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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery


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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

with Chris Orwig
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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

Video: Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery

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.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques
6h 45m Advanced Nov 23, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Maximizing file compatibility
  • Speeding up the workflow with automation
  • Working with catalogs, collections, and folders
  • Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
  • Performing and restoring backups
  • Setting up tethered capture
  • Advanced retouching techniques, such as eye enhancement and blemish reduction
  • Working with color profiles
  • Perfecting prints from Lightroom
  • Creating custom watermarks
  • Making a custom web gallery
  • Exporting and publishing photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery

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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