Lightroom’s interface isn't as customizable as Photoshop's, but it can be changed in a number of ways to maximize the space devoted to your photos, to make your workflow more efficient, and to hide the parts you just don’t use very often. Panel Groups There are four main panels that appear in all Lightroom modules. They can be manipulated as needed to allow you to control the size of the center workspace where your photos appear, as well as to only reveal the set of tools required for the task at hand. These four panels are called the Left … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: How Can I Customize the Interface?
In this video, I take you through how to add a ground plane to a 3D image in Photoshop. This is helpful if you want to add a 3D element into an existing image. Give it a try and share your results on the Photofocus Facebook group. https://youtu.be/iNutyWf6yNc You can find the text version of this tutorial here at TipSquirrel.com. … [Read more...] about Easy 3D Text With This Basic Tip
Smart collections allow you to harness the power of the database inside of Lightroom by leveraging the information contained in your photo’s metadata. Plus, any additional data you may have added (like keywords, titles, captions, etc.), to automate the process of finding, grouping, and organizing your photos in meaningful ways. You can think of smart collections simply as saved searches that run automatically. Smart collections are just one of three types of collections you can find in the Collections panel. If you click the plus arrow sign … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: What are Smart Collections?
Free Presets We've released a bunch of freebies lately to help you get more out of your software. This post gives you access to all of them in one convenient place. Photofocus LOOKs for Perfectly Clear Complete V3 Inspired Style presets for Macphun Luminar 44 Free Presets for Photomatix Free Presets for OnOne Super Deal on Perfectly Clear Complete (version 3) Perfectly Clear Complete started shipping this AM. We've got an exclusive bundle that saves you a bunch of money Perfectly Clear Complete v3 ($129 … [Read more...] about Free Presets & Exclusive Software Bundle for Photofocus Readers
One of my favorite features within Lightroom is the Straightening Tool. I have the exceptional ability to consistently produce images with slightly crooked horizons; my theory is that I am somehow 5 degrees off kilter to the planet. The Straightening Tool fixes this quickly and easily; click, drag, fixed! But, you don’t always have a distinct horizon to go by to get things straightened out, which requires you to do some experimentation to get your shot looking right. Since I photograph around a lot of water, I picked up a trick in Lightroom … [Read more...] about Straighten Your Photos with a “Reflection Correction”
Sometimes you look at a photo and you know something just isn’t right. If there is one thing that will cause that uneasy feeling, it is unfixed lens distortion in a photo. Our brain knows buildings have straight lines, faces have certain proportions, and animals don’t lean as they are standing. Curved trees, crooked buildings, or pinched faces - they all subconsciously scream “unnatural” to our brain. Fortunately, there are many ways to fix lens distortions within the digital darkroom. In just a few clicks, using Lightroom's Lens … [Read more...] about How to Make Distortion Disappear with Lightroom’s Transform Tools
The Adobe team has released a new update to Adobe Camera Raw. This affects Photoshop users and should also match other changes that dropped in the recent Lightroom 6.9 update. Just use your Creative Cloud app to update. New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.9 Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Casio EX-ZR3200 Fujifilm GFX 50S Fujifilm X100F Fujifilm X-A10 Fujifilm X-T20 Leica M10 Olympus E-M1 Mark II Panasonic DC-FZ80 Panasonic DC-GF9 Panasonic DC-GH5 Panasonic DMC-TZ82 Phase One IQ3 100MP (“S” compression … [Read more...] about Adobe Tip: What’s New in Adobe Camera Raw 9.9
I received an email from a reader saying he followed our advice and created a copyright preset in Lightroom. He is excited that all future images will now have his copyright information embedded in the image metadata. He wished he’d done it years ago on his older images. I told him here’s how to quickly find all unknown copyright images in your Lightroom catalog and then apply the copyright preset. Lightroom’s powerful search feature To find all images with an unknown copyright status, click Metadata on the Library filter. Change a column … [Read more...] about Find Unknown Copyright Status in Lightroom and Fix it
The Photofocus team has formed a great partnership with the folks behind Perfectly Clear. In fact we've been deeply involved in the development of the new version that is being revealed today. Our team has created presets, designed LOOKs and even helped shape a few features with extensive feedback during the product development. We're really excited how its turned out and think you will be too. The Lowest Price on Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3 Missed the sale? Click HERE Buy v2 for Special Price of $89.00 USD and get v3 plus Bonus … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Version 3 is Unveiled Today (Plus Save Before 3/29)
When you make edits in Lightroom, those changes are usually stored in your Lightroom catalog settings. That's useful right? But not always. What happens if the catalog is lost or damaged? What about if you want to open a photo up in another application outside of Lightroom? Well there's an easy change to fix this. XMP to the Rescue Adobe uses XMP or Extensible Metadata Platform to hold information about the file. This is an open system and it makes your files more compatible with other apps. It also means you pictures are backed … [Read more...] about Lr FAQ: How do I Backup my Lightroom Edits?
