Lightroom Killer Tips http://lightroomkillertips.com Lightroom Presets, Videos, Tips and News Fri, 22 May 2015 08:16:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 6 http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-next-in-lightroompart-6/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-next-in-lightroompart-6/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 08:16:33 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7387 It's #6 in my series, and I made a few mock-ups to show how it could easily be done. It'll speed our workflow.

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Happy Friday, everybody. OK, this one is a simple fix, but I think it would speed a lot of folks workflow who use the Lens Connection panel (I use it almost daily, and numerous times a day — for me, this is one super-important panel). Here we go for #6 on my list:

#6: Simplify the Lens Correction Panel

Don’t take stuff away. Don’t hide it. Just don’t make us toggle back and forth between FOUR different tabs within one panel. With that many tabs it’s like its own mini-program within a program. There’s no reason these can’t be simplified into just two tabs. Take a look:

New Lens Dialog

Above: You can combine the first two tabs: Basic and Profile. Combining these two into gives you the most gain, because once you turn on the camera profile (by the way, the same checkbox to turn it on appears in TWO of the four tabs as it is), then you have to switch to a different tab just to use the Upright Feature. By combining these two tabs into just one tab, you can now turn on the Profile Correction and use Upright without having to jump tabs. Then there’s this:

New Lens Dialog 2

Above: Combining the Color and Manual tabs into just one tab and removing the 2nd instance of the Constrain Crop checkbox (yes, it appears in two separate tabs in the same panel), you’re now down to just two tabs total, without losing anything. Two less tabs to jump back and forth between means a faster workflow.

BONUS: By putting everything in just two tabs, you increase each feature’s “discoverability” so people who didn’t even realize that there’s an entire Defringe section, now will  (otherwise, many just turned on the “Remove Chromatic Aberration” checkbox and left it at that.  By the way — that checkbox appears TWICE in the same set of four tabs as well. That’s three checkboxes that appear twice in different places within the same single panel. Just sayin’.

OK, that’s another that seems like “low hanging fruit.” No math. Just User Interface stuff that makes our lives easier and our workflow faster, and it helps Adobe in getting people to find features they may not have know even existed. It’s all good.

Hope you all have a great weekend, and have a safe, and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you missed our show “The Grid” on Wednesday, I showed the Lightroom editing I did on that fashion image that I did that went to the #1 spot on 500px.com with a 99.9 rating (whoo hoo!). Here’s the link to the episode — the Lightroom post processing part starts at around the 23:05 mark (you’ll be amazed at how easy it is). 

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Playing around in Lightroom http://lightroomkillertips.com/playing-around-in-lightroom/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/playing-around-in-lightroom/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:01:30 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7356 One of the best ways to learn about something is to pla […]

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One of the best ways to learn about something is to play around with it. Lightroom CC has added some new features including merge to panorama. Now we will probably all try out how it works the regular way, but I like to ask the “what if” questions and see what kind of trouble I can get into. This is often where I can find out how far I can push a feature or get unexpected results that lead me in new directions of inspiration.

So I have three pictures that were taken in the same place as folks walked by and I wanted to see how Lightroom would handle them if I tried to merge them as a pano. They were all shot in about the same spot and not even close to being usable as a pano, but I wanted to see what Lightroom would do. My initial thought in trying this was… “hey maybe they will line them up side by side as an easy to make triptych-(3 panel shot).”

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Wanted to play around with the three walking pictures to see if I could make something better

I selected each shot and then went to Photo>Photomerge>Panorama

I immediately got a rejection in the Panorama panel saying it didn’t work.

Lightroom says... "Nice try buddy!"

Lightroom says… “Nice try buddy!”

Not to be thwarted…

I hit cancel and tried again after I unchecked the Auto Select Projection box and choose Spherical.

This time I got a mash-up of the three images sort of like a triple exposure… which I thought was pretty cool and completely unexpected.

Unexpected mash up which is kind cool.

Unexpected mash up which is kind cool.

So I tried the other two options which resulted in slight variations, but nothing earth shattering.

changed setting to

changed setting to cylindrical and not much difference

Perspective was pretty much the same

Perspective was pretty much the same

Now it didn’t give me the end result I expected and I ended up editing them and then taking each image into Photoshop and merging them.

What I was hoping would happen in Lightroom.

What I was hoping would happen in Lightroom.

However, it did give me a chance to play and experiment with a new process and understand it a little better, as well as giving me a great new idea about mashing various images together just for the fun of it, to see what I get. So remember, Lightroom is so forgiving… have fun and push the boundaries and you may even surprise yourself with what you figure out and end up making. Get in there and play! :D

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What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 5 http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-next-in-lightroompart-5/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-next-in-lightroompart-5/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 11:09:22 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7379 Here's #5, and a look at a small but powerful workflow speed fix Adobe included in Lightroom CC

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I mentioned this one here back in January, as a two-part feature request and I’m delighted that one of these actually made it into Lightroom CC, but the other one didn’t, so I still wanted to include it in my top 10 list.

