Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video The Creative Cloud connection, part of Creating High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos with Lightroom.
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- Depending upon how you're using Lightroom, you may have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you're a subscriber to the Adobe Creative Cloud photography plan, which is approximately $10 a month, U.S., you get access to both Photoshop and Lightroom. Always the current versions. If you are a full Adobe Creative Cloud customer, where you use all of the other apps, such as the page layout apps, the graphic design apps, or the video apps, you're gonna have all of these in your toolbox. And there exists a connection between the two programs. First off, let me show you how to check if you have access.
If you're using Lightroom and you choose About Lightroom, if you're using the CC version, in other words the subscription model, you'll likely have access to Photoshop. You may also have this if you've just purchased both applications in the past. Another way to check is to access the Creative Cloud application. Go to your Applications folder, and locate the Creative Cloud app. And you can launch it. And you'll see a list of all of the available applications.
You can go to the applications there and see what you have installed. Notice, mine are currently up to date, but if there were any additional applications available, or other things that you wanted to install that were options, you'll find them listed below in the Find new apps section. This will allow you to keep multiple versions of applications installed, and to keep things up to date. Remember, if needed, you can choose to see previous versions of software. Simply scroll all the way to this application here, and if you click on Filters & Versions, you can see previous versions of the tools.
And this will allow you to install older versions of the applications, if you choose to. You'll also know that the connection exists if you have a photo available, and you choose Photo, Edit In. And you'll see the choice for Adobe Photoshop. You'll also notice along the bottom, some of the other choices, like sending things into as a Layered Document, creating a Panorama, a Smart Object, or HDR Pro, which we're gonna explore in more depth. All right, let's bring in a couple of images and then we'll start to work with these in Photoshop.
I'll just choose a new folder. I'm gonna use folder 8 here. Make a new Collection. Named it 8 When to Combine Lightroom with Photoshop. And I'll place that in the Collection Set. There we go. Let's make sure that these past images here, exist in Collection Set 7, so they're easy to find. We'll just expand these out here, so we get all of the images.
Go. I'll put that into Set 7. Looks good. Target Set 8. Switch to my Library module. And choose Import. I'll navigate to folder 8, and you'll see we have a couple of different images here. And what we're gonna do is combine these, using Photoshop. All right, I'll import these into Lightroom. And they are all added. Let's select those and drag them into the Collection.
There's 14 images. Essentially two stacks. And we can Auto-Stack these, just to make it a little bit easier. Photo, Stacking, Auto-Stack by Capture Time. Okay, looks good. We've got our two sets. And now we're ready to make the move into Photoshop.
In this course, Rich Harrington shows how to get the most of Lightroom's Photomerge command and its image development and enhancement features to get more control over the dynamic range of your images. Along the way, he provides tips for shooting HDR photos, creating black-and-white versions of images, and combining Lightroom with Photoshop and Photomatix Pro.
- Shooting strategies for HDR
- Sorting and organizing HDR images
- Merging HDR photos
- Correcting lens issues
- When to skip auto options
- Modifying the crop
- Choosing a custom white balance
- Using split toning
- Reducing noise
- Merging for black and white
- Combining Lightroom with Photoshop and Photomatix Pro