Join Scott Bourne for an in-depth discussion in this video Which Aperture plugins work in Lightroom, part of Migrating from Aperture to Lightroom.
>> Plug-ins are often a useful way to enhance images and get things that the application itself can't pull off. Well, the good news is that a lot of plug-ins that run on Aperture, are also available inside of Lightroom. Let me show you a couple that do make the jump. >> You may have expanded your plug-in collection through the years to add functionality into Aperture. Keep in mind that some of the plug-ins you've added may already have features available in Lightroom. But if you have installed plug-ins, it's a good idea to check which ones are available.
The main ones you're going to want to check out are Image Editing Plug-ins and Noise and Lens Correction. Although, I find that Lightroom has very good Noise and Lens Correction built in. While there are many filters available. The following manufacturers have made their plug-ins available for both Lightroom and Aperture. DxO for their FilmPack and Optics Pro. Human Software for most of their plug-ins. The Nik collection is now sold by Google as a bundle. So depending upon which products you've owned, you may need to cross grade or upgrade.
Noise Ninja is available as a third party noise reduction plug-in. onOne Software for their focal point, perfect resize, and photo frame. Some of which are bundled into the Perfect Photo Suite, which is a very strong suite of tools that adds a lot of functionality. The PTLens plug-in for lens distortion correction. The DFX package from Tiffen, which has a complete training title available here on lynda.com and several of the Topaz filters. In most cases, it's a good idea to download and reinstall the plug-ins.
There is one gotcha, however. Under Preferences, make sure you uncheck the box that states. Store presets with this catalog. Then once you've installed the plug-ins, it's pretty simple to access. To access some plug-ins, you'll choose File > Export with Preset. And you'll see options here, for example, for HDR Efex Pro and Photomatix Pro. For most other plug-ins, you'll choose Photo > Edit In and this gives you a list of options, as well as third-party applications.
You can choose to send a Photoshop or other image editors as well as open into a plug-in. I'll send this one into Silver Efex Pro for a black and white conversion. You could choose to Edit a Copy of the image with any Lightroom Adjustments applied or depending upon the file format. Edit a Copy of the original or the actual original file. Under Copy File Options, you can specify the File Format, such as TIFF or PSD. As well as the Color Space. I'll go with Pro Photo RGB.
A Bit Depth,16 bits is generally recommended and a Resolution. When ready, click the Edit button. This'll hand off the image and prepare it for editing. Now, the image opens up into the plug-in editor. You'll find several options to work with, as well as the ability to make adjustments as you see fit. When satisfied, click the Save button. The image is processed and returned to the Lightroom catalog. You'll note in this case, we have two versions.
The original and the processed one made with the plug-in. You can continue to work this way, including taking the raw file. When you select Photo > Edit In and select the tool to use, you'll note, you'll need to decide which version to work with. Click Edit. And the file is handed off. When satisfied, click Save. The image is processed. And you'll see another version added into the library. This makes it quite simple to addition all three images in this case.
The raw, the modified version, which has a changed file name that added the original name and then a hyphen and the word edit. And the raw file developed inside of Lightroom. When it comes to plug-ins, it's very easy to get most of your Aperture plug-ins to move into Lightroom, many without any additional cost.
*Aperture will be replaced by the new Photos app.
- Preserving an existing library or starting from scratch
- Preserving your organization and metadata
- Backing up your library
- Relocating masters
- Exporting adjusted images
- Working with Lightroom
- Understanding which Aperture plugins will work in Lightroom