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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here I want to start to take a look at the details in this photograph. So what we'll do is we will click on this 1:1 View, in order to zoom into 100%. Then I am going to reposition the image, so I can focus in on the face. Let's make our way down to the Detail panel. You can do so by scrolling down and opening up the Detail panel. Now here what do we want to do in regards to our sharpening and our noise reduction? One of the things that we might want to do is open up our Presets panel and then scroll all the way down near the bottom.
There are a couple of great new presets that come with Lightroom 3, and they are Sharpening presets. Here you can see there are sharpening for faces and also sharpening for what they're calling scenic. In other words, if we want to sharpen the little teeny details, we can choose this preset. Or if it's a person, we want to go for the wider edges, not all the little details. And here you can see it changes my overall sharpening controls. Let me zoom in even further so you can evaluate these. Well once we zoom in, if you look at the scenic, you notice that it brings out a lot of texture on the face.
The wider edges, it's really just focusing on those outer edges. Now in this case, we can increase the sharpening a bit more because this image is a little bit sharp here. And then modify these controls so that they fit our image. Remember the overall trick: hold down Option on Mac, Alt on Windows. You can then dial in how far you want to go with each of these. You get just the right amount of sharpening in detail there. Let's zoom out a bit. That was a little bit overkill being that close. We don't need to be that close. Now there is some noise in the background, the Luminance noise.
Let's get rid of that. Here we'll increase our Luminance softness. You know sometimes when you are working with people photographs, especially an image like this, you may want to soften it up even a bit more with this Luminance slider, and then go back and work on your sharpening. And a little bit of softness with Luminance can be kind of nice. All right, well this is looking really good, in regards to our detail. Here we have the before and then the after. The image is snapping much more. Okay well let's zoom out, and at this juncture, the image is looking really nice.
What about some other creative options? Well here, let's create a virtual copy. We can do so by pressing Command +Apostrophe or Ctrl+Apostrophe. Well now that we have this new virtual copy, what we can do is scroll back up. I am going to scroll up to some of these other interesting and creative presets. And I am just going to scroll through some of these and take a look at all of these. And see if any of them might be interesting for this photograph. How about this one here? I'll go ahead and click on, that in order to apply it. And here at this photograph, it gives us this really nice intriguing color and tone.
Now whenever I apply a preset, I always kind of want to hide my tracks a bit, because I don't want anyone to say, "Oh yeah, you used Color Creative - Color CP 2. Nice work." I want them to think about the image. And so in order to hide my tracks, how could I do that? Well here, I'll go back to the Basic panel, and I want to make this image a bit more moody, adding some more contrast, perhaps a little bit deeper blacks there. And again, just changing the overall look of this file, and also bring up those Recovery sliders in there a bit. I just find the right spot actually for that contrast and whatnot.
Next, I am going to press the R key to reactivate the Crop tool. And I am going to create an even tighter crop here on this version of the image. And then I'll double-click to apply that. Press the R key to reactivate the crop tool again. Double-click to apply it, kind of go back and forth, looking for just the right crop with the photograph; double-clicking each time to apply the crop. Well I like that really up close, kind of focuses in on her in this context. The next thing I want to do is just create a creative edge here.
So in order to work with edges or vignettes after you crop, we need to go all the way down to where we have controls, which are called Post-Crop Vignettes. We can do so by going to the Effects panel. In the Effects panel, what we can do is create a darkening edge there. And I am just going to modify this, and I'll try to modify it in this way, in order to create this little bit of a darkening edge, and just look to have this edge along that outer perimeter there of the photograph, and again just a subtle little darkening effect.
Actually not subtle, I am going to go forward. You know a lot of times that happens in your workflow is that you make these decisions as you're going. I'll experiment with my different controls here, seeing which one looks best in regards to the overall color, and how it affects the image. We can see that this one has a lot of color in it, just because of the color in the photograph. So it might be interesting to try to go with something a little bit more neutral. And again, I am just going to try to find a little bit of a darkening effect there. And I am going to go subtle.
I decided that was a little bit too strong for my liking, so just a little bit of a darkening there. And again I think that's kind of fun to see perhaps, that you experiment, you tinker, you try one thing and another in order to get it just right. All right, well what else can we do? Well another thing we can do, of course, is work on Split Toning because that's where this color is coming from. Here we can work on the overall highlight color. We can tint that a little bit, less blues inside of there. And we can work with these colors. Another thing that's fun to do of course is to go back to the overall saturation of the photograph.
So go up here to your Basic Control. And see what happens if you decrease the color, so that the Split Toning takes over a bit more. And again, sometimes you'll find adding a bit stronger saturation with that mix can give you a very different or distinct look. Now the whole point here is to play with presets, and then to integrate those into your developed workflow. Think of those as a potential way to process a photograph. And the great thing about this virtual copy workflow is that we can see the before and after, comparing this to their original state of their virtual copy.
Let me show you what I mean. Press the Backslash key now, and it goes back to that original color photograph. And then press it again, and we have this completely different and distinct color palette. Now we can, of course, also go back to the other photograph here in order to view the comparison that way. And here, we'll just click back between these two images in order to evaluate how they look. Now one of the things you also want to experiment with is sometimes it's nice to go ahead and close all of your panels. Sometimes I physically close my eyes, look away and then look back.
And then I click through these different sliders just to evaluate if I'm going in a good direction with the photograph. Another thing that's nice to do is, of course, to select an image, say like this one here and then create a virtual copy of it, and on that virtual copy, to reset it back to normal just click on the Reset button. And sometimes what that can do for you is it can help you evaluate what you've done. A great way to look at all of these images is to hold down the Shift key and then click on the entire row of photographs. And then press the G key to go to the Library module, then the N key to go to the Survey mode.
Here in the Survey mode, I want to really look at these three images, so I'll press the Tab key to hide everything. And here, I can see these all visible, side-by-side, the original photograph, the first Crop and Color Temperature work and also this creative version of the photograph. So while I'm working in the Develop module, I am not hesitant, of course, to go to other modules to do things like compare and contrast and look at the image. One of the things that's nice about this view is, of course, we can click on the x in order to hide the images. Now in this case I like this version of the image, but this one, now that I go back to it, it's still a bit too warm for me.
So I'll go to the Develop module and in the Develop module, I'll select that photograph. Go to my Basic panel. And I am just simply going to lower my White balance. Again, I just felt like things got a little bit too warm. I didn't like the tone there. And I wasn't able to arrive to that decision until the very end of my workflow. And a lot of times that happens with us, right? And the last thing that we want to do, of course, is really just enjoy and evaluate the image without Lightroom. To do that press Shift+Tab, then press the L key twice in order to dim out the lights.
And now we can really see the image for what it is. And I like this version of the photograph. Here, I'll click the arrow key. And here we can see another version of the image that I like as well, and on that note that wraps up our overall conversation about workflow with his image. And I hope that throughout the process of seeing these different workflows that it started to help you begin to think about how you can connect the dots, and how you can put together these different controls in order to process your images in some corrective and creative ways.
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