A Lightroom Primer --- TYNTK*

Because you really, REALLY care about your photographs.

*Things you NEED to know

Module Notes and Shortcuts

Export Photos = Much, much more than Save As...

You Don't Save your photographs in Lightroom, you EXPORT them!
Lightroom is a non-destructive editor, it automatically saves (well actually writes YOUR edits to the catalogue's database file). You can command Lightroom to write an edit file, an external sidecar .xmp file for your image files. The menu is
Catalogue preferences > Metadata Tab > Editing > √ Automatically write changes into .xmp
Keyboard shortcut: Alt/option + Control/Command + ,(comma key)

This also applies to any file edited in LR including tifs, jpgs, pngs and PSDs

Export Methods

The question to ask yourself here is what are you going to do with the exported image file, where do you want to send your image files, and in which format (as a .jpg, .tiff, .png, .psd., raw enhanced, raw original)?

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Export Where?  To an email, to a folder on a hard/flash drive, to a DVD/CD.

You make your choice in the Export To:  Drop Down Menus.  The Export to DNG and For Email (Hard Drive) menu choices give you some extra options.

In the example image I have added some “other” plug-ins to Lightroom, they are listed below the 3 standard Choices

You can find Export Plug-ins at the Adobe exchange (some are free some are Commercial), or just search the internet for Lightroom Export Plug-ins.


In the Preset Window you can choose default settings for:

  • Full Sized jpg’s,
  • for exporting as DNG files,
  • for email (Lightroom style) or
  • email but, also save images to a folder on a hard drive…
If you want to add a new setting, choose a preset, “single click” to highlight it, and click Add, name the new preset and click Create…
 
When you change the settings, right click on the newly created preset and choose “Update with current settings” 
as shown below… Be careful in filling out the values in a “box” if you press the return key the Export will immediately startup…

ExportSettings


Resizing Exported Images

What re-size setting do you use when exporting? Use the resolution of the device you are exporting to! Do you know the resolution of your monitor or mobile devices or television set?
In your web browser, go to this website http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com The page will immediately tell you the resolution of your device!

My Mac and My iPad Screen Resolution


resizeFor a mobile device always use long edge resolution!... That way a Landscape will display full screen in Landscape, and a Portrait will display full height in the upright (Portrait) position. Check to see what the resolution is of your tablet, TV, or Laptop and make a preset for each device!

Modern TV screen resolutions

If you are exporting images to display on a TV set use the appropriate screen size, choose from one below.

Exporting Photos to your Mac or PC mail client

(Mac Mail or Outlook, Outlook Express, etc… )

Since there is a detailed “how to on line" an excerpt from Scott Kelby's Lightroom Book, Rather than reinvent the wheel… here's Scott's article
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=717555&seqNum=13


(Exporting) Sharing Collections via LRMobile –Android and iOS

You need to own a “cloud subscription” and have an Adobe Account. To set up Mobile syncing
Mac: Lightroom > Preferences and choose the “Lightroom Mobile” Tab
PCWin: Edit > Preferences and choose the “Lightroom Mobile” Tab

Click in the left column box (1) to make the collection mobile or Right click the Collection to get the contextual menu as seen below: √ Sync with Lightroom Mobile

(2) If you have 100's of collections, you can filter the collections by their name, or partial name...

If you want to share the Collection (see menu at the left) Right Click on the Collection...

Choose Make collection Public and then Copy Public Link.

This is a link for my collection of photos of my sister’s garden.
http://adobe.ly/2a4aJq3


If you choose the menu “View on Web” you;'ll log onto your Mobile Collection… You can even edit the photos “on the web”. If you are not logged in you’ll be prompted to do so…

Link to Cloud Collections

Here’s some links for alternative export plugins:

other Export sharing methods

  • * The Slideshow Module

  • * The Book Module

  • * The Webpage Module

  • Prints
  • Export Via Publish


* Export a Collection to LR Mobile (iPad/TouchPad iPhone/Android)
The link is to a view of the collection:

http://adobe.ly/1K76wIt
* Sync a Collection to Adobe’s Cloud Website
This is a link to one of my Adobe cloud collections
http://adobe.ly/1LjeWOV

Here’s some links for export plugins:
http://www.lightroom-plugins.com/

http://digital-photography-school.com/useful-lightroom-plug-ins/
http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/facebook

Publish Services

Publish services not only let's you export your photos to web services like Adobe Revel, Smugmug, Facebook, Flickr, and even a portfolio on a smart device like your iPad. Publish Services allows you to manage what's in those albums or portfolios: You can change a file or files, you can even add or delete the photos without EVER having to Export everything all over again...