If you ask a random group of photographers what their favorite things about photography are, odds are "spending hours keywording images" is not on anyone's list! Keywording is a task that is easy to put off. I am guilty of this and quite often behind getting it done. I've set aside a specific "keywording" day on the calendar, used keyword lists to make it easier, I've even adked my wife to hide my memory cards until I get the latest batch of images done. For all of this, keywording remains my number one most procrastinated task on my … [Read more...] about Fast & Easy Photo Keywording from the Cloud
Conditional Actions have been available in Photoshop for a few versions and can save a great deal of time. The idea is that you can create a single action that calls other actions depending on a condition. One of the most popular uses of Conditional Actions in Photoshop is to add a watermark, logo or contact information to a group of images placing them differently if they are portrait or landscape orientated, here’s how; For this example I’ve chosen 8 images from the Adobe Stock collection. In Adobe Bridge I can, using the … [Read more...] about Saving Time with Photoshop Conditional Actions
Often when I crop, its all about precision. I frequently need to crop to a specific aspect ratio. Sometimes its for the screen (video projects and slideshows) as well as print output. In these cases, I need the shape of my photo to precisely match my target. Fortunately Lightroom makes this easy Step 1: Select an image for cropping Step 2: Choose the Crop Overlay tool by pressing the R key. This will even switch you from the Library module to the Develop module. An outline appears around the image with adjustment handles to modify the … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: How to Crop in Lightroom with a Preset
A quick way to resize several photos for a project is with Photoshop's Image Processor script. It works very well when you need to convert several JPEG files to PSD or TIFF. It can also be used to process multiple Camera Raw files with the same setting. The greatest benefit is the ability to quickly size photos as part of the command. Choose > File > Scripts > Image Processor. Choose the images you want to process. You can use open images or navigate to a folder to select specific images. Select a location to save the … [Read more...] about Photoshop Tip: Save Time in Photoshop with the Image Processor Script
I admit that I resisted as long as I could. For many years I was an Aperture user and refused to learn Adobe Lightroom. Then Apple decided to become a watch company and they dropped Aperture. Lightroom became my only real option. It was more difficult for me at first than it probably was/will be for you, because I had an Aperture brain. But one thing that saved my bacon is the fact that LR had some great keyboard shortcuts that I was able to remember. While there are LOTS of keyboard shortcuts in LR, these are the five that I use every … [Read more...] about My Five Favorite Adobe Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts
Many Lightroom users also use Adobe Photoshop. The two programs can work hand in hand. Lightroom is great for organizing images and making basic corrections while Photoshop has advanced tools for repairing problems and compositing. I'd like to show you a cool tip on how to apply a filter non-destructively. This means you can jump back in at any time and easily edit or adjust. To Apply the Filter Make sure you have Lightroom and Photoshop installed. Select an image in your Lightroom Library that you want to send to Photoshop. Choose … [Read more...] about How to Apply a Filter to a Lightroom Image Non-Destructively (and Still be Able to Edit)
Like many photographers, I have a website that I've put a lot of time into, and that has some e-commerce and blogging features. But one thing I don't have is a side portfolio to showcase my non-client related work. For me, Adobe Portfolio made clear sense to fill this role, especially because it was included in my Creative Cloud membership. What's in My Personal Portfolio As a professional photographer, I typically work with companies in my area to photograph events or to help them with new marketing images. But in my free time, I love to … [Read more...] about Using Adobe Portfolio for a Second Portfolio
In this video tutorial Dave Cross shows how to selectively apply Dehaze in Photoshop. It can be faster and easier than using the Adjustment Brush in either Lightroom or Camera Raw. The answer lies in using the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop and a mask. https://youtu.be/V9D_-8OawLI For more Adobe Tips – Click Here … [Read more...] about Photoshop Tip: How to use Dehaze in Photoshop
My colleague Victoria Bampton reminded me that February 19th marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Lightroom 1.0. She has a wonderful post that takes a walk down the Lightroom memory lane highlighting some of the significant changes over the years. This got me thinking of what it was like working with Lightroom 1 back in 2007 ... so I downloaded and installed Lightroom 1.4.1, grabbed a photo taken in 2007 and gave it a run through Lightroom 1. I decided to grab a less than perfect photo (of which I have many to choose from), one where the … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Lightroom! Let’s Look Back on Lightroom Version 1
If you'd like to create the most professional black and white conversion, be sure to head over to Adobe Photoshop. True black and white image in film are heavily influenced by the colors present in the original image (and are not just a desaturated photo). The Black & White adjustment in Photoshop is easiest to use as an adjustment layer. The interactive controls and On Image tool make it much easier to create a custom black and white conversion. Open your photo file with Photoshop (File > Open). To get the maximum dynamic … [Read more...] about Photoshop Tip: Advanced Black and White Conversion