The feature (well, it’s more like a tweak or a fix) that did make it in has to do with Collection Sets. I noted back in January that when you create a New Collection Set, you leave the images you were working on, and it takes you to the blank gray screen you see below. To do pretty much anything you had to navigate back to the images you were working on (and often new users didn’t know how to do that, or why they were at a gray screen to begin with, so it freaked them out).

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In Lightroom CC they fixed this, and now when you create a Collection Set, you don’t see this gray screen anymore — you stay working right where you were — you just see a new Collection Set added to your Collections panel, which speeds up your workflow (high-five to the Lightroom team for fixing this).

The other request, and #5 in my series is the one that hasn’t made it in yet, which is:

#5: Add a “New Collection Set” option to the New Collection dialog

(I did a mock-up of the UI below)

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This speeds our workflow because now we can create New Collection Sets any time we make a new Collection. In this case, here’s how my workflow would go now:

Step One: I import the photos from my shoot, and select just the Corvette shots.
Step Two: I create a New Collection; name it Corvette, and create the new Collection Set right now in the same dialog (as seen above) and when the naming dialog appears, I name it “Car Studio Shoot.”

Now my new Corvette collection appears in my new “Car Studio Shoot” Collection Set — it’s fast, quick and keeps thing moving with jumping back and forth between dialogs.

So, that’s #5 in my series. By the way — I read all of your feature suggestions, and I’ve gotta tell ya, there are some fantastic ideas here — you’re really making it tough to pick my favorites — I really dig they you guys are thinking! :)

Have a rockin’ Tuesday (how’s that for putting a spin on Tuesdays?)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Today is the deadline for saving an extra $100 for super early-bird registration for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up in Vegas on August 11-13th. Here’s the link with all the details (we have three-full days of Lightroom training tracks). Hope I’ll meet you there. 

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What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 4 http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-next-in-lightroompart-4/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-next-in-lightroompart-4/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 08:16:26 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7352 Happy Monday everybody! Here’s #4 in my on-going […]

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Happy Monday everybody! Here’s #4 in my on-going series on “What I’d love to see next in Lightroom:”

Copy the Type Panel from the Books module over to the Print module 

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The text options are so incredibly limited in the Print Module — you basically have to use the Identity Plate to do anything, and then once you do you can only do three things: (1) Choose the font (2) the Style [bold, italic, etc.), and (3) choose the Size. That’s it.

There’s no leading, tracking, kerning, baseline shift, justification, and all the great controls Adobe already put in the Book Module’s Type panel. So, they’ve clearly moved a version of Adobe’s own type engine into the Book Module — why can’t we have it in over the print module? Again, seems like “low hanging fruit” — they don’t even need to design a UI for it — there’s already panel just waiting there, one module away.

So, that’s it for number #4. :)

Quick shout out to reader Pieter Dhaeze, who posted a feature request comment on Friday that I loved — creating your own customizable panel. I would so love that! Imagine being able to take just the stuff you use in certain panels and collect them all in one panel. How much would that speed your workflow, right? High-five to Pieter for that one!

Hope you all have a great Monday, and I’ll be back tomorrow with #5 in my series (we’re half way there).

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I shared some of my favorite photos from my trip to Spain last week. Hope you’ll stop by and check them out right here. 

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What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 3 http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-next-in-lightroompart-3/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-next-in-lightroompart-3/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 08:16:06 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7348 It's #3 on my list, and it has to do with being able to see a preview of something we (so far) can't actually see a preview of — we just have to wait and see if it came out alright.

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Before we roll on to #3 on my wish list, I just wanted to thank everybody who has posted their wish list favorites as comments here. I’m going to compile a list of my favorites from your favorites once we reach the 10th on my list, so keep ‘em coming — there’s some great stuff in there, including some things I didn’t realize i wanted until I read your comments.

Print Sharpen Preview

OK, onto #3 on my wish list which is…

#3: I’d love to have a preview of Output Sharpening

You get three choices for the amount: Low, Normal, High, and I’d like to see a preview of now each looks before I hit Print (or Export in the case of saving out a JPEG or TIFF). Of course, while I’m here I’d probably prefer a slider, instead of just the three pre-set choices, but that’s not high enough on my list — I’m OK with just the three — I just want to see a preview of how each is actually going to look before I make the print.