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So, if you have a portfolio, you can EASILY keep it up to date with your latest and greatest work!

The Left Panel

  • Navigator
  • Saved Locations
  • Collections

The Right Panel

  • Metadata

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Open Map Module
    Alt/Option + ⌘ + 3 (Mac)
  • Alt/Option + Control + 3 (PC)
  • Map Module Shortcuts
    ⌘ + / (Mac)
    Control + / (PC)

Other Instructions

  • Really Important!
    Set your Camera's Time
    Synchronized to match your smart phone, or gps tracking unit's time.
  • If you have no GPS data Drag a photo from the film strip to the Map. Position the Photo.
  • Right Click Map to add GeoTag Coordinates to the dragged image.
  • If you have GPS data in GPX format... Let the computer do the work!

The Map Module - Geotagging your Images

Lightroom supports the GPX data Format

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Using the "Map" to geotag your Photos with no GPS data.

Select the Collection or the photos you want to geotag in the Library Module then enter the Map Module. The Photos you want to Geotag will appear in the Filmstrip.
Highlight the photo(s) in the filmstrip and find the location you took the photo on the Map. Right click on the location to add the co-ordinates to the selected Photos Metadata...

In this example I just dragged the photo onto the map and positioned it where the photo was taken.


Using Google Earth

In this example I used Google's Earth to find the correct perspective for an accurate Geotag.
GoogleEarthElevator


Using a GPS Tracker

Highly Recommended:
The aMoD agL3080 gps photo tracker.

Smart phone/device Trackers

Take a photo to record gps data of the photo site. Or, download a GPS Tracking app for iPhone/iPad like MotionX

For Android Phones

GPS Tracking Pro

Some Camera manufactures sell a device that attaches to the camera that adds the GeoTag automatically

Some Cameras have GPS trackers built into the Camera!

Tracklogpath

GPX Conversion Software

You might need software to convert 3rd party gps tracking data to GPX Format used by Lightroom gpsbabel.org (Donation ware Runs on any platform as it's a Java Script)

Once you have a .gpx tracklog file, All you need to do is load the file into the Map Module:
Menu Item:
Lightroom: Map > Tracklog > Load Tracklog...

Or in the (T) Tool Bar...
tracklog

and select the menu: Auto Tag
Lightroom will tell you how many Photos that you highlighted in your collection for tagging.


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Once I had the images geo-tagged, I used a Turning Gate web template in the webpage module to make a webpage where you can zoom to the location in Google Earth... Enjoy!!!

Windows Tutorial

on-line on how to transfer tracking data from the aMod adL3080 to Lightroom.

Full Tutorial
By Martin Evening:

Using the Map Module in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

The Book Module

The Left Panel

  • Preview
  • Collections

The Right Panel

  • Book Settings
  • Auto Layout
  • Pages
  • Guides
  • Cells
  • Caption
  • Type
  • Background
  1. In The Book, Slideshow, Print and Web Modules you now have the ability to save your Projects as Module Collections. Each type of project has their own icon for easy identification.
    saveproject modulecollections

  2. You can save your book pages as .jpg .pdf or Blurb Format
  3. In Lightroom 4 The Export as .pdf Button creates 2 files, the front and back cover and the pages...
  4. Use Auto Layout (Let the computer do the work) But see below for prep inside LR-Book Module
  5. Book page order is determined by the order of the images in the collection.

Things you need to do First

  1. In the Library Module
    1. Put all your book image files in a collection
  2. At a Minimum: Fill in he Metadata for Title, Caption, and Headline
    • IPTC Core Content section

      Headline

      A headline is a brief publishable synopsis or summary of the contents of the photograph. Like a news story, the Headline should grab attention, and telegraph the content of the image to the audience. Headlines need to be succinct. Leave the supporting narrative for the Description field. Do not, however, confuse the Headline term with the Title term.

      IPTC Core Status section

      Title

      This field can be used as a shorthand reference for the image or “photograph” — primarily for identification. The title of an image should be a short, human-readable name — text and/or numeric reference —and may take several forms; for photographers this might be the filename of their original scan or digital camera file, for news organizations it might be the name of the story for which it’s to be used. (Note that there are new terms in the IPTC Extension which can also be used as image ID’s, if you are concerned about this field being overwritten later in the workflow). The Title term should not be confused with the Headline term, which is a short synopsis of the content of the photograph. There is a button in the panel which can be used to add the current file name to the Title field; however this will not work with a selection of images.

