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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 New Features, photographer and author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 brings to each phase of the photographic workflow—from importing and editing, to exporting and publishing. This course details Lightroom 3's new importing and asset-management features and its significant improvements in the Develop module, including enhanced sharpening and noise reduction. Chris also shows how Lightroom 3 broadens output options, and shares workflow tips and advice for upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with images processed in earlier Lightroom versions. Exercise files are included with the course.
The more I work with Lightroom and the more post-processing that I do, the more I realize that I repeat a lot of the same things over and over again on similar images. In those cases what I really need to do is to be able to sync some of the processing across multiple images. What we're going to do is work with these images here. I'm going to take them to the Develop module. So go ahead press the D key, or I'll click on the Develop up here. In this particular case what I'm interested in doing is converting all of these images to black-and-white, and the easiest way to do that is down in the filmstrip click on one of the images, hold down the Shift key, and then click on another.
That will then select contiguous or touching photographs. Now if I want to convert these to black- and-white, I could go to my Basic panel and one easy way to do that would be to desaturate. Well, currently I'm in regular sync mode, which will mean if I desaturate now, it's going to desaturate the first image. Let me open up this view here a little bit so you can see that. Well, that didn't really make a lot of sense, because I want to convert all of these images to black-and-white. They're captured in the same situation, same lens. So I'm going to go ahead and double- click the triangle slider here. That will take Saturation back to the default of 0.
Well, this time what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill up this little switch here and when I flip that switch, and now Auto Sync has been turned on. When I do the same thing, again just -100 desaturation, what you're going to see is it's going to apply that to all three images. So in this case I can increase some Fill Light, add some Contrast, maybe a little bit of Clarity, maybe bring up my Blacks a little bit, a little bit higher Exposure. And now I've processed all of these images at once. The nice thing about Auto Sync is it gives you this incredible speed.
If I go ahead and move through these three images, if I don't like any of the processing, let's say this one I think I want to have a little bit deeper black, all I need to do is turn Auto Sync off and then go ahead and increase my Blacks or make another kind of modification here and maybe a little bit more Fill Light, and that will just modify this image. To illustrate this even further, I'll go ahead and bring back the Saturation. You can see I'm only modifying one image. So again a nice way to begin to work on this is to flip this switch here and then if you need to make a change across the board just go ahead and apply that and what you'll see is it will then apply it to the other images as well.
Now there are other situations where you going to find that yeah, you need to apply the similar type of an adjustment across multiple images. Let's go back to the Library module. We can do that by pressing the G key or by clicking on the Library button here. In this particular case I'm going to select this folder here, iPhone. All of these images of this graffiti art. They were captured with my iPhone. They're captured the same way. And what I want to do is I want to process these in similar fashion. So I'll go ahead and click and then Shift+Click, and of course I can do this in Quick Develop as well.
Flip the switch, so to turn that on I'm going to go ahead and increase my Clarity a little bit and I'm going to go ahead and increase my Exposure a little bit and if I hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, that's going to change these two options as far as my Sharpening and my Saturation and then I can also modify my Exposure perhaps a little bit as well. I have pretty limited controls here inside of Quick Develop. So typically if you're going to do some heavy lifting or some really real post-processing, you're going to go to the Develop module.
So I'll go ahead and navigate over the Develop module. Auto Sync is already on and in this case I'm going to go ahead and make some changes. Now one of the things that you'll come across as you work on your images is that if you zoom in on this particular file, you'll notice that there's quite of noise and that happens because, again, it was captured with an iPhone. So if I need to reduce that noise, no big deal. All that I need to do is go down to my Detail panel and here what I'm interested in doing is reducing some of this color noise. So I'll go ahead and reduce that, and that's good to go, and then it is now applied that to all of those images.
What about some other situations where Auto Sync will come in handy? Let's navigate back to the Library module. Another situation that I find where I really use Auto Sync is with keywording. If I go ahead and close Quick Develop and open up the Keywording panel, you'll notice that I have some keywords for this particular image, Lightroom 3 essentials, lynda.com, and training. Let's say I want to add another keyword. In this case, I'm going to add art and I'll press Enter or Return, and I'm going to add an iPhone keyword just to remind me that it was captured with an iPhone.
So now because Auto Sync was turned on, that little flip switch was up, when I click through all of these images you can see that they now have all of those same keywords. Now if I want to add a keyword to a single image, you know the routine, right? Just flip that switch off, and then we'll go ahead and add another keyword, 3d, because he is wearing 3d glasses, kind of funny. And now that keyword is just applied to that particular image. Well, I hope that that gives you a little bit of a handle on how you can start to use Auto Sync. Now the trick with this of course is that whenever you find yourself repeating something over and over again, and you are repeating something that's very similar to multiple images, just go to Auto Sync and try it with Auto Sync, whether you're in the Library module or the Develop module, and keep in mind that you can use this in so many different types of situations.
Really we're just scratching the surface here. But I hope that this movie will help you to take advantage of this new feature in Lightroom 3.
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