and PSB file compatibility. Let me explain this briefly. We have Never, which makes sense. It will never ask you. Always, what this will do is it will take your layered files, and it will always save inside of that file a flattened version of the document. Ask says, "We'll only do this when you want to." So in most workflows it typically makes sense to use Ask because that way you can choose if you want to maximize that file compatibility, and you're not adding extra file size to all of your images--only to those files or documents that you know you're going to integrate or import into Lightroom.
Well, once we have turned on that option, I will click OK. Now here, I am going to save this out as a new file. To do so, we'll go to File, and here we'll choose Save As. And I am going to save this as scott and then with_max_compatibility turned on. I will save it in the same folder and then simply click Save. Now when I click Save, it asks me, "Do I want to maximize the compatibility?" Well, if I know that this layered PSD file is going to be imported into Lightroom, heck yeah. I want to leave that turned on, and I simply click OK. All right! Well, let's jump back to Lightroom.
Back in Lightroom, what can we do now? Well we know that this image resides in this folder, which is titled "other". We can either click on that folder, or for that matter, we can click on our main folder, and then we can right-click or Ctrl+Click and choose Synchronize. So if you know the specific location or specific folder, go ahead and click on it and right-click and choose Synchronize. If you don't, use one of the higher-level folders, and it will synchronize all of the subfolders as well.
Well here because we know it's inside of other, let's just right-click or Ctrl+Click that one and then choose Synchronize Folder. What this will do is it will say, "Hey! Is there anything in this folder that we didn't bring in the Lightroom? Let's just get things up to snuff. Let's make sure that Lightroom knows what's going on with this folder." So when we do that, it says, "You know what, there are a couple of images in this folder that Lightroom hasn't imported." Well, here we'll click Synchronize, and that will go through this process, and it says, "You know what, it was able to bring in one, but it couldn't bring in the other, the one without Maximize Compatibility." So we will close that error message, but you can see that the file down here tells us the name with Maximize Compatibility turned on is now visible and accessible inside of Lightroom.
Again, if we point to that folder, we can see that image is located here, and I'll press the E key to navigate to the Loupe view, so that we can actually see this photograph. So here we've discovered how we can start to work with Maximize Compatibility when we're working with PSD files. Okay, well now that we've covered this topic, let's dig into some other topics that are integral to working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop, and let's do that in the next few movies.
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