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- Importing and managing photos and video clips
- Improving efficiency with enhanced collections
- Applying sharpening and noise reduction
- Mastering the enhanced adjustment brush, graduated filter, and vignette features
- Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
- Adding audio to slideshows
- Creating custom print packages
- Importing on-the-fly with tethered shooting
- Publishing photos to Flickr
- Publishing to a smart folder and smart photoset
- Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with legacy images
- Making and working with creative watermarks
Skill Level Intermediate
Before we actually begin to work is Lightroom, I thought it would be helpful to step back for a few minutes and highlights some of the new features that we are going to encounter throughout the rest of this training title. This movie is no way exhaustive. Rather it's just highlighting some of the new features by way of comparison. Saying hey, how was this in Lightroom 2? How does that then compare the Lightroom 3? All right, one of the important features is how we import our photos in the Lightroom. Now in Lightroom 2, this was the Import dialog. It was kind of awkward, a little bit small, didn't really work that well.
Well fortunately, this has changed in Lightroom 3. Not only is the dialog visually much more interesting and appealing, it's functionally lot better. One other things it's better here is we now have a built-in Loop View mode. This gives us a larger preview of our image which will help us determine if we actually want to include the photograph in the import. Another thing that we can now do in Lightroom 3 is we can import video. Now when we import video, we are going to see a little icon in our Grid View mode or our Loop View mode that says, "this is a video file. Here's the duration." Another really nice welcomed new feature. All right.
Well, what about the interface? Starting off in the Library module, the panels, we can see Lightroom 2 over here on the left. How do they change in change in Lightroom 3? In Lightroom 3, you will notice there are couple of other options. One of the most significant new options here in the Library module is Publish Services. What that allows us to do is to publish directly to some of the popular photo sharing sites like Flickr, or SmugMug and some other places as well. Another new feature is the Comments panel where if you have say a Flickr Pro account, you can actually upload comments to your photos or download comments into Lightroom from Flickr.
Moving right along. Let's take a look at another new feature. This one is small. It's nonetheless kind of significant because it gives us a handle on how to begin to think about Lightroom 3. Here we have the Crop presets in the Library module. Down below, we have the Crop presets in the Develop module. Both of these are for Lightroom 2. Well, in Lightroom 3, we will notice that there is a change here. What they have done is they have grouped this information, and it's a little bit more accessible. It was kind of awkward before and while this isn't an important new feature, it's kind of significant because it highlights something that's happening here.
What they have done is make it better. Now this isn't just happening with cropping, but it's happening with the engine that's actually driving Lightroom. The demosaicing algorithm that generates the images, the noise reduction, the sharpening, and a number of other things. So again Lightroom 3 is all about taking something that was good and making it better. Well let's dig into a couple other features here. The Develop panels, we'll see the panels over there from Lightroom 2 on the left and then Lightroom 3 on the right. One of the things that's a welcome change is we no longer refer to black & white images as grayscale.
We used to have to do that before. Now they were adopted a more photographic term, black and white. Great. What about Vignettes? Vignettes used to have two options where we could work with, Lens Vignetting and Post Crop Vignetting. Well now we have two different panels. One is Lens Corrections and that's where we can work with Lens Vignetting either to add a vignette or to correct a vignette. Now in Effects, that's where we are going to find Post Crop Vignetting as well as the ability to add film grain and what this signals is something kind of interesting.
We can add film grain in this raw workflow and it's a signal for making the raw workflow more creative. Really a nice new feature there, and it's pretty fun. All right. Well what about dealing with old files? You may be thinking okay, well if Lightroom 3 has all of this new stuff in it, a new algorithm for processing the image and displaying the image, what about all my old files? Am I going to have to reprocess those? Well, one of things you will discover is when you work in Lightroom 3, you can keep the images as is, but it will give you this little warning icon.
And this little warning icon says, this photograph was processed in a previous version of Lightroom. Okay no big deal. All that you need to do is to update that and you can do that by clicking on that button, or go into a pulldown menu, and it just says, this image was processed in a different version of Lightroom. You can either keep working with the file or you can update it. Now the advantage of this is that we can work with legacy files, legacy photographs, and we don't have to do anything different. So this continuity with older versions of Lightroom is great because imagine, you've thousands of thousands of images you've processed.
You may need to access one of those images, print it, or send it to a Web gallery, send it to a client. You don't want to have to manually update it and say, oh gosh, it looks so different. I have to then change the my settings for sharping or whatnot. So in this case you can have that continuity or if you want to get everything up to speed, you can simply update and for the most part your images are going to look much better. So it's not something you really have to be worried about, but at the same time, you can have that continuity and just leave them as is. There is also a new Tools dropdown menu. Now these options aren't necessarily new.
They are used to be embedded in the View pulldown menu. Now one of the reasons why I want to highlight this is because there is one new shortcut here, and it's the Spot Removal tool. If you remember from Lightroom 2, that used to be the N key. Now it's the Q key. And one of the reasons why I wanted to point that out is because it's one of the very few shortcuts that have actually changed. For the most parts, the shortcuts that you've learned in Lightroom 2 are going to work in Lightroom 3 and I mean almost all other shortcuts with a few little exceptions.
