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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.
In the previous movie, we discussed this issue that sometimes our prints turn out too dark. And we started to discuss one of many techniques that we can use in order to try to have more accuracy when creating prints. Now, there are a number of different approaches that we can take, yet the one idea was to create a test print and kind of determine how much we need to overcompensate the brightness. And let's say that we determine we need to add 10 points. Well, what do we do with these other images, let's say this photograph here, or this one? Do we go through each image and add 10 points of brightness to each individual file? Well, that would be incredibly tedious.
There has to obviously be a better way. Well, one thing that we can do is actually select one image, then hold down Command or Ctrl and select another, and then we can make a change to these images--not inside of the Develop module, because when you change inside of the Develop module, what you do is you make global changes. In other words, if I change our brightness to zero here, and have Auto Sync turned on, both become zero; that won't work, and here's why. Well, this image is at a brightness of 50. This image is at a brightness of 38.
So what I really need is a brightness of 48 and 60. So how do we do that? Again, select one image, hold down the Command key, click on one or more other images, and go to Library module. In the Library module, make sure you turn on Auto Sync-- so we want to turn that on--and then open up Quick Develop, and in Quick Develop, you want to make sure you expand Auto Tone or the Tone Control, so you can see Brightness. Here I am going to click on this little icon twice, which will give me a brightness increase of five, a second time--now 10.
So I clicked on that twice. If we go to the Develop module, you'll see that this image, rather than 38, now has 48. And then this file here, rather than 50, has now 60. So what you can see here is that by using Quick Develop in the Library module, it will say, "Hey, let's take a look at where this image is, where the brightness value is, and then wherever it's at, let's incrementally--from that point--add a certain amount--in this case 5 and then 10 points." This way what you can do is increase the brightness value of a huge range of photographs, and you can do so really consistently, in order to ideally get an even closer and more accurate and more stunning print.
Now that being said, this is just one technique that you can use of many to begin to think about how you can work with this issue. Now, of course, some of you may be thinking, "Wow! This is great; this is going to really help me out." While others may be thinking, "You know what? I might need to go back and recalibrate my monitor, so that it's darker, so that I'm always thinking in that darker context, so that what I'm seeing on my monitor, matches more closely to what I'm seeing on my printer." There are two different approaches there, and both approaches have validity. What you'll need to do is figure out which approach and which techniques work best in your own workflow.
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