Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/29/2013
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

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Manage your images with Lightroom and this beautifully illustrated guide

Image management can soak up huge amounts of a photographer's time, but help is on hand. This complete guides teaches you how to use Adobe Lightroom 5 to import, manage, edit, and showcase large quantities of images with impressive results.  The authors, both professional photographers and Lightroom experts, walk you through step by step, demonstrating real-world techniques as well as a variety of practical tips, tricks, and shortcuts that save you time. Streamline image management tasks like a pro, and get back to doing what you love — taking photographs.

  • Teaches you digital imaging fundamentals, as well as specific skills you need to master Adobe's Lightroom 5 digital photography workflow software
  • Explores capturing, importing, editing, processing, and presenting digital photos
  • Explains real-world, professional-level techniques through easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful, full-color examples
  • Frees you to focus on your creative photography abilities by helping you develop strong technical skills

Learn not only the "how" of editing and handling photographs with Lightroom 5, but the "why" as well, with Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process.

Author Biography

Rob Sylvan is a photographer, trainer, and author who has been a Photoshop Lightroom Help Desk Specialist since 2007. Check his blog, www.lightroomers.com, for Lightroom tips, tutorials, and FAQs.

Nat Coalson is an instructor, author, and photographer whose work has been extensively exhibited and collected. He's an Adobe Certified Expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

