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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
In the last movie, we took a look at how to create an additional external editor preset for passing a file from Lightroom to Photoshop Elements. Now let's apply that preset to this image. This is a raw fil,e opened here in my Lightroom Develop module. As always, I want to optimize the appearance of the file here. One of the things I'd like to fix is the slightly blue tone in this image, which you often get when you photograph in snow. I am going to take this eyedropper in the white balance section of the basic panel in Lightroom, and I'll move into an area of the snow that I think should be neutral, and I'll click. And that did warm up the entire image.
So this is how it was, and here it is with that one change, and then I might tweak some of these other sliders too. Now that I've got the file looking the way that I wanted, I'm going to take it over to Elements to apply a special effect that I happen to know is in Elements and is something that I could not get here in Lightroom. So I'll go up to the Photo menu, and I'll go down to Edit In, and here in the preset section of the Edit In menu, I can see my new Elements preset. So I'll select that one, and rather than opening the file directly into Elements, that triggers this dialog.
When you start with a raw file and take it to Elements, this dialog presents you with just one choice, which is to Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments burned in. But you also have another chance to choose different file options for just this one image. So if I click this arrow, here I could choose a different File Format, Color Space, Bit Depth, and so forth, than those I just set up in my preset. I'm going to leave everything as it was, and I'll click Edit. That caused Lightroom to make a copy of the file and immediately include that copy in the Lightroom catalog.
So if we go back to the Lightroom catalog for just a moment, you can see that the copy of the file is already there, it's this one called edit04.tif. Remember, I haven't yet saved the file from Elements, so Lightroom saved this copy here in the catalog for me as soon as it made it. And then here is the DNG file. Now both of these currently have my Lightroom adjustments on them. Let's go back to Elements to add a further edit there. The file opened in Elements into the full edit workspace, which looks a lot like Photoshop and has many of the same features as Photoshop. One thing that I haven't found in Photoshop are some of the effects that I can access in the Effects panel right here.
With the Photo Effects button enabled, and this drop-down menu set to miscellaneous effects, here, I can access this Blizzard effect. To apply the effect I'll double-click its icon, and in just a moment a snowfall appears on the face of the photo. So I think that's just the right effect for this particular photo, and that's all the editing that I want to do here in Elements editor. So from here I'll save the file by pressing Cmd+S, or Ctrl+S on a PC, and that opens the Save As dialog box. Now here I want to be sure not to change the name and not to change the place in which I'm saving the file.
So I'm basically not going to touch anything, I'll just double check that Layers is checked so that I retain the layers in the TIFF. I'm not using the Elements organizer, I'm using the Lightroom's library to organize my files, so it really doesn't matter to me whether this is checked or not, and I'll just double-check that the color profile is embedded. And this is the color profile that was applied when this file was brought into Elements. So I'll click Save. And then I get this notice that the file already exists. Well, it does exist, we saw it over there in Lightroom's catalog.
But that's okay, we do want to overwrite it, so I'll click Replace. And in the TIFF Options I'll just click OK, and OK again. That updates the TIFF file back in Lightroom's catalog. Let's jump over there to see it. And indeed, the blizzard has been applied to the TIFF copy as it appears in the Lightroom catalog, and here is the original file without the blizzard. Both of these have the Lightroom adjustments, but the TIFF copy, the one with the blizzard, has the Lightroom adjustments burned in. So I can't really change those, clicking reset there won't do anything.
But on the original, I can reset the Lightroom Adjustments because they are nondestructive and re-editable. So if you've been working along with me, I think you're starting to see a pattern here. There are a few little twists and turns in each of the different scenarios that I presented to you, including in this application of the additional external editor preset that we made for passing files from Lightroom to Elements.