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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module
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Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop


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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

with Chris Orwig

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By this point everyone knows that RAW processing, it's so wonderful and powerful because it gives us flexibility. In other words, we can make nondestructive edits. We can change something, and then always go back and change it back. So we have this built-in flexibility. It also allows us to be really fast. There isn't any rendering or saving. Well, one of the things that's been introduced in this whole concept of RAW processing is what are called Smart Objects. Smart Objects maintain the link to that original flexibility.
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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module
6h 13m Beginner Mar 05, 2012

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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the interface
  • Importing from a memory card
  • Auto-importing from a watched folder
  • Considering color management with tethered capture
  • Working with catalogs
  • Comparing two images in a library
  • Working with multiple hard drives
  • Stacking photos in groups
  • Using smart collections and quick collections
  • Using Quick Develop to process images
  • Editing the color and tonality of video
  • Adding copyright data to photographs
  • Exporting, emailing, and publishing photographs
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management Sharing Photos
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop

By this point everyone knows that RAW processing, it's so wonderful and powerful because it gives us flexibility. In other words, we can make nondestructive edits. We can change something, and then always go back and change it back. So we have this built-in flexibility. It also allows us to be really fast. There isn't any rendering or saving. Well, one of the things that's been introduced in this whole concept of RAW processing is what are called Smart Objects. Smart Objects maintain the link to that original flexibility.

In order to have that flexibility when we go to Photoshop say from Lightroom, we can edit a photograph as a Smart Object, and I want to look at that process. So let's say we have this picture here and we decide to edit this one in Photoshop. We can access this by going to our Photo pull-down menu, Edit in, and then we have an option for Open as Smart Object in Photoshop. What this will do is it will keep all of this raw data as part of this Photoshop document, and let me show you what I mean. Once this file opens up in Photoshop, you will notice in the Layers panel over here, we have an icon which is a little bit different.

This is a Smart Object icon here. If you are not familiar with Smart Objects at all in Photoshop, it may be helpful to watch a movie in the Lynda.com Training Library on Smart Objects. For now though, I just want to point out how this works. For example, let's say that I decide you know what, I really wish that in Lightroom, or in Camera RAW so to speak, I had made some sort of an adjustment, may be added Contrast or Color Saturation or whatever. Well, what you can do now in Photoshop is you can't go back to Lightroom, and all the Develop controls there, but you can open up the Camera RAW controls inside of Adobe Camera RAW.

To do that, we just double-click this little icon here in the Layers Panel and it opens up Camera RAW whatever version we have. In this case, I could go ahead and make my Contrast and maybe Color Saturation adjustments or whatever it is in order to kind of boost this image up, and give it a little bit more of a kick in regards to its look and feel. Here, we have that preview; before, and then after. So again, anything we want to do in Camera RAW, we can access. We can go ahead and click OK, and apply those. It's going to prepare those Smart Object controls to be visible here in this dialog, and there they are.

If we don't like them, well again, we double-click this icon, we go back to this Camera RAW window, we make another adjustment, whatever that is. Again, just really drastically trying to have some sort of a change here, as you can see making this change, click OK, and then again, it's going to redraw this image with those new set of instructions. Now, that's part of this file, and this stays part of the file. Even if we Save and Close it, it will become part of this file. Let's take a look at that process just to kind of complete this overall workflow loop.

So here I will go ahead and choose File and Save. Then, we will choose File and Close and now back in Lightroom. Well, here in Lightroom, we can see we have this file, it's a TIF file. But, it's a TIF file with a Smart Object inside of it. So if we want to reopen the file in Photoshop, we already know how to do that, right? You press Command+E or Ctrl+E. That gives us the ability to edit this file. What I want to do is edit the original file. So I will click Edit. This will open up the original TIF file here inside of Photoshop and once this one opens up, well notice, we still have that icon that we've had before.

We can double-click it, say rather than a black-and-white conversion, we want color, and then click OK, and you can see that will then update this file. So again, it just kind of has this infinite loop of flexibility built into the file. So some of you maybe thinking, all right, this is great! Why not do this all the time because you can always make changes. Well, of course, flexibility like this comes at somewhat of a price, and the price is file size. So when making Smart Objects, it increases your file size.

So what you have to do is just kind of decide what is the trade-off. Is this a good way to have added flexibility, and for some, it definitely is. For other images, perhaps not so much. But again, now you know how this works, so that you can start to kind of evaluate, is this something that I want to do? Will I want to have this extra added flexibility? And if it is, all you need to do is to choose to open that file as a Smart Object in Photoshop, and it will remain connected to those Camera RAW controls, and you will be able to make those changes as needed.

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