      Description

      The Description field, often referred to as a “caption” is used to describe the who, what (and possibly where and when) and why of what is happening in the photograph. If there is a person or people in the image, this caption might include their names, and/or their role in the action that is taking place. If the image is of a location, then it should give information regarding the location. Don’t forget to also include this same “geographical” information in the Image panel (location, city, state/province, country) of the IPTC Core. The amount of detail you include will depend on the image and whether the image is documentary or conceptual. Typically, editorial images come with complete caption text, while advertising images may not.

       

  3. Sort the images in the order you want them to appear in the book.
  1. You can do this in the Film Strip, but it is easier to do In the Library
  • Select the collection and open in Book Module
  • In the Book Module

    After you have selected the Book's Style in the "Book Setting" panel, in the "Auto Layout" panel, make an auto layout "preset" as shown below

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    In the "Page" Panel click the down arrow... modifypage


    Choose the kind of page you want to use, 1 photo, or 2 photos, etc; from the list, scroll through the different layouts and choose one. Be careful here... Right Click (Control Click with the Mac) to add the style to the Favorites.

    Repeat until you have a collection of pages you might want to use in your "Favorites..."

    We are doing this as auto layout only uses templates from your "Favorites"!

    How to Modify or make a "custom" page layout

    modifypage

    Click the down arrow, bottom Left of the page.. choose the newlayout...

    In the "Photo Cell" Click in the cell, to active it and open the "Cell" Panel, and change the padding for the cells ... You can save the changes as a "new custom page", and add to your favorites if you wish!

    customnpage

    The Slideshow Module

    The Left Panel

    • Preview
    • Template Browser
    • Collections

    The Right Panel

    • - Options
    • - Layout
    • - Overlays
    • - Backdrop
    • - Titles
    • - Playback

    Things you need to do First

    1. In the Library Module
      1. At a Minimum: Fill in he Metadata for Title, Caption, and Headline
        • IPTC Core Content section

          Headline

          A headline is a brief publishable synopsis or summary of the contents of the photograph. Like a news story, the Headline should grab attention, and telegraph the content of the image to the audience. Headlines need to be succinct. Leave the supporting narrative for the Description field. Do not, however, confuse the Headline term with the Title term.

          IPTC Core Status section

          Title

          This field can be used as a shorthand reference for the image or “photograph” — primarily for identification. The title of an image should be a short, human-readable name — text and/or numeric reference —and may take several forms; for photographers this might be the filename of their original scan or digital camera file, for news organizations it might be the name of the story for which it’s to be used. (Note that there are new terms in the IPTC Extension which can also be used as image ID’s, if you are concerned about this field being overwritten later in the workflow). The Title term should not be confused with the Headline term, which is a short synopsis of the content of the photograph. There is a button in the panel which can be used to add the current file name to the Title field; however this will not work with a selection of images.

          Description

          The Description field, often referred to as a “caption” is used to describe the who, what (and possibly where and when) and why of what is happening in the photograph. If there is a person or people in the image, this caption might include their names, and/or their role in the action that is taking place. If the image is of a location, then it should give information regarding the location. Don’t forget to also include this same “geographical” information in the Image panel (location, city, state/province, country) of the IPTC Core. The amount of detail you include will depend on the image and whether the image is documentary or conceptual. Typically, editorial images come with complete caption text, while advertising images may not.

           

        1. In the metadata panel "Quick Describe" you will find the Title and Caption entries.
        2. In the metadata panel "IPTC" you will find the 'Headline" entry
      2. Sort the images in the order you want them to appear in the Slideshow.
        1. You can do this in the Film Strip, but it is easier to do In the Library
    2. To add Text (Metadata) In the Panel "Overlays" Check the box "Text Overlays"
    3. You can add as much text as you want... Make sure no text boxes have been selected, then click the ABC box at the bottom of the Image and choose type of text..., eg For the Title To appear, choose Title in the drop down menu... or custom text for new text...textoverlays
  • Everytime you save text overlays, as a preset, the title of the preset will appear in the ABC Drop Down boxdropdown
    • How To Make a sequenced slideshow
      so that the exported images will play back in your selected order!

