Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Making basic adjustments in the Develop module , part of Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books.
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One of the steps that you can take in your overall print workflow in order to most dramatically improve the quality of your final print, is soft proofing. And we'll be talking about soft proofing quite a bit in this chapter. Yet before we get to that topic, we need to step back a little bit. We need to talk about how soft proofing can fit into our overall workflow. By doing that, it will help us gain some clarity about the topic of soft proofing. So for now, let's jump back in time to starting off with working on our images here in the Develop module.
Typically we start off with the picture like this. This is a photograph of one of my daughter's friends. And I like her bright expression, all the vibrant colors, she was dressed up for Halloween and this was at a Harvest Festival. And I just love her bright, warm smile. Well here, we typically start off in the Develop module and I know that you know this stuff, right? We use our controls, perhaps increase the color temperature, perhaps add some contrast or maybe a little bit of vibrance or color saturation. We make our way through these controls, we also use other controls as well to work on detail and noise and to sharpen the image.
And we make adjustments really based on improving the overall visual appeal, the visual aesthetic. Well here we have the before and after. We just added a bit of a snap there. Perhaps even a bit more contrast would be nice, or maybe a little bit more warmth in this picture. Okay well, after we've made those adjustments, we also make some adjustments which are a bit more objective. Using the Histogram, what we can do is turn on what are called our Clipping Indicators. These indicators are really important.
If you hover over them or click on them, it will turn on this indicator. This will give us some objective, a way to evaluate our photograph in regards to the highlights and shadows. It will show us any clipping that we have. In other words, if I exaggerate this exposure amount here, it's going to show me with this red detail here that I have clipping. I have a loss of detail in this area. Well that's easy enough to correct. We use our controls in order to bring the exposure down so we don't have any clipping.
The same thing is true with our deep shadows. If I exaggerate here, we can see I have clipping in these dark areas where the blue is highlighting the problem or problematic area. Again, we can use our various controls in order to correct that. Now I assume you know all of those things, yet I like to highlight that because that really is the precursor for working with soft proofing. It's the precursor because it shows us clipping, it shows us problem areas, and it highlights those problem areas, and then it kind of clues us into thinking, okay, we need to make some adjustments in order to correct for that.
It kind of helps us step outside of ourselves. It helps us step outside of just making subjective adjustments. Because subjectively right now, well this image, it looks great. We may be thinking to ourself, we are ready to go to the Print module and create a print. Yet if we were to do that, we would be pretty disappointed because this image wouldn't print very well. Well how would we know that or how could we make changes to this image so that it would print well? In order to start to evaluate our photographs for print, what we need to do is to use soft proofing.
Soft proofing, it will allow us to evaluate and also make changes to our photographs so that they will reproduce even more clearly. In order to more clearly understand how soft proofing works, let's go ahead and talk about that with this image, and let's do that in the next movie.
For more training on Lightroom, watch Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module and Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module.
- Creating better prints by soft proofing
- Choosing a soft proof rendering input
- Creating a custom template
- Customizing the print layout style
- Adjusting print to JPG settings
- Reviewing prints
- Creating collections for a book project
- Using Auto Layout
- Using guides and cell controls
- Swapping image position in a book
- Changing the book background
- Working with typography
- Adding captions
- Designing a book cover
- Exporting to PDF
- Ordering from Blurb