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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili shows how to combine both programs. The course begins with details on how to set up the two programs for maximum compatibility. The course then covers strategies for working with photos in a variety of formats, sending them from Lightroom to Photoshop to viewing the edited results in Lightroom. The final chapter demonstrates several real-world scenarios for using Lightroom and Photoshop together.
- Setting the Lightroom preferences for editing in Photoshop
- Passing photos from Lightroom to Photoshop
- Handling software version mismatches
- Viewing and organizing Photoshop-edited photos in Lightroom
- Creating Lightroom presets for external editing
- Using Lightroom with Photoshop Elements
- Building a panorama with Lightroom and Photoshop
- Passing multiple photos to Photoshop for compositing
- Sending photos to Photoshop for retouching and removing content
- Bringing photos into Photoshop to add text and graphics
Skill Level Intermediate
At the beginning of the course, we looked at how to set up a default set of external editing preferences for files passed between Lightroom and Photoshop. We did that here in the top section of the External Editing Preferences in Lightroom. Now let's look at using the second section of this window to set up an alternative configuration for files passed from Lightroom to Photoshop. Go ahead and open Lightroom's External Editing Preferences by pressing Cmd+Comma on the Mac, that's Ctrl+Comma on the PC, and clicking the External Editing tab. So the settings up here are the defaults for passing files from Photoshop to Lightroom.
These are the settings that will apply if I were to press Cmd+E, or Ctrl+E on a PC, as we have done throughout the course, to start a Lightroom to Photoshop workflow. But there are times when you'd prefer a different combination of settings for passing files from Lightroom to Photoshop. For example, you can see what my settings currently are and those are fine for most of my purpose, but sometimes, I will be preparing a fine art photo for a show and I prefer a file that has more bit depth, and a broader color space, and maybe more pixels per inch to start with. So I'd like to have an alternative configuration for passing photos from Lightroom to Photoshop, one that I can easily switch to if I need it. And this is the area where I will set that up.
Now you might have thought that because this area is labeled Additional External Editor it was just for setting up additional applications for editing with Lightroom. And you can use it for that. You could setup third party programs that are pixel editors here. For example, I've got one of my computers at home, called Snapseed, that I like to use for its built-in effects, but I can't get that easily with Photoshop. You can even use this section to set up Photoshop Elements as an external editor, as I'll show you how to do in a later movie. But it really comes in handy as a way to set up just another set of options for passing files from Lightroom to Photoshop.
So to do that I am going to first click to the Choose button to the right of the application and specify Photoshop as the application I want to use in this configuration. I will navigate to my Photoshop application folder. On the Mac that's in the Applications folder. On the PC, in the Programs folder. And inside there I will select my Adobe Photoshop CS6 application file, that's the .exe file on Windows. That triggers this warning where Lightroom is telling me that I have already used Adobe Photoshop CS6 up here in the first set of Preferences, and it wants to make sure that I am not making a mistake when I chose it a second time.
I am not, I want to use it, so I'll click Use Anyway. And now Adobe Photoshop CS6 is specified as the application for this set of options. Now I am going to set the properties of the files that I want Lightroom to pass to Photoshop when I choose Photoshop in its Additional External Editor role. So for my fine art high-end printing needs, I might change the Color Space to a broader one. ProPhoto RGB is the broadest Color Space that Lightroom supports, and I'll change the Bit Depth to 16-bits, so there are more pixels for more editing headroom, and I like to start out with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch so I'll change that too.
I am also going to change the File Format from TIFF to Photoshop. There isn't much difference between them, but I just want to show you something different than I have up here in the first section. Now if I close the Preferences window at this point, I would have as an option in my Edit In menu, this configuration of settings, and the menu choice would read Adobe Photoshop CS6.app. That's fine, except that if I switch to another editor in the future, I would lose that menu setting, and so I want to be able to access this configuration whenever I want to in the future and be able to switch back and forth to other configurations, too.
So I'm going to save this as a Preset. I'll go to the Preset menu and I'll choose Save Current Settings as New Preset. I'll give this one a name. I'll call it, pscs6 for Photoshop CS6, psd for the format, prorgb for the color space, 16bit for the bit depth, and 300 pixels per inch for the Resolution, and I'll click Create. So now that I've got that Preset named I can be assured that I will be able access it from the Edit In menu whenever I want in the future.
I am going to close the Preferences now and let's go look at that in Edit In menu. I will go to Photo, Edit In, and what I have got here is a command for the options in the first section of the preferences, up here at the top of the submenu. The next command would get me the configuration that I just set up, Photoshop as an Additional External Editor, but this is the option that will go away if I switch to another editor in the future. So, in that case, I will be able to access my Photoshop as Additional External Editor options from this Preset that I just created.
So that's how to set this up, let's see how to put it to work in the next movie.