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Setting up an additional external editor

From: Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Video: Setting up an additional external editor

As a photographer, two of the most integral and important applications that I work with are Lightroom and Photoshop; therefore, I really want to have a good handle on how I can go to Photoshop from Lightroom. And what most photographers know is that they can take their image-- like this photograph here-- they can go to Photo, and then they can choose Edit In and then choose Edit in Adobe Photoshop CS5. But what most people don't do is they don't take advantage of this Edit in Other Application. Well, most people don't take advantage of this because they think, you know, I don't use other applications.

Setting up an additional external editor

As a photographer, two of the most integral and important applications that I work with are Lightroom and Photoshop; therefore, I really want to have a good handle on how I can go to Photoshop from Lightroom. And what most photographers know is that they can take their image-- like this photograph here-- they can go to Photo, and then they can choose Edit In and then choose Edit in Adobe Photoshop CS5. But what most people don't do is they don't take advantage of this Edit in Other Application. Well, most people don't take advantage of this because they think, you know, I don't use other applications.

I only use Lightroom and Photoshop. Well, even only using Lightroom and Photoshop, there's something that you want to do in order to set up Lightroom so you can take advantage of both of these different options here. Let me show you what I mean. What we want to do is navigate up to our Lightroom pulldown menu and then choose Preferences. In the Preferences dialog, we're interested in going to External Editing. Now what you want to do for your primary editor is you want to dial in the settings which give you the largest file with the widest gamut. I mean this is the file that has everything in it.

In this case, it's a TIFF format, Color Space, ProPhoto RGB, 16 bits per channel--a lot of information there-- Resolution 240 pixels per inch. Great! Well, this one is all dialed in. What about this Additional External Editor? Well, what you can do is you can choose Photoshop here as a second application, and then you can change your settings. Let me show you what I mean. Here, we'll go ahead and click Choose. This will take us to our Applications folder, and I'm going to go down to Photoshop and select Photoshop and hit Choose.

Now, this is going to give me this warning message: "Lightroom has already automatically chosen Photoshop. What do you want to do?" I want to use this anyway, and the reason why is because I want to have some settings that I can take advantage of-- say this really big file--and then perhaps I want something different. Maybe it's a TIFF format, ProPhoto, but rather than 16 bits per channel, it's only 8 bits per channel. Or for that matter, maybe I want to change to a PSD file format. Or I could change it to a lower, or a smaller, color space.

Now why would you want to do that? Well, let's say, for example, that you know that this image is only going to be e-mailed, or you're going to post it on your blog. It's not going to be a photo that you're going to print. You're just going to work on it in Photoshop with that final intent in mind: online usage or online sharing. Well, in that case, do you really need 16 bits/channel? Well, maybe not. 16 bits/channel is great because it can prevent banding. It can really help you out in those situations where you need everything. In my workflow, I'm almost always working in the situation here with these settings.

Yet in other situations, when I want a smaller file size, when I'm in a bit of a hurry, I'll dial in my options here for my External Editor--whatever I want to choose here. And in this case, I'm going to leave these as is: TIFF, Adobe RGB(1998), 8 bits per channel. Or of course you could choose a different color spaces as well, but let's just keep with Adobe RGB 98, and then I'll go to my Preset pulldown menu. I'll save this out as a preset. I'm just going to call this one "tiff - rgb - 8" and then click Create.

That way what I can do is I can select this from my pulldown menu. Now, I could also create other presets and then choose whichever one I wanted to use for my additional external editor. Now it's not really a different editor. It's just different export settings, or different Edit In settings. All right, well, how then do we take advantage of this? What we're going to do, I'm going to go down to my Filename here, and I'm just going to go ahead and say Filename with the Sequence. That's fine. I'll start it out with number 1 there and then close this out. All right, well back to the image in Lightroom.

This is a photograph of a monkey in Costa Rica, a whiteface monkey. Let me zoom in on this guy, a really curious looking critter. Monkeys are just such fascinating animals. Well, what I'm going to do is first open this one up inside of Photoshop--edit it in Photoshop using our normal shortcut. You remember that: It's Command+E on a Mac; that's Ctrl+E on Windows. So this file that I'm opening up now is going to be the one that is the big bad boy. I mean it has everything, and it's a huge file. Let's save this out.

Go to File, select Save As. I'm going to save this to my Desktop and just call it 16, for 16 bit, and then click Save. All right, let's go back to Lightroom. Here, I want to open it up with my additional editor--two ways to do that. One way, the best way is to use a shortcut. Here it is. We already know that Command+E or Ctrl+E is Edit in Photoshop. Well, if you add one modifier key to that--on a Mac it's Option, on Windows that's Alt.

And that kind of make sense, right because it's giving me another option, open this in a new alternative way. So you press Option+Command+E on the Mac, Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows in order to open it up with those additional settings. Or you can always go to your Photo pulldown menu > Edit In and then choose this second option here: Edit in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Now what this is going to do is it's going to open this up with those secondary settings. We can see them here. Here we have TIFF, Adobe RGB, 8 bits per channel. We could make any changes as needed here, if we wanted to.

Here I'll simply click Edit, in order to open that image up with those settings applied to it. All right, well now that I have this other image, I'll go ahead and save this file. And I'm going to save this out to my Desktop again. I'll call this one 8, just so we have a 16-bit image there and an 8-bit image. Then I'll hit Save and click OK to save the file. Next, what I want to do is compare these two images. So I'm going to go to my Finder here, and here you can see that I have two very distinct files. Now my 8 bits per channel Adobe RGB file is only 26 MBs.

So it's relatively small, especially in comparison to this one. The one that has 16 bits per channel ProPhoto is now a whopping 154 megabytes. So as you can see here from this comparison, it can really be advantageous to have two different settings, so that you can work with Lightroom in a little bit more of a nimble way. In other words, when you have time to really work on the file and you want that really big, huge file, we'll go with your primary option. And in other situations when you want to work a little bit more quickly, you can take advantage of that Additional External Editor option that you've dialed in over those options, and you can open up your file that way in order to expedite and speed up your overall workflow.

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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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