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Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop

From: Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Video: Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop

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.

Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop

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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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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