Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Who this course is for, part of Using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements Together.
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- You may be wondering if this is a course for you. This course is aimed squarely at you if you're already a Lightroom user and you realize that you need a pixel editor, too. Let me explain. If you've been working with Lightroom, you've probably realized that Lightroom is almost, but not quite, a complete solution for your photographic needs. So Lightroom is great for managing, processing, and outputting your photographs, but there are some things you may wanna do with your photographs that you can't do or can't do well in Lightroom, like making layered composites, stitching panoramas, combining bracketed exposures into an HDR image, adding graphics to your photographs, and other pixel-based tasks that I cover in this course.
Now, you could use Photoshop Elements or its big brother, Adobe Photoshop, for those supplementary tasks. If you decide to use Elements, which is a simpler alternative to Photoshop, then this is the course for you. If you'd rather use Photoshop as a supplement to Lightroom, then take a look at another of my lynda.com courses, one called "Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together." Now what if you're a Lightroom user who already relies on Adobe Photoshop to supplement Lightroom? Well, this course may be useful for you, too, because Elements actually has some features that you don't find in Lightroom or in Photoshop.
For example, if you're a scrapbooker, you'll find items in Elements' graphics panel and effects panel that you won't find in Photoshop. In that case, even if you're using Photoshop as your primary external editor for Lightroom, you may wanna use Elements as an additional external editor for Lightroom. And I'll show you how to set that up in this course, too. You'll also find this course useful if you currently use Elements to organize and edit your photographs and you're interested in switching to Lightroom and making Lightroom your primary photo management and editing program.
In the last chapter of this course, I'll show you exactly how to convert your existing Elements catalog to a Lightroom catalog. Once you do that, you'll be able to take advantage of Lightroom's sophisticated library module to keep track of and find your photos. You can use Lightroom's develop module as your primary photo editor and you can even keep Elements or maybe Photoshop as a pixel-editing supplement to Lightroom. So if any of these scenarios apply to you, then this is a course for you.
In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili shows how to combine both programs. She begins with details on how to set up Lightroom and Photoshop Elements for maximum compatibility. The course then covers strategies for working with photos in a variety of formats (including raw), and practical scenarios for using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements together. Learn how to composite multiple photos with layers and selections, retouch portraits, and add creative effects and text to photos. Want to move to Lightroom permanently? Jan also shows how to upgrade a catalog from Elements to Lightroom.
- Why should you use Lightroom and Elements together?
- Setting up Elements as Lightroom's editor
- Editing raw photos and TIFFs, PSDs, and JPEGs
- Blending bracketed exposures
- Stitching panoramas
- Adding creative effects, text, and graphics
- Upgrading a catalog from Lightroom to Elements