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Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop

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Video: Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop

Here we are going to dig a little bit deeper into working with Bridge, Photoshop, and Lightroom. Well, here you can see I've opened up my Exercise Files folder, and inside of that there's a subfolder titled "other". Now one of the things that's interesting about the images in this folder is we have a few different types of images. A lot of people start off working on computers and accessing their files either on Windows by using Explorer or on Mac by using the Finder window. Now, in both cases, these windows aren't a very good way to find content, because it's really small.

Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop

Here we are going to dig a little bit deeper into working with Bridge, Photoshop, and Lightroom. Well, here you can see I've opened up my Exercise Files folder, and inside of that there's a subfolder titled "other". Now one of the things that's interesting about the images in this folder is we have a few different types of images. A lot of people start off working on computers and accessing their files either on Windows by using Explorer or on Mac by using the Finder window. Now, in both cases, these windows aren't a very good way to find content, because it's really small.

You can see a file name, maybe a little thumbnail, but they're not designed for visual art. We can't really see what's there. So what we need to do is take a closer look at this content. Now, in order to do that, we could work with Bridge, which is a browser- like program which has more visual control, or we could try to import these into Lightroom. Well for starters, what I'm going to do is open up this folder in Bridge. To do so, I'll click on the folder and go ahead and drag that down to the Bridge icon, down here in the dock. Or you can simply open up Bridge and then navigate to Exercise Files and then go to that particular folder, other.

Now here we can see a little bit larger preview of these. We can change this preview, as you know, which gives me a little bit more. Then we can select one of the thumbnails and also change the overall size of the way that Bridge is laid out, so that we have an even larger preview--more space dedicated to the image. The nice thing about this is we can scroll through, or click through, our different photographs, and we get this larger preview. Now you may notice that in this folder, I have a few different file formats. Well, here I have a PDF, which I can see in Bridge.

I also have a layered PSD file that doesn't have Maximize Compatibility turned on. I'll talk a little bit more about that in a minute. And then I have a TIF file which has been converted to the CMYK format. Now, the reason that I wanted to start off with these different types of file formats is just to illustrate this concept of how Bridge works really well with a wide range of different file formats. It doesn't really matter what type of TIF, what type of PSD, what type of PDF, or what type of file it is.

Whether it's a SWF file or an InDesign file--you name it--you can see it inside of Adobe Bridge. Now on the other hand, if I open up Lightroom and then decide to import some files--here I will choose File, and then I'll select Import Photos. I'll go ahead and click on that or press the shortcut there and what I want to try to import is that same folder here. I will select it, other. Now, what's interesting about Lightroom is that it doesn't even show me the PDF file. It can't handle, it can't import, it can't deal with that file format.

On the other hand, when it shows me this one without maximized compatibility, it's showing me that something is wrong here. I am not going to be able to access that file, because I haven't saved it appropriately inside of Photoshop. In order to work on layered PSD files inside of Lightroom, you have to turn on, or check the option to maximize file compatibility, because Lightroom doesn't think in regards to layers. Now, if you have a TIF file, it's completely different. Here, we have a TIF file. This one happens to be in the CMYK color space.

We can import that into Lightroom, although Lightroom doesn't work in CMYK; it works in an RGB color space. So if we make adjustments to this type of file, we are going to actually make RGB adjustments on top of a CMYK file. Now, we could though, import this file and open it into Photoshop and make adjustments and then save and close it. In other words, Lightroom can keep track of CMYK files if you want to. You can make adjustments on top of them, or you could simply open them in Photoshop and then save and close them and keep track of them in Lightroom.

Now, why am I going over all of these different variables? What I'm trying to point out is that when you're working in Lightroom, Lightroom works best with straight photographs. Here we have a folder full of JPEGs. Lightroom is going to work really well with these different files. Or on the other hand, let's say we have DNG files. Again, Lightroom is going to be able to import and work with those files really quickly and efficiently. Keep in mind that Lightroom is an application which is primarily geared towards professional photographers.

In other words, it helps us importing work with image and video files really effectively. On the other hand, if we are going to work with Adobe Bridge, we're going to think about as this kind of a catch-all browser. It's something that we'll use briefly when we want to go to a folder and perhaps find a file format that we don't have, or even if we want to go to a folder let's say that has a bunch of DNG files in it or JPEG files or Camera RAW files--whatever image format we have-- we can then do that and access those files and select them here.

Well, how does Photoshop fit into all of this mix? Well, Photoshop is a program that we're going to go to when we want to do something that's a little bit more. For example, here I'll click on the other folder, and I'll go ahead and double-click this file here to open it up in Photoshop. Now, in this case, I've simply created this diptych, and here you can see the layers. I have the left image and then the right image and then an adjustment layer. Now, this isn't very complex, but you know that in Photoshop we can do so much here, and really, Photoshop is a place where we want to have that precise and powerful control over our photographs, where we can create a document with tons of layers, and we can use blending modes and many different types of adjustments, and many different types of masks and selective focus and sharpening, et cetera, et cetera.

So you want to think of Photoshop as your powerhouse for precision and for really working on images in specific ways. On the other hand, what we want to do is think about Bridge as a bit more of a file browser, and then finally, we'll think about Lightroom as a tool where we will primarily be working on our photographs. Well let's dig a little bit deeper into this concept, and let's go ahead and do that by importing all of our exercise files. So if you haven't done so already, go ahead and select the Exercise Files folder and then go ahead and import, or add, those to your Lightroom Library, so we can start to talk about how we can actually work on images in Lightroom, work between Lightroom and Photoshop, and also make raw adjustments in Lightroom that we can work on as well inside of Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW.

Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do all of that in the next movie.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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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

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