Though, while I’m asking for sharpening previews, how about a soft-proofing preview that shows sharpening as well? OK, I’d better cut it off there.

Alrighty then, — that’s #3.

See ya on Monday, and keep those ideas coming.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Today at 12:00 Noon ET we’re doing a free Photoshop World Conference Preview live webcast and you’re invited. It’s hosted by our own Larry Becker, and he’ll give you an insider’s view of the event and we’ll be sharing some cool tips as he introduces you to a few of the instructors and previews some of the content from their classes. Whether you have been to Photoshop World before or this is new to you, you’ll want to check out the webcast TODAY at 12 pm ET (New York time). Get all the details at KelbyOne.com/pswpreview.

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Zoom tweak http://lightroomkillertips.com/zoom-tweak/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/zoom-tweak/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 05:01:28 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7337 I will be honest, I am not sure when this tweak occurre […]

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I will be honest, I am not sure when this tweak occurred, but I ignored it until today… so if it has been there for a while… move on… nothing to see here. However, I really like this tweak, because it helps the zoom act the way it should.

wanting to zoom in, I click on Erik's ear... 'cause it is a nice ear. :D

wanting to zoom in, I click on Erik’s ear… ’cause it is a nice ear. :D

Let’s say you want to zoom into an image such as Erik here, and you want to make sure everything is ok with his face… so you click on his ear with the zoom tool… it zooms in, but it kinda zooms in to the upper third of the image instead of making that ear zoom into the dead center of the frame.

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zooms in, but in a little bit of a weird way.

If you go into your Preferences menu and under the Interface tab, you will find at the bottom Tweaks. The first check box on the left says “Zoom clicked point to center.”

If you check that box, now when you click with the zoom tool, it will center that point in the middle of the screen.

original zoom vs. tweaked zoom

original zoom vs. tweaked zoom

It is a little tweak, but one that just makes sense and makes me happy to know about it and share with you. :D

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What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 2 http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-in-next-in-lightroom-part-2/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-in-next-in-lightroom-part-2/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 08:16:10 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7329 Here's my 2nd wishlist feature for the next release of Lightroom. #2 is...

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OK, it’s time for #2 in my Lightroom wishlist, and that is…..

#2) Thumbnails and Full Screen previews that load as fast as Photo Mechanic’s

Photo Mechanic’s speed of showing thumbnails and full-screen previews is just insane! I made a quick video on my laptop to show you exactly how fast (below) where I drag 68 RAW files into Photo Mechanic, that have never been in there before (so no previews have been built yet or anything), and watch how fast you see the thumbnail’s appear, and then the full screen previews (Spoiler Alert — they appear full screen size faster than I can toggle to the next image hitting the right arrow button on my keyboard). Take a look for yourself:

Crazy speed, right? Yet Photo Mechanic is a tiny-little (yet totally awesome) company.

Adobe is a multi-Billion dollar company with around 13,500 or so employees.

Can’t the Lightroom team have just one of those 13,500 to work on getting the thumbnails speed up to what the engineers at Photo Mechanic have been able to do for many years now? Just one employee? That would leave 13,499 to work on everything else. I would pay the full Lightroom upgrade fee just for this one single speed feature.  If it was another $100 for a “pro” version with just this single new feature, it would be the fastest $100 I spent all year. I am not joking.

So, there ya have it. Come on Adobe –speed kills! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. We just added Hartford, Connecticut as a stop on my all-new seminar: “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded” and I’ll be teaching my new “Seven Point System for Lightroom” there. Hope I’ll get to meet you there in person. Details here. 

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What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 1 http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-in-next-in-lightroom/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/what-id-love-to-see-in-next-in-lightroom/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 08:16:05 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7323 I'm starting a new series on things I'd love to see Adobe add to Lightroom, and my first feature is....

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Howdy folks. OK, I’m starting a new series on things I’d love to see Adobe add to Lightroom (especially now that Lightroom is a full part of the Creative Cloud, theoretically Adobe could add features anytime, like they have with Photoshop CC).

But didn’t Adobe did just a big release of Lightroom? Yes they did, and that’s why I want to share these now, before they’re too far along on the next version. So, without further ado (yes, that was ado), here’s the first in my wishlist of things I’d love to see added to Lightroom:

#1: A Drop Shadow feature added to the Print module

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Look at the screen capture above. They already have a drop shadow panel — it’s in the Slideshow module.  It’s just one module over from where we want it — they’ve already got a great user interface for it, and it works just lovely — if we could just have them copy that same panel over, just as it is, to the Print module, we’d be set. Boom! Done.

Q. Now, do I really have a pressing need to add drop shadows to things in the Print module?
A. Me personally, not very often.

