Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing derivative versions in Lightroom, part of Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos.
I'm going to spend a few minutes going outside of Lightroom to edit an image. Now, before we do that, I want to tell you that when you can, for your image editing, you want to stay in Lightroom, because Lightroom has a fantastic set of tools. They are right here in the Develop module, and just about anything you need to do is right here. And the big news is that when you work on an image in Lightroom, it's a nondestructive flow. Lightroom is only adding little bits of metadata to your image.
So if you start out with a 24 MB image, you end up, after doing all sorts of wonderful image editing things to it, with a 24.2 MB image or something like that. Hardly anything. But there may be those times when you need to go outside of Lightroom to do something special. Most of the time you'll be going to Photoshop for that, and that's what we call round tripping. Now before we round trip, I want to make sure that the file that Lightroom prepares for you is a good file.
Then we'll go to Photoshop, we'll work a bit, and then we'll come back into Lightroom. To ensure that we have a good experience when we round trip, I'm going to Edit, and then I'm going to go down here to Preferences, and we're just going to take a look at the Preferences for External Editing. Here are the settings that I recommend. If you need something different, and you know you need something different, then go ahead and make those changes. If you don't know, go with these: go with a PSD file; that's going to be the handoff file. That's the file that is going to go to Photoshop and come back.
AdobeRGB for your Color Space, and go with 8 bits instead of 16 bits. 8 bits gives you plenty of information. If you know you need 16 bits, then make that change. Otherwise, stick with 8 bits, and click OK. All right! Let's take this shot, and let's take a little trip to Photoshop. I'm going to right-click on the image. I'm going to go up here to Edit In> Edit in Adobe Photoshop, and Lightroom is going to prepare the file for me, and then open it in Photoshop.
So the first thing I'll do; let's just do a few little image editing things. So we'll crop; do a little cropping. There we go. And let's do a little levels control. I'm going to hit Control+L, and we'll just brighten it up a little bit. Just click OK. Now these are all things that you can do in Lightroom, but we're just doing a little demonstration here. Let's convert to black and white. So we'll go to Adjustments, and go to Black & White. We'll brighten up those reds just a bit, just so we kind of lighten up the skin tones.
Alrighty! And the last thing that we'll do; is go to Sharpen. Let's do a little Smart Sharpen, and that should get us out of dodge. I'll just take a look at that eye: 14 and 8. That looks great! Beautiful! I'm going to hit Control+Plus. Alright. So now we have done our Photoshop work. To send this file back to Lightroom, all I have to do is go up to File, go down to Save. It will save that image. It's preparing it; sending it back to Lightroom.
Since it's in Lightroom now, I can go ahead and close here, and I will minimize Photoshop, and you'll see that in Lightroom we have our image right here. Let's open up, because I want to show you something that Lightroom does: create a little stack, look at that, and it put it on top. So here's our original image, and here's our Photoshop image right here. It's a stack, so I can collapse them just like that. Now here is the thing: this file here is about twice the size of this file.
I could have done the same image edits right here in Lightroom and saved myself approximately 22, 23 megabytes. So keep in mind that round tripping is a great technique. Lightroom and Photoshop work fantastic together, and there are certain things that you will need to do in Photoshop. You can do probably about 98% here in Lightroom. Work in Lightroom when you can; round trip when you have to. Otherwise, you'll end up taking up more space on your hard drive than you actually need. But it's a great technique, and that's how it works.
The course concludes with a look at aspects of a good backup and archival strategy, ranging from the best file format for long-term backup to the best hardware options for offline storage.
- Removing pictures from a card
- Transferring photos to a Windows or Mac computer
- Transferring images with Lightoom, Aperture or iPhoto
- Assigning ratings to photos and flagging favorites
- Filtering photos
- Choosing file formats
- Backing up to the cloud
- Working with multiple hard drives
- Recovering from backups