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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.
Sometimes when you bend or break the rules, you can come up with some pretty interesting results, and here we are going explore how we can work with custom watermarks in a completely different way. We are going to take a custom watermark which covers up the entirety of the image except for an area of transparency in the middle, so that our images will show through the middle area of this custom watermark. Now first, let me show you the custom watermark, and to do that, I am going to navigate to Photoshop briefly. Here you can see we have this old vintage TV, and due to a mask, we have transparency in the middle.
Now we already know how to save these out, right? What we do is we go down to our File pulldown menu, we choose Save for Web & Devices, and we save these out as a PNG-24 file, which gives us this true transparency inside of this area. Okay, well I have already done that for us, but I just wanted to highlight this is what we would do is prepare a file in this way inside of Photoshop. Next, what we are going to do is go back to Lightroom. In Lightroom, let's say we have some images that we want to work on. Here, I will hold down the Command Key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and I will six images here.
Next, I'll go to my Collections panel. I'll create a collection. And the collection that I want to create is one of virtual copies. I will call it vintage surf signs. So I want to create a vintage effect here. So now because these images are virtual copies, I can modify them and the modifications or changes won't affect the original photo. So I will select one, hold on the Shift key, click on the last one so all are selected and next go to the Develop module to a bit of style or change the look of these photos.
Here I'm going to desaturate, add some yellow, maybe some fill light and just kind of have fun with this overall look here with these photos. Well, now they look a little bit older. All right. Well next, let's go to the Slideshow module. Here is where this will get interesting. What we could do is in our Template Browser, we could choose Default. And then next, we would want to go through some of these various settings here, just to make sure we are turning off anything we don't want. Let's start back up at the top. Up at the top, we don't need a border or a cast shadow.
For Identity Plate, what we are going to do is turn that off as well. We'll come back to Watermarking. No Rating. No Text Overlays. Again, we're going for something really simple. No Color Wash. Background Color, let's go ahead and make that white, just so we can kind of visualize this here little bit better, and then I think that's it. All right. Well, if we scroll back up to that area where I was saying we can choose Watermarking, what we can do is turn that on and go to our Edit Watermarks panel. In the Edit Watermarks panel, we are going to choose a PNG file.
Now the PNG file that we are going to work with is called tv. I have two options here: tv.png and tv2.png. Let's start up off tv.png and click Choose. Next, we'll scroll down, and what we want to do is have this fill the entirety of the screen. So here we can see it scaled now to fill the entire screen there. Here we will click Save, and I am going to call this "tv-1" and then click Create. What you can see now is if I press my Arrow keys on my keyboard, that I can go through these various images, and these images are now showing kind of through this TV. And what's interesting is we can continually modify this, right? We would change the overall size of the image, how the image fits inside of this context.
We could also try out other versions. For example, let's go back to Edit Watermarks. And you may remember, as I said just moments ago, that there is another tv version. tv2.png has a little bit of the screen in it. So I just lowered the opacity of that just a bit. And I will name this one "tv-2." And here you can see what that's doing is almost like the gray color of the screen is fading this out, or it's adding that on top of the image there. Now if you want to take this further, you could. You could add film grain in Photoshop.
You could do a lot so that all of this is really sitting on top of that type of content there, and it's then affecting the way that we are viewing the images through this. Well, once we liked that particular layout and liked the way that it looked, all that what we would want to do probably would be to give this a little preview. Here this will show us how the slideshow will run. It will show us the duration of the slides and what the transitions will look like and how this will actually work as it goes through these different images. And you know the fun thing about slideshows is that what we can do is not just create them for ourselves, but we can now export these as videos. And when you export them as videos, you can choose from different video presets so that this type of a slideshow could be played back on various devices.
Now, with this particular demo, it's nothing magical or amazing. Yet the whole point here is to get your creative juices flowing, to get you to begin to think about how you can work with these custom watermarks in order to modify the way that we actually view our images, so that we almost flipped the logic. So that the watermark, rather than something that is sitting on top of the image, now what's happening is the image is actually coming through an area of the watermark, and the watermark acts to create a frame, or to limit what we are looking at.
So do keep that in mind that this particular frame here that we're looking at could be anything. It could be a frame that we create with a plug-in, like ononesoftware's photoframe. It could be something else that we use to modify perhaps the background or create texture. It could also have branding. We can include a logo here, if we wanted to, in some position. And we could get really quite creative with this and so then our creative limitations with using watermarks like this really is only contingent upon the limitation of our imagination.
So the sky is the limit. All right. Well, I hope you picked up a few helpful tips in this movie. I will catch you in the next one.
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