      • 1. Make a Collection of the Photos you want to show in the Library Module,
        BUT, make sure that it is NOT a smart collection as you cannot sort a smart collection.
      • 2. You can in an ordinary Collection re-arrange the slides any way you wish, by drag and drop in the filmstrip or the library grid view (it's easier in the library grid view).
      • 3. Set up (Embellish) the slide pages the way you want in in the slideshow module
      • 4. Then go to the Menu: Slideshow > Export JPEG Slideshow… or use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Control + J (PC) Shift + Command + J (Mac) You can create a new folder and a base name for the slides… (You can choose quality and size too) When you press save Lightroom will rename the slides as newname-1.jpg newname-2.jpg, etc
      Rocky%20Creek

      Videoized slideshow

      Sample Slideshow in your Adobe Account Public access http://adobe.ly/2a4aJq3

    Keyboard Shortcuts

    S = Show or Hide Softproofing

    Z = Zoom to 100%

    Space Bar = Zoom to Loup Setting

    Y = Before / Proof Preview: Show Split or Side by Side Screen

    Shift Y = Shift between Side By Side and Split Screen

    Develop Module ShortCuts
    Show Before
    Control / (PC)
    Command / (Mac)


    What If...

    There are times when you'll have a photograph with colors that your printer cannot match...

    For Example:
    softproof

    If you soft proof... you won't be surprised with the result!

    Softproofing in Lightroom for Printing
    Softproofing in Lightroom for Web Display

    Printing

    OEM Profiles

    If you are using OEM paper and printer you should find the appropriate profiles for various paper types already installed.
    Epson ICC Profiles

    Under standing Canon's secret code for its Profiles

    MP = Matte Photo Paper
    PR = Photo Paper Pro
    SP = Photo Paper Plus Glossy
    GL = Photo Paper Plus Glossy II
    SG = Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss
    Numbers appended to the name, e.g. Canon Pro9000 PR1 or 
    Canon Pro9000 GL3, refers to the print quality, with 1 the highest quality.
    

    3rd Party Paper and Profiles

    Paper manufacturers provide profiles for their "art" and high quality paper

    You could of course, if you have the equipment, make your own custom profiles.

    polarmatteInstalling on Mac...
    Location: ... /Users/user/Library/ColorSync/Profiles

    To open the Library folder in the Finder Menu select "Go" and press and hold the Option key this makes your user Library show up in the menu. Clicking on "Library" opens the folder in a Finder window.


    profileiconInstalling in Windows
    Double click the profile icon.
    Location: Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color


    Lightroom Softproofing

    Select and load your image into the Develop Module.
    Press the "S" Key

    paperwhite-1The background will become "Paper White"! Right clicking on the "Paper White" area pops up a drop down menu and you can choose your shade of Paper White...

    Note:
    There are two reasons why a print is too dark... The monitor is TOO bright. And, here's the a catch-22, on the computer you normally view your images with a DARK background. When you look at a print... it is generally always surrounded by "Paper White" and as a result will look like it's too Dark!

    The basic problem is that your monitor has a high contrast ratio usually around 500:1. A print has a much lower contrast ratio, about 200:1 for glossy paper and much less foe a matte paper.


    SF-panelIn the Softproof panel.

    In the Profile drop down menu select the profile for your paper and printer... In my case I have selected RR(Red River)Polar Matte

    Click Create Proof Copy. This will make a virtual copy of your image that will store the adjustments you make to the proofed image.

    √ The Simulate Paper & Ink box.

    You will see an image that may or may not look significantly different. However, most of the time you'll see how bad your image will look if you print it without making any adjustments.


    Overview of the Softproof Screen and Controls

    Softproof-lr

    Making Adjustments to the Soft Proof

    The basic steps are to adjust the Tone Curve, to make contrast adjustments and Hue / Saturation to adjust colors.

    You might also want to lighten shadows by increasing the Clarity setting (Mid-tone contrast)

    Rendering Intent: Perceptual or Relative?

    Rendering intent:
    Methods for dealing with Out of Gamut Colors.
    Relative Colorimetric:
    Out of Gamut colors are "chopped off" (based on tones from light to dark) The results generally darkens the image.
    Perceptual Intent:
    Compresses the out of gamut colors according to the print profile (Based on color to color changes ) generally de-saturates and lightens the image.

