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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.
As we start to open and edit more and more images inside of Photoshop from Lightroom, it becomes really important that we start to understand how we can work with this other file that it's creating. Here you can see that I have a file that I've created in Photoshop-- it's costa_rica_01--and this file, by default, is stacked with the original file. When I click on either of these, you see that little stacking icon: 1 of 2. If I click on that icon, I can collapse the stack. Click it again, and I can expand that.
I can also modify the stack in the Grid view. To access the Grid view, press the G key. Here we can see these two stacked images are bookended by these little icons here. Let me make the thumbnails a little bigger so that we can see that even better. There's that little icon. You can click on it to expand or collapse that stack. There is also a great shortcut, which is the S key. Press the S key once, it collapses the stack; press it again, and it expands it. Now, if stacks are new to you, basically they are a way to group images together.
It's kind of like connecting these, like there's almost a little chain, a little leash, or a little rope that ties these two images together. They are independent, yet somehow they're connected, and they are connected by way of what Lightroom calls stacks. Now this is really helpful because it helps us keep in mind what we've done, what else we've done on top of it in Photoshop, and it just kind of brings these two together. Sometimes what will happen is you may inadvertently turn this option off, and your images might not be stacked. Let me show you what I mean. So here, we have a TIF file, and you can do this with a TIF or a JPEG. And I will press Command+E on a Mac or Ctrl+E on Windows to open it up.
This will open up my Edit Photo with Photoshop CS5 dialog. Well, here you notice this check box: Stack with original. It's really helpful to have this on, as I've mentioned, yet sometimes, for some reason, maybe we've turned that off. Well, if we turn this option off, let me show you what happens. Here, we'll click Cancel, and then I am going to go to a different photo, say a RAW file here. I will click on this one, and I will go ahead and press the E key to go to the Loupe view mode. So here, I'm selecting this RAW file.
This is a photograph of a volcano down in Costa Rica. We hiked down of this volcano. It was amazing because it was active, and we saw it erupt, and at night you could see the molten rocks tumbling down the mountainside-- spectacular experience! Anyway, I want to open this image up in Photoshop. Well, to do so, we can either go to Photo and then select Edit in and then choose Edit in Photoshop CS5, or press our shortcut. Well, let's open this image up inside of Photoshop, and here, all we are going to do is close this file and save it.
So I will just go ahead and close it and say, yup, I want to save the file. Great! And then I'll jump back to Lightroom. So back in Lightroom, you can see we have two versions of this file. We have the original file, which is this one here, and then we have this TIF file that we opened and then saved inside of Photoshop. Well, right now they're sitting next to each other, which is really helpful, but where an image sits in your filmstrip is contingent upon the sort order. Let me show you what I mean. Press the G key.
That will take us back to the Grid view. Next, I am going to make my thumbnails smaller, just so we can see this a little bit more clearly. Here is the image which is the TIF file. Here's the file that was created in Photoshop. Well currently, I'm sorting by capture time. Well, if I change this to something else--let's say like Added Order--well all of a sudden, these two images, which were once next to each other, are now very far apart. And in a small folder of images--let's say we have 30 images here--it's not that big of a deal, but when you have 500-- or whatever number for that matter--it becomes a little bit more complicated.
Now, of course, you can always go back and change your sort order to something that might give you a little bit more connection--let's say like Filename. Now, these are going to be next to each other, because I'm sorting based on file name. Yet, the point is is that as I was changing my sort order you may have noticed that these two images which are stacked always travel together, meaning it didn't matter what my sort order was. And that can be really helpful, because you know what happens. Sometimes, you'll use a sort order for whatever reason-- let's say Added Order.
We have this disconnection kind of. They are in different places with these images, and then we go to the Develop module. Well, in the Develop module, all of a sudden we're working on our filmstrip, and we have the original RAW file, and then we are going to scroll, where is that file I worked on in Photoshop? We go back and forth. Finally, we find it over here, because here we can't change that sort order as readily as we can inside of the Grid view. Now, of course you could go back to the Grid view, change it, but that's just a lot of work. So here's what I'm recommending.
Here's the distillation of all of this. One, let's press the G key. I want you to know about sort order, and I want you to begin to pay attention to that. Two, what I want you to do is to select a TIF file or a JPEG file and then press Command+E on a Mac, Ctrl+E on Windows, and I want to recommend that you turn this option on, Stack with original. This way, the actual RAW source file-- whatever type of file that is--and then also the other file that you're creating inside of Photoshop will then stay connected.
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