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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.
So far, we've spent some time talking about how to work with Lightroom and Photoshop. Well, what about Lightroom and Bridge? Here we're going to spend a few minutes talking about that topic. Here is a portrait that I took of one of my best friends and his daughter Gracie, and what I want to do is first discover where this file is located. One easy way to do that is to right- click or Ctrl+Click on the image and then to choose Show in Finder or Show in Explorer. This will then open up a window, which will show you where this actual file is residing. And here you can see we have this file. It's a DNG file.
Now, what we're going to talk about here--we'll work with any different type of file format, but in this case, we're working with a RAW format, which is this DNG. Now what I want to do is I want to view this DNG file in Adobe Bridge. Now I could, of course, figure out where this particular folder is located. I could then point Adobe Bridge to this folder, which is flamingo_beach, and then view the file that way. Or if I want to do this even more quickly, what you can do is you can go back to Lightroom, click on the image, and then drag that image to one of the icons for Adobe Bridge.
Here, it will then point to that particular folder, and here you can see the image that we have in Adobe Bridge. So in this case, I have two programs looking at this file: Adobe Bridge and also Lightroom. Let's go back to Lightroom for a moment. Well, in Lightroom, I've decided I want to crop this image, and I want to convert it to black and white. So first, I'll press the R key to access the Crop tool. This will take me to the Crop tool inside of the Develop module. And I am going to go ahead and just create a little bit of a tighter crop here, and then just reposition this a little bit and then double-click to apply.
Actually, let me crop that even more, just so that we can really see the difference here. So I will press the R key once again. This time, I am going to go to a 1:1 crop, a square crop here. This will give us a little bit stronger visual, so we can see the difference between what we're seeing in Lightroom and also what we're going to see in Bridge. All right! We'll double-click to apply that crop. Next, I want to convert this to black and white. The easiest way to do that is to press the V key. Now, here I'll go ahead and add a little fill Light, add a little bit of contrast and just modify this image--again, just so we have something completely different. All right! Well, now we have this difference.
We've modified this using these RAW controls here inside of Lightroom. Well, what's going to happen when we go back to Adobe Bridge? Well, if I navigate back to Adobe Bridge, what I'll see is still the original RAW file. I'm not seeing any of those RAW adjustments. Well, how can I make changes to an image so that Bridge can pick up on them, so that Bridge isn't missing out on what's happening inside of Lightroom? Well, this would be especially important if you find that you're integrating Bridge into your overall workflow, or in those cases where you're just briefly, quickly browsing a folder, and you want to see what's happening with certain images.
Well, what you can do in those situations is you can go back to Lightroom and you can think of this as saving. And in Lightroom you never really save a file, but what you're doing is saving the metadata or saving all that's been done to the file to the file itself, rather than to the catalog. In order to do that, there is a great shortcut, and you'll probably want to write this one down. Here it is: On a Mac, it's Command+S. On Windows, that's Ctrl+S. Now, what just happened is that it wrote that XMP metadata to the file itself, so that now--if we go back to the Adobe Bridge--what we'll see is that this file will be updated with that new metadata, and we can see that we have something completely different.
In other words, we have the file as it's been processed by Lightroom; it's just that Bridge now knows that that's been processed, because it's written all of that information to the file. So you may be thinking, "Well, why not write the information to all the files all the time?" Well, the reason why you don't want to do that is it really slows down Lightroom's performance. One of the reasons why Lightroom is so lightning fast is because it's writing all that information to a centralized catalog, which we will talk a little bit more about in one of the subsequent chapters.
But as it's writing that to the centralized location, it really speeds up the overall workflow. On the other hand, if you have it set to save this to every file all the time, it's really going to bog things down. The whole point of using Lightroom is speed, right? Its efficiency, its workflow, and it's that it remembers all of that stuff, and that it's saved in the centralized spot, rather than to the individual files. Yet, that being said, there are those situations where you want to do that, and now you know the trick. Inside of Lightroom, all that you need to do is to press Command+S on a Mac or Ctrl+S on Windows.
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