    You have two choices and the choice is yours, based on aesthetics, how the result looks to you! Choose the "Intent" that looks the best to you!

    Tweaking the softproof...

    The key...

    • Use the Basic Panel
    • Use the Targeted adjustment tools for Tone Controls and HSL!!

    • (1) When using the TAT for HSL panel and you have toggled the split screen (Y key) under the histogram you'll see two RGB values instead of one! (1) is the color in the current view as seen above.
      (2) is the value under the TAT in the Proof Preview...
      This lets you see the changes by the numbers!

    • Be gentle, these are after all "tweaks!"
    Targeted%20HSL TargetedTonecurve
    • Adjust Tones using the Tone Curves
    • Adjust Hue, Saturation and Luminance using the HSL Panel
    • Tip:
      • To adjust overall midtones use the Clarity Slider!

    The Final Proof

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    Printing

    Upsample the PPI in the print module, don't let the printer pipeline do the upsampling!

    Soft proofing in Lightroom for Web Display

    Select the original enhanced image in the Library and go to the Develop Module

    Lightroom's default colorspace is Pro Photo RGB (Linear), as a result if you are making web galleries, more than likely your photos will not look very good, even if YOU might have a profiled monitor, the person visiting your website may be using a laptop that can only display 70 - 80% of sRGB!

    Select the sRGB color profile. Because you care what you are doing and what you want to show!

    You can down load the latest sRGB profile (v4) and create a new virtual "sRGB" profiled image

    The v4 profile will allow you to use either Relative Colormetric or Perceptual intent

    sRGBGamutWarnings...

    The "Show Monitor Gamut Warning" button only shows you what colors an sRGB monitor can't display correctly... not by how much!

    Use the Lightroom tools to desaturate and lower the luminance of the colors... as best you can...

    Export the sRGB profiled image for the web...

    And.... heerrrrrrre it is! Proofed sRGB Version

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    The Print Module

    The Left Panel

    • Preview
    • Template Browser
    • Collections

    The Right Panel

    • - Layout Style
    • - Image Setting
    • - Layout
    • - Guides
    • - Page
    • - Print Job
      • Always let Lighroom upsample (uprez) ppi (print resolution). Proof of concept: Jeff Schewe article @Digital photo pro -
        • If Image ppi is less than 360 up-sample Epson to 360 ppi
        • If Image ppi is less than 300 upsample Canon to 300 ppi
        • If image ppi is less than 720 but bigger than 360 upsample Epson to 720 ppi
        • If imahe ppi is less than 600 but bigger than 300 upsample Canon to 600 ppi

      Always Softproof and choose the right ppi for the printer of your choice!

      How to setup "Uprez" in Lightroom

      printppiIn the Printing Module’s Print Job Panel, uncheck Print Resolution. You should see the native ppi of the print, if you don’t you need to turn on “Dimensions”  in the Print Module.

      Menu:  View > Guides > Dimensions
      Keyboard shortcut "Shift + (Command Mac - Control PC) + U"

      Check the Print Resolution box and let Lightroom "UpRez" the photo for printing.

      • If Image ppi is less than 360 up-sample Epson to 360 ppi
      • If Image ppi is less than 300 upsample Canon to 300 ppi
      • If image ppi is less than 720 but bigger than 360 upsample Epson to 720 ppi
      • If image ppi is less than 600 but bigger than 300 upsample Canon to 600 ppi
      Print-upres

    The Web Module

    Before we begin, you need a Web Strategy

    Make sure that the Web Pages templates "encode" your e-mail address. Otherwise you'll be open to spam bots harvesting your e-mail address... and a mess of spam e-mail.

    The Left Panel

    • - Preview
    • - Template Browser
    • - Collections

    The Right Panel

    • - Layout Style
    • - Site Info
    • - Color Palette
    • - Appearance
    • - Image Info
    • - Output Settings
    • - Upload Settings

    Sample Web Pages using Lightroom's Web Engines


    A Sample "Free" HTML gallery from TTG -The Turning Gate"

    The Turning Gate Free 2014 Web Template Plugin


    A Sample Gallery constructed from The Turning Gate Suite

    The Turning Gate Web Template Plugins


    Video Editing

    Can only use Quick Develop Tools when color correcting, etc your video.

    Work around
    If you save a still from the video, you can edit (do color correction, etc) to the the still in The Develop Module. If you save the edit as a preset, you can then apply the preset to the video clip...