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Using the exercise files

From: Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

Video: Using the exercise files

The files that you'll see me using throughout this course are available for you to download from the course page, if you are a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library. If you are not a Premium member you can use you own photos in a Lightroom catalog to follow along with me. And do listen to the rest of this movie where I'll show you how to select whichever of your files you want to work with. If you are using the official exercise files, I suggest that you put the exercise files folder on your desktop, and then set up a new Lightroom catalog, as I'll show you in a minute, and import the exercise files into the new catalog to keep them from getting mixed in with your personal photos in your regular Lightroom catalog.

Using the exercise files

The files that you'll see me using throughout this course are available for you to download from the course page, if you are a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library. If you are not a Premium member you can use you own photos in a Lightroom catalog to follow along with me. And do listen to the rest of this movie where I'll show you how to select whichever of your files you want to work with. If you are using the official exercise files, I suggest that you put the exercise files folder on your desktop, and then set up a new Lightroom catalog, as I'll show you in a minute, and import the exercise files into the new catalog to keep them from getting mixed in with your personal photos in your regular Lightroom catalog.

To setup a new catalog, go to the File menu in Lightroom and choose New Catalog. In the window that opens you can navigate to your Desktop if that's where you want your catalog, and give the catalog a name, I'll call this Ex Files Cat, and just click the Create button. That creates a brand-new catalog in Lightroom, and that catalog will be empty right now. Next, import the exercise files into this catalog. To do that click, the big Import button at the bottom of the left-hand column, that will open the Import dialog box.

Go to the column on the left, labeled Select a source, and use the arrows to navigate down to your desktop. On the desktop you should see this folder called exercise files, that's separate from the folder called Ex File Cat that we just made for the actual catalogs, which are database files. We're looking for the exercise files. Click on that folder and in the area in the center of the screen you'll see thumbnail previews of all of the files in the exercise files folder. They should all be checked. Leave them checked, but if somehow one or more of these get unchecked, so let me just simulate that for you.

Then what you want to do is click on the first that's unchecked, hold down the Command key, that's the Ctrl key on a PC, and click on the other unchecked files, and then just click in the checkbox for one of them and that will check all of them again. At the top of the center area, you want to be sure that Add is highlighted, not Move or Copy or DNG, but Add. Then go to the column on the right, make sure that everything there is set to the defaults as mine is right now. Now if you leave Render Preview set to 1:1, it may take a minute or two to import all the exercise files, but it will save you time later, so I recommend it.

Now I'm going to click Import. At the top right of the Library where we are now, you will see a Progress Bar that tells you that Lightroom is now rendering the 1:1 previews. When it's done you'll have a record of each of the exercise files in this catalog. Now, click the arrow to the left of the Folders panel in the column on the left. There, you should see your hard drive and the exercise files. Click the arrow to the left of the exercise files and you'll see that they are organized into Chapter folders.

To see the exercise files in a particular chapter, click the arrow to the left of that chapter and then click on the subfolder that corresponds to a particular movie. If you want to see a thumbnail bigger, you can use this Thumbnail slider near the bottom of the library module. Now you won't see a subfolder for every single movie, because not all the movies have exercise files. Now let's talk about how to use a particular photo to follow along with a movie. Let's say that you want to work on this photo and it's not selected like this. Just click inside the photo to select it, either here in the grid or down here in the Filmstrip.

If the movie takes place in the Develop Module, with the photo selected, click on the Develop label at the top of the screen, and that will take you over to the Develop Module. That photo or photos will be in the Filmstrip, and the one that's selected will be showing up here in the document area. If your Filmstrip isn't open, you can open it in either module by going to the bottom of the screen and clicking the very bottom black bar there. So that closes the filmstrip, and that opens it again. So that's what you need to know about preparing the exercise files and using them as we work through the course.

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Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

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  1. 10m 38s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 4s
    3. Why use Lightroom and Photoshop together?
      5m 58s
  2. 16m 37s
    1. Setting Lightroom preferences for editing in Photoshop
      6m 20s
    2. Setting file naming preferences in Lightroom
      4m 27s
    3. Maximizing PSD compatibility in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    4. Matching color settings
      1m 10s
  3. 24m 25s
    1. Passing raw files from Lightroom to Photoshop
      8m 17s
    2. Handling mismatches with Open Anyway
      6m 21s
    3. Handling mismatches with Render using Lightroom
      4m 43s
    4. Updating your software
      5m 4s
  4. 19m 41s
    1. Passing non-raw photos from Lightroom to Photoshop
      4m 9s
    2. Choosing Edit a Copy With Lightroom Adjustments
      5m 26s
    3. Choosing Edit a Copy
      3m 59s
    4. Choosing Edit Original
      3m 34s
    5. Revisiting edits
      2m 33s
  5. 17m 9s
    1. Creating presets for editing in Photoshop
      4m 51s
    2. Passing photos to Photoshop with presets
      4m 48s
    3. Creating presets for editing in Elements
      3m 4s
    4. Passing photos to Elements with presets
      4m 26s
  6. 10m 44s
    1. Sorting and stacking edited photos in Lightroom
      5m 1s
    2. Synchronizing metadata between Lightroom and Bridge
      5m 43s
  7. 56m 22s
    1. Building a panorama with Lightroom and Photoshop
      6m 57s
    2. Creating an HDR image with Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 51s
    3. Creating a Photoshop Smart Object from Lightroom
      6m 32s
    4. Opening as layers in Photoshop from Lightroom
      4m 47s
    5. Applying photographic filters
      5m 33s
    6. Photo compositing
      7m 30s
    7. Making precise local corrections
      5m 28s
    8. Retouching and removing content
      6m 36s
    9. Enhancing photos with text and graphics
      7m 8s
  8. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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