That's good news because we can build off what we already know. All right. Well what about couple of other things? One of the things that we tend to do is display information as an overlay on top of our images, and there are couple of different ways that we do this. One way is in the Develop module we can highlight a few different things and there is a new option here I want to highlight which Common Attributes. And what Common Attributes allows us to do is as an image overlay show our flag rating, or a star, or a label.
This is really helpful. In other words, we can start to do more organizational work in the Develop module, whereas previously we could only do that in the Library module, and there are some other areas where this will happen as well, but again I am just highlighting a couple of these little features here. In the Develop & Library module, a lot of times what we have found is that we would need to sync out photographs. In other words, we would apply a key word to 10 photographs, or we'd apply noise reduction to 10 photographs. Photographs that were shot in the same kind of light. We would white balance the same kind of way.
Well syncing in previous version of Lightroom was a little bit awkward. Now, it's much stronger. And it's stronger with this Auto Sync flip switch. What we can do is turn Auto Sync on, and then apply certain settings or keywords or whatever it is to multiple images and that stays on. And so that feature in my own workflow has sped me up really by leaps and bounce as I start to batch process multiple images or sync settings across multiple photographs. Well moving right along, the Slideshow module.
In Lightroom 2, I didn't really use this one very much and neither did most people, because it wasn't very often that you would actually have someone sitting next to you and you show him a slideshow on your computer. Well the good news is that this is now been improved. Here we have some of the panels from Lightroom 2 on the left and then over here Lightroom 3 on the right. Well, what's a big deal? What are the big changes? Again, let me highlight those. Well for starters, on the Mac operating system, your soundtrack or your audio file is no longer connected to your iTunes library;. Great news.
All you've to do is select an MP3 file. You're good to go. Now this gets even better. We have a duration of our audio file, and it gives us the length of this song. What we can do then is click on Fit to Music. It will then change the duration of your slides right here in order to have those slides fit to the full length of the song. Now one caveat is in this particular case that song is almost seven minutes long. So you may find that you're going to need to cut your audio files and create some transitions there, and that may be something that will be worthwhile to learn with some of the other lynda.com training titles so you can have really good audio and then fit your slides to that audio file.
That been said, you don't need to do that, but it just maybe something to highlight a little bit in order to take full advantage of Lightroom. All right. The other thing that is phenomenal here, I mean phenomena,l is you can now finally export these slideshows as a video. Video is huge. It's ubiquitous. It everywhere, and we all know the images plus audio it just does something. It's dynamic. It's engaging. It's enlivening. So what you can do is create a slideshow and then click on this Export video button, and you can export your slideshow to places such as YouTube and Facebook.
In other words, as photographers, you can create really cool, really interesting slideshows and then get them out there. They are not going to be just for one person sitting next to your computer, or four people in the room. You can then get them out there online and share it with others. You can also export them to devices like iPhones and other things as well. Print module. One of the thing that was a problem with the Print module in previous versions is we had these two layout engine options. In all reality, they were pretty locked down. They weren't very flexible. It was pretty limited to grid or to repeating images.
Well good news is this has changed. Here we can see the new name for this as Layout Style and that's much more appropriate. We have the option to do a single image. Previously people were like, "what do I choose if I just want to print one image," which is what we do quite often right. So they just changed the name. Same functionality there. Picture Package, same functionality. Custom Package, that's where things get really fun. What we can do there is create a free form layout, and we can actually overlap images if we want to, we can create a number of different positions for the images, we can change their size.
Again it just gives us flexibility. So this Custom Package think of as the option for creating flexible and really interesting, something creative, sometimes functional, print layouts. There is one more thing that I want to highlight in regards to Print module and here we have the Overlay panel for Lightroom 2. Let's compare that to Lightroom 3. Now the main difference here is that we can now add a page background color to our print layouts. We can select this and choose a black background and then send our photos to the lab to be printed.
Previously, we couldn't do that. We are limited to this white background color and also thankfully we can now add watermarking. And the good news about watermarking is we can create different types of watermarks. We can add them to our images. Now in the Print module in all reality, we are not going to print our images with watermarks that often. Yes, good news. This is also included in the Web module. And that's where this is going to become really relevant because a lot of times, we need to get our images out there, online, on the Web, yet we need to protect those images, either for having a client review them, we don't want them to grab them off on Web site and then start using them, or in other situations as well.
So again great news, watermarking is now really simple, really seamless, really easy in Lightroom 3. All right. Well the last feature that I am going to highlight here is Tethered Capture. In precious versions of Lightroom, in order to capture images directly to your computer and then have them load up inside of Lightroom, you had to go through a handful of steps. Well now, it's actually super simple and here you can see a screen grab, and it's showing me that I am capturing from a particular camera. Here are all my settings. I can even apply Develop setting presets, and I can also trigger my cameras with this Capture button directly from this dialog.
Easy, anyone can do it. And this will really help us out in certain situations, whether we need a client or art director, or creative director to be able to review photographs, or if we want the model to see the images so we can kind of get some collaboration going. Either way, whatever your need is here, Tethered Capture is now incredibly easy and seamless inside of Lightroom 3. All right. Well, that's wraps up our conversation about highlighting some of the new features that we will discover in Lightroom 3. Keep in mind that I am just highlighting the few other features in order to give you an idea of what's coming your way.
We are going to get to these features and many more throughout the rest of this training title.