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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.
You can think of this movie as a bit of a bonus movie. And here all that I want to do is just begin to give you more ideas of how you can work creatively with custom watermarks. In particular, what we're going to look at is how we could perhaps round corners on our images. And we could do this inside of any of the modules where we want to have a custom watermark sitting on top of our photograph to kind of limit what we're seeing. In the previous movie, we looked at something a bit more complex. Here all I have done in Photoshop is created this document where I've white on the edges.
You'll notice there is a round corner. You'll also notice there are a couple other layers here, one that has a white box and then also some copy. I have the background layer, just so we can see what it might look like being filled up with a photograph. Now again, this may not make exact sense now, but the point is is what you can do is create different edges or borders or content in Photoshop. And then you always want to leave it so there is transparency. You go to your File pulldown menu. You choose Save for Web & Devices.
Here again, we choose PNG-24. Now I have already done this for us, so let's go ahead and take a look at how we could use this inside of Lightroom. In Lightroom, what we would want to do is make a selection of an image, or images. We then could go to one of our modules, and here I will go to Slideshow. In Slideshow, what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and go to my Watermarking option, and I will go to Edit Watermarks. And once again, I'll click Choose. And the watermark I am going to choose first is called corners. And I'll click Choose, and what I want to do is scroll down so that it fills the entirety of the frame. And then I'll save this out as "rounded corners-1." I will create that, and there you can see we now have this different type of a slideshow, where photographs are sitting inside of this little frame here.
Now at this point, it doesn't look very good, I think, because of some of the background elements. So I am going to turnoff my Identity Plate and just make sure to turn off these other items as well. And then I'll match this with my background color, scroll through here, no color wash on that, and then choose a background color that matches that white so you can see that now this looks a little bit better. It just has those round corners, and it fits right inside of there. Well, we could take this further, right? There was another version of this that we could use, if we wanted to. The other version was rounded corners number 2.
Let's go select that one, and here we'll choose that, and then we will save this out as "rounded corners-2." All right, well now that we have that, we have a little bit of this logo showing in here. Now if we want change this, we can change this, right? We can always work with our guides. And if we turn those guides on, we can add more space, so we can see this a little bit bigger and have a bit more space dedicated to that. And that looks pretty good. All right, well there you have it: an interesting way that we can start to kind of think outside of the box, where we can take advantage of our Photoshop skills in creating custom watermarks and then how we can integrate that into Lightroom.
Now keep in mind that what we do in Photoshop is really only limited by what you know how to do in Photoshop. So if you're feeling like effects like this might be kind of interesting, it probably would be worthwhile to hone up on your Photoshop skills and then to experiment with creating some of your own types of edges and layouts, saving those out as PNG-24 files, and then looking how you can integrate them into Lightroom inside of the Slideshow, Print, and Web modules.
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