Q. Have people been asking me for this at my seminars and workshops for since 2007?
A. Absolutely. I get asked about this on a regular basis

Well, I get asked “How do I add a drop shadow to an image in the Print module”, and of course the answer is, “You don’t inside of Lightroom — you have to go to Photoshop, add it there, then bring it back to Lightroom, or create a drop shadow all by itself in Photoshop, save it as a JPEG, and bring that into Lightroom as an Identity plate. Whew! That’s a lot of work. Wouldn’t just having that feature copied to the Print module be just a whole lot easier?

This seems like “low hanging fruit”…
…but of course in the past many times I learned from Adobe engineers or Product Managers that something that seems so simple and obvious, is actually way more complex than it looks because of the underlying architecture, or resolution issue, or whatever, but I do know this. The Lightroom engineers have performed some real miracles over the years, so I know if they decided to add it, they could probably do it in their sleep.

OK, that’s just one to get us rolling. Of course, I always encourage you to share your thoughts here in the comments (we read every one, even if we don’t get to respond to them all), and just a friendly reminder — please stay on topic, which is “new features you’d like to see added.”

That’s it for me today. I’m on my way to Spain today for some photography and fun with my brother Jeff (the trip is a Christmas present from my awesome wife), but I’ll still be online and sharing stuff during the week.

Hope you have an awesome Monday (I know, that’s asking a lot), and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for the second in my series.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Heads up about a new online class you should watch on copyright, model releases, and all sorts of legal issues for photographers. We just released it last week at KelbyOne.com — it’s by Intellectual Property Rights Attorney Ed Greenberg and Photographer’s Rights Advocate Jack Reznicki. Here’s a link to the online class (it sounds like a boring topic, but these guys make it really fun and interesting. Fascinating stories and examples, and VERY eye-opening).

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It’s The Last Episode of The Season for “The Lightroom Show” http://lightroomkillertips.com/its-the-last-episode-of-the-season-for-the-lightroom-show/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/its-the-last-episode-of-the-season-for-the-lightroom-show/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 08:16:25 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7317 Hard to believe it’s been 13-weeks already, but h […]

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Hard to believe it’s been 13-weeks already, but here it is — Episode #13, and our final episode of our standard 13-week season (all our weekly shows run on a 13-week season schedule, except for “The Grid” which runs every week, even when it shouldn’t).

Anyway, we tried to end the season with a bang, so there’s all kinds of juicy tips in this one, and it’s packed start to finish with Lightroom goodness.

We’ll be back in four weeks to kick off Season Two. In the meantime I hope you’ll check out our sister show, The Grid (our weekly photography and industry talk show with the same hosts as The Lightroom Show — it’s RC and me), which is broadcast LIVE every Wednesday at 4pm ET at this link. 

Thanks for all your support on getting this new show off the ground. Thanks for all your feedback, ideas, and suggestions, and keep sending them our way — we have an entire season to plan. :)

Best,

-Scott & RC

P.S. If you’re a KelbyOne member, make sure you’re checking out all our new Lightroom CC online classes — we released 15 new classes, including our in-depth series, and we really want to keep you on top of all the new stuff (plus, we cover some new topics that will work for any version). If you’re not a KelbyOne member yet, you can join for just $19.95 a month or save a few bucks and get unlimited access to everything (all the classes on photography, Photoshop and Lightroom), for just $199. Worth checking into. Here’s the link with details. See ya Monday. :)

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We don’t need no stinkin’ badges http://lightroomkillertips.com/we-dont-need-no-stinkin-badges/ http://lightroomkillertips.com/we-dont-need-no-stinkin-badges/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 05:01:40 +0000 http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7308 Ok, so I really wanted to use that line, but it is one […]

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Ok, so I really wanted to use that line, but it is one of the new things that has been improved in Lightroom with the CC update.

Often when trying to click on an image either in the Grid mode of the Library or in the Filmstrip I will click on the badge of the image. Especially the little crop badge that lets me know that the image has been cropped. When I do that, it immediately opens up the image in crop mode and that is usually not where I want to go… so I have to close the crop by hitting done. Not a big deal, but it is all about being as efficient as possible and this little tip could get lost amongst HDR and the Brush upgrades.

Be careful not to click the crop badge when selecting the thumbnail

Be careful not to click the crop badge when selecting the thumbnail

Hitting the badge will take you straight to crop mode... which is neat if that is where you meant to go.

Hitting the badge will take you straight to crop mode… which is neat if that is where you meant to go.

Go to your Preferences in the top left corner and under the Interface tab and choose Ignore clicks on badges.

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Turn on Ignore clicks of badges

Now you won’t accidentally open up in the crop mode. Not really a big game changer, but a nice little tweak.

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