Having a custom domain elevates your website to that next step in terms of professionalism. They're easier to remember, and it can help make you look legit to potential clients. With Adobe Portfolio, using a custom domain has never been easier. Purchase Your Domain Most dot-com domains range from $9.99 to $12.99 per year, depending where you buy from. The go-to place for domains is GoDaddy. While GoDaddy offers a plethora of other services like email hosting, website hosting, etc., they've always been known for their simple domain purchasing … [Read more...] about Using a Custom Domain with Adobe Portfolio
Digital capture technology is really awesome and has truly changed photography, improving it in a multitude of ways. But sometimes, digitally captured images have a certain exaggerated colorfulness, that just looks a little off, for those of us raised on the old fashioned film days! I have found that this has to do with the way color gets saturated as contrast increases. Even standard rendering presets increase contrast a bit through a global RGB composite curve, often indirectly. It seems that when contrast increases this way a … [Read more...] about How to Desaturate Shadows in Photoshop, for 3D Contrast
Lightroom is to photo processing as Microsoft Word is to word processing. You use MS Word to read or edit a word document. It doesn’t store your document files inside Word—it stores your documents in a folder you select. You can take a document file and open it on a different computer that has the same version of MS Word installed. Applying this Concept to Lightroom Here’s how the “concept” of Word and Lightroom are similar. Simply put, Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer program. It allows the viewing, organizing and … [Read more...] about Understanding Lightroom Basics
I've long been a believer in the need to showcase your work. Showing your work will make you better as a photographer, whether you’re a professional or not. But what makes this different from sharing on social media? When I started to get into photography as a hobbyist, I posted everything I could on Flickr. I didn't have a website, a business Facebook page or any other means to showcase my work. But I soon learned that, while Flickr was great for showing off your work to the photography community, it wasn't great at showing your images past … [Read more...] about Why Every Photographer Should Have an Online Portfolio
Adobe's decision to switch to the Cloud has been met with both cheers and jeers. I don't want to rehash old arguments. But I thought important to let you know that the change appears to be permanent. If you were hoping for an update to Adobe Creative Suite or to be able to buy a standalone version of Photoshop or Premiere Pro, you're out of luck. An official statement reads. "Adobe creative apps are available exclusively through Creative Cloud. Looking for Creative Suite 6? The latest versions of all your favorite apps like Photoshop … [Read more...] about Adobe Creative Suite Officially Retired… But What About Lightroom?
Lightroom has three different print layout styles and each is designed for a different type of use case. However it isn’t always clear to all users which layout style will best suit their needs for a given project. In the top right corner of the Print module you will find the Layout Style panel, and inside of it you can choose between Single Image/Contact Sheet, Picture Package, and Custom Package. As you select each Layout Style you will see the options in the panels on the right side, as well as the center content window, change to reflect … [Read more...] about Mastering the Print Layout Styles
More and more I hear from people who want to be able to use a single Lightroom catalog of the same photos on more than one computer (not surprising in 2016). While there isn’t a perfect solution (that I am aware of), there are some techniques worth investigating. Now, before I go further I have a caveat, which is that this is not a solution everyone needs, and Lightroom is still designed to work best for a single user with a single catalog on a single computer. That said, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, then let’s go … The most … [Read more...] about Using a Drobo 5N to Allow Access to a Lightroom Catalog on Multiple Computers
One of the main reasons we use Lightroom is that it makes our entire digital workflow so much more efficient than using a combination of other tools. A key to getting the most out of Lightroom is to gain mastery over all of the various types of templates that you can employ at different points in your workflow. A template (or preset) is essentially a glorified text file that allows you to save some set of information that you can call into use over and over again, which is much faster than re-creating or entering that information each time you … [Read more...] about Leveraging Lightroom Templates
Adobe has just released an update for Lightroom, version 2015.8/6.8. Amongst the bug fixes and changes is an additional develop mode, as well as macOS Sierra enhancements. Improvements to macOS Sierra Compatibility When macOS Sierra was released, there were a few minor bugs with Lightroom. The app would crash whenever you right-clicked in the Import dialog, grid numbers wouldn't appear, and other minor bugs would interrupt workflows. With today's update, these issues have been fixed. The grid numbers are back, and the app seems to be … [Read more...] about Lightroom 2015.8 Adds New Develop Mode, macOS Sierra Compatibility
Cropping is one of those fundamental tasks that everyone should know and is fairly intuitive, but I still get questions about it. I want to give you the essential skills to make your crop workflow as efficient and effective as possible. One of the most frequent questions I see in this regard is how to quickly set a new aspect ratio to a large group of photos. My preferred method is to make use of the underutilized Quick Develop panel in the Library module like this: STEP ONE: Select the folder or collection containing the photos you want to … [Read more...] about Be a Lightroom Crop Master