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Setting up Lightroom and creating versions

From: Black and White with Lightroom and Photoshop

Video: Setting up Lightroom and creating versions

Here we're in Lightroom, and the very first thing that I want to do is get some of the interface out of the way, so we can focus on the images, and Lightroom makes that really easy. We have these little triangles off to the side, where once I dismiss that, all I have to do is mouse over, and it will present itself. So, I'm not missing any functionality, but I can see more of the imagery. I am going to do the same thing at the bottom there, and over to this side. It's a lot nicer; I can just focus on what's going on. I mentioned before that a lot of the time, when you want to do a black and white image, you want to keep the color version as well.

Setting up Lightroom and creating versions

Here we're in Lightroom, and the very first thing that I want to do is get some of the interface out of the way, so we can focus on the images, and Lightroom makes that really easy. We have these little triangles off to the side, where once I dismiss that, all I have to do is mouse over, and it will present itself. So, I'm not missing any functionality, but I can see more of the imagery. I am going to do the same thing at the bottom there, and over to this side. It's a lot nicer; I can just focus on what's going on. I mentioned before that a lot of the time, when you want to do a black and white image, you want to keep the color version as well.

Now, it might be because you're not sure which one you want, and you want to protect yourself, and have a color, and a black and white, it might be because you want to compare them, or might be because you have completely different use cases for the image. And so that's why I want to show you how to make a virtual copy, and it's exactly that; all we're doing is just creating a copy of the file, and there's two ways to do it. With an image selected, you can either come up to the Photo menu, and come down here, and Create Virtual Copy, or what's a lot easier is to just right-click, and come in here and say Virtual Copy. And that's what it's going to do; it's going to create a mirror of that file.

So, we can leave this one color, and we can make this one black and white. And the next thing we are going to talk about is making it the best color image as possible.

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