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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.
Once people discover and start to use the X-Rite Color passport, they never go back to not using it, because all of a sudden they realize that they can create accurate and stunning and astonishing color really easily. Yet invariably, as people work with this tool of more and more, they bring up this question. They say, "Chris, isn't there a shortcut that I can use to apply this profile to my photographs, because I find that I always use this camera with these studio lights, or I use this camera with this sunset type of light," or whatever light source it is, they find it they are using that again and again and again.
Well, there isn't a shortcut that we can use, but there are some techniques that we can use to expedite this overall process, especially for those situations where we find ourselves using a particular camera in a particular lighting situation time and time again. Well, illustrate how we can do this, let's go ahead and reset all these images back to the Standard profile. To do that, click on one, hold on the Shift key and click on another, so that they are all selected. And then with Auto Sync turned on, we'll go ahead and choose the profile for Adobe Standard. All right, great! Well, the next thing that we want to do is choose one of our images, say this photograph here.
We'll select the profile from the pulldown menu, this one for this computer bag here that was shot indoors at the lynda.com facility. The next thing we want to do is go to our Presets panel on the left-hand side. What you can do here is create a new preset. I'm going to ahead and call this one lynda.com-indoors. Let's say I take pictures all the time here at the lynda.com headquarters inside. So I now have this preset with this particular calibration profile. Now you want to make sure that you don't have anything else selected in your settings. So Check None and just Check on calibration. Then click create.
Well, now all that I would need to do is whenever I created a photograph or captured a photograph in this lynda.com- indoors lighting situation would be to select the photo, and then I could click on this user preset here, and you can see that it updates my profile over here on this side. Now let's say that we decide, okay this is kind of interesting. I know that I have five or six scenarios, or lighting situations, that I use all the time. So we decide to create another preset. In this case again, I'm going to apply my profile. Once I've done that, I'll go to my Preset panel.
I'll create a new preset. In this case, just kind of call this one backyard-am-open shade. And you want to name that preset words that will help trigger that particular lighting situation. Again, this was in my backyard in open shade in the morning. And let's say that I photograph there all the time. So I have this preset for that, just with calibration, and I click create. Well again, in order to take advantage of that preset, I select an image and then I go ahead and click on the preset, and you can see it updates my profile.
What may happen is that these presets may get a little bit lost with some of your other more creative presets. In order to make this a little bit more efficient, what we can do is we can click on the plus icon here, and then in your folder you can actually create a new folder. And I recommend that you name this folder "Camera Calibration." Now you have this new folder. What you can do is you can create your presets from the get-go, so they're saved in there. Or if you forgot to or you want to do it after the fact, as I've done here, just simply drag and drop.
And again, you can have this Camera Calibration set of presets, so whenever you need to apply those, we can simply open that folder and then apply the preset as needed.
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