Table of Contents

Introduction xix

01 Getting Started  1

GETTING STARTED: Foundations for Success  2

How to use this book   3

Workflows   6

Example Lightroom workflow 6

Configuring your computer for Lightroom    7

Installing Lightroom    11

Lightroom Fundamentals   14

Saving and backing up your work 21

Essential troubleshooting   22

The Lightroom workspace  23

How to ensure accurate color for your photos   37

02 Import  41

IMPORT: Indexing photos and videos with Lightroom catalogs  42

Overview of Import workflow  43

What to do before importing  43

Importing files for the first time: Add 45

Copy files from a camera  47

What happens during an import 51

The Import window   52

FROM: Select a source   53

Source     53

Import method    55

Main preview area  56

TO: My Catalog or folder Destination     59

File Handling   60

File Renaming   61

Apply During Import    64

Destination   66

Import Presets   68

Show fewer options: the Compact Import Window    69

Import from Another Catalog 69

Tethered Capture  70

Tethered Capture Setup  70

Auto Import  74

Next steps    75

03 Library  77

LIBRARY: Managing your photos with Lightroom     78

Edit a shoot   80

Working in Library    82

Catalog panel   84

Library previews   84

Navigator    85

Library View Modes   86

Grid view    86

Selections: Choosing the photos to work with  89

Rotating and flipping photos  92

Stacks: Grouping items together 92

Loupe view   94

Compare view   98

Survey view   99

Using the Secondary Display with Library   100

Folders panel: Work directly with folders on your hard drives 101

Managing photos and video files in Library    107

Synchronize Folder   112

Collections: Organize things however you like 114

Collections panel    114

Quick Collection    116

Smart Collections    117

Output Module Collections  118

Collection Sets   118

Managing the Collections panel 118

Introduction to Publish Services 119

Attributes: Tag photos with identifying marks  119

Filters: Show photos and videos based on criteria    122

Example Filter workflows  124

Quick Develop   128

Keywords: Tag your photos for search     131

The Keywording panel  132

Keyword List   134

Working with metadata   139

The Metadata panel    140

Metadata presets  145

Metadata Status  146

Using the Painter    150

Working with video in Lightroom     151

Example video workflow   151

Next steps   155

04 Develop  157

DEVELOP: Making your photos look their best     158

Example Develop workflow  159

Make a plan for processing 162

The Develop workspace   164

Understanding the Process Version 165

Default and Auto settings  168

Histogram   168

The Basic panel: Essential adjustments for every photo   171

Tone Curve: Modify tones based on ranges of luminance  182

Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT)     185

HSL / Color / B & W: Adjust color by range   186

Split Toning: Apply creative color treatments 188

Detail: Fine-tune sharpening and noise reduction    190

Lens Corrections: Fix image problems caused by the lens  195

Effects: Add vignettes and simulate fi lm grain  203

Camera Calibration: Precisely control raw image rendering  205

Before/After   206

Crop Overlay: Cropping and straightening your photos   207

Spot Removal: Retouching photos in Lightroom    212

Heal Dust Spots  212

Red Eye Correction   215

Local Adjustments: Dodging, burning, and so much more   216

Working with Graduated Filters 222

Apply a graduated fi lter   223

Working with Radial Filters  224

Apply a Radial Filter    224

Working with Adjustment Brushes226

Navigator panel  230

Presets: Apply multiple Develop adjustments with one click 230

Set Default  235

Snapshots   236

History: Track changes and go back to any point    237

Collections  238

Virtual copies: Create multiple versions of a single photo  238

Apply settings from one photo to others    239

Soft proofing   241

Soft proofing a photo   242

Converting color photos to black and white   248

Next steps   251

05 Export   253

EXPORT: Creating new copies from Lightroom     254

Basic export workfl ow   255

Export methods   255

What to do before exporting 256

Email photos   258

Working in the Export window 260

Export To:   261

Export Location  262

File Naming   263

Video     265

File Settings   266

Image Sizing   270

Output sharpening   273

Metadata    274

Watermarking    275

Working in the Watermark Editor     275

Post-Processing   278

Export presets    279

Burn a CD/DVD  280

Export plug-ins   281

Publish Services: Synchronize your photo collections   282

Publish to Flickr  283

Publish to Hard Drive   285

Changing Publish Services settings 287

Edit In other programs  289

Edit in Photoshop    291

Open as Photoshop Smart Objects     292

Next steps   294

06 Map   297

MAP: Plot your photo locations with GPS coordinates   298

Working with photos that already have GPS data    300

Adding GPS coordinates to photos using the map     300

Adding GPS coordinates to photos using a tracklog    300

Navigator   301

Saved Locations  301

Collections  303

Metadata    303

Map display  304

Location Filter   306

Map Toolbar   306

Sync Metadata   310

Keeping your location data private     310

Next steps   310

07 Book   313

BOOK: Design and order photo books in Lightroom   314

Publish a book    314

Create a new book with a custom layout    316

Preview panel    318

Collections: Create and manage Saved Books  319

Book previews    320

Book Toolbar   321

Book Filmstrip    322

Book Preferences  323

Book Settings    324

About Book templates  325

Auto Layout: Create a book with one click    325

Working in the Auto Layout Preset Editor    326

Page panel: Add or change pages328

Guides    331

Cell panel   332

Text panel: Add text to photos and pages   334

Type: Style your text    336

Background panel    339

About covers   341

Create Saved Book   342

Send Book to Blurb   346

Next steps   347

08 Slideshow    349

SLIDESHOW: Present your photos and videos on screen  350

Make a Slideshow    351

Preview   351

Template Browser    352

Collections  354

Slideshow Toolbar    355

Options   356

Layout    358

Overlays    359

Backdrop    364

Titles     366

Playback    367

Preview and Play Your Slideshow 369

Impromptu Slideshow   370

Create Saved Slideshow   371

Exporting Slideshows   371

Next steps   373

09 Print   375

PRINT: Make professional prints yourself or at a lab    376

Making a print   377

Preview   378

Template Browser    378

Collections  380

Page Setup   381

Main preview area    382

Print Toolbar   382

Layout Style   382

Single Image / Contact Sheet 383

Image Settings    384

Layout    384

Guides    386

Page    387

Picture Package   389

Image Settings    391

Rulers, Grid & Guides  391

Cells     392

Page    393

Custom Package  394

Print Job    395

Print and Printer…    400

Print to JPEG File    401

Create Saved Print   403

Print troubleshooting   403

Next steps   405

10 Web   407

WEB: Create browser-based photo galleries    408

Build a Lightroom Web Gallery 409

Preview panel    409

Template Browser    409

Collections  411

Main preview area    413

Web Toolbar   413

Layout Style   414

Find More Galleries Online  415

Customize your Web gallery  416

Site Info    416

Color Palette   419

Appearance  420

Image Info   423

Output Settings   425

Upload Settings  426

Create Saved Web Gallery 428

Preview in Browser   429

Export…   429

Upload    430

Next steps   431

11 Catalog  433

WORKING WITH LIGHTROOM CATALOGS: Advanced photo management techniques   434

Catalog Settings  435

Catalog backups  439

Maintaining catalog integrity 442

Upgrading catalogs   444

Using multiple catalogs  445

Export as Catalog    448

Import from Catalog    449

Working with Lightroom on multiple computers    451

Road Trip Workflow    452

Next steps   455

Favorite Shortcuts    458

Appendix   459

Index     473

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