Enhancing a Travel Photo with Photoshop and Lightroom
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Let's finish up by comparing the photo as it looks with all the adjustments we've made to it, to the way it looked when we started this project, and talking about some potential next steps. Here in Lightroom's Library module, over here on the right, you can see the final corrected version of the image that contains both the global adjustments that we made in Lightroom, and the more precise corrections that we made in Photoshop. And over on the left, you can see the RAW photo, the DNG file, that has just the corrections that we made in Lightroom; the global adjustments in the first chapter. I would like to set that RAW file back to the way it looked when we started this course, so I'll click on it here in the library, and then I'll right-click, I'll choose Develop Settings, and Reset.
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54m 49s Intermediate Apr 15, 2013

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Learn how to develop a travel photo into a wonderful memory of your trip in this short start-to-finish project from author Jan Kabili. Jan shows you how to combine the power of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to achieve the best possible results from your corrections. The course covers adjusting tone and color, correcting hue/saturation and lightness, precisely targeting adjustments with masks, and removing distracting objects with the Content-Aware toolset in Photoshop.

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Photography
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Photoshop Lightroom
Author:
Jan Kabili

Next steps

Let's finish up by comparing the photo as it looks with all the adjustments we've made to it, to the way it looked when we started this project, and talking about some potential next steps. Here in Lightroom's Library module, over here on the right, you can see the final corrected version of the image that contains both the global adjustments that we made in Lightroom, and the more precise corrections that we made in Photoshop. And over on the left, you can see the RAW photo, the DNG file, that has just the corrections that we made in Lightroom; the global adjustments in the first chapter. I would like to set that RAW file back to the way it looked when we started this course, so I'll click on it here in the library, and then I'll right-click, I'll choose Develop Settings, and Reset.

If I wanted to bring back those Lightroom adjustments, by the way, I could do that at any time by going into the Develop module, and finding the correct state in the History panel. But for now, I would just like to show you a better view of the before and the after state of our project photo, so I'm going to select both of them by holding the Command key on the Mac, or the Ctrl key on the PC, and clicking on the other thumbnail here too, and then I'm going to come down and click on the Survey View icon, which is here in the toolbar, in the Library module. By the way, if your toolbar isn't showing, you can press T on your keyboard.

Now I want to dismiss all of these panels, so I'll hold the Shift key, and press the Tab key, and then, to set the background to black for an even better view, I'll press the L key two times for lights out view. So, again, this is the final corrected TIF on the right, and the RAW file we started with on the left. As the photographer, I feel that we've enhanced the photo significantly with the changes that we've made to the version on the right, making it look a lot more like the original rich scene that I photographed, that had so much color and tone.

Let's press the L key again, and Shift+Tab again, and I'll click on the final image on the right and press E to see it as a single image in loop view. At this point, there are many potential next steps for you to explore with this travel photo, and your own travel photos, in terms of both processing, and output. Although you can't change any of the Lightroom adjustments that we added to the photo in the TIF version, you can add more Lightroom adjustments here. You could take it into the Develop module, or you can even make some changes to it here in the Library in the Quick Develop module.

For example, if I click this menu that says Defaults, and go down to one of these categories of Lightroom Presets, I can choose from all of these various preset filters to get an entirely different look on this photo. If I want to undo, that I'll press Command+Z; that's Ctrl+Z on the PC. And if you want to tweak any of the corrections that we made to the TIF in Photoshop, or add something more to it in Photoshop, maybe a type layer, or maybe you want to combine it with another photo in a layer collage, you can reopen this TIF in Photoshop, work on it further there, and save it again, all as I showed you how to do in the last movie in chapter 1 on taking a photo from Lightroom to Photoshop.

Finally, if you're completely satisfied with the way the file looks, you could output a copy using the Export command, which you'll find down here at the bottom of the column on the left. And there you'll find options for resizing, reformatting, renaming, and even sharpening a copy to suit whatever you plan to do with the file. Or you could use some of the other modules that are available at the top of Lightroom; maybe take the photo to the Print module to print it on your inkjet printer, or include it in a slide show, or a photo book. So, there are many next potential steps.

I'd urge you to go ahead and experiment with some of these options on the travel photo you used to work along with me through this course, and on your own favorite travel photos to bring out their best. As you do, if you need help with a Lightroom tool or technique, I'd invite you to view another of my Lynda.com training courses: Up and Running with Lightroom 4, and you'll find lots of other useful information about tools and techniques in the many other Photoshop and Lightroom courses in the Lynda.com library. Thank you so much for joining me for Enhancing a Travel Photo with Photoshop and Lightroom.

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