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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 New Features, photographer and author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 brings to each phase of the photographic workflow—from importing and editing, to exporting and publishing. This course details Lightroom 3's new importing and asset-management features and its significant improvements in the Develop module, including enhanced sharpening and noise reduction. Chris also shows how Lightroom 3 broadens output options, and shares workflow tips and advice for upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with images processed in earlier Lightroom versions. Exercise files are included with the course.
Throughout this training title, you may have noticed this small little warning icon occasionally, as we are working on images. As I mentioned at the beginning of this training title, one of the things that this shows is that this image was processed in an older version of Lightroom. Now, how then do we upgrade or update this to the most recent version of Lightroom in order to take advantage of the new demosaicing algorithms, the new sharpening, the new noise reduction, and all of those new things which help us process our images in even more effective ways? Well, there are a couple of different options here.
One option is to navigate to the Settings pulldown menu and here you can simply Update to the Current Process version, in this case it's 2010, or you can go to the Process menu. You can see which version it was and then update this way. Another technique that you can use is to simply click on this warning icon. This dialog says, "hey, Certain effects will look a little bit different, do you want to preserve the original settings, or do you want to update this?" Yeah, I'll update it. I can choose to Update All. What that will do is it will say, "hey, go throughout my entire library, right? If there are any images that need to be updated, you just take care of them that way." This time I'll just do this single image.
I'll go ahead and click Update. It gives me the ability to review this before or after. So here what I can do is I can zoom into different areas of the image and I can evaluate this if it's going in a good direction, or if for some reason it's processing this image in a negative way. In this particular case, it looks fine. It looks like I have good detail. I am noticing a few little improvements, which will probably be hard to see when this movie is compressed, but here is one that I'll just point out. You can notice that this area that's blown out up here on the hat, that we have a little bit of a fringing or color fringing, the purple right there, you can see at the top of the hat, now that's been taking care of in this new processing version.
Now you can have really noticable differences when you've pushed images really hard, but for the most part you're not going to notice anything drastic. If anything, the image should look a lot better and again you can see here along the jacket, there is less noise and less color over here in the new version. So I like this before and after view, because it helps me gain some confidence in regards to this new process version. You should do this on your own images and do this on different types of images and start to evaluate the changes so that you can determine, do I want to keep these processed in the older version of Lightroom or do I actually want to get up and process my images, so that they're all updated to the most recent version of Lightroom? The good news about this is that this gives us a little bit of confidence moving forward as well. As the technology gets better and better, Lightroom is always going to give us the ability to have continuity with the past and if we choose to, to move forward to the future.
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